More doctors considering early retirement over workloads and pensions – UK – The Independent

More GPs than ever are considering early retirement because of increased workloads and changes to their NHS contracts and pensions, according to a survey of family doctors by the magazine Pulse.

The survey of 364 GPs found that about 43 per cent are now looking to retire earlier than they intended five years ago, with just under half saying that their plans had not changed. The average age of intended retirement is now set at 61 years, the report says.

More doctors considering early retirement over workloads and pensions – Home News – UK – The Independent.

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Nick Clegg: Tories squander money on vanity projects – Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9978656/Nick-Clegg-Tories-squander-money-on-vanity-projects.html

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Women to lose nearly £4bn in latest household budget cuts – The Independent

Nearly 94 per cent of the cuts to household budgets this year will directly hit women, new figures revealed last night, as the battle over benefits switched to tax.

Cuts to child benefit and tax credits, and changes in personal taxation, that take effect in 2013-14 amount to a net £4bn off the family budget – £3.778bn of which comes from the purses of women, according research provided by the House of Commons Library for the Shadow Minister for Women and Equality, Yvette Cooper, who last night accused David Cameron and George Osborne of “shutting their eyes” to the impact their decisions were having on women, at the same time as cutting tax for the richest.

Women to lose nearly £4bn in latest household budget cuts – UK Politics – UK – The Independent.

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Labour accuses government of squeezing single parents while the rich get tax breaks – UK Politics – UK – The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-accuses-government-of-squeezing-single-parents-while-the-rich-get-tax-breaks-8562795.html

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George Osborne parks in a disabled bay: Arrogant Conservative Chancellor sparks outrage at M4 service station near Newport – Mirror Online

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/george-osborne-parks-disabled-bay-1812379

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Osborne ‘cynical’ to link Philpott deaths with welfare cuts, says Ed Balls | Politics | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/04/balls-osborne-philpott-welfare-attack

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Rendition report still unpublished nine months after completion | World news | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/04/rendition-report-unpublished

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440,000 families ‘will lose £16.90 a week’ in benefits double-whammy | Society | The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/apr/04/families-lose-welfare-double-whammy?CMP=twt_gu

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Disability benefits shake-up ‘unfair’ to deaf children – Channel 4 News

http://www.channel4.com/news/disability-benefits-shake-up-unfair-to-deaf-children

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Welfare reforms could leave system more vulnerable to fraud, say MPs | Politics | guardian.co.uk

MPs have raised fears that the government’s huge welfare shakeup will leave the benefits system more vulnerable to fraud.

A report by the communities and local government committee highlighted concerns about universal credit, which will be implemented nationally from October and replaces a string of benefits such as housing benefit and child tax credits.

The committee highlighted concerns raised during an inquiry into the changes that the IT system under universal credit will have trouble distinguishing between genuine and fraudulent claims.

Welfare reforms could leave system more vulnerable to fraud, say MPs | Politics | guardian.co.uk.

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