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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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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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West Yorkshire police chief questioned in PSNI bribery investigation

From BBC News: The chief constable of West Yorkshire has been questioned by Northern Ireland police investigating alleged bribery and misconduct in public office. Mark Gilmore, from Belfast, was suspended on full pay in June in connection with an investigation … Continue reading

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Dewsbury couple win spare bedroom housing benefit fight

From BBC News: A couple from West Yorkshire who went to court to challenge a cut to their housing benefit have won their case. Kevin and Ann Gresham live in a two-bedroom flat in Dewsbury. It has been adapted for … Continue reading

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Co-op Bank announces it needs additional £400m

From BBC News: The Co-op Bank plans to raise another £400m by issuing new shares following the discovery of additional costs related to past misconduct and poor documentation. The biggest part of the additional costs relates to PPI mis-selling and … Continue reading

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George Osborne gives HMRC power to take money from bank accounts

From Huffington Post: George Osborne has given HMRC the power to delve into Britons’ bank accounts for money that officials think is owed in unpaid taxes, in a move which critics have warned leave officials “a law unto themselves”. The … Continue reading

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Selfless Blessings, the shop where everything’s free

From Huffington Post: Andrea Berdine couldn’t understand why anyone would refuse to give the man a coat. It was a cold day in September 2012, in the middle of a thunderstorm, and from the back of a resale shop in … Continue reading

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Owner of Beijing factory held hostage by workers over pay dispute

From The Independent:  Chip Starnes says he is trapped, and being deprived of sleep Workers at a Chinese factory have reportedly held their American boss hostage in his office for four days over a pay dispute. Chip Starnes, co-owner of … Continue reading

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Co-op Bank unveils rescue deal to plug £1.5bn hole

From BBC News: Concerns about Co-op Bank’s capital arose after a deal with Lloyds collapsed The Co-operative Bank has unveiled a rescue plan to tackle the £1.5bn hole in its balance sheet. Most of the capital to be used to … Continue reading

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