The people living in potentially benefit-capped households were helped to find the posts by Jobcentre Plus over 18 months. In the same period, around 35,600 accepted an offer of support as they tried to find work. Capping benefits at £26,000-per-household will save Britain £110million this year alone, the Department for Work and Pensions revealed last night. [Snip] The cap, now in place across the country, limits benefits to £500-a-week for couples and lone parents and £350-a-week for single adults. This is the equivalent to average working household earnings. Next year and each year thereafter the initiative will save the country
Comments: The UK population is around 65 million, give or take. Imagine what a difference such a policy would make in the US.
The threat of attacks from a shadowy group of Communist rebels forced authorities to abort the mass burial of typhoon victims on Wednesday, five days after disaster struck the central Philippines. On Wednesday morning, The Telegraph was travelling with a military convoy that was attempting to deliver 34 putrefying and unidentified bodies to a mass burial site northeast of the city centre. The three-vehicle convoy--carrying rifle-toting soldiers, forensic experts and members of the Philippines´ answer to the FBI, the National Bureau of Investigation--left a tourist shopping centre that has been transformed into a giant open-air morgue at 10.30am local time.
The last Labour Government made a “spectacular mistake” by relaxing immigration restrictions on Eastern European migrants, former Home Secretary Jack Straw has admitted. The Government lifted the restrictions on Eastern European states such as Poland and Hungary when they joined the EU in mid-2004, allowing migrants to come to Britain to live and work. The former Home Secretary described the decision as a "well-intentioned policy we messed up". In a column for his local newspaper the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn MP Mr Straw said: "One spectacular mistake in which I participated (not alone) was in lifting the transitional restrictions on the Eastern European
They gather on the streets after dusk, ‘making noise, dropping litter and being a nuisance’. [Snip] Racial tension and fear of civil unrest is growing, and to make matters worse there are the first signs of vigilante action against the new Roma arrivals. Some residents with strong views about their unwanted neighbours have begun patrolling the streets at night to ‘gather evidence’ of anti-social behaviour and possible criminal activity. In addition, the local Pakistani community association is running ‘official’ warden patrols between 8pm and 10pm every weekday with the intention of ‘educating’ the Roma population about ‘how to behave in
A third of all adult Americans should consider taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, according to the first such new guidelines in a decade. It is estimated that 33 million Americans--44% of men and 22% of women--would meet the threshold for taking statins, under the advice issued by two leading US medical organisations. The drugs are currently recommended for 15% of adults. The guidelines for the first time take aim at strokes, not just heart attacks. Under the current advice, statins are recommended for those who have total cholesterol over 200 and LDL, or "bad cholesterol", of over 100.
Afghan opium cultivation has reached a record level, with more than 200,000 hectares planted with the poppy for the first time, the United Nations says. The UNODC report said the harvest was 36% up on last year, and if fully realised would outstrip global demand. Most of the rise was in Helmand province, where British troops are preparing to withdraw. One of the main reasons the UK sent troops to Helmand was to cut opium production. The head of the UN office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Kabul, Jean-Luc Lemahieu, said that production was likely to rise again next year, amid uncertainty
The average price of regular gas has fallen to $3.19 a gallon, with drivers in eight states now able to fill up their cars for less than $3. Prices have been dropping by about a penny a day, according to AAA, with another six states close to falling below the $3 mark soon. The fall in prices has been credited to a strong flow of cheap crude coming from Canada and North Dakota. ´In almost half the states, you don´t need to make a great effort to find gas at $3 or less,´ Tom Kloza, an oil analyst, told CNN Money.
Potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul drew applause from The Citadel’s Corps of Cadets on Tuesday when he said Hillary Clinton should be disqualified from running for president because of the Benghazi affair. “Her failure to provide our ambassador and his mission with adequate security should preclude Hillary Clinton from ever holding high office again,” Paul said of the former secretary of state in connection to last year’s fatal attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city. While the comment was one of several applause points Paul, R-Ky., received during a 20-minute speech, it was also one of the more
It is almost 25 years since the detective Hercule Poirot, created by Agatha Christie and played by David Suchet, made his debut on ITV. The first of 70 episodes of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, a minor short story called The Adventure of the Clapham Cook, was broadcast in January 1989. Tonight, Curtain--Poirot’s Last Case brings this long televisual life to an end. Even those who view the Christie oeuvre as irredeemably lightweight may feel a sense of momentousness, a tug of poignancy, at the death of a character who has been part of our national life for a generation.
In the end, the smell lives on as the strongest memory. Back in January 2010, I was sent to Haiti just after an earthquake had devastated the capital, Port-au-Prince. In the aftermath of this calamity, which claimed as many as 300,000 lives, the ruins of the city were pervaded by a particular smell, combining tropical humidity, pulverised buildings, spilled petrol, filth, sweat and--most cloyingly of all--decomposing human remains. Today, the scenes in the Philippines must be tragically similar. All emergencies have their own characteristics, but there are parallels between the catastrophe wrought by Typhoon Haiyan and the Haiti earthquake.
How to respond to the failures of Obamacare--with tears or with laughter? This administration does have a talent for snatching farce from the jaws of defeat. Here are some of the latest problems that it´s created for itself (and the American people)… Problem #1: enrollment. The administration´s goal was to sign up 500,000 people in the first month through its website IKeepPressingCtrlAltDeleteButNothing´sHappening.com. The actual figure achieved? 50,000. The problem is partly that the website is a total mess, slow moving and full of glitches and almost unworkable. But it´s more than just a technical issue, it´s reflective of both the
Violence is completely unacceptable regardless of the outcome of the current round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, US Ambassador Dan Shapiro said Monday. Shapiro’s comments at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly came five days after US Secretary of State John Kerry raised eyebrows in a television interview by warning of a third intifada if the talks break down. Kerry said in the interview last Thursday that the alternative to “getting back to the talks is the potential of chaos,” and then asked, “I mean, does Israel want a third intifada?” Shapiro, asked about these comments at a session moderated by
Naderev "Yeb" Sano, representative for the Philippines at the UN Climate Change talks, broke down in tears as he addressed delegates in Warsaw. Mr Sano, whose family is from Tacloban--one of the worst hit areas--announced that he was going on hunger strike until "a meaningful outcome is in sight". Representatives from 190 nations have gathered in Poland to try and thrash out a new pact to fight global warming. "What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness. "We can fix this. We can stop this madness. Right now, right here," Mr Sano
It’s sad that Maverick’s taking this idea just seriously enough that he’d think to mention it to another human being. He’s 77 years old, ran a famously chaotic campaign in 2008 before getting crushed on election day, and would face a much stronger, younger field in the primaries than he did last time. That he forced me just now to devote even half a second of thought to how he might stack up against the 2016 contenders is frankly embarrassing, and something for which I’ll never forgive him. It’s like watching a 60-year-old pitcher announce that he’s thinking of coming
Washington: A woman, who claims to have been a classmate of Barack Obama, said that the president was gay and used cocaine in school. In a bizarre interview, Mia Marie Pope told right-wing preacher James David Manning that she believes Obama was not only active within the gay community, but also a heavy cocaine user during his years in Hawaii. Pope said that Obama always portrayed himself as a foreign student, adding that girls were never anything that he ever was interested in, but he would get along with older white gay men. She added that Obama at that time was also
James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who helped bring down ACORN (the “community organizing” group that Barack Obama worked for as a lawyer and trainer) and got NPR’s president fired, is back. This time, his undercover investigators focused on Obamacare’s “navigators,” the nearly 50,000 people who, in the words of the Department of Health and Human Services, “will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans” on the Obamacare exchanges (at least when they’re finally working). The total value of grants doled out for nonprofits and community organizations to hire navigators
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) will ask two oversight agencies for a full-blown investigation into the problems surrounding the ObamaCare launch. Hagan, who is up for reelection in 2014, is asking her Senate colleagues to co-sign a letter asking two agencies to conduct “a complete, thorough investigation to determine the causes of the design and implementation failures of HealthCare.Gov.” “These problems are simply unacceptable, and Americans deserve answers and swift solutions,” Hagan writes in a letter obtained by The Hill. “Taxpayers are owed a full and transparent accounting of how the vendors contracted to build the site failed to launch it
President Barack Obama´s approval ratings have dipped to a record low in another poll — this time from Quinnipiac University. According to the poll, respondents disapprove of Obama´s job performance by a 54-39 margin. His approval rating of 39% is worse than his previous all-time low of 41% in the Quinnipiac survey, which came after a bruising fight over raising the nation´s debt ceiling in 2011. And for the first time ever, most people (52%) say that Obama is not honest and trustworthy. Only 44% say that he is honest and trustworthy. The only individual issue on which Obama scores
We were just asking for it. This is, essentially, what Century Foundation fellow Michael Cohen took to the pages of the New York Daily News on Monday to say. In a profound scolding, Cohen diagnoses America’s “immaturity” as demonstrated by the backlash against President Barack Obama over to his oft-repeated and false claim that every American who was happy with their health insurance would be able to keep their health insurance. This was never true. The president and his staff were aware this was not true as early as February, 2010. Some media outlets reported that, for millions of Americans,
Swampscott, Massachusetts Selectman Barry Greenfield is pushing a measure to give police the authority to conduct home searches to check proper storage of firearms. Greenfield said "state law requires Massachusetts gun owners to keep their firearms locked away or rendered inoperable." There are "600 registered gun owners in [Swampscott]," and the selectman wants police to be able to drop in unannounced, enter the homes of each gun owner, and verify compliance. According to the Swampscott Patch, Greenfield has spoken with Swampscott Police Chief Ron Madigan about this issue, and has spoken with other selectmen. At least one of the selectmen-
Fourteen years ago, I was asked to be a keynote speaker at the Richmond County Women´s Republican Club annual dinner. I had started my column at the Staten Island Advance the year before, and as an Hispanic who had grown up in Spanish Harlem, many Republicans were surprised that I was a conservative. It was my first speaking engagement and one I accepted reluctantly, but I felt that it was an opportunity to offer some advice to the Republican Party about winning over the voters in the barrios and the inner city.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said he has no plans to run again for the White House. Speaking to the Arizona Republic, McCain said he had received "a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls" urging him to run since the government shutdown. But he said he´s focused on whether to run for a sixth term in the Senate, not for president. “As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate," he said. "But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential ambitions are concerned, ‘The people have spoken —
Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time´s executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he´s obviously a big guy. He´s obviously a big Republican. But he´s also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn´t only winning re-election as New Jersey´s governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state
Perhaps the most entertaining facet of watching the scales fall from liberal´s eyes about Obamacare is the absolute shock they experience when their liberal friends chastise them for complaining. Lori Gottlieb, a contributing editor for The Atlantic and a psychotherapist, writes in the NY Times about her conversation with Blue Anthem insurance and the reaction by her "friends" on Facebook when she posted about it: THE Anthem Blue Cross representative who answered my call told me that there was a silver lining in the cancellation of my individual P.P.O. policy and the $5,400 annual increase that I would have to
Amazing stuff via Mediaite. The “Keep Your Plan Act” is Fred Upton’s bill, which Jay Carney spent a few minutes attacking at today’s press briefing because it would make canceled plans available to all consumers, not just the ones who’d been enrolled in those plans before. That would be a disaster for the insurance industry. Healthy people would flee the new, more expensive plans for the resurrected cheaper ones, leaving no one in the new risk pool except sick people with very expensive treatments. That means either heavy losses for insurers, steep premium hikes next year to make up the