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Don’t slash Covid benefit uplift, former Tory minister urges

Architect of universal credit says government must rethink plans to end £20 a week payment increase

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The former minister who oversaw the introduction of universal credit has called on the government to maintain key benefit increases introduced during the pandemic, lamenting that it had taken a global health crisis for the welfare system to be provided with adequate funding.

In a rare interview, David Freud, regarded as the architect of the controversial benefit, told the Observer he battled against “massive cuts” demanded by the Treasury and had considered resigning.

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Man finds ‘guardian angel’ who saved him from stroke

After Twitter appeal Mathew O’Toole’s family makes contact with Danielle who stopped on London street to help

The family of a man who had a stroke on a street in central London has found the “guardian angel” who saved his life after an appeal on Twitter.

Mathew O’Toole, 47, was sitting on a bench outside a coffee shop on Wigmore Street in Mayfair on 10 June when he began vomiting and sweating.

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Boris Johnson under growing Tory pressure over planning reforms

Conservatives urge prime minister to change course ahead of debate and in wake of shock byelection defeat

Boris Johnson faces a fresh headache over planning reforms, with Conservative MPs urging the prime minister to change course in the wake of the party’s shock defeat in the Chesham and Amersham byelection.

Pressure is expected to build on the prime minister on Monday at a parliamentary debate called by Labour on the reforms demanding better protections for communities to have their say over planning applications.

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