The Tory Chancellor, George Osborne, outlined another swathe of cuts to benefits (slashing the benefits cap to £20,000 per year) per house hold for those living outside London.
Osborne also promised big cuts to the BBC’s £650mn licence fee during the same interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr.
But it was leaked documents (which were revealed last week) that have caused most controversy. The documents, sent to the BBC, revealed that government is considering making cuts to some disability benefits. The leaked paper written before the election found that claimants of sickness benefit could be moved to jobseekers allowance, which is a cut of £30 per week.
Labour has never denied that sensible cuts would be necessary but it would not leave vulnerable people without support. But the same cannot be said for the current government. As the Guardian reminded us last week: “In March, the supreme court found that the government’s current benefit cap had left claimants at risk of being unable to house, feed or clothe their families, putting it in breach of the UK’s obligations under the UN convention on the rights of the child.”
Osborne’s planned cuts will be particularly hard for those living just outside of greater London where the cost of living is still extremely high. Overall some 90,000 households are expected to be affected in some way. You can read more here.
Preparing to return to Oslo, where she received her Nobel Peace Prize last year, Malala Yousafzai has written of the honour she felt when she was presented with the Nobel Prize.
She is returning to address the Oslo Education Summit to highlight the fact that there are still children, and specifically 60 million young girls who are denied the right to an education across the world.
She is calling on governments across the globe to fight for the right of access to education.
She calls for, “hope over doubt, light over dark, books over bullets,” simple words but said with the greatest conviction. You can read more on Malala’s trip here.