THE death of partner or spouse can send family life spiralling into turmoil – but there are government benefits available to help financially. We take a closer look at bereavement allowances and what your rights are. What is bereavement allowance? Bereavement allowance is designed as a weekly benefit for widows, widowers and surviving civil partners. For those who passed away before April 6, 2017, the benefit was known as bereavement allowance but it is now known as Bereavement Support Payment. The benefit applies to nationals of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is not means tested. It is, however, only available to the over 45s and those below the state pension age. This is a taxable benefit, and is only issued if the late partner or spouse paid National Insurance contributions, or died as a result of industrial accident or disease. This particular benefit is not paid out if you have children – instead, you can claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance. It is … [Read more...] about What is bereavement allowance, how much leave you do you get and what are the rules on flights and fares?
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AROUND 1million workers will get a pay hike as the Government today announces new public-sector salary rates. Ministers have lifted the 1 per cent cap on pay increases, meaning most employees are getting an above-inflation boost. Some workers will see a pay rise of as much as 3.5 per cent after years of squeezed salaries in the public sector. The Treasury said that the increases - first revealed by The Sun last night - would come from within existing budgets rather than imposing tax hikes or more borrowing. But Labour's Peter Dowd said: “The Government’s offer fails to compensate workers for the huge losses in income they have faced under the Tories’ brutal pay restraint policy. “The lack of new funding for departments also means pay rises will have to come at the cost of other services, pitting hard-working public servants against those they are working with.” With inflation currently standing at 2.3 per cent, some public-sector workers will still see … [Read more...] about Pay rise for 1million workers as Government announces public-sector salary hike – find out how much you could get
POTHOLES can be an expensive nightmare for drivers, with tyres, wheels and steering likely to be damaged even at the slowest speeds. But if your motor is damaged by a hole in the road, who is responsible for the damage and stress caused? Read on to know your rights and the claims process… Potholes – the facts and figures Latest figures from the Local Government Association estimates it would take 14 years to fill all the potholes across the UK - despite councils filling-in almost two million holes a year. In 2016, more than one million potholes were recorded on UK roads, which caused more than £3 million in damage to vehicles. Potholes are defined by their depth, otherwise they are considered to be a "carriageway defect." And weirdly, whether you've hit a pothole or not, depends in what part of the country you're driving in. Most councils have different depths by which they define a pothole, often leading to claims being contested. Most use a minimum 40mm depth as … [Read more...] about How to report pothole damage to the council – making a claim and your rights explained
Carlos Ghosn enters the building in the executive style, which is to say, through the roof.The helicopter has traced an imprecise line above the Chao Phraya River, buzzing over Bangkok’s ancient temples and clotted highways before zeroing in on the Peninsula Bangkok hotel, where the bright green helipad seems to swim in the wavy heat. He hops out and is led down to the Paribatra Lounge, a 37th-floor oasis reserved exclusively for aerial check-ins. The décor is retro aeronautique, and the welcome drinks are cold, but to linger here would be to stray from the itinerary, so Ghosn (rhymes with “bone”) moves on. He’s whisked down to his room, where he’ll grab a quick lunch and slip on a fresh suit and tie. Then he’ll wend his way to a ground-floor conference room and the first item on the afternoon’s agenda: a Q&A session with several hundred Thai business school graduates.The itinerary that shapes his day is densely plotted and … [Read more...] about How Car Executive Carlos Ghosn Is Faring In the Age of Trump
There’s an essential, frustrating truth about the gender pay gap: You can size it up or down depending on what you’d like to measure—and what you’d like to measure depends on what you think the pay gap is. Are you talking about all women across the economy? In a specific industry? A specific company? In certain jobs? “You can whittle the pay gap down when you control for more and more variables,” says Henry Farber, an economics professor at Princeton University. “But you can never make it go away.”This year, Britain is forcing companies to report their pay gaps as they actually exist, no whittling allowed. By April 4, all businesses with at least 250 employees working in the U.K. will have to disclose any discrepancies in pay between their male and female workers. Ultimately about 9,000 companies representing 15 million employees will be forced to report, although only about two-thirds had done so by March 28. Those that don’t will … [Read more...] about New Numbers Show the Gender Pay Gap Is Real