IF you claim Universal Credit then you'll know how hard it can be to predict exactly how much to expect every month. The Government's new benefits scheme is paid a month in arrears and is determined by a host of factors, including your income, dependants and assessment period. That means the amount you receive can change month to month, making budgeting for bills and living costs confusing and almost impossible. The Sun has heard from thousands of hard-up Brits on Universal Credit who've mounted up spiralling debts due to the unpredictability of payments. The system is riddled with serious issues, which is why we've launched a campaign to Make Universal Credit Work. The scheme is letting vulnerable claimants down. We're calling for the Government to pay claimants faster, dropping the initial wait time down from five weeks to two, to help the 270,000 Brits who are at risk of debt during this time. The Sun wants to Make Universal Credit WorkUNIVERSAL Credit replaces six benefits … [Read more...] about Universal Credit calculator – how to work out how much you’ll get when you switch over benefits
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LAST year, I gave up my full-time job and went freelance. For the first time since the age of 21, I have no boss. Within reason, I get to choose what I do, who I do it with, and when. After more than two decades working long, punishing hours in a demanding industry, at times under intense pressure that left its share of physical and mental scars, it has been a genuinely liberating experience. This new life is not without its challenges, though. For the purposes of this column, I compiled a little list of the pros and cons of working for oneself, from home. Pros: being able to take our youngest daughter to school most mornings and pick her up most afternoons; taking the dog for walks in the countryside while the worker bees are guzzling canteen slop at their desk; almost never having to wear a suit and tie; working from my study, where I’m surrounded by my own books (which, when you write for a living, is a godsend); watching episodes of Parks and Rec at wholly inappropriate … [Read more...] about Chris Deerin: Ambition does not have to go hand in hand with power
A land management firm has waged war on residents of a Kilmarnock housing estate over unpaid bills. Hundreds of homeowners on the John Walker Drive development have been threatened with court action over the £71,000 dispute with Scottish Woodlands. A large proportion of the 515 homes on the new Altonhill estate are believed to have withheld an annual £125 plus VAT maintenance fee owed to the Edinburgh-based company. Scottish Woodlands has been charged with maintaining the estate’s park, the grass and shrubbery lining the main road, and collecting litter. Some homeowners are withholding payment from the forestry management firm for a variety of reasons. There are those who believe that the service doesn’t present value for money and concerns have been raised over the monitoring of the work. One such item on the annual bill is a £20,640 management service charge, which equates to almost 30 per cent of the bill’s total cost. Scottish Woodlands – who … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Kilmarnock homeowners threatened with court action over £71,000 bill
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Sweden and North Korea: a uniquely long-standing relationship Stockholm and Pyongyang have had a relationship since the 1970s, and with Sweden being the first Western country to open an embassy in North Korea, it is fair to say their their relationship is an unusually long-standing one. In fact, until 2001 Sweden was the only Western country with an unbroken diplomatic presence in the country. So why exactly are Sweden and North Korea so friendly, relatively speaking, compared to other western nations? One explanation is money, or rather, the potential to make it. In the 1970s the Swedish government thought there was potential to trade with newly emerging North Korea, and even encouraged companies like Sanvik, SKF and car maker Volvo to court the nation as a potential new export market. Pyongyang didn’t prove to be the economic powerhouse Sweden had betted on however, best … [Read more...] about What exactly is Sweden doing in North Korea?
Home / Sport / Football / Dundee United by Neil Robertson February 9 2018, 9.00am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week Willo Flood admits Dundee United will revel in the role of underdog when they face Aberdeen in the William Hill Scottish Cup at Pittodrie on Sunday. The Dons currently sit second in the Premiership table and have won their last three games, rattling in 10 goals in the process. In contrast, the Tangerines are still licking their wounds after a devastating 3-0 home defeat in the league two Saturdays ago to Morton with St Mirren now 14 points clear at the top of the Championship table. The league is still very much United’s priority this season but Flood admits the game against Derek McInnes’s side will be a welcome distraction. And as a former Aberdeen player himself, the Irish midfielder knows only too well that the underdogs could take advantage if … [Read more...] about Willo Flood believes Dundee United will revel in rare underdog role in the Scottish Cup