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How did welfare claimants come to be seen as scroungers?

How did welfare claimants come to be seen as scroungers? | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
When William Beveridge conceived the welfare state seventy years ago, the poor were seen as "deserving" now those using the welfare state are most often seen as "scroungers". How has the welfare state changed, and how has this changed our perception of it since 1944? A fascinating article.
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Banks: opportunity for rehabilitation

Banks: opportunity for rehabilitation | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
New research by YouGov shows how the industry’s reputation has fallen, however it is interesting to note who the most regarded banks are - Nationwide which is a mutual, and the Cooperative Bank.
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Why the #Rotherham #UKIP scandal is almost certainly a load of codswallop

This Thursday there is a by-election in Rotherham. Rotherham is a pretty safe Labour seat, but with the previous MP forced to stand down in controversial circumstances and UKIP campaigning hard, the splashing of Rotherham's Labour run council moving three ethnic minority children on from a couple who were known UKIP supporters seems a massive coincidence, especially breaking on a Saturday when most of the council would be off for the weekend.

This is a great post asking a few pertinent questions about whether this story is all it seems, or whether we're being played for political gain...
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Britain's most boring days out - Telegraph

Britain's most boring days out - Telegraph | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Are you looking for somewhere different to spend some time? How about this selection of niche attractions, from a lawnmower museum to a tour of the south coast's top sewage works.
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Welfare reform and not paying the rent

Welfare reform and not paying the rent | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Iain Duncan-Smith was on Question Time last night. Things got really heated when a question was asked about this policy and he had to defend it. Given what Mark Easton reveals here, you can perhaps understand why he was so defensive...
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Pacific island 'does not exist'

Pacific island 'does not exist' | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
You thought the Lost plot line of an island that suddenly vanished into thin air was far fetched...
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Unhappiest people in Britain not always the most deprived, says report

Unhappiest people in Britain not always the most deprived, says report | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Wellbeing is not just about money – if you can see a tree you're likely to be happier, reveals latest government research...
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Tesla Model S: the car of the future - Telegraph

Tesla Model S: the car of the future - Telegraph | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Many radical innovations may mean the launch of the new Tesla Model S electric car is remembered as the dawn of a new era.
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London mothers should move to Outer Hebrides to find happiness

London mothers should move to Outer Hebrides to find happiness | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
British mothers
living in the UK's most remote spots should be among the happiest people in the
country, a think-tank revealed as the Government prepared to release its first
report on public quality of life.
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LORD McALPINE: Shock new question from Australia:

LORD McALPINE: Shock new question from Australia: | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Is he a Machiavellian scribophile? Twelve years ago – over in his favourite place, Australia – Lord Alistair McAlpine was promoting a book about somebody he seems to admire….Prince Machiavelli.

McAlpine’s advice on dealing with the media? Spread false defeat to gain public sympathy; or false accusation and then arrange for it to be exposed as such – so the accuser will forever be treated with suspicion.’
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Santa left dangling by his beard

Santa left dangling by his beard | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
A Santa Claus is left dangling from the ceiling after his beard becomes trapped while abseiling inside a Reading shopping centre as part of a Christmas lights switch-on show.
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Britain in nutrition recession as food prices rise and incomes shrink

Britain in nutrition recession as food prices rise and incomes shrink | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Families filling up on high-fat processed foods as 900,000 fewer in two years manage 'five-a-day' fruit and vegetables...
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Wealthy homeowner fined £125,000 after felling neighbour's tree that blocked sea views from his hot tub

Wealthy homeowner fined £125,000 after felling neighbour's tree that blocked sea views from his hot tub | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
This is an almost unbelievable story....

A homeowner in Dorset was awoken one night by the sound if a chainsaw, and found that someone had cut down a protected 40ft pine tree in his garden. The removal of the pine now gave his neighbour a superb view of Poole Harbour from his new hot tub and added about £50,000 to the value of his house...
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Offshore secrets revealed: the shadowy side of a booming industry

Offshore secrets revealed: the shadowy side of a booming industry | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
This practice was supposed to have been stamped out years ago, but the offshore sham director business is alive and well with 21,500 companies using a group of 28 nominee directors.

The start of a major investigation by The Guardian, Panorama and the Washington based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
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TV star Larry Hagman dies at 81

TV star Larry Hagman dies at 81 | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
His character was at the heart of Dallas, indeed in the recent revival he carried on appearing despite having ongoing treatment for his recurrent cancer.
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Why 2013 will be a boom year for bailiffs and slum landlords

Why 2013 will be a boom year for bailiffs and slum landlords | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Following on from what Mark Easton wrote, Polly Toynbee is expecting a similar crisis in housing next year as the benefits system changes and poorer families are forced to move.
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Police chief quits after commissioner asked him to apply for his job

Police chief quits after commissioner asked him to apply for his job | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Literally within hours of the first Police and Crime Commisioners taking office a Chief Constable resigns...
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5 Lies the Media Keeps Repeating About Gaza

5 Lies the Media Keeps Repeating About Gaza | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
This article is about how the current flare up in Gaza has been presented in the US media, but equally the UK media doesn't challenge key parts of the narrative presented by Israel - all of these five points could apply to UK coverage.
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Oprah Tweets Her Love For Microsoft Surface Using An iPad | TechCrunch

Oprah Tweets Her Love For Microsoft Surface Using An iPad | TechCrunch | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Oprah hasn't been shy about her love for the MS Surface. In early November, she claimed that it was one of her favorite things. This morning, she tweeted that she has bought 12 for Christmas gifts. She sent that using Twitter for iPad...
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Why 50 homeless men are sleeping in a Tottenham church

Why 50 homeless men are sleeping in a Tottenham church | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
New Economics Foundation report pinpoints how cuts are hitting England's most deprived wards, in London and Birmingham...
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Sky magazine tax loophole saved broadcaster up to £40m a year

Sky magazine tax loophole saved broadcaster up to £40m a year | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Satellite broadcaster saved millions in VAT by charging Sky customers monthly fee for cable guide magazines...
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Spoilt ballots point to protest in PCC elections, study suggests

Spoilt ballots point to protest in PCC elections, study suggests | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Proportion of spoilt ballot papers was slightly higher than in comparable elections, according to Reading University analysis...
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Vince Cable calls for tax crackdown

Vince Cable calls for tax crackdown | News and Current Affairs | Scoop.it
Tax authorities need to get tough to rein in systematic abuse of company taxation by multinationals, says business secretary...
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