November 5th, 2018

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Benefit cap leaves poor families with mounting debt

Benefit cap leaves poor families with mounting debt, study shows

Key welfare reform disproportionately affects ill or disabled people

A key government welfare reform designed to motivate people into work is leaving families with mounting debt and pushing poor children into deeper poverty, according to analysis seen by the Observer.

Two-thirds of the households stuck in the government’s benefit cap for more than six months were found to be facing a shortfall between their monthly income and estimated costs, suggesting the policy is fuelling destitution.

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The swanky Rio restaurant for homeless people

More than a meal: the swanky Rio restaurant for homeless people

Dignity is on the menu at a Brazilian eatery where tasty dishes are conjured from food that would otherwise have gone to waste

In a chic, minimalist restaurant with an Italian name and an innovative menu, near the centre of Rio de Janeiro, Valdicir dos Santos, tucks into his dinner. It consists of banana skin and vegetables served with tangerine sauce, beans, rice and farinha – the flour, ground from dried bread instead of the usual manioc, that Brazilians sprinkle on everything.

The food at Refettorio Gastromotiva is excellent – and Dos Santos is one of 90 people here eating for free.

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NOTE: Last night, I dreamt I cooked up something really delicious and wanted to go to where the homeless people were so they could have it. I must have picked up the vibes in the atmosphere from the writer of this article.