The government claimed that Universal Credit (UC) would be a ‘fairer and simpler system’ for claimants. But as it continues to be rolled out, more problems come to the fore, and early indications suggest that the move towards UC ‘full service’ across the country will lead to even greater disparities in claimants’ experience. These disparities are likely to be felt particularly harshly by Gypsies and Travellers – yet there’s a paucity of information about them. We already know from the EHRC’s analysis of tax and welfare reforms since 2010, which looked at tax changes, benefits, tax credits and UC, that those on lower incomes are being hit the hardest. But what the EHRC research doesn’t look at is the differential impact on smaller marginalised groups. The survey data which underpins its analysis (the Family Resources Survey and the Living Costs and Food Survey) condenses ‘England/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British, Irish, … [Read more...] about Is Universal Credit ‘Fairer And Simpler’ For Gypsies And Travellers?
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Leeds Library in pictures 0 Have your say This year marks the 250th Anniversary of The Leeds Library, which will be celebrated throughout the year with a full programme of exhibitions, displays, talks, writing and performances, showing the rich history of this library over the past two and half centuries. But what do we know of it’s past?The early days of The Leeds LibraryFounded in 1768 after an advertisement was placed in the Leeds Intelligencer, which is now actually the Yorkshire Post, The Leeds Library is the oldest surviving subscription library of its type in the UK.A subscription library, also known as a membership library, is a library that is financed by private funds either from membership fees or endowments. Access is often restricted to members, but access rights can also be given to non-members.The first secretary of The Leeds Library was Joseph Priestley, an 18th-century theologian, philosopher, chemist, and innovative grammarian, who produced over … [Read more...] about Looking back on the 250-year history of The Leeds Library
0 Have your say A new voucher scheme has been launched by the Lord Mayor to help support street beggars in the city. The ‘Give Me Some Credit’ scheme by St George’s Crypt allows members of the public to buy books of five vouchers for £5 to hand out to those in need instead of giving money. The money raised funds free services at the crypt. Project manager Andrew Ormond said: “We all feel guilty when we pass someone sitting on the street. “The vouchers signpost to our services so the public can give with confidence.” Lord Mayor, Coun Jane Dowson, praised the vouchers, calling them “a lifeline.”The voucher books are available at libraries, the Civic Hall and the Crypt’s cafes, shops and main centre. Visit www.stgeorgescrypt.org.uk … [Read more...] about ‘Give these vouchers instead of money to Leeds homeless’
More than a thousand people have been recognised for their services to the UK in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Recipients include sports stars, celebs, and politicans, as well as hundreds of community champions recognised for the work they do in their local area. Bee Gee Barry Gibb was made a Sir, alongside Beatle Ringo Starr, while Strictly’s Darcey Bussell was made a Dame. But the list was not without controversy, as Theresa May rewarded her political allies – with a Tory MP who holds power over her future winning a knighthood. Here are some of the big names who'll be dressing up for a trip to see The Queen - plus a full list of all those getting a gong. The honours in numbers In total, 1,123 people where given awards this year, with 318 getting a BEM, 452 an MBE, and 211 an OBE. The rest were given other awards,such as knighthoods or damehoods, or other honours. Around 70% of the recipients were recognised for their work in their local community, in either a … [Read more...] about New Year Honours list in full – All the people being rewarded for services to Britain in 2018
TENNIS ace Andy Murray and veteran comedian Ken Dodd have been knighted in a New Year’s Honours list full of heroes.They are joined by four-time Olympic champ Mo Farah, also made a Sir, and Jessica Ennis-Hill, who becomes a Dame.In all, 110 Olympic and Paralympic stars are rewarded in some way for their heroics in Rio this summer, including the entire womens’ hockey team.Wales football manager Chris Coleman receives an OBE.Theresa May paid tribute to those recognised, saying: “Congratulations to all those receiving honours today.“It’s great so many from different walks of life are getting recognition.”But the PM faced a backlash last night over a knighthood for Mark Lowcock, the mandarin in charge of Britain’s mammoth aid budget.Also honoured are businessman David Ord, who has donated nearly £1million to the Tories over the past decade, plusMPs and Mrs May’s former Home Office staff. Around three-quarters of the awards went to people … [Read more...] about New Year’s honours list 2017 in full – from Andy Murray and Victoria Beckham to Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill