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Government Plans Poverty for Millions.

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Some days you think: can it get any worse.

yes it can…

Tory cuts leave poverty-stricken children too hungry to learn

Welfare Weekly.  

Teachers have blasted the Tory Government’s “callous fiscal and social policies”, after a damning survey revealed that an increasing number of poverty-stricken children are arriving at school hungry and unable to concentrate in lessons.

A survey of 3,250 teachers by the NASUWT, the largest teacher’s union in the UK, shows that a growing numbers of teachers and schools are being left to “pick up the pieces” of draconian austerity measures.

Teachers and schools reported having to step in and provide food, equipment and clothing for pupils. While others found themselves having to offer financial advice to parents struggling to cope with Tory cuts.

Almost three-quarters of teachers reported seeing children coming to school hungry, with over a quarter generously giving food to starving pupils. More than half had seen their school do the same.

According to the survey, 41 percent of teachers have given financial advice to parents or have referred them to external advice services.

More than a half said they had seen children whose parents were unable to afford school uniform. 15 percent had even resorted to giving clothing to children, and 59 percent reported seeing their school do the same.

Then there’s this:

The disability benefit cuts you haven’t heard about

PIP cuts have been scrapped but 500,000 will lose nearly a third of their employment and support allowance next year.

George Osborne repeatedly insisted at a Treasury select committee hearing on Thursday that he had no plans for future welfare cuts, but this will have been little consolation for around half a million people who will be affected by major reductions already approved by parliament. Dozens of disability protestersoccupied parliament’s central lobby on Wednesday calling on the government to reverse its other disability cuts – reductions, which they said were making claimants feel suicidal.

“Forcing people to work when they can’t work is not going to cure their illness,” Bell says. “You can’t just pull out a spare set of lungs from your back pocket. I will struggle to pay my bills. I really don’t know how I will cope.”

From April 2017, there will be a £30 cut for claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA), if they are placed in the work-related activity group (Wrag) – equivalent to around a third of their weekly income.

At the moment people who are deemed to be too unwell to work by the government’s work capability assessment, are put into two groups – those judged permanently unable to work are moved into the “support group” and paid £109; those judged to be too ill or disabled to work immediately (but theoretically capable of work at some point in the future) are put in the work-related activity group, and currently receive about £102 a week.

Stephen Crabb, the work and pensions secretary, has been urged to conduct a “root and branch” review of universal credit by Labour amid claims the flagship welfare reform has been “salami sliced” to the point that it now represents a financial hit for millions of low-paid workers.

The shadow work and pensions secretary, Owen Smith, has written to his opposite number warning that the policy – the brainchild of Iain Duncan Smith, who dramatically resigned from cabinet earlier this month – bears “scant resemblance to its original form”.

Smith said its original aim to incentivise people into work had been fatally undermined by George Osborne, who he accused of using the welfare budget as a “cash cow”.

He said: “Single mothers working full time and at the national minimum wage see their work allowances fall from £8,800 to £4,400 for example, diminishing their net earnings by as much as £3,000, and destroying the worthy intention to make work pay for low earners.”

Labour pointed to figures from the independent Office of Budget Responsibility, which reveal how the chancellor’s U-turn over controversial cuts to tax creditswere not a complete reversal of the policy but a delay, as they were maintained under universal credit.

There is no point in arguing with the government.

They have to be fought.


Written by Andrew Coates

March 29, 2016 at 2:19 pm

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  1. And yet so many of the British People still carry on playing three wise monkeys – See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Speak no Evil. As the Tories take a wrecking-ball to the welfare state.

    Jeff smith

    March 29, 2016 at 3:59 pm

  2. Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights

    Tragic and Cruel – The reality of Tory rule in Britain today:
    Anita Bellows on Twitter
    https://t.co/Xbj3oJAz0M https://t.co/slqLpTnqas This is social engineering”
    twitter.com/AnitaBellows12…|By Anita Bellows


    March 29, 2016 at 4:10 pm

  3. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    March 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm

  4. Half of Single Parents Priced out of Childcare

    The cost of pre-school childcare is barring 50% of single parents in London from going to work, a charity has said.

    ‘Want to go back full-time’
    “I’ve scaled back my hours to 20 hours per week because I know what the financial implications of having to work 9-5 mean in terms of childcare,” one single mother, from Southwark, told Gingerbread.
    “I also know that come the six-week school summer holidays I’m going to have to give up my job because I will not be able to afford the childcare costs.”
    Another mother, from Enfield, told the charity: “If I want to go back to work full time I would I have to pay nursery costs but for me it’s too expensive. It would cost me £1,580 per month, so I… will only be returning to work part-time.
    “Even then I have had to borrow money from family, as it still costs me £700 per month.”


    I will point out at the start that this is London, centric but the underlying message for the rest of the country is clear.
    And so the undermining of the poorest continues. Lets create a pool of desperate people, caught in being poor, and the fact their children are too is a big plus – lets also make sure the children are disadvantaged from the start in education and developing social skills, so we have a ready pool of poor – no lets pick on them as ‘workless’ to tend our needs at a price we set.
    Capitalism, at work, at its best!”
    Little do they know that Tax Credits/UC is coming for them/

    National Living Wage benefits ‘to vary across the country’

    “The number of workers benefiting from the new National Living Wage (NLW) will vary dramatically across the country, according to a think tank.
    The Resolution Foundation said that in some parts of the UK as much as a third of the workforce will get a pay rise.
    But workers elsewhere will see little difference after the NLW is introduced on 1 April, it said.”

    . . .

    “At the same time the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) has predicted that tens of thousands of workers could lose their jobs – or see their hours reduced – as employers try to compensate for the extra cost.”

    . . .

    “However the OBR has said that 60,000 workers could lose their jobs as a result of the NLW.”

    . . .

    “Some workers could also be given shorter hours, as employers try to balance their books.”

    ME: We predicted this, just like the sun rises and sets, and its all coming true.


    March 30, 2016 at 7:49 am


    Have you heard of “Jobs and Business Glasgow”? It’s the largest jobs Quango in Scotland which is now under police investigation over alleged misuse of EU funds. It claims to help with the following:

    Confidence boosting

    Reading, writing, numbers





    Interview skills

    Business start-up


    Quote from full report in the link below: “It is one of raft of organisations across Scotland whose European funding has been suspended following an audit or review, with the potential claw back by Brussels running into tens of millions”.



    March 30, 2016 at 8:36 am


      Certificate in Employability Studies WITH MANAGEMENT

      I declare that I have attended the above course.

      NI No.:


      Customer PRINT NAME

      Funded by the European Union

      Jobs And Business Glasgow

      March 30, 2016 at 10:24 am

  6. Meanwhile, Glasgow hits the news again after increasing the number of CCTV cameras equipped with technology called “SUSPECT SEARCH” which can photograph and track a person wherever they go in the city.


    Pity they don’t closely track all the money wasted on welfare-to-work schemes!


    March 30, 2016 at 8:53 am

    • Suspect Search Cameras – in the hands of Community Safety Personnel

      First it was 10 cameras – now it is 70…

      “Community Safety Glasgow (CSG) employs 20 Public Space CCTV Operators. It is anticipated that Suspect Search will be available to these operators and 6 Police Liaison Offers once operational.”



      March 30, 2016 at 9:03 am

      • It’s the future Tobanem, this will be extended everywhere.


        March 31, 2016 at 12:47 pm

  7. I believe Iain Duncan Smith has overseen three great failures at the DWP: on the work programme, sanctions, and universal credit. All of these three mistakes relate to the changing shape of the labour market. They have damaged our economic prospects as a country, likely impacting on our productivity. But worse, the the consequences of Duncan Smith’s mistakes have been borne by one group above all: people with disabilities.



    March 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  8. Universal Credit Handed Over To Iain Duncan Smith’s Successor With 65 “Live Risks”

    The flagship welfare reform has “serious question marks over it”, Labour said, following the disclosure of documents that reveal the government has identified scores of potential problems.

    The precise detail of the risks attached to the project is set to be revealed next month after Slater, together with investigative journalist Tony Collins, won a long-running court battle to make the papers public. The DWP is considering whether or not to appeal the decision, but this disclosure will pile pressure on Crabb to let the public see them.



    March 30, 2016 at 2:32 pm

  9. DWP forget human beings behind their decisions & forget behind all cuts caps and council tax there is debt & hunger.

    Behind every statistic there is indeed a human being. There is also an income for that human being information about which arrives as a statistic on the desks of ministers at the DWP, the DCLG or the MOJ.

    Ministers have never assessed the cumulative impact on the health of human beings when all three government departments independently and simultaneously reduce the incomes of the poorest people in the UK.



    March 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm


    Are you depressed? On medication – especially via an automatic repeat prescription? Watch out, your medication will be cancelled after three months – and you might just be thrown off ESA as well.

    Many people currently on automatic repeat prescriptions don’t know they now have to make an appointment to see their doctor who will assess if they still need medication for depression.



    March 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

  11. Ipswich Job Fair today.

    I would be interested, indeed wouldn’t we all, to hear from anybody who has ever got a real job from Job Fairs.

    And I am not talking about the Avon stall.

    Andrew Coates

    March 30, 2016 at 4:50 pm

  12. Homeless Protesters in Glasgow given 48 Hours to get their tents out of the city’s George Square.

    [video src="http://bcdownload.gannett.edgesuite.net/newsquestuk-mobile/201603/3490/64298557001_4823481769001_4823465204001.mp4" /]

    “The [Glasgow City] council’s lawyer, Kenny McDonald, said that while individuals had the right to stage a protest [under Article 11 of the Human rights Act] they did not have the the right to occupy a publicly owned space, under the Civic Government (Scotland Act) 1982 and Sheriff Gillian Bryson agreed.

    Report here:



    March 30, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    • Is George Square in Glasgow not the only public park in the UK or summat?

      Yorkshire Pud

      March 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      • George Square belongs to the people of Glasgow – not the fucking council. It is public property. The Nazi scumbag council have no fucking right to evict these homeless persons.

        Bone Soup

        March 30, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      • “publicly owned space” is just a legal contortion. It BELONGS to the People of Glasgow. The council should FUCK OFF!!

        Bone Soup

        March 30, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      • George Square was GIFTED to the People of Glasgow. What the council are attempting is downright illegal and a fucking disgrace!

        Bone Soup

        March 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm


        Last night it was reported that a Sheriff had given tent protesters camped in George Square 48 hours to get out after a lawyer for the city Council argued the protest was illegal under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

        The protesters subsequently lodged an appeal and they will not now be evicted on the 48 hour deadline.

        “Tent-Town”, as its been nicknamed, should be able to stay in George Square until the case is heard in the Appeal Court – which should take around 6 weeks.

        The Council also tried to say the camp was untidy, but there is no evidence of that at the moment – the 20 tents at the site are neat and orderly. The police have been low profile and not hostile.


        March 31, 2016 at 3:52 pm

  13. Duncan Smith and Grayling ‘must face criminal probe’ over WCA deaths

    Disabled activists are calling for Iain Duncan Smith to face a criminal investigation over his refusal to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety of the “fitness for work” test, which led to “countless deaths” over the last six years



    March 30, 2016 at 7:50 pm

  14. Best hold on to that pc of yours.

    Pembrokeshire Citizens Advice Bureau – Annual Report 2015

    Department for Work and Pensions to broaden their digital inclusion work into job centres and libraries,’



    March 30, 2016 at 9:03 pm

  15. OT: Commercial Arbitration

    an interesting development concerning use of Arbitration panels in Commercial disputes,most senior judge has said its taken law into a cul de sac and is negatively impacting its development/advancement.
    Don’t think t’ll have a impact on the TTIP negotiations though

    Is English common law at risk of becoming out of date?

    “English law took a “wrong turning” around 35 years ago, the lord chief justice of England and Wales said in a lecture earlier this month.
    Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd was referring to the unwillingness of the courts to review decisions reached behind closed doors by independent lawyers acting as arbitrators.
    Arbitration is often the preferred means of resolving commercial disputes, not least because hearings are not open to the press or public.
    Arbitrators chosen by the parties – sometimes sitting as a panel of three – hear the arguments in much the same way as a court and then deliver a ruling, known as an award.”


    March 31, 2016 at 6:35 am

  16. Disability employment gap inquiry.

    Scope of the inquiry

    The Committee invites written submissions addressing the following points:

    To what extent are the current range of proposed measures likely to achieve the Government’s ambition of closing the disability employment gap?
    How effective is the Disability Confident campaign in reducing barriers to employment and educating employers?
    What should support for people with health conditions and disabilities in the proposed Work and Health programme look like?
    What are the likely impacts on disability employment of the abolition of the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity component?



    March 31, 2016 at 8:01 am

  17. Charity workers fear benefit claimants will struggle as Universal Credit is rolled out in SE1.

    It is revealed that new applicants will have to wait six weeks for first payment, (not 42 days as was thought) and will need a bank account, which Citizens’ Advice believes could cause trouble for hundreds – millions.

    “It could leave some people in debt when they are struggling to pay bills as it is. It’s going to be very difficult, unless any of these people have savings. The consequences of getting it wrong can be very serious and we’re very concerned people will lost out.”

    He added that there are fears some people “won’t understand” the new system and might not be able to handle the added responsibilities that go with the changes.



    March 31, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    • First thing I noticed, 6 weeks IS 42 days…


      April 1, 2016 at 1:31 am

  18. Universal Credit is the benefit of ineligibility,the claim that it makes work pay would be more accurately described has having the taxpayer pay for this sham.

    Nothing damages the Tories more then the truth,something they don’t know the meaning of.


    March 31, 2016 at 2:21 pm


    In case any of you have missed it, see my update today further up this page!


    March 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

  20. Council tax bills in almost every part of England are rising on Friday with an average annual increase of £46.

    People in a Band D home in Pendle in Lancashire can expect to pay an extra £74 in 2016-17, the biggest rise in the country.

    Bills will rise in 314 out of 327 areas, even if the council is freezing its share, analysis by BBC News shows.

    The Department for Communities and Local Government said £3.5bn will be raised to care for older people.

    The overall bills include any precepts levied by parish councils, county councils, police and crime commissioners and fire authorities.



    March 31, 2016 at 4:33 pm

  21. BURN IN HELL!!

    MWA And CWP Are DEAD!!

    March 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm

  22. superted, jj joop and every one else


    listen up guys. Just got my call up papers yesterday for sc. Starts next week. Bloody short notice.

    The letter says there will be an intial assessment followed by training. It says that the provider will issue me with a learning agreement. I won’t be filling in or signing any of there paperwork.

    To get around this they may fill in there paperwork by asking me questions. Do I have to share any of my personal data with them verbally when they are filling in there forms???


    April 1, 2016 at 6:27 am

  23. What kind of life can you live on £7.20 an hour?

    The National Living Wage has raised the minimum wage from £6.70 to £7.20 an hour for workers over 25 and will see a pay bump for nearly two million people. But what kind of lifestyle can you enjoy on that salary?

    Rent, council tax, energy bills, food shopping, travel fares. These are just some of the essential costs we pay for living and working in Britain.



    April 1, 2016 at 7:57 am


    Although the “Tent Town” protesters have lodged an appeal, the city Council say the appeal will run concurrently and so the 48-hour eviction deadline still stands. The protesters must be out by tomorrow afternoon or the Council will implement a step-by-step process to dismantle the camp with police assistance.



    April 1, 2016 at 8:58 am

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