Newport City Living - Family Information Newport City Council has an obligation to offer every 3 year old child in Newport a free part-time place in an education establishment in the term following their third birthday*. These places are offered in Local Authority schools, and registered education providers (also called Non maintained settings – NMS) Apply for your child’s education place at least 2 terms before your child turns 3 Be prepared Apply for your child’s education place at least 2 terms before your child turns 3. These places are offered in local education authority schools and admission is usually on a half-time basis for 5 days a week. Read more about applying for a place for your 3 year old… Registered Education Providers NMS are play groups and private day nurseries who are registered with the Newport City Council and they are expected to meet certain criteria in order to be registered. This funding may not cover the usual charge of the setting and you may still incur a charge. What about full-time childcare?
Milk: NFU urges more supermarkets to help dairy farmers The cost of milk has fallen by 20% since the Spring because of a world wide global dairy glut Rob Newbery, the chief diary adviser to the National Farmers Union has called for more supermarkets to support dairy farmers by covering the cost of production. Teresa Wickham, former adviser to Safeway and retail and agricultural analyst said that farmers outside of supermarket groups were "having... problems now". The BBC's Steph McGovern spoke to to them both at a dairy farm in Bromsgrove.
Newport Jobcentre Change or make an appointment Telephone: 0845 604 3719 Textphone: 0845 608 8551 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm Make a new claim You can claim JSA online. To make a new claim via the telephone, please call: 0800 055 6688 Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm Existing claims To ask a question about an existing claim or tell us about a change in circumstances: Jobseeker's Allowance - 0845 608 8621Income Support - 0845 608 8621Employment and Support Allowance - 0845 608 8621Incapacity Benefit - 0845 608 8621 You will be asked to confirm your National Insurance number and your date of birth. You then need to give or set up a: 4 digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) of your choicememorable date - the date must not be your date of birth You can use your PIN and memorable date to get through faster, saving you time and call costs. Please keep your PIN and memorable date securely and do not share it with anyone.
Ebola outbreak: Britain sending 750 soldiers and medics to Western Africa - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent Military personnel including medics and soldiers will be sent to Sierra Leone, one of the three countries that have borne the brunt of the outbreak. The announcement came amid a growing appreciation that the West had so far failed to grasp the scale of the crisis. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, made an impassioned appeal for wealthy nations to do more to combat the outbreak. “We need people to step up now,” he said. “Now is the time for action, not words. He was speaking after health officials announced that the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US – a 42-year-old Liberian citizen – had died in hospital in Texas. In Spain, there was criticism of the authorities over the circumstances in which a Madrid nurse became the first person to contract the virus outside West Africa – despite stringent anti-infection controls. Spanish have media reported that she only found out she had the virus from reading about it in a news article on her phone. Loading gallery 1 of 36
Economy tracker: Unemployment 19 March 2014Last updated at 06:42 ET Continue reading the main story Latest news: The number of people out of work fell by 63,000 to 2.33 million in the three months to January, according to the Office for National Statistics. The unemployment rate of the economically active population is 7.2%, and the number of people in work is 30.19 million. The claimant count - the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance - fell by 34,000 to 1.17 million in February. Understanding unemployment: A person is classed as unemployed if not only out of work, but also actively looking for work and available to start work within a fortnight Unemployment figures are based on a survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics. Unemployment is referred to as a lagging indicator, because businesses will often delay laying people off as long as they can in difficult times. A few months after the start of the recession in 2008, unemployment started to rise sharply.
British and Irish citizens - claiming benefits If you're a UK or an Irish citizen coming to live in the UK from abroad you may want to claim certain means-tested benefits. Depending on how long you've been out of the country, you may have to satisfy the conditions of a test, known as the habitual residence test (HRT) before you're allowed to make a claim. To meet the conditions of the test you must show: you've a legal right to live in the UK and claim these benefits. This page explains whether you may need to satisfy the conditions of the HRT when you return to the UK. Getting advice Showing your right to reside and intention to settle in the UK can be difficult. If you need more help UK citizens If you're a British citizen you have an automatic right to reside in the UK, as well as in Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands. The HRT looks at what ties you already have in the UK and what you are doing to make the UK the centre of your life. Irish citizens Next steps If you need more help Other useful information Citizens Advice
UK house price growth rate slowing, Halifax says | Money The annual house price growth rate has peaked at 10% and will now continue to grow at a considerably slower pace, Halifax said after reporting a modest 0.6% rise in prices for September. The price of the average property rose to £187,188 last month, up just over £1,000 from August, said the country’s biggest mortgage lender. House prices in the three months to September were 2.7% higher than in the preceding three months, but this was the second successive decline in the quarterly rate. The latest findings from the country’s biggest mortgage lender show that annual house price inflation “may have peaked at 10%”, said its chief economist Martin Ellis. “A moderation in growth looks likely during the remainder of 2014 and into next year as supply and demand become increasingly better balanced.” Halifax’s September figure demonstrates, not for the first time, the volatility of monthly house price assessments.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks) Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. You may need to check someone’s criminal record if they apply: for certain jobs or voluntary work, eg working with children or in healthcare to foster or adopt a child There are different rules for getting a criminal record check in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Who can ask for a DBS check Only employers and licensing bodies can request a DBS check. DBS eligibility guidance lists most roles that are eligible for a check. How to get a DBS check The employer gets an application form from DBS or an umbrella body (a registered body that gives access to DBS checks).The employer gives the applicant the form to fill in and return to them along with documents proving their identity.The employer sends the completed application form to DBS or their umbrella body.DBS sends a certificate to the applicant. How long a DBS check is valid A DBS check has no official expiry date. Types of criminal records check
Shoppers lose appetite for big supermarkets However, Tesco's shares have never reached such heights since and last week Buffett made a rare and stark admission, saying: "I made a mistake on Tesco." But the "Sage of Omaha" is not the only well-known investor to be nursing wounds from the implosion of Britain's supermarkets. Qatar Holding, one of the world's biggest sovereign wealth funds, is sitting on paper losses of more than £1.5bn from its stake in Sainsbury's. So far in 2014, the food retailers are leading the FTSE 100 downwards. Tesco is down 47pc, Morrisons has lost 39pc, and Sainsbury's has fallen 38pc. The supermarket industry appears to be undergoing its own version of the banking crisis. Bryan Roberts, retail insights director at Kantar Retail, said: "Tesco doesn't just compete with Sainsbury's, Asda, Aldi and so on. "Never before has there been such a plethora of choice, and never before have shoppers been so willing to exercise that choice." This increase in choice has combined with a willingness to use it.
Tax & NI Calculator and Rates for 2014/2015 Enter your salary and click show to calculate how much tax you pay 2014 - 2015 income tax and NI calculator UK This is the latest Tax and NI calculator for April 2014 - April 2015 The rates changes for April 2014 - 2015 (compared to last years) are highlighted in yellow Personal allowance 2014/15 Personal Allowance is the portion of your earning where tax is not applied, making that portion of your earning tax free. This table is rounded up to the nearest pound Tax rates 2014/2015 These rates are used to apply to the different portions of your earning National Insurance rate 2014/2015 National Insurance Contribution is payable by everyone, until you have reached the state retirement age. These rates are used to apply to the different portions of your earning. To learn how tax is calculated with examples visit the home page: This website is free and I do not charge anyone for using it. All your emails are welcome. Best viewed on a screen resolution of 1440 by 900
Price elasticity of demand Author: Geoff Riley Last updated: Sunday 23 September, 2012 Price elasticity of demand measures the responsiveness of demand after a change in price The formula for calculating the co-efficient of elasticity of demand is: Percentage change in quantity demanded divided by the percentage change in price Since changes in price and quantity usually move in opposite directions, usually we do not bother to put in the minus sign. Example: Demand for rail services At peak times, the demand for rail transport becomes inelastic – and higher prices are charged by rail companies who can then achieve higher revenues and profits Values for price elasticity of demand If Ped = 0 demand is perfectly inelastic - demand does not change at all when the price changes – the demand curve will be vertical. Factors affecting price elasticity of demand Demand curves with different price elasticity of demand Elasticity of demand and total revenue for a producer / supplier Peak and Off-Peak Demand and Prices
New CRB info & links when lived abroad in last 5 years... Can I dispute the information on my disclosure? How many documents will I need to provide with my application form? I already have a DBS/CRB disclosure; do I need to obtain another one? I know that I hold a criminal record; what should I do? I am currently living in student accommodation. I currently live overseas - can I apply for the DBS check? I have lived abroad in the last five years. How do I obtain a 'Certificate of Good Conduct' from any overseas countries that I have lived in? I am transgender - how should I complete the application form? How many documents will I need to provide with my application form? Please visit the following webpage for further information: Identification documents I already have a DBS/CRB disclosure; do I need to obtain another one? If you have a certificate that was issued by an organisation that is not the University of Warwick, then we will not be able to accept this disclosure certificate. Can I dispute the information on my disclosure? Yes.
Drinkers offered pill to help reduce alcohol consumption | Society Drinkers who have half a bottle of wine or three pints a night are to be offered a life-saving pill which helps reduce their alcohol consumption. Nearly 600,000 people will be eligible to receive the nalmefene tablet to keep their cravings at bay. Experts claim the drug, which costs £3 a tablet, could save as many as 1,854 lives over five years and prevent 43,074 alcohol-related diseases and injuries. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommended the drug’s use after trials showed it cut drinking by 61% over six months when used with counselling. Under new plans, GPs would ask patients about their alcohol intake even when they visit them for unrelated health issues. Professor Carole Longson, for Nice health technology evaluation centre, said: “Alcohol dependence is a serious issue for many people. “We are pleased to be able to recommend the use of nalmefene to support people further in their efforts to fight alcohol dependence.