What is the benefit cap?

What is the benefit cap?

A look at what the benefit cap is, what it will mean for those receiving benefits and what the political reaction to the cap has been.

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Northumbria University expands to London

Northumbria University in Newcastle has announced the launch of a London campus.

From September, the London campus will offer industry-based programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate level. Northumbria is 8th among English universities for the percentage of graduates placed in professional employment, and in the top 4 in the UK for graduate start-ups.

“Our new campus means we can offer our students the opportunity to study in two of the UK’s top cities for students, Newcastle and London. Its location in the centre of a global city will appeal to our growing international community and to home-based students, whose educational experience will be bolstered by the rich and diverse industry links that the capital offers.”

– Professor Andrew Wathey, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University

The new campus is in London’s financial district.


Government will be 'banning smoking in home next'

A representative from a smokers' group has said the law should not be used to "stigmatise smokers as potentially unfit parents" after MPs approved plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children.

Simon Clark, director of the smokers' group Forest, said he was "disappointed but not surprised" by the result and warned that the Government will ban smoking in the home next:

Legislation will have very little impact because so few adults still smoke in cars carrying children. Those that do will carry on because it will be very difficult to enforce.

The overwhelming majority of adult smokers know how to behave towards children and the law should reflect that.

It shouldn't be used to stigmatise them as potentially unfit parents who can't be trusted to do the right thing without state intervention.

If you believed everything you heard in the House about the threat to children's health it's a miracle anyone who was a child in the fifties and sixties, when a large majority of adults smoked, is still alive.

Government has banned smoking in public places. Now they're going to ban it in a private place. The home will be next.

Read: MPs hail 'massive victory' after smoking plans approved



Labour: Smoking ban a great victory for child health

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger has welcomed the result of a vote to ban smoking in cars with children as a "great victory for child health", but warned ministers not to "kick this into into the long grass".

"This is a great victory for child health which will benefit hundreds of thousands of young people across our country. It is a matter of child protection, not adult choice," the MP said.

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger has welcomed the result of a vote to ban smoking in cars with children. Credit: PA Wire

"A time-limited consultation may be necessary on the practical details of implementation, but we will be watching closely to ensure the Government don't try and kick this into the long grass."

Some MPs have questioned how the plans will be enforced with some criticising the plans as a "nanny state" ban.


MPs question how smoking car ban will be enforced

MPs have raised questions as to how the ban on smoking in cars carrying children will be enforced, with some criticising the plans as a "nanny state" ban.

The Health Secretary will be given the power to impose a ban despite the opposition.


Smoking in cars is wrong, but a statutory ban? Who'll enforce it? Do we ban kids standing by fires next! I'm voting against it.


I voted No to the Ban. I totally support the principle but think it will be unenforceable. Education needed.


After much deliberation, I voted against nanny state ban on smoking in cars, I was in a minority, legislation is going to be interesting

Read: Medical charities 'delighted' with smoking ban result


MPs hail 'massive victory' after smoking plans approved

MPs have hailed plans to ban smoking in cars carrying children after it was overwhelmingly voted through in the Commons.

Despite opposition from some Conservative MPs, including Cabinet members, MPs approved the ban by 376 votes to 107.


Massive victory on banning smoking in cars with children! Brilliant news for children's health!


376-107 to ban smoking in cars with children present....majority 169. Hurrah. Thanks it will make a difference to 500000 children.


Pleased to support historic vote for ban on smoking in cars when children are passengers. Long way to go as regulations needed #blf14 #ASH

Newcastle cocktail wins national competition

John Collingwood, Ben Craighead, Kieron Hall, Johny Hume and Gavin Wraith
John Collingwood, Ben Craighead, Kieron Hall, Johny Hume and Gavin Wraith Credit: John Collingwood

Five North East bartenders have been crowned winners of the Brugal Royal Rumble, the largest rum event in the UK. The team dressed as Geordie miners to celebrate their heritage and beat off competition from across the country.

Newcastle mixologist John Collingwood said, “Newcastle is going through a cocktail renaissance at present with a pool of very talented bartenders driving the agenda forward. This is just the beginning.”

John Collingwood, Ben Craighead, Kieron Hall, Johny Hume and Gavin Wraith created a locally inspired cocktail named The Coal House Punch. They won at the final in London.



Fusiliers take fight to keep Battalion to London

Members of Fusiliers Association en route to London Credit: ITV Granada, Mel Barham

Around 90 members of the Fusiliers Association are going to London in a bid to save their Battalion.

Six members will hand in a petition to Downing Street against the disbandment of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers.

The members will then march from Downing Street to Parliament.

Police appeal for missing Harrogate girl

Mueni Mulandi was last seen by her mother on Friday 17th May Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police in North Yorkshire are appealing for information following the disappearance of a 16 year old girl.

Mueni Mulandi from Harrogate has not been seen since Friday May 17th when she told her mother she was going to stay with a friend.

North Yorkshire Police say it's possible that Mueni has travelled to London and has connections in Leeds.

She is described as black, 5ft 1 in height and of a medium build. She has black shoulder length hair with red and purple highlights.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Carole Waugh impersonator to be sentenced

A woman is to be sentenced for impersonating murdered former oil executive Carole Waugh, originally from Durham, in order to hire a car.

47-year-old Julie Witham pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to conspiracy to defraud last month.

She admitted plotting to hire a Kia car using a credit card in Miss Waugh's name between April and August last year.

The 50-year-old disappeared from her home in Marylebone last spring and her body was found with a single stab wound inside a car in a lock-up garage in south-west London, on August 2.

Miss Waugh, originally from Durham, was reported missing by her family on May 7 and had not been seen since mid-April.

Six others have also been charged with conspiracy to defraud.

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