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Cameron’s Plans Mean Poverty Assaults More People.

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David Cameron has vowed to devote much of his time in office to “an all-out assault on poverty”, in his speech to the Conservative Party conference.

The prime minister, who will stand down before the next election, said he wanted to tackle “deep social problems” and boost social mobility.

He also announced “dramatic” planning reforms to increase home ownership.

Reports the BBC. 

David Cameron’s assault on poverty doesn’t extend to the homeless.

13,850 households were accepted as homeless between April and June of this year.

Ryan Maynes.

It should be no surprise to anyone that the escalating issue of homelessness was barely mentioned during four days of rhetoric and self-congratulation at the Conservative party conference.

With the Tories having overseen the most savage cuts to the poorest in society in a generation, it was inevitable that homelessness would indeed be on the rise in Britain, and off the agenda of the Conservative Conference 2015.


The number of people sleeping rough in Britain has risen 55 per cent since the Conservatives came to power in 2010, with London seeing the highest increase.


Factor in the cuts to housing benefits for 18 to 21-year-olds, and the lack of a plan to tackle this crisis, and it may be a foregone conclusion that this increase is going to continue. Many more people will be sleeping rough in the capital and elsewhere over the course of this parliament.

Homelessness is clearly not high on the Conservative party’s agenda, and their attacks on welfare and housing have only confirmed this. Yesterday David Cameron promised an, ‘all out assault on poverty’, but his track record so far suggests that homelessness does not come under this remit.

Instead, Cameron launched his proposal to build 200,000 new starter homes, intended to ease the housing crisis. While this will help – insofar as there will be more homes in the country – it will have no impact on those in poverty.

The homelessness charity Shelter has suggested that only those households earning over £50,000, or £70,000 in London, will stand a chance of buying these houses. And of those on the new living wage in poorer areas? Only 2 per cent will find these new homes affordable.

Walking around Ipswich many people are struck by the number of people begging, saying they are homeless.

It is the same in many cities and towns, though I doubt if it’s the case in Cameron’s Constituency, Witney, Oxfordshire:

Tory conference: Cameron’s ‘assault on poverty’ pledge belied by new figures.

David Cameron’s promise during his address to the Conservative party conference that “an all-out assault on poverty” would be at the centre of his second term is undermined by a report that reveals planned welfare cuts will lead to an increase of 200,000 working households living in poverty by 2020.

The findings, published on Thursday by the Resolution Foundation, appear to contradict the prime minister’s vow to devote the second five years of his premiership to creating a “Greater Britain” marked by social reform, real equality and less racial discrimination.

In a speech that was clearly designed to respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader, Cameron sought to position his party as the dominant force on the centre ground of politics. The prime minister argued the best way to tackle the deep roots of poverty lay in getting people into better paid work.

The Conservatives, Cameron said, must live up to their great traditions of social reform and be the right party “for those who work hard, want to get on and want more money at the end of the month”. Insisting Britain was on the brink of something special, he claimed “hope is returning and we are moving into the light”, allowing the Conservatives to be seen as the “party of the fair chance, the party of the equal shot”.

But the new research by the Resolution Foundation – now chaired by former Conservative minister David Willetts – suggests the government’s welfare cuts introduced in the budget in a bid to cut the deficit will drive at least 200,000 working households into poverty under a definition that the government is abolishing.

These are the key points:

A further 200,000 children (predominantly from working households) will fall into poverty in 2016 simply as a result of the tax and benefit measures announced at the summer budget, including the increases in the national minimum wage.

The total number of working households in poverty will have reached 2 million in 2020.

The summer budget measures will lead to income falls of more than 4% in the bottom fifth of earners, contrasting with income rises of 4% for the top third.

The number of children in poverty in working and non-working households is estimated to reach up to 3.9 million by 2020. This is 1.2 million higher than the 2016-17 baseline and 600,000 higher than was projected for 2020 prior to the budget.

As the writer indicates:

Cameron made no direct mention of George Osborne’s controversial plans to cut tax credits, which will mean a loss of £1,000 for 3 million of the lowest-paid workers.

As for Iain Duncan Smith’s plans to get the disabled into work this is in the news today……

Too fat to work’ man has ‘collapsed with mini-stroke’ weeks after starting first job in four years.


A man who claimed he was ‘too fat to work’ has collapsed just weeks after starting his first job in years, it has been claimed

Stephen Beer, who has high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, has suffered a mini stroke and is in hospital, according to The Sun.

Wife Michelle, 43, said he was “not well, but improving”.



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  1. Singer Ellie Goulding has condemned the way that London councils treat homeless people as disgraceful and sickening, and said she would like to meet with Jeremy Corbyn to discuss the matter.

    Goulding, who recently tweeted her frustration at policies by Hackney council to cut down on people sleeping rough, said that the growing number of homeless people in London was “shameful”.



    October 8, 2015 at 5:28 pm

  2. ITV, 19.30 Care in crises.

    The funding crises affecting standards of home care, which threatens to impact many more than those at the point of care, from families to the HHS itself.


    October 8, 2015 at 5:45 pm

  3. Iain Duncan Smith MP lynched by an angry mob and hanged from a Manchester motorway bridge.

    Good News Network

    October 8, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    • Dummy


      October 8, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      • enigma

        what is the difference between a Dummy and George Pretentious Smith. I have never noticed anything.
        Takes up space – useless and good for nothing… mouthpiece perhaps?


        October 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      • Someone was able to hang a dummy. though not sure if they got away with it!


        October 8, 2015 at 9:52 pm

      • That’s a bit hard on dummies, as they actually do have a purpose. I have yet to think of any good use for IDS except perhaps fertiliser.


        October 9, 2015 at 10:42 am

      • Sib, would anyone want to eat veg’ that has been grown in the composted remains of IDS?

        I wouldn’t.


        October 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

  4. There’s more on this cobblers here.Cameron looks intent on wrapping himself up in the union jack,patriotism the last refuge of a scoundrel.


    Greater Britain” marked by social reform, real equality and less racial discrimination.



    October 8, 2015 at 7:50 pm

  5. The lack of a plan to tackle the homeless crisis, since money is more important than human beings to to greedy, the greedy consider the homeless undesirables to society so are not wanted in society. therefore it is hoped that the homeless don’t survive. as it is for most if not all the unemployed.

    “Getting people into better paid jobs”, the reality wages are going down.

    “social reform” on & off line, real equality nonsense and less racial discrimination. less isn’t good enough for all those who arrive in this and every other country, because there is legal discrimination.

    “Britain was on the brink of something special”, sure millions of human beings are on the brink only it isn’t or won’t be special. of course to Cameron this something special is when all the undesirables no longer exist.

    “hope is returning and we are moving into the light” am i dreaming.

    “welfare cuts introduced in the budget in a bid to cut the deficit (smokescreen) will drive at least 200,000 working households into poverty” thats not only what many of them will be driven to.


    October 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    • Oh who or rather what was it that said “hope is returning and we are moving into the light”


      October 8, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      • UK on Brink of “Special” meltdown more like


        October 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      • It’s up there with restoring lives.


        October 9, 2015 at 6:53 am

  6. Reblogged this on perfectlyfadeddelusions.

    The Porcelain Doll

    October 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm

  7. The Treasury has appeared to admit that families will be worse off next year as a result of the cuts to working tax credits being introduced in April 2016.

    Responding to research that claimed 200,000 children will be pushed into poverty next year as a result of the Government’s welfare changes, a Treasury spokesperson insisted most working families would be better off but only once all reforms had come into effect in 2017.



    October 9, 2015 at 7:12 am

  8. Welfare cards soon to start in Australia.

    The proposed cashless welfare card could discriminate against Indigenous people, with new data revealing almost three quarters of people who would be forced on it in a trial site are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

    The Healthy Welfare card, as it is known, would be used to divert 80% of payments for people on Newstart, youth allowance, disability support and carers’ allowance onto an electronic debit card that would be blocked from being used to buy alcohol or for gambling. The remaining 20% of benefits would be paid as cash.



    October 9, 2015 at 8:25 am

  9. Hat-Tip to Refuted Twitters Feed:


    Take aways:

    – “However we know from IFS analysis that what the new minimum wage gives to families will be outweighed by what is taken away by the tax credit cuts and the freeze of most in-work benefits. The Resolution Foundation estimates that by 2020 there will be between 3.7 and 3.9 million children in poverty in the UK. As Alison asked the room: is this really what blue-collar families are crying out for?”

    My take: In A Word, Yes.

    – “The Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb argued that to him, the Conservatives had always been the party that wanted to smash class divisions, while Labour seemed to want to entrench them.”

    My Take : Considering the fallout from the changes that havtaken place and will this says everything about the ConCons you need to know.

    – “What was striking to me was the seeming lack of recognition that many other parents work hard but still find themselves in poverty. That the parents of the children living in poverty (two thirds of poor children have a parent who works), not in the fringe meeting but out there around the country, were no less committed to doing the best for their children than the parents of the people in the room.”

    My Take : Can add nothing to this.

    – “John Harris identified three possible problems which might cause this pitch to fail.

    * Cuts to tax credits, which will hit the incomes of more than 3 million people in working families.
    * The lack of people with a blue collar background at the top of the party, in contrast with the 1980s.
    * The further cuts expected to council budgets. How can we ask people to work harder, when the care services for their elderly parents are cut and they have to leave work at 3pm to look after them?

    My Take : Er, didn’t HMRC admit its going to be 6Million plus not 3million… oh dear ConCons cannot even get their own figures right
    Point two – as if that ever made a difference if poor.
    More cuts? Why am I not surprised – soon the question will be why are we paying council tax – oh look lets not – out go the council tax for expensive properties, what’s not to like?


    October 9, 2015 at 4:00 pm

  10. Letters: Iain Duncan Smith Is Bereft Of Compassion And Honesty.

    This is long but well worth reading.

    Dear Iain Duncan Smith MP,

    I am appalled at the way citizens of the UK are treated under your government. While many who can work should, you are targeting the many to catch a few fraudsters with your pernicious welfare reforms, leaving people without the support they need which we were promised would be protected.

    Many lives have been lost due to the fear you have installed in those with serious health conditions, and many terminally ill people have had to fight to get their monies restored due to the sheer incompetence of those instructed to carry out your policies in your department and failure to apply the legislation correctly.
    he underhandedness of your policies and department know no bounds to cruelty inflicted on those who struggle daily with their health.
    Let’s be frank, compassion and honesty is not one of yours or your parties best attributes is it?

    The deliberately misleading language used by yourself and your department to turn the public against genuine claimants has caused many to be subjected to assault and abuse in the street; wrongly being accused of fraud by jealous neighbours, believing your untruths.

    Children are left in poverty because their parents were found to be overpaid by your department in error, yet made to feel criminals. What children will remember is that this government is cruel and heartless, lacking in compassion and how many nights they had no food until mother called in at the food bank; saving them from starving yet still not providing them with a healthy balanced diet a child needs to flourish and possibility of ill-health in the future due to their diets. Children will remember how cold they were due to no heating.

    Many disabled people do work, yet you are taking away their cars under Personal Independence Payments and cutting Access to Work for many. This is not going to get more people working.

    The sanctions regime is out of control by power crazed Job Centre staff, told to meet ‘performance targets’ or face disciplinary action themselves. Staff are even suffering from mental health issues – such as stress and anxiety – in the workplace, which doesn’t bode for a happy workplace environment and which is also counter-productive to your aims of cutting down on sick days. Some are eventually being made so ill that they end up becoming reliant on social security payments themselves, adding to the vast numbers already claiming.

    You are not creating long-term employment and apprenticeships of any real value, it is all done with use of extreme coercion or you will strip their financial lifeline for not working hard enough – beer budget schemes to hide the real statistics, as they move from one benefit to another.

    Your government is punishing those who did not create this economic mess, while gifting tax cuts to those who refuse to pay their fair share in taxes – out of pure greed. Lets face it, they wont miss a few quid many of them spend in a fancy restaurant over the weekend.

    In your conference speech you gave a personal story about your family and about the “work ethic” they instilled in you. Well,.. that’s the same for many other families too, nothing wrong with that. But for those who through no fault of their own cannot work, or those who cannot find employment, you have chosen to beat them into submission and deprivation with the proverbial stick.

    That to me it is a bullying someone who you and your ilk deem of less value and worth than you and your cohorts. You play the victim card and bemoan those who verbally attack you as bullies often do, when people stand up for their rights to have a fair, just and equal chance to aspire as any other person.

    There will always be some people who cannot work, due to the severity of their disability or chronic health conditions, which in many cases will be a person who had poor start in life and who fails to thrive and gain meaningful employment – possibly due to an inability to understand what society expects. But most ‘hard-working’ citizens in this country do what is right, they work hard and pay their taxes to provide for their families and raise them to be upstanding citizens who contribute to society. Many of these people paid into the National Insurance Scheme over their working lifetime. God forbid they find themselves needing a helping hand at some point in life’s journey. And the clue here is ‘insurance’, which when taken out should be honoured in a person’s time of need.

    Generations to come will remember the harshness of this government and the poverty they endured while your party were in power, and will hopefully never entrust your party with power again.

    I’m getting old now, my pension has not only been cut but I have to wait longer for it – provided I live long enough to collect it. I cannot get the help I need from social care services and have no family close by for support. And yet I’ m still classed as a working age person, so I remain subjected to the humiliations of constant benefit reassessment, due to ill-health from a botched operation. I did not choose to be on social security, life unfortunately throws obstacles in your path we have to try to overcome, the best way we can.

    Unlike you Sir, I don’t have money in the bank from family or any that I could have saved for a rainy day. As soon as I had paid my way and brought up my family on what little I had, the only thing left was my bus fare to go to work the following week. I didn’t mind living on the breadline because I accepted that was my lot in life.

    This government does not fill me with aspiration, but exasperation at the lack of care and compassion for my fellow human being’s, who, like me, live in poverty and are often forced to skip a meal to make ends meet.

    May god forgive you in your blindness to the suffering you are causing to many people and to those left behind. Often, their loved ones are no longer with them because of your governments vile, destructive, dehumanizing policies which help only those whose greed knows no bounds.

    You are a clever master of deception but many of us are no longer fooled.

    Name provided.

    Welfare Weekly.


    Andrew Coates

    October 9, 2015 at 4:12 pm

  11. OT: Deborah Orr of The Guardian


    Teases apart Jeremy ‘Oh Jeremy Darling’ Hunt’s recent comments on Work yourself to Death and be grateful on the freedom it gives you.

    Makes for interesting reading


    October 9, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    • And now on the Today programme we welcome the Health Secretary Jeremy C***… er… good morning Mr Hunt…. 😀

      James Naughtie

      October 10, 2015 at 7:11 am

    • From an Ingeus brain-washing workshop ‘workshop’:

      You know what we have all been conned into working for money. 😀 And what is money? Bits of paper! You over there, hiding in the corner, suppose I gave you £100, you wouldn’t know what to do with it. *an another ‘participant’ pipes up* But, it what you buy in the shops with it. [no response from the ‘facilitator’] *’facilitator’ goose-stepping across the room* It is all about the camaraderie, *raising voice* the craic, the chat around the water cooler, it is all about the *voice raises to fever pitch* WORK, WORK, WORK!!!!

      Ingeus Victim

      October 10, 2015 at 7:55 am

      • I absolutely loathe these kind of ‘workshops’.

        This brings it all back now…..

        Andrew Coates

        October 11, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    • Dr Spooner

      October 11, 2015 at 12:38 pm

  12. conscientiousness and agreeableness.

    “There is a lot of literature that shows in order to change outcomes among children you are best off treating the parents first,”

    “All of the evidence points to the idea if they change in the teenage years, they will stay changed forever, In this case, the kids will likely maintain a different level of conscientiousness and agreeableness for life.”



    October 10, 2015 at 3:58 pm

  13. Labour is to make a fresh attempt to overturn the cuts to tax credits introduced in the summer budget by tabling changes to the welfare bill due to be debated next week.

    Owen Smith, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said the Labour amendment would give Tory MPs one last chance to reverse tax credit cuts for 3 million families before they face a storm of protest in their constituencies about the changes when voters’ pay packets are hit next year.



    October 10, 2015 at 6:33 pm

  14. Ruth Hunt talks to NICK DILWORTH about the statistical chicanery denying work assessment victims open justice

    AFTER a long wait, the much anticipated benefit claimant death figures were finally released by Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) this summer after being blocked for months. So, what have we learnt and why haven’t the figures made more of an impact in the media?



    October 10, 2015 at 6:58 pm

  15. Cameron Demands Return of Chinese Slavery.

    David Cameron, or one his underlings at the Tory party conference this week declared that British workers should work like the Chinese in order for Britain to compete in the global marketplace. This comment, coming from a party intent on destroying workers’ rights and the last vestiges of the welfare state, as well as forcing the unemployed to labour for zero pay under workfare schemes, has sinister overtones of the ‘Chinese slavery’ denounced by British working class organisations at the beginning of the last century.



    October 10, 2015 at 7:01 pm

  16. It appears the Gangmaster term is still alive and well then in Conservative eyes.Any claims that British workers should compete with the Chinese is ridiculous,bashing the workforce is still something they like to do.



    October 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  17. The full extent of youth homelessness is more than eight times higher than the Government admits, according to a new report.

    Some 136,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 in England and Wales sought emergency housing in the past year. The figure is based on an analysis by the Centrepoint charity of 275 Freedom of Information responses from local authorities. In stark contrast, only 16,000 young people were officially classed as “statutory homeless” – which would mean councils had a legal duty to house them – according to the report.



    October 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  18. The Scottish government will be able to “top up” tax credits and child benefit payments as part of new powers coming to Holyrood, David Mundell has said.

    The Scottish Secretary said the Scotland Bill, currently going through Westminster, would be a “game-changer” ushering in a “new era of devolution”.

    The Scottish government is launching a paper on using new welfare powers.

    Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil said his party would not “take an approach that punishes the vulnerable”.



    October 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm

  19. ken

    October 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm

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