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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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Distraught Families Face Eviction as Britain's Richest Tory MP Buys Up Their Homes and Hikes Rents

Distraught Families Face Eviction as Britain's Richest Tory MP Buys Up Their Homes and Hikes Rents | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Around 90 households in The New Era estate in Hoxton, London have been snapped up by Tory MP Richard Benyon’s £110million family firm, which promptly announced plans for a massive rent hike.  The r...
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The NHS has been offered up to the private sector, says Britain's chief doctor

The NHS has been offered up to the private sector, says Britain's chief doctor | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The NHS has been served up to “armies of lawyers and accountants” from the private healthcare industry, the leader of Britain's doctors has said, accusing the Government of a double-pronged attack on the health service driven by privatisation and cuts to services.
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British people favour leaving the European Union, according to poll

British people favour leaving the European Union, according to poll | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Nearly half would vote to leave while only 37% would vote to stay, though the picture changes if membership is renegotiated
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Labour policy report calls for radical reform of welfare state

Labour policy report calls for radical reform of welfare state | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Thinktank's report for policy review will propose benefits be linked more closely to contributions
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Boris Johnson buys water cannon in defiance of Theresa May

Boris Johnson buys water cannon in defiance of Theresa May | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
London mayor thought to have grown impatient with the home secretary.
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Disabled mum died alone and penniless after her benefits were stopped

Disabled mum died alone and penniless after her benefits were stopped | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The heartbroken family of Annette Francis say she had struggled without any money for six months before she died
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Britain's first secret trial

Britain's first secret trial | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Owen Jones: First thoughts: If we allow hard-won freedoms to be discarded without a fight, what is to stop the powerful coming for other rights?
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British middle classes will be replaced by 'tiny elite and a huge sprawling proletariat', says Government adviser

British middle classes will be replaced by 'tiny elite and a huge sprawling proletariat', says Government adviser | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Rising house prices will see the British middle classes disappear within 30 years, leaving behind a tiny elite and a huge proletariat, a Government adviser has warned.
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Five million British children 'sentenced to life of poverty thanks to welfare reforms'

Five million British children 'sentenced to life of poverty thanks to welfare reforms' | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Children in working families, rather than beggars and vagrants, are the face of modern poverty in Britain today – a country which is one of the “most unfair in the developed world.” For five million children face being “sentenced to a lifetime of poverty” by 2020, according to shocking new research from Save The Children.
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Privatise child protection services, Department for Education proposes

Privatise child protection services, Department for Education proposes | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Experts sound alarm over proposal from Michael Gove's department to outsource children's services to private firms
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Benefit Sanctions 'Damaging' Waste Of Time, Say Jobcentre Staff

Benefit Sanctions 'Damaging' Waste Of Time, Say Jobcentre Staff | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
According to a PCS survey, 23% of respondents said they had been given 'explicit targets' for making benefit sanctions referrals.
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David Cameron: Taxes will rise unless we can raid bank accounts

David Cameron: Taxes will rise unless we can raid bank accounts | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
David Cameron claims he will "have to put up taxes" unless tax officials are given draconian powers to raid people's bank accounts
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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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Many British people will never afford an acceptable minimum living standard

Many British people will never afford an acceptable minimum living standard | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Patrick Butler: The chances of people on low incomes affording a decent life, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, have dramatically reduced
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New Government cuts could see a million state jobs go

New Government cuts could see a million state jobs go | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
George Osborne orders 'ambitious' new efficiency drive, to be detailed in the Autumn Statement, for savings and job cuts stretching deep into the next parliament
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The reason voters feel powerless: because it's the truth

The reason voters feel powerless: because it's the truth | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Steve Richards: With no accountability in the NHS, schools or transport, people can only fume impotently. Britain needs to be put together again
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Trussell Trust told ‘the government might try to shut you down’

Trussell Trust told ‘the government might try to shut you down’ | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The chair of the Trussell Trust has said that the charity made a decision to tone down its criticisms of the benefit system after someone in power warned them that they could get shut down.
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Hopes fading for millions of children in poverty trap

Hopes fading for millions of children in poverty trap | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The picture painted in the report by the Social Mobility And Child Poverty Commission suggests 3.5million children will remain desperately poor.
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Lords spend £600k of our money on art for the House of Lords

Lords spend £600k of our money on art for the House of Lords | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it

Peers have lavished more than £600,000 of taxpayers’ cash on art works for the House of Lords which the majority of the public will never see.

 

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Pursuit of tax credit overpayments turns nasty as debt collectors hound the poorest

Pursuit of tax credit overpayments turns nasty as debt collectors hound the poorest | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Hundreds of thousands of Britain’s poorest people are being targeted by private debt collectors hired by the Government after their tax credits were overpaid because of errors made by HMRC.
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'Costly failures': Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost UK taxpayers £30bn

'Costly failures': Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost UK taxpayers £30bn | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The cost of Britain’s interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan has reached almost £30bn – or £1,000 for every taxpayer in the country, a respected defence think-tank claims.
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Benefit reforms: One year on, universal credit is not working

Benefit reforms: One year on, universal credit is not working | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The people of Warrington have been feeling like Iain Duncan Smith's guinea pigs. For most of the past year, the town in Cheshire has been a testing ground for the Secretary of State for Work and Pension's pet project, universal credit, and those people involved are losing patience.
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Ministers urged to publish more accurate figures on benefit fraud that show it is 0.7% of claims

Ministers urged to publish more accurate figures on benefit fraud that show it is 0.7% of claims | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Ministers have been urged to publish more accurate figures on benefit fraud to stop fuelling the impression that many claimants are “scroungers.”
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The ‘24’ effect: A third of Britons think torture can be justified

The ‘24’ effect: A third of Britons think torture can be justified | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Almost a third of Britons think torture can be justified in certain circumstances, according to “alarming” new research which highlights how TV programmes such as 24 and Homeland have glamourised the abuse of detainees.
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Jobseekers face losing benefits if they refuse zero-hours contracts

Jobseekers face losing benefits if they refuse zero-hours contracts | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Unemployed people who refuse to take controversial zero-hour contracts could face losing their benefits for up to three years, according to a report.
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