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Boris attacks DLA reforms

Boris Johnson is one of the thousands who have submitted Freedom of Information requests to the government relating to upcoming reforms to the disability living allowance (DLA), The Daily Mail reports.

The London mayor is opposing plans to increase the qualifying period for the DLA from three to six months, saying people with fluctuating conditions will find it much more difficult to claim support.

His office also stressed that the fraud rate for DLA is less than 0.5 per cent. “For those with fluctuating conditions, asking them to report every change to their condition would prove very stressful,” he added.

The Guardian also reported that the government is proposing to replace DLA with a personal independence payment (PIP) to focus payments to claimants most in need and reduce spending on this benefit by 20% in the next two to three years.

The newspaper says the DLA is paid to around 3,2 million people, including children, who suffer from a range of disabilities and illnesses like cancer, mental health problems, spinal injuries and others.

Book fines earn universities millions of pounds

Overdue books have poured £50 million into the pockets of British universities, The Mail on Sunday reports. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal Leeds University is the top earner, collecting over £1.8million in the past six years.

Drug dealers as young as 11 arrested

Children as young as 11 have been arrested for possession of drugs with an intent to sell, The Daily Mail reports. Freedom of Information requests submitted to 43 police forces in England and Wales have exposed the number of drug-related arrests of under-16s in the last six years to be 12,589.

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