Hundreds of thousands of Brits now have access to a one-off £200 cash payment towards their energy bills . More than 400,000 low income households in Wales are eligible to apple for the payment under the Fuel Support Scheme. It is part of a £90million support package by the Welsh Government to tackle the immediate pressures of the cost of living . Welsh residents can apply regardless of how they pay for their energy, whether that be by direct debit, a pre-payment meter, quarterly or using off-grid fuel. A Welsh government spokesperson said in a statement: "We understand the winter months can be the most difficult time of the year. Families shouldn't have to choose between heating and eating." The scheme is available for Welsh residents receiving a qualifying benefit this winter People receiving a qualifying benefit between September 1, 2022 and January 31 next year are eligible to apply for the £200 payment, as well as their possible partner. Qualifying benefits … [Read more...] about Thousands of Brits to get £200 cash help toward energy bills today – see who is eligible
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A little under four weeks as prime minister and it couldn't really have gone worse for Liz Truss. A mini-budget that precipitated a run on the pound (it has rallied a bit since), a £65bn emergency intervention by the Bank of England to prop up pension funds, and the withdrawal of nearly 1,000 mortgage deals from the market in anticipation of a big hike in interest rates later this year. The Conservatives are experiencing their worst polling since the late 1990s and dozens of Tories are contemplating losing their seats at the next election. The question for me in Birmingham this week is simple: Has Liz Truss's disastrous mini-budget already sealed her fate? Ask Conservative MPs, and there is already a movement to try to oust her. Her insistence that she will not reverse any elements of her budget, regardless of the political toxicity or the clear economic risks, has led some MPs to say privately they want her to go. "There needs to be policy change and personnel change," … [Read more...] about Tory conference is shrouded in gloom – has Liz Truss already sealed her own fate?
Enlarge this image Becky Harlan/NPR Becky Harlan/NPR Earlier this month, I began my new job as the host of Life Kit. I was nervous! It'd been six years since I started my last job at Marketplace, where I covered business and economics, and I wasn't sure what to do. What should I wear on my first day? How do I make a good first impression? How should I prepare for the parts of my job that are new – like being on camera? To answer these questions, I didn't do what you'd typically do at Life Kit: reach out to experts for guidance. Instead, I turned to the people who know me best: my friends and family. Throughout my first week, they gave me advice on how to stay confident on the job. And I thought it would be fun to bring listeners and readers along for the journey. Introduce yourself first I spent my first week at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C., where I'd have a schedule packed with introductions, trainings and promo tapings. And I felt a little … [Read more...] about How to make a good impression in your first week of work, according to a new NPR host