UNIVERSAL Credit is a single monthly payment that rolls six benefits into one. The payments are calculated depending on your individual circumstances so yours won't necessarily be the same as someone else's. It's designed to help people on lower incomes, but the government says it should also help people get back into work. But the more you work the more your benefits will be affected. This is because Universal Credit is subject to the taper rate, which means that for every £1 you earn over a certain allowance, 63p is deducted from your payments. We believe you should be able to keep hold of more of your cash. The Sun wants the taper rate to be slashed to 50p to help at least four million struggling families. But until then, we talk you through how your Universal Credit payment is worked out and how getting a job will affect your payments. Universal Credit calculators TRYING to work out how much Universal Credit you can get can be overwhelming. There … [Read more...] about Universal Credit calculator: How much can you get?
Despite new tourist visa, hoteliers remain skeptical about reopening As news comes of the cabinet approving a special long-term tourist visa scheme, hoteliers are remaining skeptical about reopening due to the lack of clarity in the recent announcement which will reportedly kick off next month. The president of the Thai Hotels Association’s southern chapter says more hoteliers will consider reopening if the government gives further information about the plan in terms of prospective markets, arrival dates, origin countries, and flights. At this stage the government has signalled that they only accept charter flights which would severely limit the countries that could participate at the moment. Around 90% of Phuket hotels reportedly remain closed and are revising their plans on a monthly basis to ensure any future income will not fall behind operation costs. In Chon Buri, the Tourism Council says only half of the 200 registered hotels have reopened, with up to 20 hotels … [Read more...] about Thailand News Today | Hotels wary, rain on the way | September 17, 2020
Video Player Close BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- China has set a sound growth target for 2021, leaving room for policymakers to carry out arduous reforms to tackle bottlenecks constraining sustainable development. "A target of over 6 percent (of economic growth) will enable all of us to devote full energy to promoting reform, innovation, and high-quality development," Premier Li Keqiang said in the government work report delivered to the national legislature, which began its annual session Friday. The report, along with the draft blueprint setting the country's development priorities for the period up to 2035, both of which are being discussed at the annual "two sessions" of the country's top legislature and political advisory body, outlined key areas where reforms are expected to bring institutional changes and bolster the country's long-term growth. BUILDING UP TECH STRENGTH China will raise its capacity for pursuing scientific and technological innovation, leveraging … [Read more...] about Economic Watch: China pledges greater reforms to chart course for sustainable growth
EU will launch legal action against Britain 'very soon' Travel latest news: Travellers to be forced to carry a permit to go abroad, DfT announces Councils to raise £7.5bn in stealth tax raid Coronavirus latest news: Ofsted moves to reassure parents ahead of school return Subscribe to The Telegraph for a month-long free trial M att Hancock has defended a proposed 1 per cent pay rise for NHS staff as he said it was made on the basis of "affordability". The Health Secretary told the Downing Street press conference, that while he hailed the "incredible" work of NHS staff the coronavirus pandemic had brought "financial consequences" for the country. Mr Hancock said: "The evidence that was put forward yesterday was on the basis of affordability." He added: "We've proposed what we think is affordable to make sure that in the NHS people do get a pay rise and I think it is fair to take into account all the considerations, the incredible hard work of those in … [Read more...] about Politics latest news: Matt Hancock defends 1pc increase to nurses pay as they threaten to strike
The Covid-19 crisis has accelerated digital transformation, and in the process, pushed more tech-driven work well beyond the bounds of data centers -- into executive suites, marketing departments, human resource offices, and even into the front lines. Business-side professionals with a minimum of development experience -- beyond creating spreadsheets -- suddenly had to become IT departments within their own home offices, not only troubleshooting network issues, but creating or downloading front-end apps and applications to help them in their jobs. This new phase we've entered -- low-code and no-code, 2020s style -- shifts the relationship between IT and business professionals. In this Q&A, Sheryl Koenigsberg , head of global product marketing at Mendix , provided her insights on where the low-code and no-code movement has taken and will be taking us. Q: In this time with most knowledge workers and managers working remotely, are end-users getting the IT support they need? Are … [Read more...] about Low-code and no-code is shifting the balance between business and technology professionals