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Day: March 5, 2018

Homeless charity helped target rough sleepers to deport
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Homeless charity helped target rough sleepers to deport

    St Mungo’s is one of the largest providers of homelessness outreach services in the UK, with 17 outreach teams across the south and south-west. On its website it says it is “here for every step of the journey away from homelessness” and says its outreach teams work to gradually build up trusting relationships with people who are sleeping rough. But St Mungo’s has admitted to the Guardian that it has cooperated with Home Office immigration, compliance and enforcement (Ice) teams when they go looking for rough sleepers who are in the UK illegally. A September 2016 Home Office training document obtained by the Guardian, which features the St Mungo’s logo, states: This teamwork which sees both the charity referring eligible people to immigration enforcement [IE] for he...
Energy companies banned from back billing customers for readings over a year old
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Energy companies banned from back billing customers for readings over a year old

    Energy firms will be banned from back billing customers for inaccurate meter readings which are over a year old under new Ofgem rules. Under the change, which is being introduced in May, retrospective billing for gas and electricity customers will be limited only to those taken during the past 12 months. At present there is no limit meaning the he average back-bill was £1,160 last year, with extreme cases seeing customers receive bills in excess of £10,000, according to Citizens Advice. Many suppliers are already part of a voluntary agreement not to back-bill customers past 12 months, but this does not include all companies and those that have signed up do not always stick to it, Ofgem said. The new rule will come into effect at the beginning of May for domestic c...
Teacher jailed as she was caught with boy in private situation
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Teacher jailed as she was caught with boy in private situation

    A teacher is facing four years jail after she was caught having sex with a 15-year-old boy she was tutoring privately. Natalya Nikandrova was caught by the boy's mother performing a sex act on the teenager at his home in St Petersburg, Russia. The 35-year-old teacher, who was friends with the mum, had been taken on to teach the boy at his home, reports the Daily Mail. According to local media, the teenager comes from a wealthy family. He often posts photos of himself on social media with beautiful women, and expensive cars. His father, an oil tycoon, and mother decided to have him home-educated with some of the best teachers in the city. But after taking on a family friend, the horrified mum walked in to find the woman seducing her son. A police spokesman sai...
Has the time come for a wealth tax in the UK
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Has the time come for a wealth tax in the UK

    Try as they might, politicians have found little public support for raising taxes over the years. Think of the poll tax riots, the furore over Ed Miliband’s mansion tax or George Osborne’s omnishambles budget and the pickle he was in over the humble pasty. Usually the most resistance is reserved for wealth taxes, not least for their doom laden names given by the media: no voter wants to pay for death or dementia. Denis Healey, the Labour chancellor misquoted for wanting to squeeze the rich until the pips squeak, came closest, with a 1974 election wealth tax pledge but was forced to backtrack. The pips would have squeaked a little too loud for comfort. Fast forward and the time has come to make the case for greater wealth taxes, given our emerging economic realities,...
Topless activist disrupts Berlusconi’s vote in Italian election
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Topless activist disrupts Berlusconi’s vote in Italian election

    A topless Femen activist has disrupted polling in Italy’s national election while ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi was casting his ballot. The woman, who had the words ‘Berlusconi, you’ve expired’ written in black marker on her torso, jumped onto the table at the Milan polling station as Berlusconi was voting. Photographers in the room to shoot the scene jostled for position amid the chaos. Berlusconi was escorted out, reports the Metro. News reports recalled that Femen activists disrupted Berlusconi’s vote in 2013 as well. Polls have opened in Italy in in one of the most uncertain elections in years. It is being closely watched to see if Italy will succumb to the populist, eurosceptic and far-right sentiment that has swept through Europe in recent years. The campaig...