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Taxpayer outrage as pregnant people could be offered £400 by NHS to quit smoking 'Garbage'

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) and Public Health England said studies found “voucher incentives were acceptable to many pregnant women and healthcare providers”.

Dr Paul Chrisp, director of Nice’s centre for guidelines, said: “These draft guideline recommendations are a renewed effort to reduce the health burden of smoking and to encourage and support people to give up smoking.

“Smoking continues to take a huge toll on the health of the nation and accounts for approximately half the difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in society.

“It is therefore vitally important that we reduce the level of smoking in this country.

“We know that around 10 percent of women are known to be smokers at the time of giving birth and, given the significant health effects of smoking on both mothers and babies, it is clear that further efforts are required to encourage this group to give up smoking.

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“We need to use every tool in our arsenal to reduce smoking rates, including education, behavioural support, financial incentives, and e-cigarettes if people are interested in using them.

“Combined, we hope that people who smoke will feel enabled to give up tobacco products once and for all.”

Britons chimed in on Twitter to discuss the potential policy, most unsupportive.

One wrote: “If pregnant women won’t quit smoking for the sake of their baby but will do it for £400 then I’m really concerned about them as mothers tbh since it isn’t a good sign about priorities.

“Why not give £400 to expectant mothers who aren’t poisoning their children instead?”

“You give up smoking for yourself for it to be successful in the longer term. It may help a small proportion who want to give up,” one said.

Another questioned, “They could quite easily start smoking again after having their baby?”

Another said: “Why are taxpayers rewarding those that could stop but don’t because they’re selfish? Better idea, if their child is born with any issues, they are charged, prosecuted and punished for not safeguarding their child.”

“If they can’t stop smoking with an unborn child inside them I very much doubt £400 will do the job. Do people actually get paid for coming up with this garbage,” another said.

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State Pension: Britons demand increase to £400 per week for all – 'the state should pay!'

State Pension payments provide important support to older people, many of whom have departed the workforce for later life. For many, the state pension serves as a primary source of income, and individuals will be taking pre-emptive action to ensure they receive the full sum if at all possible. However, some have stated the current levels of support from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) do not extend far enough.

“Millions of elderly people in Britain today are living in poverty.

“They are having to choose between eating, and heating their homes because the UK’s state pension is so low at around £7,000 a year.

“This is unacceptable in 21st century Britain.”

The full rate of the new state pension is currently £179.60 per week, which works out as around £9,339 per year.

Under the older scheme, the full rate is £137.60 per week, which means an annual payment of £7,155.

However, of course, the amount a person actually receives from the state pension can vary.

This is due to the fact the sum is based on a person’s National Insurance contributions throughout their lifetime.

For the new state pension, it is usually the case that 10 qualifying years are needed to get any pension at all.

Indeed, 35 years of NI contributions will be the key to unlocking the full state pension sum.

The petition has only recently been started, and has so far garnered a total of 189 signatures, but will run until November 2021.

This means it has a significantly long way to go before reaching the all-important 10,000 signature trigger.

It is at this point the Government will be required to formally respond to the petition, an action it usually takes on the petition’s webpage.

If the petition were to reach 100,000 signatures, then it would be considered for debate in Parliament. 

Of course, it is worth noting there are mechanisms in place to safeguard the state pension sum.

Primarily, the Triple Lock Mechanism is seen as the best way of ensuring the state pension rises annually.

The Government commitment vows to increase the basic and new state pension by the highest of earnings, prices or 2.5 percent.

This tax year, the Government confirmed the state pension would rise by 2.5 percent. 

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