My pick of last week’s news is Government must urgently reassess sanctions regime.
Tweet of the week
One of the best tributes to fallen soldiers I have ever seen. Ghosts of soldiers silently standing over their graves St John’s Churchyard, Slimbridge. Created by local artist, Jackie Lantelli. #LestWeForget #lestweforget18 pic.twitter.com/rYGUUYEAn5
— Pocket Sergeant (@PocketSergeant) November 9, 2018
Taking care of business -Eight key challenges facing small business owners Business Debtline: Half of the people we helped in 2017 had total debt over £10,000, with about a quarter of the instances exceeding £30,000.
Southwark Council Is Taking This Woman To Court Over A £24,000 Central Heating Charge BuzzFeed:
Michelle Baharier said she is “petrified” over a court battle with Southwark Council that could leave her with a bill she can’t pay.
It promised to help people in debt, but now Total Debt Relief has been shut down after customers’ money was “misappropriated” Mirror: Hundreds of thousands of pounds was siphoned out of the country
Second parliamentary committee calls for means-tested student grants to be reinstated Guardian: The Commons’ committee said it was “deeply concerned” by the fall in part-time and mature learners, and the impact on the socially disadvantaged going into higher education.
City watchdog may allow victims of PPI racket a second chance for payout Mail: ‘The proposed mailings will help certain consumers who have previously complained but been rejected to consider whether they want to make a new complaint about undisclosed commission on their purchase before August 29’
Toddler signs up to gaming service Times (£ paywall) Judging by the amount of online complaints, there are many adults who accidentally click on adverts and end up subscribing without realising until they get a large phone bill.
Failed money lender Cash Genie breaks £20million compensation promise Mirror: The online firm had agreed to pay customers back but administrators have told borrowers the company is unlikely to honour that.
Universal credit and other benefit news
Government must urgently reassess sanctions regime House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee: “It does not work. Worse, it is harmful and counterproductive.”
Universal credit: Mum forced to use food bank ‘so low’ BBC: With no savings and no alternative income, Ruth had to ask for an advance payment of £1,300, which she received. But almost all of this went on rent and bills, leaving her with very little money to buy food for herself and children.
Six in 10 rental homes in some parts of Britain ban housing benefit tenants, study shows Mirror: Analysis by Shelter and the National Housing Federation revealed discrimination against welfare claimants.
The Finnish Basic Income Experiment – Correcting The Narrative Social Europe: what went wrong? What explains why the basic income window of opportunity seems to have shut down?
Energy bills likely to rise next year despite government price cap BBC: Cap will save 11m households about £76, but wholesale cost rises will drive prices up