GETTING Brits into jobs must be at the heart of Wednesday’s Budget.
Rishi Sunak’s £3billion investment in skills and training is a good place to start.
Boris Johnson must focus on joined-up thinking across Government[/caption]
The cash is earmarked to spread more opportunity for over-16s and ultimately help plug the staffing crisis and boost our Covid-ravaged economy.
It is vital that the Chancellor funnels whatever cash he can into filling Britain’s 1.1 million vacancies.
But it is also crucial to ensure striving Brits are not discouraged by the crazy structure of our welfare system.
We have highlighted the case of a single mum from Sunderland who falls into the benefits trap if she takes a better- paid job or works more hours.
Because she is on Universal Credit, as soon as she earns more than £293 a month from her employers the Government takes 63 pence of every pound she gets from benefits.
What kind of employment incentive is that? The system badly needs reforming so that the two million who claim this benefit are rewarded for working, not punished.
But this is not just up to Rishi to fix. Boris Johnson must also step up to the plate.
The Prime Minister is good at making high-minded pronouncements.
He must focus more on joined-up thinking across Government.
It is time to get a grip of the detail that will make a real difference to people’s lives.
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Victory for women
OUR campaign to highlight miscarriage after-care has notched up a big victory.
Each year more than 250,000 British women experience the devastating loss of a baby during pregnancy — including the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie.
Each year more than 250,000 British women experience miscarriage — including the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie[/caption]
But until now the NHS only offered treatment, from tests to mental health therapy, to those who have lost three babies.
We teamed up with Tommy’s charity to highlight this injustice and thousands of you signed our petition calling for change.
Now the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has issued guidelines that will mean women could get support after a first miscarriage. Thanks to your pressure things are improving.
Let’s hope it will bring real change to women across the country.
Hubs are just the jab
THE 90 new hubs to roll out jabs for teenagers can’t come soon enough.
Unjabbed youngsters are generating much of the latest spike in infections.
We need to get a move on with jabbing teenagers[/caption]
The more centres the better.
How about another 90 next week?