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Issue No. 2263

Benefit tests officially flawed

A new report on the government’s new incapacity benefit test says it is “widely accepted” to be “flawed” and cause anxiety.

The report, by the parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee, said people think the government’s only objective is to save money.

A survey of people with mental illness by charity Rethink found that 80 percent of respondents said the assessment made their mental health worse, and that it made many people suicidal.

Charity funding: Tories swing axe

Over 2,000 charities and community groups are facing cuts that could shut them down as the government and councils take an axe to funding.

Birmingham has cut funding to the largest number of charities, 191, followed by London on 174.

The cuts are to the tune of £110 million this year alone. The research by the False Economy group shows the “big society” is just a big con.

No austerity on Cameron's holidays

David Cameron says we’re “all in it together”. But most of us couldn’t afford his holiday.

He’s currently splashing out on a fortnight at a £10,000‑a‑week Tuscany villa.

But he has other ways of saving cash. He was caught not leaving a tip in a local cafe.

£40 million... We can afford it

Austerity? Not for the super-rich who plan to buy new flats in Chelsea for up to £40 million each.

The Glebe is set to be the new most expensive address in London. Each resident will get their own swimming pool, games room and a private lift.

“When one is super-rich, £30 million to £40 million is neither here nor there,” says estate agent Gary Hersham.

The flats, near the posh King’s Road, are being built by a hedge fund. And there will be a huge wall around the site—a feature “very important to the super-rich”, says Hersham.

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Tue 2 Aug 2011, 17:38 BST
Issue No. 2263
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