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DWP - The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) says that a bigger team will instead ring claimants themselves if they need to check any of the information provided. Claiments have spent days and hours trying to get through on the the telephone...

US Unemployment Surges

Thursday 09 April, 2020

UNEMPLOYMENT – has increased in the US. Americans seeking unemployment benefits has surged for a third week as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies. More than 6.6 million people filed jobless claims in the week ending 4 April, the Department of Labor...

BENEFITS CHANGES - Please note these changes to social security benefits. Working Tax Credit rates The maximum annual Working Tax Credit rates are shown below. Use the tax credits calculator to work out how much you could get. Rat...

DWP SELECT COMMITTEE - The Work and Pensions Committee wants to hear about how coronavirus is affecting people who rely on the benefits system as part of its new inquiry into the DWP’s response to the virus outbreak.  Letter from Permanent...

DISABILITY PAYMENTS - increase this month. Here are the new rates. Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rises Daily living component Enhanced - increased from £87.65 to £89.15 (per week) Standard - increased from £58.70 to £59.70 (per week) Mobility c...

SNP - People must not fall into hardship because of gaps in support say SNP.  The SNP’s Shadow Chancellor and Work and Pensions Secretaries have renewed calls for the Chancellor to bring forward stronger UK welfare protections to ensure peo...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans who have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak will start getting enhanced jobless benefits as soon as this week as states deploy hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid, state officials said on Tuesd...

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR - The COVID-19 crisis  is expected to wipe out 6.7 per cent of working hours globally in the second quarter of 2020 – equivalent to 195 million full-time workers.Large reductions are foreseen in the Arab States (8....

MEDIA - RT TV (ex. Russia Today) called it right that Boris Johnson was in a critical care unit while the rest of the media mob denounced their news as 'Russian Propaganda'. However, RT TV had in fact called it 'spot on'. An intensive care unit (ICU)...

COVID-19 - We visited McColls today in Mersea Road, Colchester. A young trainee was being taught to use the till with an instructor. Neither instructor nor the young lady had been provided with a mask, gloves or as they have in Lidls - a protective p...

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