“Warm banks” are to be set up in art galleries, museums and libraries to help people unable to heat their homes as energy prices soar. Councils including Birmingham, Bristol, Aberdeen and Glasgow are looking at using public spaces as refuges for people struggling to pay their energy bills this winter. Birmingham, which is England’s biggest council and serves 1.14 million people, pledged on Tuesday to “map out spaces across the city where people can go to keep warm”. Cllr John Cotton, a Cabinet member at the Labour-run authority, said: “Keeping warm will be a huge challenge for so many people, with the price of using domestic heating spiralling. We are going to work with partners to map out spaces across the city where people can go to keep warm. “It should not be the case that people cannot afford to keep their homes warm, but that is the reality that we are facing here in Birmingham.” The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in … [Read more...] about ‘Warm banks’ to be set up in museums and libraries for people who can’t heat homes
Home heating credit energy draft
Dear Newsweek, We have an adult daughter, 29 years old. We also have a 30 years old daughter; she does not live at home and does very well on her own. The 29-year-old does live at home and we are ready for her to move out. The problem is she cannot move out due to financial constraints. She got into credit card trouble and is now working with a consolidation loan to pay them off. She also has a car payment and a horse that she pays [veterinary] bills, etc for; however, we pay the board for the horse monthly at considerable rates. She also wastes her money on frivolous things such as Amazon shopping, dining out, etc... We have tried helping her with a budget, tracking expenses, etc. But nothing seems to work for long. She has about another 2 years until her car and consolidation loan are paid off. She needs to get out so she can see how the real world works and get her own sense of being sooner than later! What should we do? Dave & Erika, Minnesota You Are … [Read more...] about Our Adult Daughter Won’t Leave Home—What Should I Do?
So, it transpires that, unlike her heroine, the lady IS for turning. At the very first opportunity, Liz Truss has folded on a signature policy – reducing the upper rate of income tax from 45 pence to 40 pence. No one can say there weren’t warnings of her flakiness: during the leadership election she similarly abandoned a policy on regional pay for civil servants after outrage from unions, with result that public sector workers in the relatively cheap North East will continue to be paid wages set at a level to attract workers in the expensive south east. But how depressing that Truss and the Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, don’t seem to have the resilience to withstand a week of negative publicity. As Kwarteng argued on the Today programme this morning the idea that global market turmoil is all down to a small adjustment in the upper rate of income tax in Britain is bunk. Markets have been falling, currencies falling against the dollar, all around the world. Yet he and Truss panicked … [Read more...] about Liz Truss has become another Theresa May
The Liberal Democrats are to launch attack adverts in Blue Wall seats targeting homeowners' fears of rising mortgage payments following the mini-Budget , The Telegraph can disclose. The advertisements - which will be on social media and pushed through residents’ letterboxes - are being used after an analysis by the Liberal Democrats suggested that traditional Conservative heartlands in the Home Counties will be among those hardest hit by higher interest rates . It forms part of an effort by the party to pile pressure on electorally vulnerable Tory MPs to rebel against measures such as the scrapping of the 45p additional rate of income tax. According to the analysis, eight of the 10 areas in England with the highest proportion of mortgage holders are in the Home Counties, including Blue Wall battlegrounds where the Liberal Democrats pose the main threat to Tory incumbents. Berkshire is the county set to be hardest hit, with its local authority areas of Bracknell Forest and … [Read more...] about Liberal Democrats exploit mortgage fears with flood of attack adverts in Blue Wall seats