Monthly Archives: September 2014

Council to track down Scots owing poll tax arrears

From The Scotsman: Scots who owe poll tax arrears dating back to the 1990s are to be hunted down if they re-registered to vote in the independence referendum. Aberdeenshire Council leader Jim Gifford said officers would analyse the Electoral Register … Continue reading

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Pilot scheme will force JSA claimants to visit job centres for 35 hours a week

From New Statesman This October will see the introduction of pilot job search schemes, where unemployed benefit claimants will be required to carry out 35 hours of supervised job searches every week. From next month, claimants will be expected to … Continue reading

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Benefit claimants to face ‘attitude to work’ assessments under new government plans

From The Independent: People claiming benefits will be expected to undergo attitude tests to assess if they have a psychological resistance to work under new plans revealed by the employment minister. Esther McVey said benefit claimants will be profiled to … Continue reading

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Thousands sign 10-year-old’s Falmouth Library petition

From BBC News: A 10-year-old boy is to hand in a petition of more than 5,000 signatures to Cornwall Council to try to save local libraries. Leon Remphry from Falmouth has collected the signatures in favour of his “Write to … Continue reading

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Inspector of Constabulary finds victims asked to investigate crimes

From BBC News: Victims of crime are being “encouraged” to investigate offences themselves, an inspection of police forces in England and Wales has found. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said criminal damage and car crime were “on the verge of being … Continue reading

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Devon council seeks £7m from Dartington school developers

From BBC News: A £7m claim has been launched against two firms involved in the design and building of an “eco-school” that developed leaks. Devon County Council is demanding the money from architects White Design and main contractors Interserve over … Continue reading

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Four jailed over £1.1m Basildon Hospital scam

From BBC News: Four health experts who executed a “well-planned” fraud at a hospital they nicknamed “Bas Vegas” have been jailed. The group billed the NHS £1.1m for their firm’s heart and lung services but only worked half their contracted … Continue reading

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Ten Wrexham Labour councillors quit group and party

From BBC News: Ten Wrexham councillors, including council leader Neil Rogers, have quit the Labour group and the Labour Party. Mr Rogers blamed “interference” in Labour group meetings by unelected local party “liaison officers”. With 23 members, Labour was the … Continue reading

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Payday loan hardship cases up 42% in last year

From BBC News: The number of people struggling with payday loans has risen by 42% in the past year, according to a debt charity. The charity StepChange is asking the City regulator to take further action to protect consumers who … Continue reading

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David Cameron announces plans to make UK “jihadists” stateless

From BBC News: New powers are needed to seize terrorist suspects’ passports and stop British-born extremists from returning to the UK, David Cameron has said. It was “abhorrent” British citizens had “declared their allegiance” to groups like Islamic State, he … Continue reading

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