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Parents could face an electronic tag in new child maintenance enforcements

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Parents could face an electronic tag

The Department for Work and Pensions is considering a new lockdown-style curfew to be imposed on parents who persistently fail to pay child support in the form of an electronic tag that will track their location.

 

This comes as part of a new crackdown in which the DWP are following proposals to retrieve more money owed to the children of separated parents. Their Child Maintenance Service has said that these child support payments are “a crucial weapon in the battle against child poverty,” helping to lift around 140,000 children out of poverty each year.

 

The curfew orders will act as an alternative to, but act alongside, other methods of enforcement already in place such as passport and driving license confiscation or earnings deduction orders. Some non-compliant parents who continually refuse to pay even face prison, but the CMS have recognised this to be costly and further preventing payments.

 

Curfews would be controlled by an electronic monitoring service which would keep track of non-compliant parents in order to make sure that they follow the sanctions placed upon them. The CMS hope that this will act as a “deterrent” by restricting and disrupting the lifestyles of non compliant parents’ lifestyles, “stopping them, for example, from going out for dinner, to the pub or going on holiday.”

 

Failure to comply may lead back to a court referral, which could extend the curfew order or end in the imposition of a prison sentence.

The DWP Lords Minister Baroness Stedman-Scot said: “For low income households, maintenance payments can make all the difference, lifting them out of poverty. We are not afraid to go after those parents who deliberately and repeatedly refuse to pay for their children.”

 

This is one more step towards the CMS gaining full control and powers to make sure children have financial access to the best start in life.

 

These orders are subject to parliamentary approval. Consultations into the proposals began on Saturday and are set to continue until August 12.

 

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RSPCA Shares Terrifying Reality Of What It’s Like To Be A Dog In A Car On A Hot Day

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Most dog lovers will be aware of not leaving your pet in a car when it’s a hot day. The poor pups can quickly become dehydrated or suffer from heatstroke, even if the windows are left open. In the worst cases, your dog can die.

Following the news of a scorching heatwave hitting the UK tomorrow, an RSPCA staff member opted to lock himself in a car to demonstrate how dogs feel on a hot day.

Chris O’Brien of RSPCA Cymru took a video of himself sitting in his car for 25 minutes outside his Cardiff office to discover what it would feel like to be a dog. The staff member used a digital thermometer and stopwatch to highlight the different stages of conditions within the car and also how he personally felt.

Within five minutes, the temperature had already risen to 35.1C from an initial 23.3C.

Chris said: “I am baking, it is so, so hot in here. I can’t even begin to tell you.

“Obviously I’m sweating a lot.

“Dogs obviously sweat very differently to humans and regulate their body temperature in a very very different way.”

Within the next 10 minutes, the temperature within the car had rocketed up to 43.6C and a struggling Chris noted how his breathing was getting heavier and his heart was beating faster.

At the 15 minute mark, the temperature had doubled to a whopping 48.8C to a further 50C by 17 minutes.

Watch the video below:

 

 

RSPCA campaigns manager Carrie Stones said: “With normality returning to people’s lives this summer in Wales, it’s more important than ever that we spread the word – dogs die in hot cars. Up to 30 million Brits are expected to holiday in the UK in 2022, and many of us will be taking our four-legged friends along – so these reminders will be vital.

“Awareness raising measures like this from the Welsh Government will help save the lives of dogs. We welcome any steps to remind motorists that – not long is too long when a dog is left in a car. Even a quick stop-off at a shop could prove fatal as temperatures escalate.

“If anyone sees a dog in distress in a hot car, they should dial 999 immediately – but we hope, each year, more and more people will get the message about not exposing their dogs to the potentially fatal heat.”

 

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Ginger-haired people offered free cinema tickets to avoid the sun

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Showcase Cinemas are offering ginger-haired people free cinema tickets on Monday and Tuesday so that they can stay protected from the sun.

 

Dubbed SPF (Sun Protecting Flicks), this initiative follows an extreme weather warning issued by the Met Office, with a red heat warning for England between Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July. Temperatures in large parts of England are expected to reach the high 30s and even 40°C in some.

 

With fair skin and red hair, redheads tend to have an aversion to the sun as they are vulnerable to its rays.

 

Mark Barlow, UK General Manager for Showcase Cinemas said: “While the UK enjoys some much-needed sunny weather, we know how hard some people find the heat.”

 

He continued to add that free entry to cinema screens will be offered to redheads “so they’ll be able to enjoy some of the amazing films on offer in the comfort of our air-conditioned cinema screens and ensure they stay protected from the sun”.

 

See the full terms and conditions here.

 

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Greene King pubs offering free pint to anyone who shares a surname with a Lioness

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Greene King are offering a free drink to any customer who shares a surname with any of the 23 members of the England women’s football team during the Euro stage matches in an effort to raise support for the team.

The 810 participating pubs, which excludes those in Scotland, are giving away one free pint or bottle of Ice Breaker Pale Ale or an alternative soft drink to any customer who can show an ID during a live Euros England group game and prove that they share a surname with any Lioness.

The  Women’s Euros kicked off this Wednesday 6 July where hosts England beat Austria 1-0. Despite the tournament’s growing popularity, Chris Conchie, Head of Marketing for Greene King Sport has highlighted that there is “still a massive lack of awareness and support for the individuals who make up our incredible team”.

This offer comes as a new study has shown that Brits are almost three times more likely to have heard of a male England footballer than their female counterparts. So, this is more than just a free drink. It is a chance to come together and show our support for the team right across the UK.

The stage matches during which you claim your free drink are:
England V Austria Wednesday 6th July KO 20:00
England V Norway Monday 11th July KO 20:00
Northern Ireland V England Friday 5th July KO 20:00

Here is the full England Squad’s names in alphabetical order. Are you eligible for a free drink?
Millie Bright
Lucy Bronze
Jess Carter
Rachel Daly
Alex Greenwood
Mary Earps
Beth England
Hannah Hampton
Chloe Kelly
Fran Kirby
Beth Mead
Nikita Parris
Ellie Roebuck
Alessia Russo
Jill Scott
Georgia Stanway
Ella Toone
Keira Walsh
Ellen White
Leah Williamson
Lotte Wubben-Moy

Find participating pubs near you here: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/hear-her-roar/

 

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