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Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… The chancellor’s decision to pump billions of pounds into universal credit will not halt the “humanitarian crisis” that will be caused by its systemic flaws, disabled activists have warned.Philip Hammond announced in this week’s budget that he had found £1 billion – spread over five-and-a-half years – to ease the delayed “managed migration” process that will see about three million claimants of “legacy” benefits such as employment and support allowance (ESA) moved across to the new universal credit.He also promised another £1.7 billion a year to pay for more generous work allowances for universal credit, which combines six income-related benefits into one.Hammond began his speech on Monday by making it clear that his budget was “unashamedly” intended to help “hard-working families… people who get up early every morning… the strivers, the grafters and the carers”.Managed migration will begin next year but will affect only about 10,000 people in 2019, before accelerating in 2020.One of the flaws of universal credit repeatedly raised by critics is the length of time – at least five weeks, usually – that a claimant has to wait before they receive their first payment.Among the new managed migration measures detailed in the budget documents are that claimants of income-related ESA, jobseeker’s allowance and income support will receive an extra two weeks of those payments during the transition to universal credit, but only from July 2020.There will also be a cut, from October 2019, in the maximum rate at which universal credit advance payments can be paid back, from 40 per cent of the standard living costs allowance to 30 per cent; and, from October 2021, there will be an increase from 12 to 16 months in the length of time DWP will take to claw back these advance payments.Budget documents also reveal that the much-delayed rollout might now not be completed until June 2024, rather than the end of 2023, once a “six month contingency” for further possible delays is taken into account.Hammond also announced that the amount that disabled people and households with children can earn before their universal credit begins to be withdrawn – known as the work allowance – will rise by £1,000 a year from April 2019.This will mean that those affected will keep up to £630 a year, with the measure eventually costing the government an extra £1.7 billion a year.Bob Ellard, a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts, which is campaigning to scrap universal credit altogether, dismissed any suggestion that the budget signified an end to austerity.He said: “While tax cuts for the rich took priority, Hammond did at least find some money to appease Tory MPs’ complaints over universal credit.“It will make little real difference to claimants, however, as universal credit will still be the cause of a humanitarian crisis in this country, whatever last-minute tinkering the Tories do.“And the elephant that wasn’t allowed into the room was the extreme poverty that many disabled people are living in, even before being forced to transfer to universal credit.”Disability Rights UK said that “while these changes may be positive all are subject to delay and overall do not remove universal credit’s delivery and design problems”. Dr Victoria Armstrong, chief executive of Disability North, said her organisation witnessed the “devastating impact of the roll out of universal credit on a daily basis”. She said: “Whilst in principle the idea to have a universal benefit could be seen as a step forward, we have seen it be used as a vehicle for cutting basic income for disabled people. “Not only that, the way that it has been administrated is not fit for purpose, for example the unacceptable waits, pushing people further into poverty, the use of food banks. Disability North have so many examples of this. “Therefore, we broadly welcome the £1 billion to manage the migration process, but much of this should not be thrown at the DWP, or even Citizens Advice, but should be going to local, user-led organisations like ours so that people can be supported to understand and access the system (including digital access) and appeal incorrect decisions.”Professor Peter Beresford, co-chair of Shaping Our Lives, said: “Pumping big money into a model failing because it is overly-simplistic and over-reliant on technology won’t solve its problems.“Disabled people are among those worst affected by this government’s failing policies and politics.“It’s just hoping that continuing attacks on Labour’s leadership and talking up the end of austerity will keep the punters sweet, long enough.“We just have to hope that UK democracy is not yet so damaged that the Tories will get away with it again at the next election.”In a blog published the day after the budget, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, the new chair of DWP’s social security advice body, the social security advisory committee, welcomed the “positive steps” on universal credit announced in the budget, but said the managed migration process was still “enormously ambitious”.He said his committee was concerned that the government’s plans “load an unreasonable level of risk onto the claimant” and added: “We fear that, in too many cases, they may be adversely impacted by the proposals or fall out of the social security system entirely.”Disabled activists have repeatedly warned that universal credit is “rotten to the core” with “soaring” rates of sanctions and foodbank use in areas where it has been introduced.In June, a report by the National Audit Office said DWP was failing to support “vulnerable” claimants and was unable to monitor how they were being treated under universal credit.And in July, employment minister Alok Sharma was asked by MPs on the Commons work and pensions committee why the benefits of hundreds of sick and disabled universal credit claimants were apparently being sanctioned, even though they should not have had to meet any of the strict conditions imposed by the system.In the same month, further concerns were raised by the committee about disabled people with high support needs who need to claim universal credit and face the possibility of strict conditions – such as being forced to carry out hours of job searches every week – as they wait for a work capability assessment.*For further details on the universal credit changes in the budget, see this blog by the Child Poverty Action Group’s Josephine Tucker
0% Firefighters on site also rescued two people trapped by the heavy smoke.“When Engine 7 arrived on the scene, they saw two people trapped on the second floor balcony,” said fire department spokesperson Mindy Talmadge, saying they may have been prevented from exiting through the building by the smoke. “They laddered to the balcony and brought them down that way.”Chamorro and his wife were asleep when they heard fire alarms and awoke to see smoke in the hallway. He and another resident helped his wife — who has pain in her leg and cannot walk well on her own — down the stairs and out of the building.On Thursday morning, both were allowed back into their unit to gather belongings to store away, but had little idea where they would go next.“Where can we live? What services are available to us?” Chamorro asked. “We are in limbo.”Giulia Pantalone, a resident of one of the unaffected front units, said she was also woken up by “not terribly loud” fire alarms.“We opened up the door and there was smoke in the hallway,” Pantalone said. “We went out the back, which was slightly less smoky.”Residents were told to go across the street to the Walgreens and wait while firefighters battled the blaze, which lasted until 4:26 a.m. Pantalone’s unit suffered no damage “other than from the rain when they left the windows open,” though she did say her apartment had a “smoky odor.”“It’s going to be habitable, it’s just a matter of days and weeks,” she said while gathering up her belongings.The fire is under investigation, but residents said firefighters on site told them nothing appeared suspicious. Landlord Enrique Rodriguez said he has already filed a claim with his insurance and is working “as quickly as [he] can” on getting everyone back into the building.For the back two units, which house some four people, it will likely be some time. Rodriguez said he has “no idea” when exactly, though he promised that “everyone will be able to move back in.”The remains. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.The fire building at 3047 Mission St. The fire was contained to the rear of the building but snaked up to the roof. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local. Tags: Fires Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Firefighters arrived shortly after 3:30 a.m. and did not immediately see the fire because it came from the rear of the restaurant. Once they started battling the blaze, the fire ran up a wall and onto the roof, prompting the second alarm. A two-alarm fire broke out at the corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez streets at 3:24 a.m. Thursday morning, displacing 10 residents from their four-unit building. The fire originated at the Palace Steak House restaurant on the ground floor of the building, which will be closed for the foreseeable future.“An electrical fire [broke out] at the back of the restaurant,” said restaurant owner Manny Torres. The restaurant suffered extensive fire and water damage, he said, and it could be a year before he re-opens. “Everything is black and burned and destroyed in water… Pretty much I’m going to be closed for a year, but I just opened a new [restaurant] so it’s all good.”Not so for the residents. Utilities have been shut off to the 3047 Mission St. building, displacing its 10 residents until building inspectors complete their investigation. The two back units suffered water and fire damage that the landlord says will require renovation, and tenants there may be out for a year or more.“It’s inevitable,” said Fernando Chamorro of his displacement, “because the fire was through the roof.”
0% Prefer to listen? It’s on our podcast — or right here. MAPP is this weekend!The Mission Arts and Performance Project, a monthly neighborhood-spanning event presenting live performances and visual art across media and venues, takes place Saturday, Dec. 2. Events this time include laughter yoga, anticapitalist comedy satire, Scottish soliloquy and more, across seven different venues . You can find the full lineup here. –LW Tons of Valencia news, especially for cyclists:Potential Uber zone test areas revealed, Valencia not among themThe Examiner revealed a list of streets being considered for a pilot program in which Uber and Lyft would get designated curb space for pickups and dropoffs in exchange for sharing valuable traffic data with the city. Valencia is not among them — nor is any other Mission street. Funding to study protected Valencia bike lanesStreetsblog has this dispatch from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority meeting, where $145,000 was approved to study how to implement protected bike lanes on Valencia Street. The plan is to finish up that study in fall of next year. More on the issues complicating bike lanes here. –LWCookie crawl alert!We’ve got the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association holding their third annual Cookie Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 8 p.m. Let us know if you see any particularly good bargains (or cookies) out there. –LCHow much is that coffeepot in the window?Strolling along Valencia the other evening, your ML reporters came across an apparent newcomer business, Fellow. No clues as to the nature of this business were apparent, except for a display of a few coffee pots in the window.Hoodline, it turns out, has the answer — Fellow is a product-design firm and is opening a showroom and coffee brewing/tasting/etc room in the former Dijitalfix at 850 Valencia. –LWHairball improvements skirt additional reviewPainted bike lanes, soft-hit posts, the removal of ten parking spaces and two loading zones and the addition of high-visibility crosswalks will not be subject to additional environmental impact review, reports Streetsblog. The request for one, brought by the “Coalition for Adequate Review,” was rejected by the Board of Supervisors. –LWJack, Jr. The shuttered former Jack’s, a bar on 24th and Utah streets, has been renovated and now reopened as Junior. Eater has the details of what you’ll find there, but broad strokes: it’s cocktails and locally brewed beers. –LW Tags: Events • MAPP • things to do • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%
THE Saints have continued their commitment to youth development with the signing of ten players from their scholarship programme.Luke Thompson, Tom Roughley, Andre Savelio, Lewis Charnock, Greg Richards, Lewis Galbraith, Matt Wood, Matthew Fozard, Jordan Heaton and Ben Parry have all agreed professional terms with the Saints.“This latest crop of talented players have been within our structures for a minimum of 12 months and their signings is a great reward for their efforts, determination and commitment,” Saints’ Head of Youth Mike Rush commented. “They have all progressed in their time with us far and have put themselves in a strong position to push forward towards Super League honours in the next five years.“As ever their development is also a reflection on the volunteer coaches who leave no stone unturned to help these young athletes.”The players are:PlayerPositionAmateur Club Luke Thompson Back Row Bold Miners & Pilkington RecsTom RoughleyHookerPilkington RecsAndre SavelioBack RowLatchfordLewis CharnockFull BackRylandsGreg RichardsPropChorley Panthers & Barrow Island Lewis Galbraith Centre Saddleworth & Oldham St Annes Matt Wood Back Row RylandsMatthew FozardHookerWest BankJordan HeatonScrum Half Ince Rose Bridge Ben Parry CentreChorley PanthersAndre SavelioBen ParryGreg RichardsJordan HeatonLewis CharnockLewis GalbraithLuke ThompsonMatt WoodMatthew FozardTom Roughley
SAINTS go in search of their 17th win of the First Utility Super League season when they take on Widnes this Friday.Denis Betts’ eighth placed Vikings come to Langtree Park fresh from a 28-12 victory over local rivals Warrington.That puts them three points clear of Hull KR in the playoff hunt and they have a Challenge Cup Semi Final against Castleford in less than three weeks’ time too.For Saints, they are riding high at the summit after running in 11 tries over relegated London.Nathan Brown has called on his charges to make sure they are consistent for longer periods – and Friday’s match is important as they continue to build towards the playoffs.Tommy Makinson and Willie Manu are likely to come back into the reckoning too – with Luke Walsh also having a chance of returning – meaning Saints are close to full strength.And Kyle Amor (pictured) will play his third game in the engine room after returning from injury.It should be a cracker!You can buy your tickets now from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
Every member of the playing and coaching staff will be in attendance as we kick off the season in style.Guests can enjoy a two-course meal before each one of the squad goes on stage to be presented with their 2018 home shirt from their personal sponsors.MC’d by our lounge host Pete Emmett, we will also hear interviews with several of the players and an extended interview with Justin Holbrook too.Price is £36 for 2018 Members, £42 for Non-Members and you can buy by clicking here, via 01744 455 052 or by emailing email@example.comThis event is in association with our Principal Partner Cash Converters.
00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1503008828-3e600ec34449d40d0f03d28ee0f6a135d1d24503_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — At this point, it’s glaringly obvious that finding solar eclipse glasses isn’t easy. Many stores are sold out. But you have another option. Fastenal, an industrial supply store in Wilmington, is selling welding goggles with a glass filter lens that meets NASA standards. – Advertisement – It’s a shade 13 filter and the business is ordering more for anyone who wants to view the eclipse. These goggles are flying off the shelves, faster than they can keep them in stock. “I actually went online, did some research and found Nasa.gov has suggested state shade 13 glasses and lenses and so we ordered those and people have been coming in and getting them,” Austin Pope, a Fastenal sales associate, said. The store is currently sold out of goggles. They will get a new shipment in tomorrow for anyone still looking for a way to view Monday’s solar eclipse.
PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man who spent a couple of months behind bars for causing a deadly crash in Brunswick County in 2010, will now spend a decade in prison for killing a man in a fiery Rocky Point crash in 2015.On Monday, Richard Constantineau pleaded guilty to felony death by motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and two other drug charges. In exchange, the charge of second degree murder was dismissed.- Advertisement – The families of both victims were in court to hear the plea.“There’s no reason I should’ve walked away from those accidents. I continue to pray for both families for the rest of my life,” Constantineau said in the courtroom.He apologized to both families for what he did.Related Article: Wilmington Police arrest woman wanted for allegedly shooting at daughter“The Larson family appreciates the remorse they heard in court today and the apology and I think that while we may never have closure, that may help in moving forward,” Zachary Rivenbark, the Larson family attorney, said.In December of 2015, Constantineau was driving on US 117 just south of NC 133 near the New Hanover County line when he crossed the center line and hit a car head-on. Ronald Larson, of Rocky Point, died in that crash. The truck caught on fire after the accident. Constantineau survived and was taken to the UNC Burn Clinic.Ronald Larson (Photo: Zachary Rivenbark)That’s not the first time Constantineau crossed the center line and killed a driver.In 2010, Constantineau was driving on NC 211 near Supply when he crashed head-on into a car driven by 23-year-old Stephanie Heath. The young woman died just minutes later. Highway Patrol responded to the accident, but troopers did not draw blood from Constantineau, and there was no written evidence from notes or from witness statements that Constantineau was impaired. The hospital did draw blood from Constantineau after the accident. Results revealed he had methadone in his system.In 2011, a judge ruled Constantineau, who was still awaiting trial in Heath’s death,unfit to operate any motor vehicle after a trooper stopped Constantineau in Pender County after he ran his moped into a ditch.He finally pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle in 2013. He spent just 75 days behind bars.But in this latest plea deal, he won’t be getting out in a matter of months. Constantineau received a sentence of between 10 and 15 years in prison, a far cry from the 75 days in jail he received in 2013.“You just learn to live and move on, but it is the first time I’ve heard any remorse from Mr. Constantineau since the death of our daughter and I did appreciate that,” Ray Heath said.The Heath family says they feel the Larson’s pain.“That didn’t end when our trial was over. It’s ongoing. And I think that we will maintain contact willingly to support them as they move through their journey,” Kim Heath said.Constatineau will receive credit for the two years he has already spent in jail and the judge revoked his driving privileges.
Scene of shooting on June 5, 2018 on 700 block of North 11th Street in Wilmington (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Police Department is investigating a shooting that left one man dead Tuesday evening.WPD responded to the 700 block of North 11th Street around 7:30 pm after receiving a ShotSpotter notification of several rounds fired in that area.- Advertisement – Police say the victim died at the scene.The investigation is ongoing.Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip.
David Nobles (Photo: Columbus County Jail) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) –The former Columbus County Sheriff’s captain accused of stealing money from an evidence safe faces more charges.David Gerald Nobles, Jr., 52, was arrested on Thursday and charged with five more counts of embezzlement-public official/trustees and two counts of accessing government computers.- Advertisement – He was released the same day after posting bond.The NC State Bureau of Investigation says a new special prosecutor with the Conference of District Attorneys assigned to the case decided to add counts to the indictment after reviewing the case.In June of 2017, Nobles was indicted after being accused of stealing $3,500 between October 11, 2013 and September 1, 2015.Related Article: Searchers looking for missing man find body in HallsboroSheriff Lewis Hatcher requested an independent investigation after discrepancies were noticed.That investigation led to charges for Nobles, who resigned September 17, 2015 as captain of the Detective Division.District Attorney Jon David referred the case to the Conference of District Attorneys, given Nobles’ prior relationship with the DA’s office.He is scheduled to appear in court next month.