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Supermarket workers with kids can apply for a new £150 school uniform grant

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Parents who work in supermarkets can apply for a new £150 clothing grant that will help with school uniform costs. 

The School Essentials Grant has been launched by the charity GroceryAid that will help with the financial burden of going back to school in September. 

The grant comes as The Children’s Society showed parents spend, on average, £337 per child a year on secondary uniform and £315 for primary school uniforms.

This leaves low-income families forced to cut back spending on essentials like food to cover the cost of school. 

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The grant launched on July 1st and allows qualifying families to apply for £150 to help bridge the financial gap. 

To qualify for the grant either yourself or your partner that you live with must currently work within the grocery industry, and have been there for the last 12 months.

This includes people working in supermarkets, independent food stores or food production. 

Alongside uniforms, the grant can also be used for other school essentials such as books and stationary. 

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To qualify for the grant you must meet each of the following criteria: 

  • You are currently employed in grocery and have been for at least 12 months or more
  • You can evidence receipt of Child Benefit which is paid into your bank account (one grant per child)
  • Household net income meets GroceryAid’s criteria for financial hardship. The charity uses the Joseph Rowntree Minimum Income Standards guidelines which takes into account how many people are in your family and housing costs
  • Household savings are below £1,000

Apply directly through the GroceryAid website here. Make sure you have one full month’s bank statement, child benefit payments on hand as well as evidence you are working in grocery and have been for 12 months. 

There are alternative government-provided grants similar available, however, they vary on location and have different criteria. Search for grants here

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Boy, 15, arrested after teenage boy stabbed to death outside school

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A teenage boy has been arrested following the murder of a 15-year-old on Wednesday.

The suspect, also 15, was picked up by police after student Khayri McLean was stabbed to death in Huddersfield.

He has now been arrested in connection with the murder.

He’s the second person to be arrested as police investigate Khayri’s death outside his school.

West Yorkshire Police said: “Police investigating the murder of 15-year-old Khayri McLean in Huddersfield have arrested a second youth in connection with the incident.

“The 15-year-old male was arrested yesterday and is currently in custody. A 16-year-old male who was arrested yesterday also remains in custody.

“Officers from West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) are continuing to conduct enquiries into the death of Khayri, who died after being stabbed on Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, on Wednesday.”

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Kwasi Kwarteng scraps cap on bankers’ bonuses in first mini-budget as Chancellor

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Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng gave his first mini-budget in the House of Commons this morning.

He began by discussing the government’s plan to support people with the cost of energy, including freezing domestic bills at £2,500 and giving out the £400 rebate.

There’s also unit price limits for companies.

Kwarteng said he believes the UK needs a ‘new approach for a new era’ to achieve growth of 2.5%, saying the three important parts of his mini-budget are reforming the economy’s supply side, tax cuts and a responsible approach when it comes to public finances.

As part of this, the Chancellor announced a new bill to overhaul planning restrictions, saying this will ‘unpick the complex patchwork of planning restrictions and EU-derived laws’.

He revealed that benefit claimants will see their benefits reduced if they do not fulfil their job searching commitments.

Kwarteng also confirmed that the cap on bankers’ bonuses will be scrapped, following reports that he would make this one of his first moves.

As well as that, the planned corporation tax increase has been cancelled, and will remain at 19%, with the Chancellor also setting out a series of tax cuts for businesses.

This includes tax cuts for businesses in designated tax sites for 10 years, accelerated tax reliefs for buildings, and no business rates to pay for newly occupied business residences.

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Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has died aged 28

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Drag star George Ward, known as Cherry Valentine, has sadly passed away aged 28, it’s been confirmed this morning.

Ward’s family announced the news, describing his death as a ‘profound shock’.

He appeared on series two of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, before going on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

According to his family, Ward – who was raised in Darlington, County Durham as part of the Traveller community – died on Sunday.

He qualified as a mental health nurse back in 2015 before he began his career in drag.

Ward’s family said in a statement: “It is with the most heart-wrenching and deepest sadness to inform you that our George – Cherry Valentine – has tragically passed away.

“This will come as a profound shock to most people and we understand there is no easy way for this to be announced.

“As his family, we are still processing his death and our lives will never be the same.

“We understand how much he is loved and how many lives he has inspired and touched. All we ask is for your patience and your prayers in this time. We love you Georgie.”

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