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Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says

Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says

Finance
A newly erected fence blocks the front of a vacant home that Moms 4 Housing activists occupied during a months-long protest that ended in a court-ordered eviction, in Oakland, California.PHILIP PACHECOEmily Benfer began her career representing homeless families in Washington, D.C.Her first case involved a family that had been evicted after complaining to their landlord about the holes in their roof. One of the times she met with the family, one of the children, a 4-year-old girl, asked her: "Are you really going to help us?" Benfer struggled with how to answer."I'd met them too late," she said. "I couldn't stop the eviction. They had already been sleeping on the subway, and in other people's homes. And you could see the effects it was taking on them."Today, Benfer is a leading expert ...
Nearly 1.1 million Americans on unemployment face risky jobless period

Nearly 1.1 million Americans on unemployment face risky jobless period

Finance
Hundreds of unemployed workers wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims on June 19, 2020 in Frankfort, Kentucky.John Sommers II | Getty ImagesMore than 1 million Americans have started dipping into an unemployment fund meant for extended periods of joblessness.  Research suggests these individuals will have a harder time finding a job than others, amid an employment crisis worse than any time since the Great Depression, according to experts.  That, in turn, may put them at greater risk of exhausting unemployment aid in the coming months.The CARES ActMost states offer jobless workers up to 26 weeks, or about 6 months, of unemployment benefits. A handful offer less.The average worker got $ 378 a week in March, according to the Ce...
UK furlough scheme now covers 8.9 million workers

UK furlough scheme now covers 8.9 million workers

Business
Some 8.9 million workers are now covered by the government's furlough scheme, the Treasury has said.Claims for subsidies filed by employers have now reached £19.6bn, it added.The scheme, brought in to mitigate the effects of coronavirus, allows employees to receive 80% of their monthly salary up to £2,500.A similar scheme for self-employed workers, known as the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, has seen 2.6 million claims made worth £7.5bn.This differs from the furlough scheme because it is a grant paid out in a single instalment covering three months and amounting to 80% of average profit.Self-employed workers can continue to apply for the first SEISS grant until 13 July. Applications for a second grant will open in August.The furlough scheme, officia
Coronavirus: ‘More than two million’ waiting for cancer care in UK

Coronavirus: ‘More than two million’ waiting for cancer care in UK

Health
About 2.4 million people in the UK are waiting for cancer screening, treatment or tests, as a result of disruption to the NHS during the past 10 weeks, according to Cancer Research UK.It estimates 2.1 million have missed out on screening, while 290,000 people with suspected symptoms have not been referred for hospital tests.More than 23,000 cancers could have gone undiagnosed during lockdown.Cancer services are starting to reopen across the UK.Cancer Research UK's figures are based on data for England and estimated for the whole of the UK.Treatment cancelledDuring lockdown, the health service focused on the care and treatment of patients with Covid-19, while other services, such as cancer care, were scaled back.People were still ...
UK furlough scheme now covers 8.4 million workers

UK furlough scheme now covers 8.4 million workers

Business
Some 8.4 million workers are now covered by the government's furlough scheme, up from eight million a week earlier, the Treasury has said.Claims for subsidies filed by employers rose to £15bn from £11.1bn, it added.The scheme, brought in to mitigate the effects of coronavirus, allows employees to receive 80% of their monthly salary up to £2,500.A similar scheme for self-employed workers saw 2.3 million claims made worth £6.8bn.The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, as it is known, differs from the furlough scheme because it is a grant paid out in a single instalment covering three months and amounting to 80% of average profit.The furlough scheme, officially called the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, was originally intended to last until the end of Jul