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Brits Claiming Housing Benefit And Moving Onto Universal Credit Get Extra Two Weeks Of Rent Support

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BIG changes to housing benefit will hit Brits this week as they go from getting their payments fortnightly to monthly.

But anyone who is moving onto Universal Credit will get an extra two weeks of rent support from this week, it has been announced.

Getty Housing benefit will be paid monthly from now on, as part of Universal Credit changes

From today claimants will go from getting their benefit paid fortnightly to monthly, but there will be a two week transition period to help people adjust.

The extra help, which is worth £550million, is because it’s a “big change” to Brits’, the Work and Pensions Secretary has said.

Esther McVey said today: “We understand that moving onto Universal Credit can be a big change for those used to the previous benefits system – especially the monthly payment, designed to reflect the world of work.

“So this week, extra rent support is being made available to allow people to adjust from fortnightly Housing Benefit payments to monthly Universal Credit ones.”

Alamy The government’s flagship benefits scheme Universal Credits replaces many benefits with one payment

At the start of this month all benefits will be replaced by Universal Credit, which will roll child tax credit, income support and jobseekers’ payments into one.

The Government had said that three million working households would see cash gains from Universal Credit.

Ms McVey added: “Universal Credit ensures it pays to take on extra hours of work, and provides additional employment support to not only help get you into a job but also progress up the career ladder.”

The news comes just after ministers u-turned on cutting housing benefit to all 18 – 21 year-olds, and said they would reinstate it.

The handout was taken away from school leavers as part of David Cameron’s plans to shake up the system and encourage young people into work.

But new Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey pulled a surprise U-turn on it just a week ago after coming under pressure from homeless charities.

The controversial policy to return the cash to up to 11,000 new Universal Benefit claimants a year is estimated to cost taxpayers as much as £100m, though DWP officials insist the figures are far smaller.

PA:Press Association The rollout of Universal Credit will affect thousands of workers

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AN INTERACTIVE ‘poo-shaming’ map could soon be in use across the country.

Residents of Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, came up with the scheme to combat dog fouling in their village.

 Interactive map locates areas of dog-fouling in the village of WimblingtonReddit Interactive map locates areas of dog-fouling in the village of Wimblington

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Its creator Amanda Carlin has said she has been flooded with enquiries regarding it from as far afield as Kuwait.

More than 60 local authorities and community groups have asked about it.

It prompted Amanda to produce an instruction manual, which includes guidance on how to engage the community in the project, create a map and signs, work with authorities and deal with negative social media comments.

 'Poo-shaming' map could be rolled out across the country to target irresponsible dog ownersAlamy 'Poo-shaming' map could be rolled out across the country to target irresponsible dog owners

Hazel Walton, a council candidate from Euxton, Lancashire, where it has been adopted, told the BBC: “This is about shaming people into doing something — anything we can do to try to change local attitudes.”

The National Trust’s new director-general has said that people on its properties should challenge irresponsible dog owners and litterers.

Hilary McGrady said: “It is our rangers that have to pick this up.

“Instead of doing the great conservation work they want to do they are spending time clearing up litter, and the great awful thing they have to do which is dog poo. It is a nightmare.”

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A MAN was close to dying after he picked up a flesh-eating bug after having a water fight with his kids in the garden.

Philip Pike, 59, caught the serious bacterial infection necrotizing fasciitis, after playing with his two children and falling into a rose bush in July last year.

 Philip Pike picked up a deadly bacterial infection when he fell on a rose bush in his gardenBPM Media Philip Pike picked up a deadly bacterial infection when he fell on a rose bush in his garden

Around one or two cases in five is fatal.

He got some minor scratches but thought nothing of it but soon became seriously ill.

He was in a coma for two weeks, lost parts of his fingers, toes and buttocks and had to learn to walk again – and had a pacemaker fitted.

Despite making progress in his recovery, Philip who lives in Cambridgeshire, still needs medication and faces having more amputations on his fingers.

 Philip lost parts of his fingers, toes and buttocks due to the infectionBPM Media Philip lost parts of his fingers, toes and buttocks due to the infection  Philip had to learn to do simple actions, like walking, all over againBPM Media Philip had to learn to do simple actions, like walking, all over again  Docs put Philip into an induced coma so they could treat himBPM Media Docs put Philip into an induced coma so they could treat him  Philip underwent several operations to save his lifeBPM Media Philip underwent several operations to save his life

The infection didn’t initially make itself apparent but developed at an alarming rate just two days later.

Philip told Cambridge News: “I thought nothing of it. Two days later I was in bed and I was violently sick. That went on for hours.

“I was panicking because I couldn’t breathe.”

His wife called for an ambulance and he was put on oxygen and taken to Addenbrooke’s hospital where he was put into an induced coma.

What is necrotizing fasciitis?

The rare condition is a serious bacterial infection which affects tissue beneath the skin and muscles and organs, according to the NHS.

It is also known as the “flesh-eating disease” but while the bacteria don’t literally ‘eat’ the flesh, toxins are released that damage the tissue.

It can start from a simple, minor injury but rapidly escalates into a life-threatening condition causing organ failure and blood poisoning.

Surgery is needed to remove any infected tissue possibly involving amputation and strong antibiotics.

The NHS says these are the symptoms to look out for are:

Early symptoms can include:

  • a small but painful cut or scratch on the skin
  • intense pain that's out of proportion to any damage to the skin
  • a high temperature (fever) and other flu-like symptoms

After a few hours to days, you may develop:

  • swelling and redness in the painful area – the swelling will usually feel firm to the touch
  • diarrhoea and vomiting
  • dark blotches on the skin that turn into fluid-filled blisters

If left untreated, the infection can spread through the body quickly and cause symptoms such as dizziness, weakness and confusion.

Seek medical treatment immediately if you think you have the condition

Doctors fought to save his life and he underwent several operations and had to take strong antibiotics.

He said: “It’s eating you from the inside out. It’s horrible. People lose legs and arms.

“I’ve been brought back to life. I’d died I don’t know how many times. It was scary, not for me but for my wife. She had to go through so much.”

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