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‘I wont be able to have healthy food’: millions of Americans to lose lifeline as Trump cuts food stamps

The Trump administration is rolling out new rules that will reduce Snap benefits, and make millions of Americans ineligible to receive them When James Fauntleroy lost his sales job in the summer he quickly found his social security disability benefits did not provide enough to live on. So he turned to a vital lifeline relied upon by many Americans on hard times food stamps, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap). Fauntleroy, 35, initially received an approval letter, which noted he would receive $197 a month starting immediately.…

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A basic income for everyone? Yes, Finland shows it really can work | Aditya Chakrabortty

Trials suggest it can liberate jobless people, says the Guardian columnist Aditya Chakrabortty In a speck of a village deep in the Finnish countryside, a man gets money for free. Each month, almost 560 (500) is dropped into his bank account, with no strings attached. The cash is his to use as he wants. Who is his benefactor? The Helsinki government. The prelude to a thriller, perhaps, or some reality TV. But Juha Jrvinens story is ultimately more exciting. He is a human lab rat in an experiment that could…

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I told a lie to claim benefits. Now I am an MP and I want to talk about why | Metiria Turei

I decided to reveal a deception I undertook as a struggling single mother because I am outraged at how society treats the poor Last weekend I revealed a lie, a lie that I decided to talk about because of the situation we as a society find ourselves in. I am the co-leader of the Green party of Aotearoa New Zealand the third biggest political party in our small democracy. We are two months from growing up in poverty. How the welfare system set up to help people actually keeps them…

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