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Iceland giving vouchers to combat the cost of living

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Pensioners in the UK are set to receive a £30 food voucher by the supermarket Iceland because of the rising cost of living crisis. To do so, the chain has collaborated with The Rothesay Foundation to launch the Summer Cheer campaign, which will run until September 16th.

 

With their voucher, pensioners can purchase food and other essentials, although the voucher will only be given to individuals of whom are either living independently or with a carer. They must also be solely reliant on state pensions and benefits.

 

Iceland have launched the new scheme as a development of their existing weekly over 60s discount in all stores which has been in operation since May. Since then, shoppers have been able to receive a discount on every Tuesday. Those with a voucher as a result of the new Summer Cheer scheme will be able to use their £30 voucher in conjunction with their Tuesday discount.

 

How to get one

To qualify for a voucher, you must be of pension age and living on a state pension and benefits. You must also be living either independently or with a full-time carer.

 

A story by Wales Online states that the campaign will also provide copies of financial advice produced by Age UK.

 

If you would like to access the Summer Cheer scheme, you can ask at your local Iceland store. Alternatively you can call the Summer Cheer hotline on 0800 098 7877 which is accessible from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

 

Which stores will offer the scheme

 

Iceland say that the stores that will offer the Summer Cheer scheme have been identifies as the places in the UK with highest number of pensioners living in deprivation.

 

Richard Walker, managing director of Iceland Foods, said: “Since the launch of the partnership last Christmas, the cost of living crisis has taken hold of the UK, and now more than ever, people are struggling to access the food they need.

 

“No one should ever have to worry about how they are going to eat or drink, and we hope that the support we can offer across the UK will help pensioners access and enjoy a worry-free meal during this time.”

 

The campaign will be distributed across the following locations

 

  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Wirral
  • Newcastle North
  • Sunderland
  • Birmingham
  • West Midlands
  • Glamorgan
  • Newport
  • North Wales
  • Lambeth
  • Croydon

 

What are people saying?

 

Both the Rothesay Foundation and Iceland are working with Age UK to address that older people can claim all the benefits and support that they are entitled to.

 

Addy Loudiadis, of the Rothesay Foundation, said: “We hope our vouchers will provide a small amount of relief to the growing number of older people living in real financial difficulty in the UK.

 

“Going forward, we are committed to working with brilliant partners like Iceland and AGE UK to help as many pensioners as possible to get access to their full benefit allowances.”

 

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North East foodbanks to close on Monday as the Queen’s funeral is held

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Several foodbanks across the North East will close their warehouses and distribution centres this Bank Holiday Monday, the day the Queen’s funeral is being held.

 

In the North East, Gateshead Foodbank has announced that it will be closed on Monday to reopen the following day. Sunderland and County Durham Foodbank will also be closed, as well as their foodbank warehouse.

 

It was announced that the day of the Queen’s funeral would be a bank holiday by King Charles III this weekend, as a national day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s funeral will take place at 11am on Monday, September 19 at Westminster Abbey. The public will be able to pay their respects 24 hours a day for four days until 6.30am on Monday, while the Queen lies in state in the Palace of Westminster.

 

The Trussell Trust work to stop UK hunger and poverty, and their network of foodbanks provides emergency food and support to people in crisis. A spokesperson told the Mirror that food banks across the country were given the option to close or stay open depending on the needs of their community.

 

They clarified that “foodbanks are all independent, but we have emailed saying it is a bank holiday and they can decide what to do. It really depends on the local need on the ground, the volunteers will know if they are particularly quiet on a Monday, or if it is a busier day.”

 

The decision to close a number of foodbanks has proved to be controversial, with some slamming the move as classist. What are your thoughts?

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Queen’s Funeral Date Announced

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Details of the service and events in the coming days have been released by Buckingham Palace and the Earl Marshal, the Duke of Norfolk, who is responsible for the arrangements.

 

It was announced earlier that the day of the funeral will be a bank holiday.

 

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II will take place at 11am on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey.

 

The Queen’s coffin – which is currently in the ballroom at Balmoral – will be carried by six gamekeepers from the Balmoral Estate tomorrow, Sunday 11 September, at 10am.

 

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Ticket touts selling Sam Fender tickets for substantial prices

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Ticket touts are exploiting Sam Fender fans, with some charging over 10x the standard face value fee, despite efforts to avoid this.

 

On Friday, Fender announced that he will be living out a childhood dream of his and playing St James’ Park in Newcastle on June 9, 2023. The stadium is the largest in the North East with the capacity for over 52,000 fans.

 

Due to an extremely high demand and pre-sale tickets selling out in minutes on Wednesday, an extra date was added for 10 June. General sale went live at 10am this morning (9 September) and, once again, sold out in minutes, with over 100,000 people joining the queue at one point hoping for tickets.

 

Sam Fender Tickets Newcastle upon Tyne

 

Ticket touts have already begun using this situation to their advantage, with tickets worth £63 at face value being sold for prices as high as £720 on sites such as Viagogo. Such profiteering retail sites encourage ticket touting, which is a strictly illegal practice.

 

The 28-year-old musician has issued a statement on his Instagram story, alerting his fans to be careful. He stated:

“Please only buy tickets from the official vendors which are all listed on my website.

“Twickets or your ticket agent’s face value resale platform are the only safe places to buy tickets that people don’t need.

“Tickets bought and sold on other sites (such as Viagogo) are not valid and will not be accepted.”

 

Fender has partnered with Twickets, an official and ethical resale platform, to ensure that fans buy/sell tickets only at face value and that those being sold are not fake.

 

The authorised websites listed on Sam Fender’s official website are: TicketMaster, SeeTickets, Eventim, Gigantic, Myticket and Eventtravel.

 

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