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NEWS ROUNDUP: Self isolation grant increase & tributes to teenager


Family of Amanda Selby pay tribute to the teenager and self isolation grants to increase.

The family of Amanda Selby have paid tribute to the fifteen year old. Amanda, from Manchester, died at Ty Mawr Holiday Park in Towyn on Saturday July 31sr. Her brother, 19 year old Matthew Selby has been charged with her murder.

Minimum wage breach
10 Welsh employers who paid their staff less than minimum wage have been named. The UK Government released the names of the companies that breached rules between 2012 and 2018.
Menai meats in Gwynedd and Millenium Care in Neath Port Talbot were amongst those on the list. Some of the companies cited things like technical breaches and uniform policy as the reason.

Throughout the UK, football clubs, retailers, hairdressers and cleaning contractors are among 191 businesses “named and shamed” by the Government for breaking the minimum wage law.A total of £2.1 million was found to be owed to more than 34,000 workers following investigations by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs dating back to 2011.

Named employers have been made to pay back what they owed, and were fined an additional £3.2 million.

Almost half of employers named wrongly deducted pay from workers’ wages, including for uniforms and expenses, while 30% failed to pay workers for all the time they had worked, such as when they worked overtime, and 19% paid the incorrect apprenticeship rate.

Self isolation grant
Grants for people on a low income in Wales who are told to self isolate under coronavirus guidelines are increasing from £500 to £750. It is hoped the extra cash will help to support those who cannot work from home as well as the parents and guardians of children told to isolate.

Some of the requirements on the government website state:You must be working (employed or self-employed) to get the payment.

You need to claim within 21 days of your last  day of self-isolation.

Payments will be taxed, but are exempt from National Insurance contributions. It should not affect any benefits you get.

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