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The Sealand Gazette (est. 1707) is the newspaper of record for the modern-day United Kingdom, for people who increasingly wish they could retreat to their own country in the middle of the North Sea.

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David Clapson’s awful death was the result of grotesque government policies

David Clapson’s awful death was the result of grotesque government policies | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Frances Ryan: The DWP brags about ending the ‘something for nothing’ culture, but benefit sanctions punish the unemployed, disabled and poor in ways that are utterly inhumane
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MPs will get 10 per cent pay rise, expenses watchdog says

MPs will get 10 per cent pay rise, expenses watchdog says | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
New boss of expenses watchdog to defy David Cameron and increase MPs' salaries to £74,000 a year
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New Tory Charities Minister tells volunteers to ''stick to their knitting'' and stay out of politics

New Tory Charities Minister tells volunteers to ''stick to their knitting'' and stay out of politics | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Patronising Charities Minister Brooks Newmark admitted to trying to silence anti-poverty campaigns who are drawing attention to Coalition cuts
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UK is the most financially unequal country in Northern Europe, new research reveals

UK is the most financially unequal country in Northern Europe, new research reveals | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The new research found that nine of the ten poorest regions in Northern Europe where in Britain.
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State pension service could be privatised under DWP plans

State pension service could be privatised under DWP plans | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Department for Work and Pensions considers privatisation as part of search for savings as budget shrinks by a third
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Britain’s housing benefit bill to rise by £10bn in 10 years

Britain’s housing benefit bill to rise by £10bn in 10 years | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Official figures released today show that the cost of housing benefit is set to soar in the coming decade – another sign that Britain’s housing crisis is deepening. But why?
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Cutting benefits outside London could save millions, think tank says

Cutting benefits outside London could save millions, think tank says | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Policy Exchange, a think tank with close links to Downing Street, suggests that benefit payments should be cut outside London and the South East
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Revealed: Whitehall plans to share your private data

Revealed: Whitehall plans to share your private data | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Driving licences, criminal records and energy use data could be shared under radical plans to link government databases
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Tuition fees could rise past £9,000 under new Government plans

Tuition fees could rise past £9,000 under new Government plans | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Universities could be allowed to raise tuition fees above the £9,000-a-year ceiling in return for taking on student loan debts under a plan to be considered by ministers.
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Tuition fees could rise past £9,000 under new Government plans

Tuition fees could rise past £9,000 under new Government plans | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Universities could be allowed to raise tuition fees above the £9,000-a-year ceiling in return for taking on student loan debts under a plan to be considered by ministers.
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Malnutrition soars by more than 70% since Coalition came to power

Malnutrition soars by more than 70% since Coalition came to power | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
During the Tory-led Government’s relentless cuts drive doctors in England have seen huge increases in conditions usually associated with the Third World
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Tories discuss stripping benefits claimants who refuse treatment for depression

Tories discuss stripping benefits claimants who refuse treatment for depression | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Senior ministers now believe the rules should be reviewed in order to reduce the “huge” numbers of people who are declared unfit for work due to mental health problems.
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MPs claiming more expenses now than at height of 2009 scandal

MPs claiming more expenses now than at height of 2009 scandal | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
MPs under fire over claiming £103m in 2013/14, up from £98m the previous year
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212,000 people 'beaten up for being on benefits'

212,000 people 'beaten up for being on benefits' | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Devastating research reveals that four years of Tory-led war on the poor – and the recent TV series Benefits Street – have taken a terrible toll on the most vulnerable
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Epileptic man hanged himself after his benefits were stopped

Epileptic man hanged himself after his benefits were stopped | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
DEVASTATED that his benefits had been stopped, a man with epilepsy hanged himself.
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Down's syndrome boy faces being deported from Britain after 17 years - because his parents died

Down's syndrome boy faces being deported from Britain after 17 years - because his parents died | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Wadih Chourey, 44, moved to the UK in 1997 with his mum, dad and two brothers, because he was being mentally and physically abused by local gangs in Beirut
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Stephanie Holland's curator insight, August 30, 11:39 AM

The man who has Down syndrome is 44 years old (so disregard the title of the article) 

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Police called on video game developer over 'Global Thermonuclear War' plans

Police called on video game developer over 'Global Thermonuclear War' plans | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Henry Smith, a games developer from Bristol, was reported to the police for the diagrams of his new project. By Alex Hern
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Sanctions against those on sickness benefit up 350 per cent in Government crackdown

Sanctions against those on sickness benefit up 350 per cent in Government crackdown | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Soaring numbers of sick or disabled people are being punished by having their benefits taken away in a Government crackdown that experts say is pushing the most vulnerable in society to destitution.
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Minister quits because £120,000 salary and expenses is not enough to support his family in London

Minister quits because £120,000 salary and expenses is not enough to support his family in London | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The former Africa minister said he was leaving the Foreign Office and standing down as an MP because the “intolerable” pressure on his family life. He is being replaced by James Duddridge, a former Government whip
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Britain has taken longer to recover from recession than at any time since the South Sea Bubble

Britain has taken longer to recover from recession than at any time since the South Sea Bubble | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
I have to admit I was wrong in claiming that the recovery that has occurred under the Coalition is the slowest and worst in one hundred years. I should have said worst in 314 years. I severely understated how bad things have actually been. The editor of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson, pointed out to me that I hadn’t studied historical precedent adequately and was severely understating how bad the recession really has been.
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'No one should die penniless and alone': the victims of Britain's harsh welfare sanctions

'No one should die penniless and alone': the victims of Britain's harsh welfare sanctions | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Amelia Gentleman: David Clapson was found dead last year after his benefits were stopped on the grounds that he wasn't taking the search for work seriously. He had an empty stomach, and just £3.44 to his name. Now thousands of other vulnerable claimants are being left in similar by the government's tough new welfare sanctions
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Rising property prices are condemning nearly two million young adults to live with their parents

Rising property prices are condemning nearly two million young adults to live with their parents | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
It's getting harder than ever for young adults to clamber onto the property ladder, leaving millions forced to remain in their parents' home
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'Lessons must be learned' from diabetic former soldier, who died after benefits sanction

'Lessons must be learned' from diabetic former soldier, who died after benefits sanction | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
“Lessons must be learned” from the death of a Stevenage diabetic who could not afford electricity to keep his insulin cool after his benefits were stopped.
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Top Tories Want Iain Duncan Smith To Shut All Jobcentres

Top Tories Want Iain Duncan Smith To Shut All Jobcentres | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Iain Duncan Smith is reportedly being urged by senior Tories to shut down all Jobcentres and let private companies and charities to step in to help Britain's unemployed back to work.

The proposal, backed by allies of chancellor George Osborne, is ...
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More than 300,000 disabled people to have benefits cut says Esther McVey

More than 300,000 disabled people to have benefits cut says Esther McVey | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
More than 300,000 disabled people will have their benefits cut when Disability Living Allowance is replace by a new benefit, Esther McVey, the minister for disabled people, announced today – but the change has been delayed for two years.
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