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Widow, 86, stripped of £28,000 savings after scrimping too much of her state pension

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A WIDOW of 86 with learning difficulties has been stripped of £28,000 from her nest egg — because she scrimped and saved too much. Mary Morley saved a little from her £149.54 state pension each week after retiring in 1989. But the former
'A WIDOW of 86 with learning difficulties has been stripped of £28,000 from her nest egg — because she scrimped and saved too much. Mary Morley saved a little from her £149.54 state pension each week after retiring in 1989. Mary Morley has been stripped of £28,000 because she scrimped and saved too much SWNS But the former chambermaid, who left school at 14 unable to read, unwittingly accumulated more than the £16,000 limit allowed for those claiming housing benefit. Huntingdonshire council claimed the cash back. Mary, of Stibbington, Cambs, who has carers twice a day, lost her appeal and had to hand over her £28,000. Her son, David Morley, 60, said his mum has “scrimped and saved all her life” and was “plunged” into depression overnight due to being stripped of her cash. He said she “lost the independence that she has guarded so fiercely until now” in this “unbelievably callous” process and believes they are targeting single people in their 80s and 90s. ‘UNBELIEVABLY CALLOUS’ He added: “It’s happening to these people because, in spite of their tiny pension, they have managed to save a little week after week. “But by doing so, they have crossed the savings limit for claiming Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support, most likely without even realising.” Mary, who was branded illiterate after leaving school at 14, was told in January last year that she had saved £32,000. Because of this, her Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support payments were stopped and the council claimed she owed more than £12,000 in overpaid benefits. \t \t\t \t\t \t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t MOST READ IN UK NEWS \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tRUNNING INTO DANGER\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMoment unarmed cops take on London Bridge terrorists on bloody rampage\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tSEX ON THE BEACH\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tOutrage as couple perform sex act in front of families on Hove beach\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHORROR HOUSE\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tWoman, 42, eaten alive by maggots in crumbling home full of 'rotting faeces'\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBIG WHACK AND FRIES\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tMcDonald's staff brawl with customer after he tried to storm counter\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHEAT IS ON\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tScots set to bask in three-month heatwave with warm spell to OCTOBER\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tHOMES UNDER THE SCAMMER\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\tBenefits cheat who owns 4 homes swindled £30k moaning 'I'm hard up'\t\t\t \t\t\t \t \t \t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t \t \t \t \t Mary’s family appealed in her behalf, which took six months, but the council denied the claim. Instead, and only because of the appeal, they found an error in their own calculation and in addition to the original claim of £12,000, they now asked for an extra £10,000. A spokesman for Huntingdonshire District Council said: “Whilst we understand and sympathise with the stressful and delicate nature of Mrs Morley’s situation, we must continue our statutory duty to recover funds.” \t\t \t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t \t\t\t \t\t\t\t \t\t GOT a story? Ring The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or email exclusive@the-sun.co.uk .'

Live-work Space is Innovating Higher Education

School and Education Giving Compass

'Giving Compass’ Take: • The University of Utah has intentionally built a live-work space that fosters a maker-culture for entrepreneurial ideas and innovation.  • Since the opening of the space, the number of start-up teams on campus has quintupled.Can this space be replicated across campuses?  • Here are four ways to ignite your school’s makerspace.Student engagement is key to energizing learning outcomes, and universities have been investing heavily in building multi-purpose spaces that provide opportunities for students to imagine, prototype, fail and retool their way to profound learning experiences.But the University of Utah has gone a step further, intentionally blending learning, making and living spaces.In the process, it has ignited entrepreneurial innovation on its campus and potentially created a new template for others to design educational spaces that drive deep learning. “While there is a lot of research on new modes of learning, the exact link between entrepreneurship and students’ living spaces had not been tested,” says Mehrdad Yazdani, the lead designer and director of Yazdani Studio for Cannon Design, a design firm tapped by the university to spearhead the effort to design the cutting-edge space. “So, we decided to create a new typology for what a live-work space could be.” The outcome: Lassonde Studios, an education center in the middle of campus where students can live, learn and launch companies.The center combines student residences with a 20,000-square foot Neeleman Hangar, open to any student on campus from 7am to 1am.The results speak for themselves.Since Lassonde Studios opened in 2016, the number of startup teams formed on campus has quintupled to 504 today.On its inaugural rankings for top business schools, Bloomberg Businessweek now ranks the university’s full-time MBA program the second best in the nation for entrepreneurship—right behind Stanford but ahead of UC Berkeley and MIT.Lassonde Studios evolved out of a $25 million dollar gift from investor, philanthropist, and University of Utah alumnus Pierre Lassonde to spur entrepreneurship in a student-focused and interdisciplinary manner. “The line between living, thinking, collaborating, and making are blurred,” says Yazdani.At Lassonde Studios, “if you get up at 2 a.m. and have an idea and want to act on the idea, you don’t have to wait until the maker space opens.” Read the full article about live-work space is igniting innovation by Devin Murphy and Grace Gardner at EdSurge. . The post Live-work Space is Innovating Higher Education appeared first on Giving Compass .'

Future Expectations Should Drive Schools to do Better

School and Education Giving Compass

Giving Compass’ Take: • KnowledgeWorks is an education nonprofit that provides insight into the education landscape for the next ten years.
'Giving Compass’ Take: •  KnowledgeWorks is an education nonprofit that provides insight into the education landscape for the next ten years.This organization is increasingly worried that schools are not adequately preparing students for the future.  •  Regarding automation and technology, how can schools utilize these resources in tandem with recommendations from KnowledgeWorks to prepare students?  •  Read about some more ideas as to how schools can better prep students for the future workforce.People like predicting the future.And people like reading predictions about the future.But there’s rarely any accountability and many, many predictions fail to come true.KnowledgeWorks, an education-focused nonprofit, has a team of people dedicated to thinking about the future of education, and every three years since 2006 they have released a comprehensive forecast about what to expect 10 years out.They are careful to clarify that these forecasts are not meant to be read as “predictions,” but rather “insights about the wide range of possibilities for what might happen in the future,” as Jason Swanson wrote at the end of 2015, kicking off a blog series looking back at how much of their first forecast became a reality.The forecast describes a current reality in which organizations, including schools, are increasingly out of sync with what people need from them. “The new era could exacerbate the current misalignment and deepen existing inequities, or it could inspire new frameworks for how we live, work and learn,” the forecast reads. “The choices we make today will determine not only whether people can thrive in the near term, but also who might be best positioned to thrive in the future.” Read the full article about driving schools to do better by Tara Garcia Mathewson at The Hechinger Report. . The post Future Expectations Should Drive Schools to do Better appeared first on Giving Compass .'

art school girlfriend is margate's newest goth pop star

School and Education i-D

Watch her gloomy new video exclusively here now!
'Polly Mackey -- aka Art School Girlfriend -- comes from Wrexham, North Wales. It's a tiny sleepy little town with not a lot going on, but that's exactly what prompted Polly and her musician friends to make their own interesting things happen, and create their own music. Luckily, she was pretty good at it too. Fronting the Transgressive-signed shoegaze band Deaf Club and, feeling suffocated back home, she decided to move down to London to give this music thing a proper go. Now signed to Paul Epworth’s Wolftone Records with her self-produced solo project, Art School Girlfriend, she's already two EPs deep -- Measures was released in 2017 followed by the much darker Into The Blue Hour in late 2018. The artist project spans topics like, \'queer identity, lust and disillusionment,\' and leaves us convinced that there must be something down in Margate that gets those creative juices flowing. Yep, Polly lives in Margate now, along with her very own art school girlfriend, with whom she runs a book shop, and their incredibly cute whippet, Captain . Inspiration for her music comes from the heart. As a gay teen, Polly never really felt seen or represented by the music that surrounded her, so she decided to right that wrong. “Music is so different now compared to when I was young, it’s insane,\' Polly says. \'It’s so much more diverse and listener-led. I love it. There weren't many women, never mind openly gay musicians I could look up to. Whereas now, there are so many artists I would be obsessing over as a lil gay teen growing up in North Wales.” The next generation sure are lucky. The upstart's latest single, Diving , is the perfect example of her goth-pop sound. Sparse and electronic, the moody and intense track is all about the desire and anxiety that comes with discovering and embracing her queer identity. \'Does she want me? Do you want me?\' the singer ruminates on the track, the video for which is premiering on i-D. \'It's about how desire and anxiety for me can never feel mutually exclusive, and finding the beauty within the frustrations of that,\' Polly says of the track. The accompanying video for Diving is suitably watery, eerily calm but gloomy at the same time. \'I've worked on most of my visuals with my friend Tom Dream,\' the musician explains. \'We both live in Margate so water has featured in most of the things we've made together. I've always been so drawn to water imagery, it makes me calm.\' Be among the first to watch the video right here -- lucky you -- and then get to know Art School Girlfriend, your new fave goth pop dream, with these 10 handy facts. 1. Polly stole her artist name from her girlfriend. \'I stole it from my girlfriend who went to art school, she was going to use it as a DJ name.” 2. Going from playing with Deaf Club to performing as Art School Girlfriend was a real evolution. “Deaf Club was shoegaze, with no electronic elements. Literally everything was performed from under a pool of reverb, and some songs would last nine minutes and be quite instrumental, so I found performing with Deaf Club to be quite transcendental at times. The Art School Girlfriend live setup has a few different identities. I perform with a full band, and although it's heavily electronic, I also like to incorporate that liveness and freedom I had with Deaf Club, so there's extra layers and live drums and guitars. It sounds meatier than the recordings. I recently supported The Japanese House in the US where I did a solo electronic setup. But the most interesting and challenging way I've performed was at queer rave Chapter 10 -- I did techno remixes of four of my tracks and played them out using a sequencer and controller at 1am to a full room of beautiful dancing people. That was so fun.” 3. Discovering PJ Harvey was a huge deal for Polly. “I always mention PJ Harvey in interviews. When I was growing up, music was so male orientated that discovering her was a bit of an epiphany. I also loved Pixies, Radiohead, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. All quite guitary stuff.” 4. She moved to London at 19. \'I only knew one person that lived in the city. I chose not to go to university and to just pack my bag and try and do something in music, and through that I met so many brilliant people. Though looking back I definitely spent the first year depressed and lonely; I was living in a chaotic warehouse with 15 people all quite heavily into drugs and I was going through a process of figuring things out. After that year though, I got happy.\' 5. Her first solo release, Bending Back in 2017, released all kinds of emotions. \'I'd been holding onto them for so long that it felt significant and quite a relief, but then at the same time completely insignificant -- it's kind of a strange concept 'releasing a song' when you've only just let the world know you exist that day. No-one was waiting for it. It feels like a bigger thing now.\' 6. Being in a relationship with her IRL Art School Girlfriend has helped her come to terms with her own sexuality and queer identity. \'I've learnt more about myself and about relationships themselves in the last three months than I have in my whole life. And it still feels like I have so much more to understand. I've recently learnt that I can love two people at the same time, and two people can love me at the same time. It's beautiful and terrifying. I've learnt that identity, personality and sexuality can bend and refract, depending on who is standing opposite you. Different people reflect different parts of you back at yourself, and in turn, you reinterpret yourself through their eyes. It can mean that segments of your identity can be pulled out or pushed down depending on what it is they want to see. We are all 4D and ever-changing!\' 7. And she was drawn to electronic and dance music on a visceral level, historically a genre where queer people have found solace. \'I just really love sounds. I think I'm drawn to electronic music as the sounds used aren't necessarily related to an instrument. They conjure a feeling or a space instead. It allows for more imagination. A lot can and has be written about the necessity of queer spaces and the tragedy of their closing. I don't accept the argument that they're not needed anymore as everything's all liberal and equal now. That's untrue. The feeling of being 'watched' is something I would like to erase from my consciousness, but I don't think it will ever go away. To be constantly aware, everyday, that kissing my girlfriend on the street is something another human being could feel the need to cast judgement on, and perhaps let me know what they think of, is a claustrophobic headspace to exist in. So I think the existence of spaces that, to be frank, are not likely to be attended by straight men, are important and necessary. I also think it's such a strong community because there's a shared empathy; everyone might have varying degrees of it, but it's likely that we've all experienced some shame and feelings of hopelessness, but that everyone's goal is literally to be able to love. So with that in mind, I think electronic and dance music can often have elements of sadness and joy that the gays can relate to.\' 8. She was priced out by London -- we can relate -- and Margate became her new home. \'London became so ridiculously expensive. And Margate has beautiful beaches and skies; life there kind of feels like a holiday. There's a really sweet community and it's fun to be creative there. Though I have fallen back in love with London recently; I like having the best of both. I can't really compare London to Margate, though luckily my label are based in Church Studios so I get access to space if I need to write. I do well being locked in a room wherever it is. But there are distractions in both places, it just depends on my headspace rather than where I physically am.\' 9. Living by the seaside has been a major help for Polly, creatively speaking. \'I have this theory that when I'm looking out at sea, my eyes are stretching as far as they possibly can. It always feels so good. Your eyes can never often do that, as there's often buildings in the way. Also if I need to, I can go on a walk and feel like I'm only person within a square mile. Or I can walk another way and bump into friends everywhere. All of that definitely has an effect on me.\' 10. But obviously, her doggo is her main inspiration. At least on Instagram. “Captain provides constant content for my Instagram. Sadly, he loves the beach but hates the water so swimming is off the cards, but running is definitely on.”'

Student Suspensions and Later Delinquency

School and Education Giving Compass

'Giving Compass’ Take: • Researchers found that students suspended between the ages of twelve to eighteen were linked to later delinquency. • How can funders help to support research into effective discipline methods for students?  • Learn more about how suspensions hurt students .  Students who were suspended from school between ages 12 and 18 are significantly more likely to report that they committed later offenses, such as assault, carrying a gun, selling drugs or theft.And students who experience multiple suspensions report higher levels of delinquency, according to study released Friday.Appearing in the journal Justice Quarterly, the findings — based on a sample of 6,876 students participating in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 — suggest “school discipline can serve as a negative and harmful turning point in adolescence that increases offending … over time,” the authors write.Youth in the sample who associated with peers committing similar offenses were more likely to report committing such acts, but having tighter bonds to their school — often called school connectedness — was associated with lower levels of reported offenses.While having a close-knit family is often considered a protective factor for adolescents, the researchers found tight family bonds were not able to prevent future delinquency once a student experienced a suspension.Future studies, they write, should take a closer look at the impact of suspension and other school disciplinary practices on family relationships.Read the full article about student suspensions by Linda Jacobson at Education Dive. . The post Student Suspensions and Later Delinquency appeared first on Giving Compass .'

Teen drag queen goes viral for amazing graduation death drop

School and Education PinkNews

Brandon Austin, a UK teen drag queen who performs as Sophia Stardust, has gone viral after performing a dramatic death drop at his college graduation.In the video which has 3.4million views and more than 60,000 retweets, Austin was picking up his
'Brandon Austin, a UK teen drag queen who performs as Sophia Stardust, has gone viral after performing a dramatic death drop at his college graduation.In the video which has 3.4million views and more than 60,000 retweets, Austin was picking up his acting diploma.He told GSN : “I just said to my friends, ‘how iconic would it be if I did a death drop?’ “All my friends were into it.So when I got up there, and all friends were cheering, I just thought let’s do it. “The crowd screamed and cheered.Everyone was also so shocked.It was amazing.” Gay YouTuber Calum McSwiggan retweeted the video and wrote : “We love a queen who can dip!Congrats on graduating.” we love a queen who can dip!Congrats on graduating — Calum McSwiggan (@CalumMcSwiggan) July 14, 2019 According to Gay Star News, Austin learned to death drop, sometimes called a dip, by watching YouTube tutorials and practicing on his dad’s bed.His dad and friends were supportive when he came out to them, and his tutor who is also gay supported him through it.He said he suffered some teasing at school, but going to college changed things. “When I went to college and I saw openly gay people for the first time, I was overwhelmed.College has been one of the best experiences of my life.” Teen drag queen Sophia Stardust/ Brandon Austin said the moment was “amazing.” (sophia.stardust.1/ Instagram) The video of the teen drag queen’s death drop has 3.4million views The response on social media has mostly been positive, with one Twitter user writing: “Rupaul would be proud.” Another said : “Please tell me that child is going to college on dance squad scholarship.Deserves it with those skills!” Austin replied on Twitter that he was actually going on to work in fashion.Author Lex Croucher wrote: “Have watched this a million times.Can’t get enough.” Please tell me that child is going to college on dance squad scholarship.Deserves it with those skills! pic.twitter.com/nd7J73iMiV — April (@runningtreeart) July 13, 2019 . The post Teen drag queen goes viral for amazing graduation death drop appeared first on PinkNews - Gay news, reviews and comment from the world's most read lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans news service .'