Make £20 Universal Credit boost permanent, Iain Duncan Smith tells Rishi Sunak
Rishi Sunak must maintain a £20-per-week uplift for Universal Credit claimants beyond October to allow people who claim the payments to “live with dignity,” six former Tory work and pensions secretaries have urged. Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who introduced the Universal Credit policy, is joined by five of his successors - Stephen Crabb, Damian Green, David Gauke, Esther McVey and Amber Rudd - in a bid to persuade Rishi Sunak to stick with the £5 billion benefits investment even after coronavirus resnews.yahoo.com
Iain Duncan Smith: Cancelling Freedom Day is ‘irrational’
On this week’s Planet Normal podcast, the delay to 'Freedom Day' is in the spotlight. Former leader of the Conservative Party Iain Duncan Smith joins Telegraph columnists Liam Halligan and Allison Pearson to discuss the extension of Covid rules beyond June 21 and why it is a blow for those keen to restore the country’s freedoms. Sir Iain discusses why the Government’s decision to delay the end of Covid restrictions is "irrational" and why he believes broadcasters need to rethink their reportingnews.yahoo.com
China sanctions Britons over West's Xinjiang criticism
Residents wearing masks pass by government propaganda with slogans some of which read "Forever follow the Party" and "China's Ethnicities One Family" in the city of Aksu in western China's Xinjiang region on Thursday, March 18, 2021. China on Friday announced sanctions on British individuals and entities following the U.K.'s joining the EU and others in sanctioning Chinese officials accused of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)BEIJING – China slapped sanctions on several British politicians and organizations Friday after the U.K. joined the European Union and others in sanctioning Chinese officials accused of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region. China has rejected all criticism over its policies in Xinjiang, along with its crackdown on opposition figures in Hong Kong and threats against Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy China claims as its own territory. Cotton and other agricultural products form a major component of the local economy in vast but thinly populated Xinjiang.
More questions on human rights for Beijing Winter Olympics
A coalition of human-rights groups has met with the International Olympic Committee over calls to pull the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing. That was a constant theme at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Beijing wound up with the 2022 Winter Olympics almost by accident. The 2008 Olympics were supposed to change China. “In 2008 the international community strongly believed that bringing the Olympics to China would open up China,” Arkin said.