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'I didn’t want to tell anyone I was claiming benefits'

October 15, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has seen record numbers of people claiming Universal Credit - but a poverty charity says its research shows the stigma around being on benefits has increased.

In the first three months after lockdown, there were 3.2 million new applications for Universal Credit.

But while the virus' economic consequences have been far reaching and unprecedented, research from the poverty charity Turn2Us has found that the stigma around claiming benefits has become more pronounced.

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Covid-19: Government launches £238m scheme for jobseekers

October 04, 2020

Jobseekers will be offered coaching and advice on moving into "growing sectors" as part of a £238m employment programme, the government has said.

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Puppy prices soar during coronavirus lockdown

September 17, 2020

The price of puppies has more than doubled during lockdown with dogs costing almost £1,900 on average.

Popular breeds have seen even sharper price increases, and puppies are often selling for £3,000 or more, according to a leading online marketplace.

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Furlough 'must be extended' to avoid mass unemployment, say MPs

September 10, 2020

The UK government should consider a targeted extension of its furlough scheme, MPs have said.

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WILL A HEATWAVE KILL OFF OR SLOW DOWN CORONAVIRUS?

August 12, 2020

As temperatures rise across the UK throughout August, many people will likely be spending more time basking in the sunshine.

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Coronavirus: Face masks and coverings to be compulsory in England's shops

July 19, 2020

Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July.

Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100, the government has announced.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it would "give people more confidence to shop safely and enhance protections for those who work in shops".

The move will bring England into line with Scotland and other major European nations like Spain, Italy and Germany.

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What is dexamethasone? The coronavirus treatment proven to reduce the risk of death

June 15, 2020

Scientists have made the "biggest breakthrough yet" in the fight against coronavirus.

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All the things changing in April - including Universal Credit, prescriptions charges and driving tests

March 30, 2020

There will be new laws coming into effect in April that we should all be made aware of as we can all be affected in one way or another.

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Coronavirus support for employees, benefit claimants and businesses

March 13, 2020

A range of extra support and measures will be in place to help workers, benefit claimants and businesses affected by coronavirus.Following announcements in the Budget, the Department for Work and Pensions is making temporary arrangements to support those impacted by coronavirus. For more information CLICK HERE

When her oldest daughter left home, Audie had to go part-time in order to be there for her two younger children after school. Previously, she'd made ends meet by working long and unsociable hours. Now she was sinking into debt - and at first there didn't appear to be a solution..... Click here for the full story

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