Osborne sending out annual tax statements and traditional skills knot needed by scout leaders

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Osborne sending out annual tax statements and traditional skills knot needed by scout leaders
3rd November 2014

Households to get annual tax statement from Osborne 

More than 24 million people will receive an annual tax statement from chancellor George Osborne. 

The statements will illustrate to people how their taxes are spent. The scheme will cost £5m and was introduced after Osborne indicated he hoped to make a further £12bn welfare cuts. 

In one example statement released by the Treasury, a person earning £30,000 per annum will be shown that  £1,663 of their tax pays for welfare, £1,280 for health, £892 for education and £822 for state pensions. £78 of their salary is put toward overseas aid and £51 goes to the EU budget.

The example statement has drawn criticism for a lack of clarity over where the welfare money goes, where the majority is spend on pensioners and the sick and disabled. These details is expected to be available on the government’s website. 

Traditional skills knot needed by scout leaders 

The Scout Association have said that tying knots is no longer a necessary skill for modern scout leaders to have. 

Though the original boy scout “bible” of 1915, Scouting for Boys, included a whole section called Saving Lives with Knots, the Scout Association say that for modern scout leaders, “what’s important now is their ability to do youth work - not climb mountains or do knots.”

The scouts now counts twice as many teenage members as it had a decade ago and offers modern badges such as Circus Skills, IT, Street Sports and Public Relations.  Officials now say skills such as woodland craft no longer are relevant and leaders do not need basic survival skills to begin training. 

A spokesman said “Scouting has been around for 107 years and it is very different to when Baden-Powell took the first boys to the Brownsea Island.” 

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