People need healthcare. People need jobs that pay a living wage. People need food, and the forgiveness of rent payments, and a social safety net that is up to the challenge of being strained like it never has before. These are things the Republicans do not offer. They have an alternate plan: support for capital markets, a little bonus if you can find yourself a new job, and a vow to “wait and see” how things go, after state and local governments are forced to slash public services. Doesn’t that sound nice? Your $0 stock portfolio can sustain you over the next year after the restaurant where you worked goes out of business. The closer you slide to homelessness, the greater your incentive to participate in the economy will become. … [Read more...] about ‘Here’s a bedsheet, make a parachute!’ Republicans say, pushing us out of a plane
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He was under-prepared on issue after issue and even had to have the Government’s “no recourse to public funds rule” explained. He could not say adequately why quarantine measures for UK arrivals were being brought in now, rather than at the start of the outbreak. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson’s committee claims fact checked on everything from schools to testing
How many people are affected?There are more than five million self-employed people in the UK, earning an average of £781 a month. The number has risen fast since the financial crash of a decade ago. About 3.8 million of them may be covered by this scheme. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: What help are self-employed getting from government?
Universal credit rollout delayed yet again What is universal credit - and what's the problem? Rudd to listen to universal credit concerns A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: "The reasons for food poverty are complex but with universal credit we have made 100% advances available from day one. … [Read more...] about Great Yarmouth school sets up food bank to help families
Tilley, who has been a Tory councillor for 18 years, expressed grave concerns about the capacity of the Department for Education and the regional schools commissioners to cope with the additional workload. She also bemoaned government plans to scrap mandatory parent governors “who are great levellers” within a school community. … [Read more...] about ‘They’ve gone bonkers’: Tory councillors angry with academy plans