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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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Tax credit 'rape clause' becomes law without parliamentary vote

Tax credit 'rape clause' becomes law without parliamentary vote | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Controversial move, which requires woman who had third child as result of rape to verify her position, added to existing act
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Government welfare cuts to drive another one million children into poverty

Government welfare cuts to drive another one million children into poverty | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Theresa May’s welfare cuts will help push almost one million more children into relative poverty by 2022 and two thirds of those affected will live in working households, according to the latest projections from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.  The findings will heap pressure on the Prime Minister ahead of next week’s Budget to live up to her claim that the Conservatives are the “party of the workers” and to reverse some of the welfare cuts planned over the rest of this Parliament.
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UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report

UK faces return to inequality of Thatcher years, says report | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Resolution Foundation says inflation, welfare cuts and squeeze on pay will punish least well-off hardest
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Government 'withheld' disabled death reports from watchdog

Government 'withheld' disabled death reports from watchdog | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The Government hid reports on the deaths of benefit claimants from the independent expert they hired to review their “fitness for work” assessment, it has been suggested. A response from the Department of Work and Pensions to a Freedom of Information request indicates that mandatory peer reviews into the deaths of vulnerable claimants were withheld from Professor Malcolm Harrington, who was commissioned to write a report into the work capability assessment.
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Britain just got perhaps the most intrusive spying powers ever seen

Britain just got perhaps the most intrusive spying powers ever seen | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, putting the huge spying powers on their way to becoming law within weeks. The bill – which forces internet companies to keep records on their users for up to a year, and allows the Government to force companies to hack into or break things they’ve sold so they can be spied on – has been fought against by privacy campaigners and technology companies including Apple and Twitter.
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Wealth of people in their 30s has 'halved in a decade'

Wealth of people in their 30s has 'halved in a decade' | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
People in their early 30s are "half as wealthy" as those now in their 40s were at the same age, a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies finds.
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Here's Just How Much More Expensive Food Has Got Since The Brexit Vote

Here's Just How Much More Expensive Food Has Got Since The Brexit Vote | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Butter up 58%. Sugar up 37%. Beef up 33%. Pork up 18%. Wheat up 17%. The list goe
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Councils to be allowed to opt out of child protection laws

Councils to be allowed to opt out of child protection laws | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Child protection could soon vary wildly across the country
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UK joins Greece at bottom of wage growth league

UK joins Greece at bottom of wage growth league | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
TUC found that between 2007 and 2015 in the UK, real wages fell by 10.4%, the joint lowest in OECD countries
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Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows

Poorer renters at risk from homelessness as benefit shortfall grows | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of households will face a £100-a-month gap between rents and housing benefit by 2020, says study
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‘New charter for cruelty’ at Britain’s immigration detention centres

‘New charter for cruelty’ at Britain’s immigration detention centres | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
People held at Britain’s immigration removal centres can be thrown into solitary confinement against medical advice and held for hours without any explanation, according to new guidance set to be issued to guards by the Home Office. A draft “detention services order”, spelling out guidance to staff at the immigration prisons on the use of solitary confinement, says the sanction can be applied even if medical advice explicitly warns that it would be “life-threatening”.
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Government austerity policy a breach of international human rights, says UN report

Government austerity policy a breach of international human rights, says UN report | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The British Government's austerity policies are a breach of international human rights, a new report by the UN has warned.  The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has expressed “serious concerns” about growing inequality in the UK following six years of austerity policies under the current Conservative Government and the Coalition which preceded it. 
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Children will be taken to grammar schools by taxis - costing taxpayers £20m

Children will be taken to grammar schools by taxis - costing taxpayers £20m | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it

Angela Rayner said the Government has cut funding for school buses and replaced them with a 'Grammar school Uber'
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The UK economy breaks more records – for all the wrong reasons

The UK economy breaks more records – for all the wrong reasons | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Forget national insurance rates, the IFS and Resolution Foundation focus on the real story: 15 years without a pay rise, a decade of lost growth
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19 million Brits are on the edge of poverty even though nearly everyone has a job - and it's going to get worse

19 million Brits are on the edge of poverty even though nearly everyone has a job - and it's going to get worse | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows 19 million people in Britain are now earning below the 'minimum income standard.'
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UK bosses make more in two and a half days than workers earn all year

UK bosses make more in two and a half days than workers earn all year | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
High Pay Centre says £1,000-an-hour bosses will pass £28,000 average salary by lunchtime on ‘Fat Cat Wednesday’
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Benefits Sanctions Cost More Than They Save, Damning Report Finds

Benefits Sanctions Cost More Than They Save, Damning Report Finds | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
DWP overseeing “discredited system” say critics.
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UN: 'Grave' disability rights violations under UK reforms

UN: 'Grave' disability rights violations under UK reforms | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
UK welfare reforms have led to "grave violations" of disabled people's rights, a UN inquiry finds.
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Theresa May’s ‘just managing’ families set to be worse off

Theresa May’s ‘just managing’ families set to be worse off | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Study shows many of UK’s poorest families will see significant drop in income in post-Brexit economy
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We thought hate crime had increased after Brexit. Now official figures reveal just how badly

We thought hate crime had increased after Brexit. Now official figures reveal just how badly | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
There was a sharp increase in the number of racially or religiously aggravated crimes recorded by police in England and Wales following the EU referendum. In July 2016, police recorded a 41 per cent increase compared to the same month the year before, according to a Home Office report. These official figures appear to correlate with previous reports of a rise in post-Brexit hate crime.
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Born in early 80s? Then you're half as wealthy as 1970s' children, says IFS

Born in early 80s? Then you're half as wealthy as 1970s' children, says IFS | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Thinktank says stagnant wages, falling home ownership, weaker pensions and low interest rates are widening the inter-generational divide
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Clegg: Osborne casually cut welfare for poorest to boost Tory popularity

Clegg: Osborne casually cut welfare for poorest to boost Tory popularity | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Former deputy PM says ‘cynical’ ex-chancellor was not bothered about human consequences
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Rising numbers could face 'crippling pain' as NHS rationing spreads

Rising numbers could face 'crippling pain' as NHS rationing spreads | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Increasing numbers of patients will be left to endure “
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Five stories buried by Brexit

Five stories buried by Brexit | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
A huge rise in child poverty, a devastating UN critique of British austerity … these are among the news events our government is hoping we miss
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Cost of renting one-bed property soars in UK

Cost of renting one-bed property soars in UK | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Workers under 30 pay almost half of monthly wages in rent, with those in London pay even more, says Countrywide
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