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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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Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021

Austerity will have cast an extra 1.5m children into poverty by 2021 | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Lone-parents, disabled children and ethnic minorities will be among worst-hit, says EHRC
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Exposed: Hundreds Of Homeless Slaves Recruited On British Streets

Exposed: Hundreds Of Homeless Slaves Recruited On British Streets | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Recruited from soup kitchens and street corners with the promise of cash, drugs, or drink. Locked in squalid conditions, beaten, and forced to work brutal shifts to pay spiralling debts. A BuzzFeed News investigation reveals how hundreds of Britain’s homeless people are being trapped into modern slavery – and Theresa May’s flagship anti-trafficking initiative is failing to protect them.
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UK sick pay is found to breach international legal obligations

UK sick pay is found to breach international legal obligations | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Money available is ‘manifestly inadequate’, says European committee of social rights
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On November 07th 2016 the UN found the UK guilty of grave and systemic violations of disabled people's rights

This was a direct result of the cumulative impact of the policies listed below.

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Suicide attempts by disability benefit claimants double after controversial assessments introduced

Suicide attempts by disability benefit claimants double after controversial assessments introduced | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Attempted suicides among out-of-work disability benefit claimants have more than doubled since the introduction of fit-to-work assessments in 2008, The Independent can reveal. According to new analysis of NHS data from surveys taken in 2007 and 2014, nearly half of people surveyed on out-of-work disability benefits said they had attempted to take their own lives in 2014. 
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This Man Had To Face Drugs Charges With No Lawyer Because He Couldn’t Afford One

This Man Had To Face Drugs Charges With No Lawyer Because He Couldn’t Afford One | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
An exclusive survey of magistrates for BuzzFeed News shows 30% of all criminal defendants they saw at their last session had no lawyer, up from 24% in 2014.
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UK faces longest fall in living standards since records began, says thinktank

UK faces longest fall in living standards since records began, says thinktank | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Resolution Foundation says cut in growth announced in budget means household disposable incomes will fall until 2020
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A landmark study has linked Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths

A landmark study has linked Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths. The paper found that there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led efficiencies than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-election levels. On this trajectory that could rise to nearly 200,000 excess deaths by the end of 2020, even with the extra funding that has been earmarked for public sector services this year.
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Disabled woman 'eating out of bins to survive' half a year after her benefits were axed

Disabled woman 'eating out of bins to survive' half a year after her benefits were axed | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Ann Cumberland-Quinn has been living out of her car since DWP officials axed her disability benefits earlier this year.
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World's witnessing a new Gilded Age as billionaires’ wealth swells to $6tn

World's witnessing a new Gilded Age as billionaires’ wealth swells to $6tn | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Not since the time of the Carnegies, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts at the turn of the 20th century was so much owned by so few
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Universal credit has poleaxed the jobless. Now for low-income workers

Universal credit has poleaxed the jobless. Now for low-income workers | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Those on low incomes claiming benefits will find that universal credit is loaded with cruel penalties, writes housing campaigner Pilgrim Tucker
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Wife of stroke victim who needs 24hr care must leave UK while he cares for children

Wife of stroke victim who needs 24hr care must leave UK while he cares for  children | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Leah Waterman told to return to Philippines despite medics agreeing that her husband cannot care for himself, let alone be sole carer to their children
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DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Government wins legal case which could have major implications for people fighting the DWP.
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UK living standards hit harder than thought by crisis

UK living standards hit harder than thought by crisis | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Ordinary households suffered worst decade in 50 years, finds new research
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DWP goes back to court to block future benefit appeals

DWP goes back to court to block future benefit appeals | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The case could have major implications for welfare appeals
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Windsor council leader calls for removal of homeless before royal wedding

Windsor council leader calls for removal of homeless before royal wedding | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Council’s Tory leader Simon Dudley is demanding police use legal powers to clear the area of homeless people by 19 May
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Our benefits system has become a racket for cheating poor people

Our benefits system has become a racket for cheating poor people | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
A disabled woman’s plea for help ends in tears and humiliation – that’s how the process works, says Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty
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Tory means tests will 'see 1 million poor kids miss out on free school meals'

Tory means tests will 'see 1 million poor kids miss out on free school meals' | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it

The flagship Universal Credit system will result in free meals being lost when a family earns more than £7,400
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An extra 700,000 people in UK living in poverty, report finds

An extra 700,000 people in UK living in poverty, report finds | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
Read An extra 700,000 people in UK living in poverty, report finds latest on ITV News. All the Economy, Politics news
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'It's just mistake after mistake' – stories from the universal credit catastrophe

'It's just mistake after mistake' – stories from the universal credit catastrophe | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
It was introduced to simplify benefits and encourage people to work. Yet from a bungled rollout to Kafkaesque rules and the infamous six-week payment delay, universal credit has caused untold misery. John Harris meets people who have had their lives turned upside down
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Dad dies months after Job Centre bosses told GP not to write any more sick notes

Dad dies months after Job Centre bosses told GP not to write any more sick notes | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The DWP wrote to James Harrison's doctor behind his back and declared him fit for work 10 months before he died
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400,00 more children will be in poverty by 2021 under benefit changes

More than 400,000 more children are set to fall into poverty in the next four years if the Government pursues its planned tax and benefit reforms, a new report has warned. Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) forecasts that under current plans for changes to benefits, including the rollout of universal credit, absolute child poverty is set to increase from 27 per cent to 31 per cent by 2021. Experts have warned that Britain’s record of reducing child poverty is at risk of “unravelling” as a result of the changes.
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Stroke victim dies 'hungry and in fear' after waiting weeks for Universal Credit payment

Stroke victim dies 'hungry and in fear' after waiting weeks for Universal Credit payment | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
The Tories today described numerous Universal Credit warnings as scaremongering.
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Help to buy has mostly helped housebuilders boost profits

Help to buy has mostly helped housebuilders boost profits | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
A Morgan Stanley report shows the government’s subsidy has driven up the price of new-build homes – and now it is lining up another £10bn
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What happens when you have to wait four months for Universal Credit?

What happens when you have to wait four months for Universal Credit? | The Sealand Gazette | Scoop.it
“I thought I might as well give up.”
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