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Coronavirus: Millions of Americans set to lose key $600 benefit

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many Americans have come to rely on food banks like this one in New York A $600 (£459) jobless benefit paid to tens of millions of unemployed Americans expired overnight after Republicans and Democrats failed to reach a deal on its extension. Friday was the deadline for an agreement on the coronavirus relief, which… Read more →

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Benefit cap: Ministers rule out review despite virus worries

Image copyright Getty Images Ministers say they will not lift the benefits cap despite an advisory body warning it is stopping people getting help they need during the pandemic. The Social Security Advisory Committee said people living in areas with high rental costs were losing out due to a lack of flexibility in the system. Coronavirus meant it was “unrealistic”… Read more →

Coronavirus impact: Huge rise in Scots claiming unemployment benefit

Image copyright Getty Images The latest figures on the labour market point to a huge increase in people claiming unemployment benefit in Scotland. Across the UK in April, claimants went up by 856,500, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates. Its figures suggest the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Scotland increased by 66.9% – which would be up… Read more →