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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Low income families will be around £1,000 worse off each year AND Home Secretary to look into vetting of police officers


Your national news headlines now including low income families hit hard by announcements in this week’s budget, police vetting to be examined by Priti Patel and Olympians among those protesting at an oil rig.

LOW INCOME FAMILIES: A "triple-whammy" of incoming budget pressures over the next six months could leave low income families more than a thousand pounds worse off annually, according to a think tank. The Resolution Foundation said inflation, rising energy bills and the looming health and social care tax could leave households worse off even after increases in the minimum wage have been accounted for.

With inflation and soaring energy prices a global phenomenon as a result of emerging from the coronavirus pandemic – and therefore being beyond the Government’s control – the foundation is urging ministers to take action where they can by keeping the UC uplift in place for 4.4 million households.

Karl Handscomb, a senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, said upholding the weekly bonus would “go a long way towards easing the coming cost-of-living squeeze”.

The Treasury provided the additional £20 per week to benefit recipients at the outset of the pandemic, but Chancellor Rishi Sunak has so far been adamant it must end by October.

The uplift was meant to last a year but was extended by six months in the March Budget.

POLICE VETTING: Home Secretary Priti Patel has promised to conduct a "thorough review" of police vetting in light of recent accusations against Metropolitan Police officers. Speaking at Thames Valley Police Training Centre, the minister also said that hiring more women is "important" for the future of police culture.

EXTINCTION REBELLION: Extinction Rebellion protesters have broken into an oil terminal in Hampshire, calling for an end to the use of fossil fuels and a stop to expansion plans for the site. The protesters include Olympians sailor Laura Baldwin and gold medal-winning canoeist Etienne Stott as well as around thirteen others.

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