5,000 women could be in line for payouts ‘similar to a lottery win’ over underpaid pensions scandal 

5,000 women could be in line for payouts ‘similar to a lottery win’ over underpaid pensions scandal Government sent thousands of letters to women who were underpaid pensions  Sir Steve Webb has said 5,159 of them could be owed an average of £45,000 They should contact the Department for Work and Pensions as soon as … Read more

Boris Johnson ‘agrees to keep £20-a-week Covid boost to universal credit for another six months’ 

The £20-a-week boost to universal credit looks set to stay in place for another six months after Boris Johnson struck a deal with Rishi Sunak. The Chancellor has been resisting making the increase – introduced in response to the coronavirus crisis and due to end next month – permanent despite pressure from MPs across parties. … Read more

Boris Johnson ‘agrees to keep £20-a-week Covid boost to universal credit for another six months’ 

The £20-a-week boost to universal credit looks set to stay in place for another six months after Boris Johnson struck a deal with Rishi Sunak. The Chancellor has been resisting making the increase – introduced in response to the coronavirus crisis and due to end next month – permanent despite pressure from MPs across parties. … Read more

Under 2,000 start new roles via Government’s £2bn Kickstart scheme

Government’s £2billion Kickstart scheme to get young people on universal credit into jobs has seen fewer than 2,000 start new roles in its first five months Kickstart programme launched in September and offers work placements  Just 1,868 people have started their placements in the UK as of January 15  Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey … Read more

Minister Therese Coffey hints at U-turn over plan to axe £20 Covid benefits boost

Minister Therese Coffey hints at U-turn over plan to axe £20 Covid benefits boost saying all options are under ‘active consideration’ amid Tory backbench anger at plan to cut hardship cash Therese Coffey said ministers will decide ‘soon’ whether to extend the increase  Chancellor has been resisting growing pressure to extend the higher payments £20-per-week … Read more

Therese Coffey TURNS OFF camera after brutal row with Piers Morgan

Moment Therese Coffey TURNS OFF her camera after brutal row with Piers Morgan and blaming ‘age and obesity of population for UK having the world’s worst COVID death rate’ Therese Coffey switched off her video connection after clash with Piers Morgan Cabinet minister complained he ‘insulted’ her in a row over UK mortality rates She … Read more

ANNA MIKHAILOVA: Labour MP spent £39k last year on grace-and-favour flat

ANNA MIKHAILOVA: MP Jonathan Reynolds who is leading Labour’s charge to keep the £20 Universal Credit uplift spent £39,225 last year on a grace-and-favour flat By Anna Mikhailova For The Mail On Sunday Published: 01:58 GMT, 24 January 2021 | Updated: 01:59 GMT, 24 January 2021 How piquant that the MP leading Labour’s charge to keep … Read more

Covid UK: End vaccine postcode lottery NOW

Ministers are pressurising their own Government to end the vaccine postcode lottery amid fears the most vulnerable in some areas are being left behind. Matt Hancock revealed yesterday that more than 4million people in the UK have now received a vaccine, including more than half of over-80s and care home residents. The Health Secretary said … Read more

First-time buyers should be allowed to their pensions for cash minister says

First-time buyers should be allowed to their pensions for cash to get on the property ladder, minister says Guy Opperman said he is exploring ways pensions could be used to fund deposits  in a bid to help young savers locked out of the housing market UK savers cannot currently access defined contribution pensions before 55   The … Read more

Cabinet minister Therese Coffey hints taxes should be CUT in the Budget

Rishi Sunak has given a stark warning that tax rises are in the pipeline and Boris Johnson said things are about to get ‘tougher’ as they desperately tried to reassure angry Tories. The Chancellor revealed his tough message to MPs as he failed to cover up a sheaf of speaking notes while leaving Downing Street. … Read more