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Inflation to Hit Benefit Claimants Hard.

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Higher inflation rise will cost poor families extra £100 a year, warns IFS.  Inflation rose to 1 per cent in September, the highest level in almost two years.  Zlata Rodionova The Independent.

The Guardian.

Poor families hit as UK inflation rises to 1% – as it happened

Government’s freeze on in-work benefits means many families will suffer as the cost of living rises.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) states,

In the July 2015 Budget the Government announced that, as part of its attempt to cut annual social security spending by £12 billion, most working-age benefit and tax credit rates would be frozen in cash terms until March 2020.

This policy represented a significant takeaway from a large number of working age households. But it also represented a shifting of risk from the Government to benefit recipients. Previously, higher inflation was a risk to the public finances, increasing cash spending on benefits. Now the risk is borne by low-income households: unless policy changes higher inflation will reduce their real incomes.


Huffington Post.

UK Inflation Rises To Two-Year High Of 1.0% As Sterling Turmoil Hits Britain’s Poor

Article 50 hasn’t even been triggered yet.

The rising cost of everyday goods is “just the start” of a sustained rise in inflationthat will hit Britain’s poor hardest, experts have warned.

New figures from the ONS show that inflation in prices is now at the highest point for two years amid the falling value of Sterling following the Brexit vote.

And rising inflation will not only affect prices in supermarkets and high streets, but reduce the income of Britain’s poorest families, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Left Foot Forward.

Brexit: Tory benefit cuts £100 worse for 11.5 million families thanks to pound dive.

Since the British people ‘took back control’ and stuck it to the elites on June 23, the pound has fallen to a 31 year low. While the Brexit press has tried to spin this as a good thing, the facts tell a different story.

As the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) finds today, a weak pound means rising prices, which would be bad enough for low-income people. But since we have a Tory government, this inflation comes amid a freeze on benefits and tax credits, as part a £12 billion cut to social security spending.

This means 11.5 million families will see an even greater real terms cut to their incomes as a result of sterling’s nose dive. Thanks Brexit!

We know what this will mean when we go to the supermarket and do our shopping.

Already we have to watch what we spend, what we buy, wait for the cheap bread at the end of the day, or look in the reduced sections.

And that’s without mentioning our bills.

This is going to get worse, a lot worse.


The benefits freeze should be ended now!


Written by Andrew Coates

October 19, 2016 at 3:16 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.


    October 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm

  2. Tweeted @melissacade68


    October 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm

  3. If inflation rises persistently the cost of goods and services will rise and people begin to spend less and less which is bad because the economy is currently kept afloat not by exports but by domestic “home grown” spending. As domestic spending slows the economy will begin to slow and unemployment start to increase. Add the fact that EU countries will progressively be more and more reluctant to import goods and services from the only country in the EU determined leave them in the lurch and things begin to look kind of scary. The idea that Britain will prosper and be better off by trading internationally with other countries as a separate entity outside of the EU begins to look ever more delusional, particularly when you consider that pretty much no real “rebalancing” of the British economy, away from the public sector towards private manufacturing, has been achieved since the Tories have been in power despite the fact that this was one of their supposed and avowed goals.

    I don’t know about you but the fact that all of our futures is now in the hands of dickheads like David Davies and Liam Fox scares the crap out of me. Batten down the hatches. The whirlwind cometh..


    October 19, 2016 at 4:57 pm

  4. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    October 19, 2016 at 6:25 pm

  5. Britain claims to have some sort of democracy, yet we have a bunch of murdering, deranged psychopaths dictating policy that would make Stalin look like a moderate.

    The poorest in society dying from psychological torture and abuse by ruthless posh boys who are groomed at the Queens brainwashing centre at Eton, a stones throw away from Windsor Castle, and end up in ALL the key positions of power. Coincidence???????


    October 19, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    • Marie,no such thing as coincidence, these over privileged crazy fcks that are running the show are carrying out the soft kill for the khazarian mafia


      October 19, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    • Marie

      Democracy is a smoke screen to pacify the masses. In the UK apart from the local and general vote,brexit and Scottish independence,when have you ever seen democracy work on a day by day basis ?

      Their is only dictatorships and all a democractic action does is allow you the opportunity (so no guarantees) to pick one.


      October 24, 2016 at 7:52 am

  6. Reblogged this on Declaration Of Opinion .

    Mark Catlin

    October 20, 2016 at 4:21 am

  7. Tesco boss: ‘Food price inflation could be lethal for struggling millions’
    Matt Davies points to damaging effect on economy, retailers, manufacturers and shoppers as data shows grocery deflation contracting.


    “He spoke out after Tesco became embroiled in a public spat with one of its main suppliers, Unilever, after the maker of brands including Marmite and Persil demanded an across the board 10% rise in prices in light of the devaluation of the pound after the the EU referendum.

    The two companies reached agreement on Friday after it emerged that Tesco was running low on stocks of more than 20 popular Unilever brands because the supplier halted deliveries when the supermarket would not agree to its price demand.


    Andrew Coates

    October 20, 2016 at 11:02 am

  8. 👿 Behold! Johnny Void has risen from the dead! 👿

    Count Dracula

    October 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

  9. Andrew Coates

    October 20, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    • Wednesday grew up to be a hotty.


      November 6, 2016 at 8:18 am

  10. Its no wonder they haven’t renamed it “Department Of Working People”.

    Moonlight tent crushing mystery hits homeless in Milton Keynes

    Homeless people have told how their tents have been ripped from under them and their possessions crushed in the back of bin lorries.

    The Citizen listened to accounts of heartless actions by badge-wearing ‘officials’ who have struck in the middle of the night.

    The council, who have promised never to evict homeless tent dwellers, has denied any involvement.

    Ricky Oates, MK’s ambassador for homeless people: “The homeless people who have only a tent for a house are being treated like vermin. They deserve help – not to be herded away and crushed.”



    October 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    • Milton Keynes council and its Labour run administration lead by Peter Marland are now putting homeless peoples life at risk, they should be held collectively personally responsible for any deaths on the streets this winter and should face corporate manslaughter charges for every death they cause.

      Marland is showing he says one thing in public and instructs his director of place to do another, his attitude to homeless people has consistently been a disgrace and brings the good name of Milton Keynes Labour party into disrepute, he wants to be a parliamentary candidate in MK but his handling of the homeless problem (including his xenophobic comments in the council chamber) put his unsuitability in no doubt.

      Helen Wynnfrith Wilson

      October 20, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    • Nuremberg

      Soup Kitchen

      October 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      • Of course it’s OK (at the moment) for the council to take away (steal) the roofs away from people.

        “IM surprised that the homeless people aren’t going round to the councillor’s homes and destroying them in retaliation”.
        “That shows a lot of restraint and decency on their part, because if I was homeless and had my shelter destroyed, I’d be right round to visit the same on whoever ordered it”.

        news seeker

        October 21, 2016 at 10:42 am

    • What’s it with the censorship on this site? And you wonder why people get pissed off?

      Soup Kitchen

      October 20, 2016 at 6:03 pm

      • It’s not just this site!

        news seeker

        October 21, 2016 at 10:15 am

      • You are welcome to speak long lists of swear words into your beard in the privacy of your own home, in the presence of consenting adults!

        Andrew Coates

        October 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

      • Take a look at the Void. SK.

        news seeker

        October 21, 2016 at 11:19 am

  11. Strict DWP Sanctions On Benefits Claimants Are Harmful And Counter-Productive, ‘Nudge Unit’ Warns

    Forcing the unemployed to regularly turn up to Job Centres is harmful and counter-productive, the Government’s own ‘behavioural’ policy unit has warned.

    The Behavioural Insights Team said that welfare claimants risk being made poorer and more stressed by requiring them to meet tough conditions in order to get their benefits.



    October 20, 2016 at 7:06 pm

  12. Two people on UC have told me that they have been told by their advisor’s that UC will be ending in about 6 months because UC isn’t working, so they will be going back onto JSA. strange?.

    news seeker

    October 21, 2016 at 10:56 am

  13. I, Ken Loach: the acclaimed film director talks to Bath Weekend.

    If you thought film director Ken Loach was angry before, with his work such as Cathy Come Home, Kes and Poor Cow revealing an all too hidden slice of life, now he is raging.

    His latest film I, Daniel Blake is a gritty portrayal of a flawed welfare system and gleaned from the real life stories of people experiencing life on the breadline.

    And, from talking to him, it is clear he is angry at a benefits system he says sets people up to fail.


    news seeker

    October 21, 2016 at 11:46 am

  14. Government borrowing rises.

    For six years, we had it hammered into us. The government’s central goal, its most urgent priority, was to stop spending more than its income. Closing the gap between the two – aka the budget deficit – was an end that justified deep cuts to benefits for people of working age, including for recipients who were working.

    Those cuts, notably to work allowances, are still slated to go ahead under the new Universal Credit. But the goal to justify them – eliminating the deficit by 2020 – has been ditched in favour of an aspiration without a deadline.


    news seeker

    October 21, 2016 at 12:21 pm

  15. Rupert Murdoch after meeting with Theresa *witch* May wants to scrap the VIP child abuse investigation. What has this old creep got to hide.



    October 21, 2016 at 12:38 pm

  16. news seeker

    October 21, 2016 at 12:50 pm

  17. When I was on workfare last year, I got a 4 week sanction for being half an hour late, couldn’t help it I was stuck in a traffic jam for half an hour because of an accident. They use any excuse to leave you destitute, evil shit bags.


    October 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    • Yet, when a jobcentre cock roach or work prgramme ‘adviser’ for that matter is half an hour late for your appointment, and it happens often, almost a certainty when you are given a 9am appointment, an apology suffices: “I must apologise for being late. I got stuck in traffic.” Evil fucking shitbags indeed!

      Shitty Knickers Needing Sorting For the Sally Ann

      October 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      • 😀


        October 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    • I hope you appealed and got the decision overturned.

      The Duke of Earl

      October 21, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      • Marie did, but unfortunately the Tribunal Judge got stuck in traffic and was half and hour late in…. 😀

        The Chuckle Brothers

        October 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  18. The Dual Deck Cassette Recorders

    October 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

  19. Andrew Coates

    October 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm

  20. […] Inflation to Hit Benefit Claimants Hard. […]

  21. Theresa May faces Tory backlash over planned cuts to in-work benefits

    Conservative backbenchers, including the former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, are preparing to campaign against £3bn of planned cuts to in-work benefits, in a fresh sign of the pressure Theresa May faces from within her own party.

    Veterans of the backlash against the deep cuts to tax credits George Osborne was forced to withdraw last year are gearing up to put pressure on his successor, Philip Hammond, in the run-up to November’s autumn statement.

    They would like the chancellor, who has said he will “reset” tax and spending policy in the wake of the Brexit vote, to ease the hardship of families who are set to receive significantly lower handouts under the new universal credit (UC) system.


    news seeker

    October 22, 2016 at 11:49 am

  22. Ceta talks: Last-ditch bid to save EU-Canada trade deal. – blocked by a Belgian region!.


    news seeker

    October 22, 2016 at 11:53 am

  23. Good for Belgium, I hope they thwart this free trade rubbish 🇧🇪


    October 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm

  24. Umbrella companies: the latest way to exploit Britain’s temporary workers.

    Few people will have heard of umbrella companies, yet critics say they have become the latest way to exploit more than half-a-million temporary workers in the UK, denying them basic employment rights and shifting the employer’s responsibility to pay national insurance contributions (NICs) and pensions.


    news seeker

    October 23, 2016 at 11:12 am

  25. news seeker

    October 23, 2016 at 11:21 am

  26. Is there anyone who doesn’t yet know.

    Plans for shocking levels of cuts to the NHS, under the guise of cost saving, have been hidden from the public for months. But a group of NHS workers and campaigners have now begun to expose the extent to which services may be cut and privatised. They’re raising awareness by marching for seven days across the north of England. And as the most trusted profession in the UK, their warnings should be heeded – before it’s too late for the NHS.


    news seeker

    October 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    • Plans for cuts to the Work Programme.

      Disabled jobseekers facing dramatic fall-off in support
      Number of disabled people receiving specialist help to fall by 50% after 80% funding cut to new work programme.


      Andrew Coates

      October 23, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    • ‘news seeker’

      its not planned, its in place and running now – I heard stories of people leaving earlier this year and not being replaced.

      Its just becoming more public now. It will be interesting to see if the unions pipe up that they have been monitoring these backdoor cuts and can give numbers and locations….


      October 23, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    • Who is leaving? ‘work programme’ ‘advisers’? Working Links ‘consultants’? Why would anyone be shedding any tears over these bastards losing their jobs?

      The Crocdile Family

      October 24, 2016 at 10:43 am

    • “Kirsty McHugh, chief executive of the Employment Related Services Association (Ersa), which represents the employment support sector”

      ARSE – the body which hosts the parasitical welfare-to-workfare industry which feeds off of the most vulnerable members of society.

      The Human Centipede

      October 24, 2016 at 10:49 am

    • All joined MOUTH > ARSE > MOUTH 😀 😀

      The Human Centipede

      October 24, 2016 at 10:50 am

  27. Johnny Void’s back-from-the-dead article makes for an interesting read covering the latest welfare issues as you might expect: “The price of a piña colada in Barbados is fucking shocking! And where are all the fucking sun-loungers!?”

    Void Reader

    October 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  28. OT: Automation – Hard numbers for job losses in US/Canada

    Note: This is US/Candian specific. Surprise surprise I’ve never seen UK figures anywhere…. I wonder why…



    “The USA and Canada have been losing jobs to offshore competition for almost half a century. From 2000 to 2010 alone, 5.6 million jobs disappeared. Only 13 percent of those jobs were lost due to international trade. The vast remainder, 85 percent of job losses, stemmed from “productivity growth” — another way of saying machines replacing human workers”


    October 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    • Nice post gazza

      highlighting the ever growing pace at which technology is replacing the workforce.


      October 24, 2016 at 8:03 am

  29. The jobs hereabouts are disappearing. I live in a town called Penryn in Cornwall. When I logged into UJM, put Penryn in the search box (you can try this yourself if you want, there were only 4 jobs listed with 2 miles, 13 jobs within 5 miles, 42 jobs within a ten mile radius and a mere 62 jobs within 20 miles, i.e., an area of π x 20^2 = 1,256 square miles! And most of the jobs are useless anyway because their hours are to little to make the commute worthwhile, or they demand sills or experience which I don’t have, or because they are unreachable in a rural area by bus, train or a hike on foot.

    35 hour work search?

    Totally impossible.


    October 24, 2016 at 8:32 am

    • That’s the whole idea: you have to LIE to them, and thus they gain a small but subtle psychological victory over you

      Eddie Booth

      October 27, 2016 at 7:03 pm

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