A DISABLED Mum says she “can’t survive” after going onto Universal Credit and has been forced to food banks after losing hundreds of pounds.new flagship benefits system earlier this year. She’s in arrears around £800 on her house alone, with debts into the thousands, and has had a battle to keep her disabilities payments too. Debbie, who lives in Pontypool with her three kids, told The Sun Online: “Since I went onto Universal Credit in February it’s been so hard. “I’ve wished I wasn’t here anymore because I can’t give my kids a lovely warm house with food. “I’ve been through so much already. That should have been our happily ever after.” The DWP has now offered Debbie a more manageable package so she can pay back her debts over a longer period - after being approached by The Sun Online. That will save her around £80 a month. She’s just one of hundreds who claim they have struggled on the … [Read more...] about Disabled mum says Universal Credit driving her to food banks ‘after losing hundreds of pounds a month’
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Updated 7:18 am PDT, Monday, July 16, 2018 Photo: AP Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File) FILE - This April 2017 file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File) Photo: AP Why traditional credit scores still matter 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Researchers and startups say all kinds of weird data can predict your creditworthiness. What kind of smartphone you have, who your friends are and how you answer survey questions may foretell how likely you are to pay back a loan. Don't expect this alternative data to displace the three-digit number most lenders use, however. Credit … [Read more...] about Why traditional credit scores still matter
POLITICS 06/07/2018 02:41 pm ET Updated 36 minutes ago It may be a preview of the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. By Amanda Terkel, Arthur Delaney, and Zach Carter WASHINGTON ― There is nothing President Donald Trump loves more than winning. On May 24, surrounded by some of the most conservative Republicans in Congress, he savored the second major legislative victory of his presidency by signing into a law a bill that rolls back a host of bank regulations adopted after the 2008 financial crisis. “By liberating small banks from excessive bureaucracy ― and that’s what it was, bureaucracy ― we are unleashing the economic potential of our people,” Trump declared, as Fox News favorites like Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) smiled for the cameras. Grinning alongside them was Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who earned a prominent spot next to the president for helping organize the Democratic votes needed to get … [Read more...] about Behind The Scenes Of The Bruising Bank Fight That Divided Senate Democrats
PORTSMOUTHA Portsmouth sheriff’s investigator told a special grand jury Councilman Mark Whitaker treated his church’s credit union as his “own piggy bank” and that it still owed customers $240,000 when it shut down in 2015, according to new court documents.But Whitaker’s attorneys say Investigator Brett Johnson’s testimony last year was false – and that the Sheriff’s Office already had records at the time that proved all of the loans were paid off.The defense asked for Johnson’s testimony and their attack on it to be sealed in the court file. But it wasn’t, giving the public its first glimpse at what witnesses told the grand jurors before they indicted the councilman.Special prosecutor Andrew Robbins and defense attorneys Don Scott and Jon Babineau declined to comment on the court filings.Whitaker, an assistant pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church, is charged with 20 felonies, including identity fraud and forgery. He was set to … [Read more...] about Mark Whitaker’s credit union was missing $240,000, sheriff’s official testified. Defense says that’s false.
John McCain, seen here in a Hanoi hospital as a prisoner of war, was shot down over Vietnam during a bombing mission on Oct. 26, 1967. (AP) With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. THE BIG IDEA: What’s legal and what’s moral are different. “Right and wrong” are subjective. Not everyone’s “moral compass” points them to the same true north. Gina Haspel, President Trump’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, repeatedly declined to say during her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday whether “enhanced” interrogation techniques were immoral. The controversial methods, which have subsequently been outlawed, were used against terrorism suspects during the years after the Sept. 11 attacks, when Haspel oversaw a secret CIA prison in Thailand. This is why John McCain, who suffered mightily at the hands of his Vietnamese captors during five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war, is urging his colleagues to reject … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Why John McCain is voting against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA — and why it matters