UNIVERSAL Credit is a single monthly payment that rolls six benefits into one. The payments are calculated depending on your individual circumstances so yours won't necessarily be the same as someone else's. It's designed to help people on lower incomes, but the government says it should also help people get back into work. But the more you work the more your benefits will be affected. This is because Universal Credit is subject to the taper rate, which means that for every £1 you earn over a certain allowance, 63p is deducted from your payments. We believe you should be able to keep hold of more of your cash. The Sun wants the taper rate to be slashed to 50p to help at least four million struggling families. But until then, we talk you through how your Universal Credit payment is worked out and how getting a job will affect your payments. Universal Credit calculators TRYING to work out how much Universal Credit you can get can be overwhelming. There … [Read more...] about Universal Credit calculator: How much can you get?
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How great is the risk of contracting coronavirus outdoors? The chances of becoming infected with the virus are far slimmer outdoors than indoors. This applies to the original coronavirus as well as to its mutants. This is due to aerosols, which are tiny particles floating in the atmosphere, that play a key role in the spread of the virus. Experts say aerosols pose a smaller risk outdoors. "This has to do with air circulation being far more pronounced outdoors," says Nico Mutters, who heads the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health at Bonn University Hospital. "The winds have a quick diluting effect." Birgit Wehner, an aerosols researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, says the tiny particles we exhale dry and dissipate far quicker outdoors. However, a paper by the Aerosols Association — signed by Wehner and others — states that infections still cannot be ruled out when individuals gather in large groups without keeping a sufficient distance. This means … [Read more...] about Fact check: The risk of catching coronavirus outdoors
Back in 1986 I made a film for the BBC science series Tomorrow’s World about a remarkable new class of drugs called statins. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting. Thirty-five years on and statins are now one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the UK, with around eight million people, including me, taking them daily. Yet they continue to be dogged by controversy and fear of side-effects. Studies had shown that statins could cut people’s risk of heart disease by lowering their cholesterol levels. It was all very exciting Last year, for example, there were claims that statins might increase your risk of dying from Covid-19. Studies had shown that people admitted to intensive care tended to have lower levels of cholesterol, so there was a fear that taking cholesterol-lowering drugs might make you more vulnerable. Well, like so many health scares, this one turned … [Read more...] about DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can statins save you from Covid as well as heart disease?
A ccess to Oxbridge is dominating the news today. The universities have been branded "elitist" as well as discriminatory against particular economic, racial and geographic groups. But is this fair? In Middlesbrough only one student was accepted into Oxbridge, but only two applied . The question, therefore, is not why only one student got accepted, but why so few applied. As someone who cares deeply about improving university access for young people, I think the admissions system is far from ideal. But it is not broken. The real issue here is aspirations and attainment. Do students feel they are "the right sort" to apply to Oxbridge? Do students achieve the grades they need, and of which they are capable, to access top universities? And, crucially, do they have the academic and personal skills to thrive at university? These are all big problems, but there are things the Government could announce tomorrow which would go some way towards solving them. … [Read more...] about Three things Theresa May could promise tomorrow to help poor kids get into Oxbridge
A butcher jailed for the rape and murder of Libby Squire could have his 27-year minimum jail term sentence increased after his case was referred to the Attorney General. Serial sex offender Pawel Relowicz, 26, was handed a life sentence last month after he was found guilty of the heinous killing. Sheffield Crown Court heard he targeted the 21-year-old university student on January 31, 2019, before driving her to a secluded place, raping her and dumping her body into a river. Libby, a philosophy undergraduate at the University of Hull, was discovered more than six weeks later in the Humber Estuary. Relowicz's sentence, handed down on February 12, could now be increased after his case was referred to the Attorney General. A spokesman said: “We have received a request for the sentence of Pawel Relowicz to be considered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme. "The Law Officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision.” During the trial … [Read more...] about Butcher who raped and murdered Libby Squire could have 27-year prison term increased