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Issue No. 2494

Pay to come dine with Tories

Some 39 Tory donors paid a minimum of £50,000 each for the privilege of spending an evening with ministers. The meals raised at least £1,950,000 between 1 October and 31 December last year for the party.

Tories’ pension gift to the rich

George Osborne has stalled plans to reduce tax handouts to the rich when they top up their pension pots. At present, the richest 8 percent of pension contributors get two thirds of the tax relief—over £20 billion. Osborne suggested reducing their loot. The rich revolted. Osborne retreated.

Bosses evade ‘living wage’

Bosses will claw back money from the Tories’ “living wage” by cutting overtime and weekend pay when it comes in next month. That’s according recruiting agency Manpower. Workers at Samworth Brothers are already fighting such plans.

Lords passes benefit cuts

The Tories pushed their £30 a week cut to the benefits of thousands of sick and disabled people through the House of Lords on Monday. MPs used “financial privilege” to overrule the Lords.

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