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Issue No. 2400

Tories want to slash poor fund

Some £67 million set aside to help poor people in financial difficulty went unspent last year with four in ten people applying for help turned down.

The locally-administered Welfare Assistance Fund replaced the nationally run Social Fund, which was axed in 2012. Councils have no obligation to provide it and the Tories want to scrap it.


Clegg’s hollow housing claim 

Tory planning minister Nick Boles admits there will be no requirement to build “affordable” housing in new garden cities.

It made a mockery of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg’s pledge that they would “provide affordable homes”.

The government definition of “affordable” is far more than most workers can afford.


Nuclear dump faces floods

Radioactive waste could contaminate Cumbria’s coast as flooding and erosion hits a major nuclear waste dump.

The Environment Agency says it is “highly probable” the waste will be “disrupted” by storms and rising seas.


New fracking free-for-all

Companies could “frack” for shale gas under private land more easily under new laws proposed by the Tories.

A new infrastructure bill is set to be announced in the queen’s speech. It will also relax rules on road-building and development.


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