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State Pension payments to rise in April

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State Pension and benefits will shoot up by 3.1% in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The DWP confirmed the upcoming rise will come into effect from April.

This means the basic State Pension will increase to £141.85 per week.

The full rate of new State Pension will increase to £185.15.

The DWP said: “In taking this decision, the government carefully considered the fairest approach for both pensioners and younger taxpayers, many of whom have been hardest hit by the financial impacts of the pandemic.”

It was confirmed after The Social Security (Up-rating of Benefits) Act 2021 received Royal Assent in November.

This legislation temporarily suspended the earnings of elements of the Triple Lock for one year only, following distortions to the earning statistics due to the pandemic.

The “exceptional circumstances” resulted in this one year-response.

The earning element of the Triple Lock is expected to return next year.

Other benefits are also expected to see an increase in line with the CPI of 3.1%.

These include:

  • Working-age benefits
  • Benefits with additional needs arising from disability
  • Carer’s benefits
  • Pensioner premiums in income-related benefits
  • Statutory Payments
  • Additional State Pension

 

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Victoria Secret Shocks With First Down Syndrome Model

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Victoria’s Secret has stunned the population as their first model with down syndrome stars in their new campaign.

Sofia Jirau from Puerto Rico plays a significant role in the new Victoria’s Secret ‘Love Cloud’ collection.

The Love Cloud collection is a new standard for sophisticated comfort with soft to the touch fabric for flexibility.

Jirau is one of ’18 dynamic women from a myriad of backgrounds’ to participate in such an event.

Taking to Instagram, Sofia announced how excited she was to be part of the campaign by saying ‘One day I dreamed it, I worked for it and today it’s a dream come true.’

Since then, Sofia has become quite the hit in magazines including Vogue.

In 2019, she became the proud owner of Alavett, also translated as ‘I love it.’ Writing on her website ‘inside and out, there are now limits!’ Sofia is trying to break the stigma against down syndrome.

It appears Victoria’s Secret are attempting a rebrand after Raul Martinez became its head creative director.

VS has been known for its ‘normalised discrimination’ and this could be seen as the first breakaway from the stereotype.

Martinez said “Love Cloud Collection is a major moment in the brand’s evolution”

Further adding “this campaign is an important part of the new Victoria’s Secret standard we are creating”

We are looking forward to what else VS and Sofia Jirau have in store!

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Cineworld is reducing tickets to £3 for one day

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Customers can enjoy £3 tickets for all films this Saturday thanks to the first ever Cineworld Day.

In celebration of “the nation’s love of cinema,” the leading cinema chain has announced the price reduction which applies to all films, all day, in all formats.

Film lovers can treat themselves to IMAX or 4DX for nearly 80% less than what they would usually pay.

The latest films such as Cyrano, Death of the Nile and Marry Me are some of the the options up for grabs.

Some of 2021’s biggest blockbuster favourites will also be returning too – including Dune and Spider-Man: No Way Home – as part of the Cineworld Day celebration.

Since Picturehouse is part of the Cineworld family, their prices will also drop down to £3.

Additionally as part of the promotion, which is sponsored by PepsiMax, customers can get the first month of Unlimited for half price.

By entering either the code BATMAN50 or BATMAN 10, depending on whether the payment plan is monthly or yearly, the 50% discount can be unlocked.

Stuart Crane, VP of Film for Cineworld Group comments: “We’re thrilled to welcome customers to our first  Cineworld Day, where for one day only on Saturday February 26th, they can experience all of the latest movies in all of the Cineworld formats for only £3, including IMAX, 4DX, ScreenX and Superscreen.

“The last two years have been especially difficult for the cinema industry, but with the huge crowds returning through our doors for movies like Spider-Man: No Way Home and with so many exciting movies to look forward to in 2022, like The Batman, Morbius, Top Gun: Maverick, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Jurassic World: Dominion, we wanted to celebrate everything that people love about cinema and everything that there is to look forward to at Cineworld, the best place to watch a movie.”

 

 

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Greggs x Primark Reveal Whole 11-Item Range

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Greggs and Primark announced their suprise clothing collabroation only two weeks ago that was met with much public excitement and high-appeal.

The 11-piece clothing collab will be hitting Primark stores nationwide from 9am Saturday 19th February and stocks are not expected to last long.

Although we have had plenty hints over the last fortnight what we can expect from the limited range, we’ve not seen exactly what’ll include or how much they’ll be… until now!

Sausage roll t-shirt £8

 

Greggs logo t-shirt £8

 

Greggs black hoodie – £16

 

Greggs black joggers – £14

Greggs grey sweatshirt – £14

 

Greggs Ecru hoodie – £16

Greggs bucket hat – £8

 

 

Greggs socks (five pack) – £7

Greggs undies (pack of two) – £7

Greggs sliders – £8

Greggs trainers – £16

 

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