PHANTOM singletons are set to cost taxpayers more than £10 million-per-week in overpayments, shock figures show. Ghost claims will balloon to an estimated £580 million within two years for couples who claim to be living apart – but have set up with a partner. But the bogus singles were last year paid £95 million in Universal Credit, £55 million in housing benefit and £6 million in Jobseeker’s Allowance. There were also payments for £25 million in Employment and Support Allowance and a further £18 million in Pension Credit, government figures show. Couples who claim to live in separate homes, often pretending their relationship has broken down, can rake in thousands of pounds in fraudulent payments. It is due to cost taxpayers £350 million this year.'ABSURDITIES IN WELFARE SYSTEM' Duncan Simpson, research director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “These highlight absurdities in the welfare system. “Some people will … [Read more...] about Benefit cheat couples pretending to be single are set to cost taxpayers more than £10million-per-week
WHILE many acne breakouts develop when we're young, it's definitely not just a teen problem. You can suffer with spots well into your 50s and if you're a blemish-prone adult, it pays to know about the best acne treatments you can get your hands on. Acne is caused by excess sebum production, which then sees oils mix with other things like dirt and dead skin cells to block pores. Bacteria can then get trapped in clogged pores and multiply, causing redness, swelling and those pesky pimples. Our hormones are often to blame for a spot uprising, while outside factors like pollution can also contribute to clogged pores. That's the bad news. The good news? There's a number of anti-blemish treatments out there that can really help battle your breakouts. It may take a bit of trial and error to see what works best for you, but we've rounded up the best acne treatment kits to eradicate zits for a clearer, brighter complexion. 1. Best Acne Treatments: Star Buy This is your five-step regime … [Read more...] about Best acne treatments: The best beauty kits to combat spots and prevent acne – for oily, dry, sensitive and ageing skin
Imran Khan was inaugurated Saturday in Islamabad as Pakistan's 22nd prime minister. As an opposition leader, Khan always demanded the South Asian country get rid of widespread corruption, ensure social justice for all and focus on health, education and development. Khan and his party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), now have the opportunity to deliver what he has demanded from others over the past 22 years – and he has five years to show that he can deliver. Read more: Imran Khan: A new hope or divisive force for Pakistan? However, the prime minister faces a multitude of major problems that will need to be addressed immediately. Pakistan's economy is in bad shape. Its trade deficit is running into tens of billions of dollars and there is the risk of an imminent financial crisis. If that were not enough, militancy, terrorism and tense relations with foreign powers have made things worse. From where will premier Khan start fixing these things? Khan's supporters in … [Read more...] about Pakistan facing multiple crises as PM Imran Khan takes over
If a political party were to stand today on a platform of cutting financial support for low- and middle-income parents in order to pay for tax cuts for the more affluent, it wouldn’t get elected. It’s this reality that explains the paradox at the heart of modern British conservatism. Tory prime ministers and chancellors since 2010 have insisted they understand the struggle many families face in a time of anaemic wage growth and rising prices, and have promised that these families will be relatively protected from the deep spending cuts they have wielded. But their deeds betray their words: every independent analysis of budgets since 2010 shows such promises to be lies. By 2021, Conservative chancellors will have delivered more than £80bn of tax cuts a year, including £22bn a year in income tax cuts. The bulk of the proceeds have found their way into the pockets of the most affluent half of families. Meanwhile, billions of planned cuts to tax credits and benefits … [Read more...] about The Observer view on universal credit inflicting needless hardship
For the most part American politics exists in its own bubble with its own preoccupations. But every now and then something that happens in a foreign country intrudes. And pokes its nose in. Big time. The 12 December 2019 UK General Election might be such a moment for the US Democratic Party - just as British politics imposed itself on the US presidential election on 23 June 2016, when the British people voted for Brexit. Coincidentally, Donald Trump arrived in Scotland the following day (not the day before as he has repeatedly claimed) and what the British people had just done was a galvanising moment in his campaign, a light bulb moment, as he prepared to face the American people five months later.So what should Democrats learn from the misery that befell the Labour Party last Thursday night? And more particularly can they afford to have Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren as their candidate and stand a chance of defeating Donald Trump in 2020 after the shellacking meted out to Jeremy … [Read more...] about Will UK provide light bulb moment for US Democrats?