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Rishi Sunak reportedly blocked from higher benefit rise by ageing IT system

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Rishi Sunak was reportedly blocked from raising some benefits to help them keep pace with spiralling inflation as a result of out-of-date government IT systems. The chancellor was said to have wanted to help those in ...

Election preference deals and strategies that could benefit Pauline Hanson and One Nation

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The Queensland Liberal National party’s decision to direct Senate preferences to Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party has raised surprisingly few objections. In the past, such a move has proved political poison. Just as...

Protected areas don’t always benefit wildlife, global study finds

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National parks and other protected areas have had mixed success in conserving wildlife, according to the largest ever global study of their effects. Using wetland bird data from 1,506 protected areas around the world,...

Benefit rises will take 18 months to catch up with inflation, OBR chair tells MPs – UK politics live

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Latest updates: warning comes as chancellor is to face Commons Treasury committee this afternoon amid criticism over his spring statement

The benefit claimant’s plight: ‘Everything is going up. The gas, phone, internet … ’

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Bad news used to arrive in a brown envelope. Now emails and PDFs keep Devon Scott up at night as soaring energy costs and other utilities force the single father of two from Birmingham to cut back. “Everything is goin...

‘Unions benefit all of us’: new Biden plan encourages federal workers to unionize

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The Biden administration set out 70 recommendations to encourage union membership in the US on Monday, including making it easier for many federal employees to join unions and eliminating barriers for union organizers...

The Guardian view on benefit levels: the only way is up

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Benefit levels are set too low. The social security budget was £36bn less in 2019 than in 2010, and the basic rate of out-of-work benefits is at its lowest for 30 years. Repeated freezes combined with the benefit cap ...

Eddie Howe says Newcastle making Saudi trip ‘for benefit of the players’

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Eddie Howe again declined to address Saudi Arabia’s dismal human rights record as he confirmed he would take his struggling Newcastle squad to the Gulf kingdom after Saturday’s game at Leeds. Saudi-owned Newcastle are...

Premier League players who would benefit from a January transfer

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Mikel Arteta’s decision to leave Nicolas Pépé on the bench when Gabriel Martinelli pulled up injured against Everton on Monday night seemed a damning indictment of the Ivorian’s standing in the side. Arsenal’s club re...

World Rugby’s new rules will lift smaller nations and should benefit whole game

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When World Rugby announced that eligibility laws would be changing this week I found myself joking that I’m actually available to play for Nigeria now. Joking because it’s just a little bit too late in the day for me ...

Ferrari owner and mobster among Italian benefit cheats

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A “citizens’ income” scheme in Italy intended to alleviate poverty was allegedly cheated by thousands of claimants, some of whom owned Ferraris, yachts and several properties, police have said. Among those claiming th...

Disabled woman to take DWP to court over ‘immoral’ automatic benefit deductions

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A disabled woman is to challenge the Department for Work and Pensions in court over what she calls its “immoral” policy of allowing landlords and utilities companies to automatically make deductions from monthly benef...

The Guardian view on Amazon’s shops: benefit society, not just consumers

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What Amazon does today, its competitors seem to do tomorrow. That is why the arrival of Amazon’s futuristic shops are both troubling and important. The company’s new grocery stores do away with cashiers and use a Big ...

The £20 benefit cut is the most morally indefensible thing I’ve seen in politics

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There is, of course, never a right moment to cut social security benefits. But with the world dangling at the edge of an economic precipice, the price of basics – food and energy – threatening to rocket upwards and 30...

The Guardian view on benefit cuts: the fight against poverty is on

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The government appears hellbent on inflicting immeasurable hardship. Ignoring warnings, pleas and recommendations from charities, thinktanks, opposition parties and six former Conservative welfare secretaries, Rishi S...

Dream on! The surprising health benefit of a weekend lie-in

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Name: The weekend lie-in. Age: As old as the weekend. Appearance: An unmoving lump under a duvet, with the sun shining on it. Ah! What a guilty pleasure. Apparently, you shouldn’t feel any guilt. Because you’re uncon...

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