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Oldham Gas Blast A Man Jailed Over Toddler Death

Oldham Gas Blast A Man Jailed Over Toddler Death

  • Posted: Feb 19, 2013
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A man who triggered a gas explosion after a row with his girlfriend is sentenced for the manslaughter of the baby next door.

Andrew Partington admitted that it was his fault and responsibility of the child’s deaths. When the gas  explosion took place, Jamie Heaton (2 years old baby)was trapped under his collapsed house.

Jamie Heaton was crushed to death under the weight of falling rubble. The man who caused the blast and killed the toddler has been jailed for 10 years.

It is believed Partington, who lived next door, had cut his own gas pipes following a row with his partner, Tania Williams. read more

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Review On Benefits For Immigrants

Review On Benefits For Immigrants

  • Posted: Feb 13, 2013
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The plan will be to limit ways how immigrants will be able to access the benefits system. This will include access to free healthcare from the NHS housing

Mr Cameron told MPs he had already chaired a committee meeting in Whitehall about the review, which is being led by immigration minister Mark Harper.

He was responding to a question from Tory MP Mark Spencer, who had declared that the welfare state and NHS exist to support Britons who “fall on difficult times”.

“Will the Prime Minister assure the house that he will not allow them to abused by illegal immigrants and nationals who are coming here as benefit tourists?” he asked. read more

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Elderly Care Bills To Be Capped At £75,000

Elderly Care Bills To Be Capped At £75,000

  • Posted: Feb 11, 2013
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It has been announced today that elderly care bills are to be capped by the state in a £1bn move expected to be funded by dragging more people into inheritance tax.

The cap on how much pensioners pay for care is to be set at £75,000, more than double the £35,000 recommended by the Dilnot Commission.

But the assets threshold beneath which people will receive means-tested support is to be hiked significantly – up from £23,250 to £123,000.

The new Government new idea is to extend the freeze of inheritance tax threshold which currently kicks in at 40% at £325,000 or £650,000 for couples. read more

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Discovery In Work Capability Assessment Carried Out By Atos

Discovery In Work Capability Assessment Carried Out By Atos

  • Posted: Feb 08, 2013
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The Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised for making wrong decisions on the ability of benefit claimants to work at “considerable cost” to the taxpayer.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) said there had been much criticism of Atos, the firm contracted to conduct so-called work capability assessments (WCA), but it warned that most of the problems lay with the department.

In 2008 have been introduced work capability assessment to assess entitlement to Employment and Support Allowance. Atos was paid £112.4m to carry out 738,000 assessments in 2011/12.

The MPs’ report said: “The Work Capability Assessment process is designed to support a fair and objective decision by the department about whether a claimant is fit for work, but in far too many cases the department is getting these decisions wrong at considerable cost to both the taxpayer and the claimant.” read more

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The New Bedroom Tax Starts In April

The New Bedroom Tax Starts In April

  • Posted: Feb 02, 2013
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The new duty will plunge Britons into poverty, including members of the armed forces, the disabled and elderly.

The new law, so-called “bedroom tax” will be imposed from April by the Guvernment.

All social housing tenants of working-age will have their housing benefit docked if they are judged to have a spare bedroom. For 670,000 households already struggling to pay bills and rent while feeding themselves or their children, that means losing an average of £14 a week, and up to £80 a month. Misery awaits.

The policy has two stated aims: firstly, to bring down the housing benefits bill; secondly, to free up under-occupied social housing to help overcrowded families. The Government is absolutely right to argue that £21bn worth of taxpayers’ money is wasted on housing benefit. But it is paid out because our economy is blighted by a combination of high unemployment and underemployment, low wages and excessive rents, leaving large sections of the population unable to afford their housing costs. A huge chunk of housing benefit has become a subsidy for private landlords who scrounge off the taxpayer, knowing they can charge extortionate rents and the state will pick up the tab. Controlling rents – as in Germany – would be a more effective and humane way of reducing the bill. read more

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Data Protection Dilemma Over Disability Allowance

Data Protection Dilemma Over Disability Allowance

  • Posted: Feb 01, 2013
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Today in the Islington Tribute, a local newspaper, I found this article regarding data protection. There is now another debate on data protection on Disability Living Allowance(DLA).

The Town Hall is debating whether to share the personal data of disabled people without their consent in order to carry out a “salvaging operation” when benefits are cut.

On Monday night the Communities Review Committee discussed how to personally contact each of the 2,000 people whose Disability Living Allow­ance will be cut in April.

“We need to carry out some sort of rescue plan now before the most vulnerable people are too far down the line in rent arrears and debt,” said Labour councillor Mick O’Sullivan. read more

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New British Citizenship Test Changes

New British Citizenship Test Changes

  • Posted: Jan 31, 2013
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Try your hand at the new version of the exam for aspiring Britons – featuring topics from the London Olympics to the Two Ronnies.

There have been made some changes in the uk citizenship test which must be taken by all immigrants that want to settle in Britain permanently.

The new revised exam, that was introduced in March, the main aspects that will be covered are the following: nation’s culture, past, sport, music, historical facts.

For example, while foreigners will be expected to know British history stretching back to the Stone Age, through to the Romans, Norman Conquest and the Magna Carta, they will also be tested on last year’s Olympics and “Britons’ unique sense of humour and satire”. The Two Ronnies and Monty Python are even on the syllabus, while British cultural and artistic heritage, from the music of composer Henry Purcell to the worldwide influence of the Beatles and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the nation’s national parks all feature in the 45-minute test. read more

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Carers’ Needs Part Of Bill To ‘Transform’ Social Care

Carers’ Needs Part Of Bill To ‘Transform’ Social Care

  • Posted: Jan 29, 2013
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As you may be aware the social care and well-being, Bill is being carried out nationwide . It also affects people in Wales.

More people who look after disabled, sick and frail relatives could be entitled to help at home under proposals to change the law in Wales.

Carers will have their needs assessed and could get a payment that puts them in control of their own care budget.

The Welsh government said extra funding will not be required to deliver the Social Services and Wellbeing Bill. read more

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Pensions Overhaul – Q&A

Pensions Overhaul – Q&A

  • Posted: Jan 25, 2013
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The Government wants to replace the current state pension with a single payment

The current system

Men and women in their 60s start receiving their pension, currently worth £107.45 a week.

The exact date they start to get the payment depends on their personal situation. read more

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Helicopter Crash In Vauxhall London

Helicopter Crash In Vauxhall London

Two people were killed and 12 were hurt when a helicopter crashed into a crane on a building in central London.

The helicopter hit the crane on top of The Tower, One St George Wharf beside the Thames at about 08:00 GMT.

After the helicopter crushed on the ground, eight firefighters tackled the blaze.

The pilot, Capt Pete Barnes from charter firm Rotormotion, was killed, along with a person on the ground.Mr Barnes, 50 and who lived near Reading, Berkshire, had asked to be diverted to a nearby heliport because of bad weather. read more

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