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'Cancel that cut to Universal Credit' DWP faces pressure to extend £1,000 boost

This Universal Credit uplift had been due to last a year, having been first announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak in March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. At the 2021 Spring Budget, it was later extended to the end of September this year.

She asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Thérèse Coffey “what recent progress her Department has made on tackling child poverty”.

Will Quince, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions replied: “Throughout the pandemic, our priority has been to protect the most vulnerable, which is why we spent an additional £7.4billion last year to strengthen the welfare safety support for working-age people.

“Our ambition is to help parents return to work as quickly as possible, as there is clear evidence of the importance of having parents in work for reducing the risk of child poverty.

“That is why we are spending over £30billion on a comprehensive plan for jobs.”


Ms Ali replied: “I thank the Minister for his answer, but 60 percent of kids in my constituency are living in poverty, and over 4.2 million live in poverty across the country.

“The numbers have gone up by 700,000 since 2010, and the Government’s limited extension to the local support grants does not make up for the cuts to universal credit, which will mean that families are £1,000 a year worse off from September.

“Is it not time that the Minister reconsidered that decision and made sure that families do not lose £1,000 from September, so that more children are not forced into poverty?”

Mr Quince said: “I thank the hon. Lady for her question. We are wholly committed to supporting families with children.

“We spent an estimated £111billion, including £7.4billion on Covid-related measures, on working-age welfare in 2020-21. In addition, as the hon. Lady referenced, we introduced the Covid local support grant.

“We have now extended that grant with an additional £160 million in funding between 21 June and 30 September. That brings the total funding package to £429 million.

“For the hon. Lady’s constituency—I reference Tower Hamlets London Borough Council—it means an overall funding package of over £3million.”

Labour MP for Rochdale Tony Lloyd also asked about Universal Credit in the Commons yesterday.

Within her response to his question, Dr Coffey said: “As the House will well know, we are absolutely committed not only to making sure that this is a temporary measure, but to helping people get back into work.

“We believe that that continues to be the best way, especially as there are vacancies across the country, and we will strain every sinew to help make that happen.”

The standard allowance for Universal Credit was increased by £20 per week, as was the basic element in Working Tax Credit.

The extension announced in March 2021 was for six months, meaning it will come to an end in September.

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How to live longer: Expert divulges five tips to extend longevity by more than a decade

“We know that food is made up of complex chemical structures, which interact with one other as well as with our gut microbes and our cells,” Dr Federica began.

“What’s exciting to see (in recent research) is how plants can act to help improve our health in clinically measurable ways, including managing levels of stress.

“Nature’s pharmacy includes polyphenols in dark plants and fruits, such as cavolo nero and haskap berries, which help counteract oxidative stress.”

Dr Frederica added that reishi mushroom may also “improve your body’s ability to cope with stress”.

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How to live longer: A 'super plate' of foods may extend longevity – what’s on it?

An informative infographic presented by Harvard University displays how much of each food category needs to be on your plate come meal time. Which foods does it include? One half of a dinner plate should be filled with vegetables or fruits – “aim for variety and colour”, the university said. There is a caveat to this though, potatoes don’t count as vegetables – so chips, mash, and roast potatoes are off the menu.
Harvard University offered other helpful advice on what to avoid, such as sugary drinks.

Red and processed meat, such as bacon and sausage, should be limited, as should dairy products.

Eating a healthy diet is a great way to lower your risk of disease and mortality.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed: “Adults who eat a healthy diet live longer and have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.”

In addition, people who have acquired health conditions can benefit from a healthy diet.

Eating nutritious meals can help people manage their conditions effectively and “prevent complications”.

How can an unhealthy diet lead to disease?

Eating foods high in calories that don’t provide any nutritional content is one sure way to become overweight.

People who are overweight have a heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, as the body becomes less able to create insulin.

Being overweight is also associated with “at least 13 types of cancers”, such as breast and bowel cancer.

Eating too much sodium (i.e. salt) can lead to high blood pressure, putting a person at risk of a stroke or heart attack.

Furthermore, eating fatty foods can lead to high cholesterol which can also lead to the same outcomes.

This is because an excess of cholesterol sticks to the sides of the artery walls, causing the blood passageway to narrow.

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How to live longer: Best foods to add to your smoothie proven to extend your lifespan


Rich in anthocyanins and pterostilbene’s, blueberries are becoming a critical component of a science-based longevity program.

Blueberries contain specific flavonoid molecules that fight DNA damage and slow age-related damage to brain cells.

In studying longevity benefits of various compounds, scientists often use fruit flies as a laboratory model of ageing, said Life Extension.

The health site continued: “What researchers discovered is that fruit flies live 10 percent longer when fed a regular diet containing blueberry extract.

“Not only do the fruit flies live longer but they also show improved levels of physical activity.

“These enhancements arise both from increased tolerance of oxidant stress and from beneficial changes in the way certain important genes are expressed.”

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Lewis Hamilton ‘wants’ Valtteri Bottas to extend Mercedes stay amid George Russell talk

Three-time Formula One race winner Johnny Herbert has suggested that Lewis Hamilton would like Mercedes to retain Valtteri Bottas ahead of next season, rather than replace the Finn with George Russell of Williams. The Silver Arrows could be set to make at least one change to their driver line up this winter, with both Hamilton and Bottas out of contract at the end of the year.
The former is aiming to win an unprecedented eighth Drivers’ Championship title this season in order to cement his status as F1’s all-time great.

It remains to be seen whether he will decide to extend his career on the grid into 2022 and beyond, with Russell seemingly waiting in the wings to snap up a Mercedes seat in the event that one becomes available.

Meanwhile, Bottas is also facing an uncertain future and has been under pressure to perform as of late after failing to lay a glove on his team-mate’s title charges since joining the Silver Arrows in 2017.

Despite his lack of threat to Hamilton’s unrelenting dominance, the 31-year-old has played a huge role in allowing Mercedes to win titles by picking up important points on a regular basis and helping his British counterpart to pip the likes of Max Verstappen to top spot in previous years.

Herbert, who made 161 Grand Prix starts throughout his 11-year spell in F1, has claimed that the dynamic between Hamilton and Bottas is crucial to the fortunes of Mercedes, suggesting that the Stevenage-born racer would like their successful working relationship to continue into next season if he decides against retirement.

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“What he [Bottas] gets is really terrible, because he is beaten from all sides, with people saying he is not doing well,” Herbert told Motorsport.com.

“But he has performed well. On some occasions, he has beaten Lewis. The point is that the consistency is not there in the races.

“But even when he is further away, he manages to deliver what Mercedes needs as a team, which are the points for the Constructors’ Championship and in that he is brilliant. Brilliant!

“Does he cause problems in the team? No. Is he what Toto [Wolff] wants? Absolutely. Is he what Lewis wants? Yes.”


Hamilton has occasionally proved to be something of a handful for his team-mates in previous campaigns, with the 36-year-old sparking a famous and bitter rivalry with old friend Nico Rosberg in 2013 that lasted until the latter’s retirement three years later.

However, the reigning champion appears to enjoy a friendly alliance with Bottas, with minimal tension on display between the pair even at the worst of times.

Herbert continued, hailing Bottas as the ideal partner for a driver of Hamilton’s calibre and urging Mercedes to avoid replacing him with Russell for the time being.

“You don’t want problems and fights, things like that,” added Herbert. “So maybe it would work for him to change in the middle of the season? I don’t know.

“But it would change a lot. George could do that, as we saw in Bahrain. But Valtteri has worked a lot since that arrived at Mercedes and he got better.

“It’s still not enough to beat Lewis at the moment, but we’re talking about Hamilton, you know? I think anyone in that car wouldn’t have an easy life, even Max or Charles [Leclerc] would have a hard time overcoming him.

“The thing is to beat him in every race, and we know that Lewis always has a card up his sleeve, if he needs to find a tenth or two in the standings, and he will always be a candidate for race victories. Even on a bad day, he probably ends in second.

“So Valtteri does a good job and I think he’s perfect for the moment, and George did a good job in Bahrain.

“Now it all depends on their decision, whether Bottas is dismissed or whether Lewis retires.”

How to live longer: The 'eight parts out of 10’ diet may extend your lifespan

The richness of the human experience is that cultures and traditions are very specific to a time and place. While exploring how other people live is soul-enriching, it can also serve a scientific objective. Researchers have studied specific populations around the world to understand why some people are healthier than others.
The question of longevity is far from settled but research suggests calorie restriction may be a key contributor.

As Dr Sarah Brewer, Medical Director at Healthspan explained to Express.co.uk, animal studies suggest prolonged calorie restriction can extend lifespan but how far these findings can be extrapolated to humans is unknown.

“The strongest evidence comes from inhabitants of Okinawa island in Japan, where there are five times more centenarians compared with other industrialised countries,” she said.

“In Japan, longevity is sought through a philosophy of dietary restriction known as ‘hara hachi bu’ which translates as ‘eight parts out of 10’ – in other words, practitioners aim to eat only until they are 80 percent full.”

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According to Dr Brewer, scientists have recognised for over 80 years that restricting your calorie intake can improve health and has the potential to extend life – as long as you avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

As she explained, the 80 percent full rule appears to be sufficient to activate SIRT1 production – a protein which promotes the long-term survival of irreplaceable cells by increasing free radical protection.

“If the gene that codes for SIRT1 is switched off or deleted then calorie restriction does not extend lifespans.”

Conversely, as Dr Brewer explained, if the SIRT1 gene is switched on then lifespan is extended.

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Research continues to elucidate the benefits of calorie restriction.

One study published in the Cell Metabolism journal this month concluded that cutting calorie intake by 15 percent over two years can slow ageing and protect against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.

A different, more extreme calorie-restricted diet study published in Science Translational Medicine showed that so-called “fasting-mimicking” diets practiced for five days a month for three months can also help the body with ageing.

There are some important considerations, however.

According to the NHS, very low calorie diets should only be followed under medical supervision for a maximum of 12 weeks.

“Do not follow a very low calorie diet unless a GP has suggested it to you,” warns the health body.

Also, very low calorie diets are less likely to be nutritionally complete as they provide far fewer calories than needed to maintain a healthy weight, it notes.

Very low calorie diets are not suitable if you are:

  • Under 18
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Have had an eating disorder.
As well as looking at how much you’re eating, it also helps to think about other behaviours and habits you may have formed around food.

“You might already know which foods are healthy and unhealthy – but in practice it can be hard to break old habits,” says Bupa.

One handy tip is to try to stick to regular, planned meal times.

“If you feel hungry between meals, try having a glass of water and waiting 20 minutes to see if you still feel hungry,” advises Bupa.