Natalie Leal

Freelance Journalist
Brighton Argus

Volkswagen enthusiasts calling for donations for refugees

VOLKSWAGEN enthusiasts are calling for donations as they collect supplies for those caught up in the refugee crisis. A convoy of classic Volkswagen cars and campervans will then drive the items to Portsmouth campaign group, Don’t hate, Donate!, for delivery to the most vulnerable refugees in Europe. Kevin Stephenson, from the Sussex-based Dirty Low Down Dubbers Volkswagen Club, said they were motivated to act after seeing “horrific images in the newspapers and on the television, particularly o
Positive News

Academia and allotments: the students growing their own food

Academia and allotments: the students growing their own food Thanks to a growing awareness of sustainability issues, students around the country are swapping evenings on cheap beer for afternoons spent growing their own fruit and veg. Natalie Leal looks at the rise of edible campus initiatives As students head off to university this autumn many will be able to dig up some campus-grown potatoes or pick an apple on the way to their halls of residence thanks to a recent rise in edible campus init
Welfare Weekly

'Devastating' Tory Attacks On Disabled People Cannot Go Unchallenged, Says Comedian

Comedian and actress, Francesca Martinez, is calling on the government to assess the full impact of cuts on disabled people. Comedian and actress, Francesca Martinez, is launching a new petition calling on the government to assess the full impact of cuts to support and social care for disabled people. People with long-term illness and disabilities have faced a number of changes to multiple benefits and support services during the government’s welfare reform programme over the past five years.
Welfare Weekly

Mind 'Extremely Concerned' Over Benefit Sanctions Revelation

Mental health charity, Mind, have expressed ‘extreme concern’ following the revelation that sanctioned jobseekers with mental illness are not classed as ‘vulnerable’ by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). DWP guidance on hardship payments for sanctioned Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants says a person will only be a member of a vulnerable group if they have an accompanying physical health problem. “We are extremely concerned that this guidance does not consider people with mental hea
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