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Archbishop calls for cut to universal credit delays

The six-week waiting time for universal credit must be cut as the idea that people have a nest egg to fall back on is “grotesquely ignorant”, the Archbishop of York has said. Writing in The Sunday Times, Dr John Sentamu said ministers must take a “courageous” look at the benefit. Addressing the delay must be a priority, he said. The government said it was determined to ensure people would not face hardship. Changes recently announced to the system of advanced payments meant people could access these as soon as they…

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Universal Credit: MPs to debate rollout amid Labour pause call

MPs are to debate the rollout of Universal Credit amid continuing calls for changes to the way the government’s flagship welfare programme is working. Labour is calling for the system, which merges six benefits into one, to be paused amid concerns about how long claimants wait to get the cash. Senior backbencher Frank Field said people were being “pushed towards destitution” on a growing scale. But ministers insist it is “safe to proceed” following “rigorous” testing. The government has said anyone in financial distress can apply for advance payments. The…

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Theresa May urged to halt Universal Credit roll-out

Families could be left homeless and destitute if Theresa May insists on pressing ahead with Universal Credit, a former top adviser has warned. Dame Louise Casey urged the prime minister to pause the roll-out of the new benefit system so it can be fixed. She told BBC Radio 4’s PM the consequences for families “close to the edge” could be “dire”. Twelve Conservative MPs have written to work and pensions secretary David Gauke to call for the same thing. Universal Credit ‘a factor in rent arrears’ The government says the…

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Gaming 

NES Classic Edition mods are unlocking its power as a universal gaming emulator

The NES Classic Edition was a hot gift over the holidays — Nintendo couldn’t make them fast enough to meet demand. Who would have thought people would be so excited to play the 30 retro games on this box? Well, that wasn’t all buyers were excited about. If you give people interesting new hardware, they’ll start modding it. In the case of the NES Classic Edition, it’s fast becoming the gaming emulator of your dreams. The NES Classic Edition comes stocked with some of the most popular titles from the…

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Travel 

Nintendo attractions to open at 3 Universal parks

Brace yourselves, loyal Nintendo fans. Universal Parks and Resorts will be bringing the world of Mario and Luigi to life with the opening of Nintendo-themed areas at their parks in Japan, Orlando and Hollywood. While details are sparse, developers at Nintendo and Universal announced that planning for the areas is well underway and that they will open separately over the next several years. The collaboration was first announced last spring, but the locations were kept under wraps. In an updated announcement, Universal’s Mark Woodbury and Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the…

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