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Rich ‘exploit housing fund’ meant to help first-time buyers enter the market

Written by : Patrick Lion The rich are using a housing fund aimed at helping struggling first home buyers enter the market , it was claimed last night. More than 5,000 people on six-figure incomes have reportedly used the government’s Help to Buy scheme. Four in ten recipients of the taxpayer …

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“The worst thing is the constant cold”: Seriously ill woman with no power or heating lives by candlelight after benefits axed

Written by : JACOB FUREDI A desperately ill woman is living alone by candlelight without power or heating after her benefits were axed. Donna Cross has lived in a crumbling room without electricity or gas for a year with only a stained sofa and duvet to keep her warm. The 56-year-old …

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‘I can’t even charge my wheelchair’: the impact of universal credit delays

Written by : Guardian readers and Matthew Holmes ‘I’m receiving less now than what I was receiving in hardship, which is total madness’ – Mhari, 37, Ayrshire I waited seven weeks for my first payment, in which time I had to use a food bank to eat. No money was backdated and I …

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Pensioner blasts Theresa May after her partner finally won his disability benefits – two days after he died

Written by : Dan Bloom A pensioner has blasted Theresa May after her partner finally won his disability benefits back – two days after he died. Carol Acton, 68, was left “angry and lost for words” after receiving the shock letter while she grieved for her love of 12 years Geoffrey …

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Hard Brexit would ‘cost £400 billion, wipe 18% off GDP and cause a recession’

Written by : Jimmy Nsubuga for Metro.co.uk A ‘no deal’ hard Brexit would plunge the country into an immediate recession, according to a new report. The potential Tory plan would cost the British economy £400 billion and wipe 18% off GDP growth by 2030, investment firm Rabobank warned. The study added …

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Epileptic people’s lives at risk after almost half have disability benefits axed

Written by : Dan Bloom Epileptic people’s lives are being put at risk after thousands were rejected for disability benefits, a charity has warned. Shocking figures show almost half the 15,000 epileptic people who received the old-style disability benefit have had their support axed altogether under the new-style Personal Independence Payment …

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A new Greenpeace document exposes the government’s toxic relationship with oil and gas corporations

Written by : SAM WOOLFE A new Greenpeace report has exposed the toxic relationship that Theresa May’s Conservative government has with oil and gas corporations. Unearthed, Greenpeace’s investigative unit, has obtained a document showing that Trade Minister Greg Hands visited Brazil to talk about extracting fossil fuels in the country. He was reportedly …

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A senior Conservative MP leaks his party’s private polling. No wonder they are ‘panicking’.

Written by : JAMES WRIGHT A senior Conservative MP has leaked his party’s private polling to a journalist. ITV‘s Paul Brand reports that the internal polling shows Labour 12 points ahead, leading to “blue panic”: The huge 12-point difference is much higher than the gap shown by public polls. Recent public polls placeLabour around 2 …

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Opposing voting reform ‘selfish’ and ‘immoral’

It is “selfish” and “immoral” to oppose voting reform just because “it has traditionally handed you power”, the co-leader of the Green Party has said. Caroline Lucas was speaking in a debate on proportional representation being used for future general elections. The Westminster debate was prompted by more than 100,000 …

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EU Withdrawal Bill: Tory revolt could force Theresa May into fresh U-turn over plans to put Brexit date into law

Written by : Rob Merrick Theresa May is facing a fresh Tory revolt that could force her into a humiliating U-turn on her plan to put the precise Brexit date into domestic law. A last-minute amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill is expected to win the support of pro-EU backbenchers who …