Big chill set to last through weekend
Friday 03 January 1997
Forecasters predicted that stronger winds from the North- east would cause parts of the country to feel even colder today, with snow flurries in Kent and the East Coast causing more problems for motorists.
Meanwhile Harriet Harman, shadow Social Security Secretary, said it was a "scandal" that millions of people were so poor they had to choose between heating and food. She called for improved pensions and for VAT on fuel to be cut from 8 per cent to no more than 5 per cent.
David Winnick, who led a delegation of Labour MPs to Downing Street calling for change to the way cold-weather payments are made, said: "It shows the farcical nature of the system that exists that it has taken over a week of very, very cold weather before at long last payments are being made,"
Social security minister Andrew Mitchell replied that he was satisfied with the way cold-weather payments system operated. "We have announced that the scheme is triggered today across large parts of the country. A further pounds 8m will be being paid." Some pounds 19m had been paid out since Christmas, he added.
The coldest place in Britain on Wednesday night was RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, where a temperature of -12C was recorded. And a London Weather Centre spokesman warned: "If anything things are going to get colder."
- 1 Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
- 2 To help fuel their propaganda machine against the poor, our government has now decided to redefine the word 'welfare'
- 3 Halle Berry takes ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry to court for allegedly trying to make daughter look less African-American
- 4 Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Turkish President: 'Equality between men and women is against nature'
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Ferguson decision: Tea Party website mocks Michael Brown's family over T-shirt typo
Michael Brown shooting: Ten things we know – or know better – now the Ferguson grand jury's work is over
Isis propaganda image showing 'abuse of Muslim woman by soldiers' is actually taken from Hungarian porn film
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: CHESHIRE MARKET TOWN - An exciting and rare o...
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: NORTH HAMPSHIRE - SENIOR POSITION - An exciti...
£29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Gas Installation Engineer is required ...
£28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Domestic Gas Technical Surveyor is req...