con-servative   10

Learning disability 'trapped' in hospitals as NHS target missed - BBC News
Figures for March show that there are at least 2,260 people with learning disabilities or autism staying in hospitals in England - most for around two years, with half being kept in secure wards. [...] But charity Mencap said "hundreds of people with a learning disability who should have been living in the community are still trapped in in-patient settings".

The charity said families were often powerless to get them out and people could be locked up for years on end, instead of being supported in their communities.
NHS  Austerity  Council  Disabled  Minority  Gesellschaft  Zivilgesellschaft  Society  care  failure  nasty  party  Tories  CON-servative  Conservative  Theresa  May  human  rights  injustice 
yesterday by asterisk2a
These gaffes expose British politics’ real issue with race | Gary Younge | Opinion | The Guardian
Racism is not about politeness – it’s about power.

Words have meaning. Politicians have responsibilities. Racism is real. But because the media rarely call to talk about racial disparities in school exclusions, sentencing or poverty. Racism is a system of oppression rooted in history, politics, economics and culture. Our understanding of it should not be reduced to a litany of gaffes and flubs any more than it can be relegated to people shouting epithets and wielding baseball bats. These are the most glaring and dramatic manifestations of a broader, deeper problem – they should not be mistaken for the problem itself. Moreover, people have to the right to misspeak, be corrected, offer a proper apology and move on.

But over the past few weeks, the relentless parade of remarks, ranging from gauche to grotesque, suggests more than simply individual, off-the-cuff indiscretions. There is only so long one can keep talking about an isolated series of events before one must concede there may be a pattern. This return to the language of the 1970s, in which black people are “coloured” and Islamophobia is a matter for the Foreign Office, is moving in lockstep with the racial politics of the 1970s, with citizens being deported and non-white people considered foreign.
UK  Racism  BAME  discrimination  class  Xenophobia  Brexit  CON-servative  Conservative  Party  nasty  prejudice  Islamophobia  post-racial  history  Hostile  Environment  HomeOffice  Theresa  May  far-right  right-wing  Rechtsruck  Rechtsextremismus 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
‘Nothing's changed’: what happened next after UN poverty envoy's UK visit | Society | The Guardian
Young people were glad to be heard by Philip Alston but have seen little progress since and say politicians should listen more

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/11/ex-tory-mp-heidi-allen-regrets-backing-benefits-freeze - Ex-Tory MP Heidi Allen admits regret over backing benefits freeze Independent Group MP says ‘lack of knowledge’ led her to vote for policy in 2015
UN  UK  Austerity  envoy  poverty  child  Foodbank  Theresa  May  CON-servative  Conservative 
5 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Ministers accused of pressure over teacher recruits - BBC News
But providers say they have come under repeated pressure to take the kinds of candidates that they had been rejecting.

They have been summoned to a string of meetings by Schools Minister Nick Gibb and his Department for Education (DfE) officials, over the past six months, where they were quizzed over which candidates were rejected and why.
UK  education  policy  Austerity  staff  recruitment  crisis  CON-servative  Conservative  Theresa  May  quality  Ofsted 
10 weeks ago by asterisk2a
Amber Rudd’s denial of the benefits crisis takes political spin to a new level | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
The facade did not last long. On the eve of the Brexit vote, the DWP snuck out a change to pension credits that could see couples on universal credit lose as much as £7,000 a year.
Benefits rule changes could cost pensioners in UK thousands a year
From 15 May, new pensioners with partners under 65 can no longer claim pension credit - https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/15/benefit-rule-changes-could-cost-pensioners-in-uk-thousands-a-year-pension-credit new pensioners whose partners are younger than the state retirement age of 65 can no longer claim a means-tested top-up called pension credit.

Instead they will be forced to claim the much less generous universal credit alongside their younger partners.

The couple rate of universal credit is £114.81 a week compared with £255.25 for a couple receiving pension credit. This amounts to a potential loss of £7,320 a year.

&! There is perhaps no greater skewer to this narrative than the fact some MPs have called for the introduction of a minister for hunger. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/10/appoint-minister-for-hunger-to-tackle-uk-food-insecurity-mps-urge
DWP  Universal  Credit  Austerity  CON-servative  Conservative  Pension  poverty  nasty  welfare  state  food  hunger  deprivation  trap 
january 2019 by asterisk2a

related tags

austerity  bame  bank  benefit  brexit  care  child  class  conservative  conservatives  cost  council  credit  crisis  deprivation  disabled  discrimination  dwp  education  environment  envoy  esa  failure  far-right  food  foodbank  gesellschaft  history  homeoffice  hostile  housing  hs2  human  hunger  infrastructure  injustice  investment  islamophobia  jsa  may  minority  nasty  nhs  ofsted  party  pension  policy  poor  post-racial  poverty  prejudice  privatisation  quality  racism  rechtsextremismus  rechtsruck  recruitment  right-wing  rights  sanctions  society  staff  state  theresa  tories  tory  transportation  trap  uk  un  underinvestment  universal  welfare  working  xenophobia  zivilgesellschaft 

Copy this bookmark:



description:


tags: