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Analysis: a year in health - supply and demand | Holyrood Magazine
stop increasing general taxation. increase tax on causes. Verursacherprinzip. // Calls for a similarly tough approach on obesity have not yet been rewarded with a strategy, despite one being due last year and Scotland’s obesity rates amongst the highest in the world, even higher than in the rest of the UK.

Could the protracted legal wrangling with the drinks industry have tempered the Scottish Government’s appetite for imposing tough restrictions on food manufacturers and supermarkets? It will be clearer when the obesity and diet strategy emerges in the winter. [...] One long-awaited strategy which did see the light of day was the new mental health strategy, launched by Maureen Watt in March, but the minister may well have been disappointed in the response.

The document “lacks the ambition and investment that Scotland deserves” said the Scottish Association for Mental Health’s chief executive, Billy Watson.

The question, as with the rest of NHS Scotland’s challenges, is how would it be paid for?
NHS  Scotland  England  taxation  funding  health  care  demand  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  public  food–industrial  complex  Salt  Sugar  Fat  addiction  self-medication  mental  coping  mechanism  food  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  Alcohol  fast  junk 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS invest in new electronic GP consultations as patients will be diagnosed using EMAILS | UK | News | Express.co.uk
Separate data from NHS researchers shows the new online consultation service is disproportionately used by patients with issues that are more often seen as embarrassing, such as sexual or mental health problems and contraception in what experts say is an example of “digital disinhibition”. 
NHS  rationing  funding  STP  GP  A&E  eConsultation  Skype 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Theresa May lays down independence vote challenge to Sturgeon | Politics | The Guardian
PM escalates attacks on SNP demand for greater autonomy after Brexit, throwing down referendum gauntlet [...] The prime minister told the Scottish Conservative party she would fight against any further decentralisation of power which meant the UK became “a looser and weaker union”. “We cannot allow our United Kingdom to drift apart,” she said. In a marked escalation of her attacks on the first minister’s demand for greater autonomy for the Scottish parliament after Brexit, May said there would be a strict limit to any extra powers and spending.

“We must avoid any unintended consequences for the coherence and integrity of a devolved United Kingdom as a result of our leaving the EU,” May told the Scottish Tory conference in Glasgow on Friday. [...] Despite the SNP’s grip on power in Scotland, Downing Street believes Sturgeon is in a weak position on independence. &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-39151250
SNP  Scotland  Devolution  Nicola  Sturgeon  Alex  Salmond  Theresa  May  Barnett  formula  Austerity  indyref2  Manchester  Wales  EVEL  Brexit  EU  Funding  redistribution  income  inequality  Holyrood 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
It is clear to anyone in the NHS that we cannot carry on as we are | Bob Kerslake | Opinion | The Guardian
The reasons for our current predicament are well understood. This is a “crisis” that was not only predictable but was predicted. The hard bit here is not knowing what to do, but having the will to do it. First and foremost of the issues we need to tackle is funding. The NHS is not a “bottomless pit” as some have suggested, but increasing demand and continuing advances in healthcare mean that it needs additional funding year on year of around 4% above inflation. Whenever it has not had this for any sustained period of time, it has run into trouble. [...] The debate on funding is not just a matter for the government or the NHS. As a country we need to make some hard choices. We can help ourselves by being fitter and more active, but in the end – if we want the security of having the best health and care services available to us – we will have to pay for them. A cross-party health and care commission could begin that debate with the public.
NHS  crisis  funding  taxation  Sugar  Tax  public  health  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS in crisis as cancer operations cancelled due to lack of beds | Society | The Guardian
Kerslake says that increasing demand and advances in healthcare mean the NHS needs additional funding year on year of around 4% above inflation to maintain service levels. According to calculations by Professor John Appleby, chief economist at the Nuffield Trust health thinktank, this would mean the NHS receiving £5bn more in real terms next year. Its budget would then be £128.6bn. [...] A more sustainable approach to funding our health and social care services is urgently needed.”
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january 2017 by asterisk2a
Andrew Mazzone Interviews James K. Galbraith
banks like property! more likely to lend to finance property than SME/SMB investment. because that investment is not propped up by the government. [...] min 6 subprime & credit bubble since 80's << behaviour of lenders [...] sensible people were given fraudulent debt instruments (no self-regulation, and regulators failed). [...] no prosecution because people who should have prosecuted those, didn't want to ruin their private future career. [...] min 15 - inequality and unemployment driven by inequality. [...] austerity is name of the game by the "establishment" - 20% of society that benefited from the bank bailout and reflation policy by central banks - [...] 19:15 - who do banks want to borrow in this environment?! austerity, aggregate demand shortfall, lack of confidence, volatility, uncertainty, credit bubble pain (liquidity trap) etc. [...] Solution ("an alternative way to the status quo, who made this mess): Fix Income Distribution thus Purchasing Power (aggregate demand, ie minimum wage), and restructure finance away from investment banking and speculation and derivatives towards real economy (ie tax heavily what is not real economy business) //&! James K. Galbraith on "Inequality and Instability: What's Ahead for the World Economy" - youtu.be/Mw4Bd9ols-E //&! James K. Galbraith - "The End of Normal" - youtu.be/PGFcB65l8Io
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron enjoys a Tory party - YouTube
we can't cancel the party now, we have to get those donations ...
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Your Special Brexit Coctail (E932) - YouTube
// housebuilding shares hammered. property funds close redemption possibility bc of too much redemption - bank run - funds have to sell some investments at a loss to repay investors. // what is weighting UK economy is too much debt to gdp (bank bailout), consumer credit (boe sounded alarm bells before brexit vote) and too much leverage. //&! Planet Ponzi Paperback (2012) by Mitch Feierstein //&! UK better out w problems of PIGS, Italy, and banking problem.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
UK licences £2.8bn of arms sales to Saudis since kingdom entered Yemen war
theguardian.com/world/arms-trade //&! Civil servants in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills are giving British companies the all-clear to press ahead with contracts even though they are likely to lead to human rights abuses, the foreign affairs select committee will be told on Tuesday. - bit.ly/1RiI3Xk
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: England faces shortfall of 10,000 primary school places
[ we are not all in it together ] Councils say funding pressure is deepening crisis but Department for Education says free schools will make up the numbers [...] [north and deprived areas] The latest data reveals that the councils facing shortfalls in places by 2019-20 are Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Walsall, Bexley, Greenwich, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Slough. //&! Poor children need better chance of good school place, says report. High-performing primary schools are under-selecting pupils from low-income families, claims education charity - bit.ly/23AJFFf
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
IMF urges more spending to boost growth
Fund’s steering committee calls for more forceful stimulus and warns monetary policy alone is not enough //&! http://www.theguardian.com/business/imf //&! bit.ly/1V9pfhD - IMF chief: regulators long 'alarmed' over Panama's handling of taxation. Christine Lagarde responds to Panama Papers revelations, noting that authorities were concerned but did not take ‘expected’ action.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)
Director: Alex Gibney / Writer: Alex Gibney //&! https://youtu.be/zY5UuWkVq8g //&! all the bad fish got away! only the shark got caught // party and campaign financiers; wall street: fossil fuel followed by the emergence of silicon valley firms. // congress does not serve american people. average citizen does not have a voice. ... congress need of money exploited, fighting each other with more and more money! getting a leg up on your opponent. who they get the money to be elected or re-elected? those who have already money! [...] public finance would end it!
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality?
The Panama Papers will lead to the dynamiting of Tory credibility, but new work and pensions secretary, Stephen Crabb, is unlikely to prove the saviour of his party’s reputation. [...] Last autumn’s U-turn over cuts to working tax credits was a smoke screen. The axe will fall, only not everywhere, not just yet. From this week, existing universal credit claimants will lose up to £220 a month as the work allowance is pared back faster than the national living wage increases to replace it. [...] Short of taking a vow of poverty and retreating like Charles V to a monastery, there is nothing he can say now that will change the perception that he is at the head of a party that has a fundamental personal interest in preserving the advantages of the 1%.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Future of Steel - Ken Clarke & Paul Mason - BBC Newsnight
[TORIES CRISIS: bedroom tax, JSA sanctions killing people, Food Banks, redefining child poverty and fuel poverty, Independent Living Fund closed, Housing Crisis, tax cut defeat in Lords, mental health, NHS strikes, Hinkley Point C, energy prices, London Airport expansion/3rd runway, ESA cut, PIP cut and resignation of IDS, Brexit splitting the Party, shit world economy, can't touch triple-lock pensions, Academy plans, Panama Papers (British Territory: Bahamas, Cayman & Co).] Now - Tories are victims to their own policy of underinvestment since 2010 of a future-proof economy "long-term predictability" [BREXIT & austerity not predictable]. Energy prices too high, not competitive. Manufacturing never recovered. Monetary policy has run its course (sedative + Chinas credit bubble). policy folly now wholly exposed! AND now they tinker with the idea of picking winners! LOL! nationalising or part-nationalising through guarantees or subsidies on energy price. & youtu.be/QJw24Z-cEoQ
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Im Zweifel links: Nimm, was du kriegen kannst!
Der globale Kapitalismus macht die ganze Welt zum Spielplatz der Reichen. Die Panama Papers erinnern daran: Nicht die Flüchtlinge sind unser Problem - sondern die Steuerflüchtlinge. //&! Die Mensch-Maschine: Leak ist Pop! Die Inszenierung übertrumpft die Inhalte: Die Panama Papers zeigen, wie sich die Bedeutung von Leaks verändert hat. Jeder liest darin, was er eh schon immer geglaubt hat. - bit.ly/25MV0AF //&! Briefkastenfirmen zerstören die Marktwirtschaft - bit.ly/1q2Vt0S //&! taz.de/!5289286/ //&! Die Panama Papers und das „Lügenpresse“-Dilemma - bit.ly/1VbfejK //&! bit.ly/1N6I1ya - kapitalistische Medienlogik //&! bit.ly/1SGNSfA - NO NYT //&! bit.ly/1PQor9j //&! cynycism wrong reaction - bit.ly/1SnKVjC
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Obama calls for international tax reform amid Panama Papers revelations
"a lot of it is legal" ... they are not poorly designed the laws have been designed by the revolving door of corporate lawyers and lobbyists. // We are not all in this together.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Week Ahead: the return of the nasty party and a good week for Brexit
David Cameron and George Osborne wanted to cut even more! //&! Nicky Morgan's embarrassing interview over Tory cuts to disabled welfare - youtu.be/hjk06tjx_xQ //&! Jeremy Corbyn - youtu.be/Ain-IP4pHCk //&! IFS: cutting disability benefits to fund tax cuts is a political choice - youtu.be/xVBf9dSa9Mw //&! MANIFESTO Election Campaign Promises - Tories hoist by their own petard over disability cuts - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek //&! also closed Independent Living Fund - youtu.be/nurjzK5VPAI //& "The electorate don't mind. Those who vote aren't affected." *George Osborne - youtu.be/N8VijFKLQek - WCA to bring down bill by kicking people off was a pipedream & Universal Credit is a real cut in benefits. //&! Nicky Morgan's nightmare defending Osborne's nasty budget - youtu.be/Y9YNcQF4t8I - 12bn cuts were promised in Manifesto 2015. 4.4 tried through PIP. youtu.be/5-3Bp7qzj4Y (pre-election) //& cutting corporation tax (& capital gains tax) - youtu.be/gZ6qNHLnbs0 &! Analysis - youtu.be/v-qmvI9s3pE
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Pensions stance creates budgetary mayhem
Disability benefits: they are forecast to increase by £2bn over the next five years. Could do something there. Sickness benefits: they are predicted to rise by about £1bn. Might be able to save some of that. But what's this? It's rising by £15bn over the coming five years. That's the one. Off our Martian goes to see the chancellor. "What are pensions?" she asks. That is the problem the government is struggling with. Its political refusal to touch pensions, or pensioner benefits, has in a stroke protected the single biggest cost in the welfare budget. And the cost that is rising the most. [ AND ADD INTO THE SAME BUCKET THE NHS and PUBLIC HEALTH BUDGET! ] Welcome to your new job, Stephen Crabb.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Disability benefits U-turn leaves Cameron with £4.4bn to find
David Cameron has been forced to concede that a £4.4bn black hole created by the U-turn over disability benefits will not be filled by further cuts to welfare as he fought to shore up his credibility following the shock resignation of Iain Duncan Smith. The spending climbdown was announced on Monday by Stephen Crabb, the new work and pensions secretary, an hour after Cameron addressed the political crisis engulfing the Conservative party by offering his support to George Osborne and praise for the work of Duncan Smith. [...] but the Treasury clarified the remarks by stressing that there were no plans to fill the £4.4bn gap caused by dropping PIP reforms with further cuts in welfare spending. &! bbc.in/1S10VIg
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: the productivity and prosperity puzzle
It wasn't so much "here's a rabbit from the hat" but more: "look over there - a squirrel!" [...] [Productivity] turned out disappointingly again. And that's knocked back the growth estimates for the economy, as well as for pay, for tax revenue, and for company profits over the rest of the decade.
Britain's not alone in that. But keeping company with the USA on such numbers is not that reassuring. [...] And as that is the main, long-term driver of real pay, it means Britain's standard of living will improve from the recession, but at only two thirds of the rate we've come to expect. [ Recovery ] average year saw only 0.1% per year.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Sovietization of capitalism (E723) - YouTube
BIS 100% of private debt and finance sector larger than 3.9% of economy bad ... and siphoning off talent from more productive fields of work. And finance favours lending to property and land (low productivity). [...] financial products (derivatives) do not help economy. is just a financial product, fee collection. rentier! rent-seeking behaviour! fees fees fees. (JP Morgan, 89% of profits, see interview) [...] QE reflated asset prices/share prices! // In the second half, Max interviews David Graeber about his new book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
House of Lords votes to keep income-related child poverty measures | Society | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine poverty! ] Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, announced the proposals in July, prompting dismay among child poverty charities. He said the government would scrap its measurement of child poverty and the aim to eradicate it by 2020, while replacing it with a new duty to report levels of educational attainment, worklessness and addiction. Under his plans, the old measurement, based on the percentage of households with below-average income, would continue to be published as a government statistic but would no longer be seen as a target. However, peers voted by 290 to 198 to keep the targets, in a move to prompt the House of Commons to think again. [...] [ TRICKLE-DOWN! ] David Freud, the welfare minister, opposed the amendment on behalf of the government, saying “life chances” indicators were a better way of monitoring what was happening and of directing resources most effectively to tackle the problem.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: What will the chancellor do to pensions? - BBC News
[ changing system to collect taxes earlier, he needs some more tax income now, rather than in 40-50 years from now. ] Now, ahead of the budget on 16 March, the pensions industry is again on the edge of its seat. Amongst the rumours: The chancellor is about to abolish the 25% tax-free lump sum; the maximum annual contribution could be cut to as low as £25,000; or the whole tax relief system could be abolished, in favour of an Isa-style system of tax upfront, but tax free on the way out. So what are the chancellor's options - and which is he likely to favour? [...] After all, the title of the Treasury's consultation is: "Strengthening the incentive to save". Furthermore one Treasury minister confirmed to the BBC that this will be the main focus of the changes.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Oscars 2016: Live coverage - BBC News
The Big Short director speaks out on US election - 01:56 - If you don't want big money to control government, don't vote for candidates that take money from big banks, oil or weirdo billionaires. Director Adam Mckay
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne warns of further spending cuts in Budget - BBC News
[ LOL! ] But recent figures showing the UK economy was smaller than expected meant savings must be found in his Budget statement on 17 March, he said. [...] Mr Osborne said he would rather look for extra cuts now than risk breaking his own manifesto commitment to achieve a surplus in the budget by the end of this Parliament. The chancellor did not completely rule out raising taxes in the event of a further slowdown in growth, but said that now was not the time for "significant" tax hikes. [...] I'm absolutely clear we've got to root our country in the principle that we live within our means and that we have economic security." [...] "whole purpose of our economic plan was to have a budget surplus. [...] we got big challenges at home to make the economy more productive even as more people get work. [ because having part of your budget in the property bubble is so productive ] [...] I will do what is required to keep our country safe and secure." [ NOT CHANGING PLANS ie U-TURN ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Whatever happened to the obesity strategy? - BBC News
There is speculation now that it may not be published before Easter. The simple reason is the prime minister's overcrowded diary and his current preoccupation with Europe. David Cameron knows the clock is ticking down to the end of his premiership before the next election. He wants to make his mark on domestic policy and he has identified tackling obesity as an important potential part of his legacy. It is seen at Number Ten as a priority second term issue, to rank with the dementia initiative in his first term of office. Much of the groundwork has already been done by the Department of Health and Public Health England. [...] Mr Cameron's anti-red tape and pro-business leanings might steer him away from such an approach and towards a voluntary deal agreed with the supermarkets. But officials and experts will make the case for government intervention.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Five issues that will shape the Northern Powerhouse - BBC News
[ white elephant! lol & the double standard of Google paying 2% tax vs small businesses full 18%+ and not getting investment, R&D loans ] Will Hull thrive or suffer if transport is radically improved to the eastern fringe of the Powerhouse? There's no way of telling. Some people think investment in skills, education and training would be a more certain way of improving productivity - and business leaders are keen to ensure that these key elements are not forgotten in the rush for steel and tarmac. I asked former CBI director-general John Cridland, who is now head of Transport for the North, if there was any certainty that spending billions on infrastructure would improve productivity. He agreed there was no proof, but urged people to take a leap of faith - like the Victorian engineers.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Fiscal Costs of Hidden Deficits: Beware—When It Rains, It Pours | iMFdirect - The IMF Blog
For example, governments are often expected to cover the debts of local authorities or state-owned enterprises when these are unable to pay. Sometimes, governments also incur substantial costs from financial sector bailouts. Countries like Australia and the United Kingdom, record, monitor, disclose, and manage these potential liabilities to minimize risks to their budgets. However, in most cases, taxpayers only know about them when it’s too late. That is, when these liabilities are no longer “potential” but “actual.”
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rural schools failing poor children compared to inner city - BBC News
[ higher tax base, higher spend / lower tax base, lower spend. there have to be subsidies for poorer areas to get quality teachers and the numbers # and up to standard school rooms. // South UK and rest UK difference. ] According to the 2015 figures from Ofsted, the schools regulator, 45% of pupils in Birmingham from poorer backgrounds achieved five GCSEs, grades A*- C, including English and maths. That compared with 35% in Worcestershire and 32% in Shropshire. Laura Fitzjohn, from Ofsted, said councils were shocked when shown the figures, and realised there was more they could do to improve the situation. //&! Children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11, a study for Save the Children suggests. - bbc.in/1RNG1kd
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
How Billionaires Built The Radical Right! - YouTube
Modern fascism poisons public communication channels. // Obstructing democracy and social democracy. // Insurgency tactic! Like Conservatives adopting some Labour proposed policies! // Undermining faith in government! // no transparency where party funding comes from!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Help-to-buy loan scheme nets Treasury £213m in paper profit | Money | The Guardian
[ gov is not co-owner of private property! Make away with Nurse Bursaries and other gov support for education. But support the property price! by keeping supply always lower than demand. and use policy to increase demand w subsidies! where to put their savings! & subsidy for builders ] Rising house prices across much of England mean a government scheme to help buyers of newbuild property may have made more than £200m for the Treasury in its first two-and-a-half years. The help-to-buy equity loan scheme gives buyers an interest-free loan for five years in return for a percentage stake in their property. When the home is sold, the buyer returns the same percentage of the sale price, meaning that any fall or rise in house prices affects the return. Analysis by property firm Hometrack and shared with the Guardian suggests that a surge in house prices in some areas means the total value of homes bought through the scheme since its launch in April 2013 has increased by more than £1bn.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
From Ticker - S&P: QE is driving inequality between the generations
Quantitative easing (QE) stabilized the economy but also exacerbated wealth disparity between rich and poor, mainly by boosting financial asset prices and house prices. //&! [ LOW PAY MINIMUM WAGE JOB CREATION ] During the U.K.’s recent “jobs-rich, pay-poor” economic recovery, strong employment gains were accompanied by a further rise of already high wage dispersion and an ever-growing share of part-time employment in lower income groups. //&! In the context of the tight housing market, low interest rates and QE are among the drivers behind the widening wealth and income gap between younger and older generations and between those on the housing ladder and those not on it. //&! Inequality is damaging! // bit.ly/1QtauyZ - Bank of England's recovery policies have increased inequality, finds S&P [...] spending too much on rent, not able to save for deposit! //&! bit.ly/1PPyEYl &! ti.me/1sbBtrz
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors' row: Time for the nuclear option? - BBC News
Ticker bbc.in/1TS2fBY &! BMA rejects final offer - bbc.in/1Q88sno &! bbc.in/1SJRaUx //&! [ 7-day NHS, treating Saturday not as a weekend day thus no extra pay. ] News that junior doctors have rejected a final "take-it-or-leave-it" offer from the government in the contract dispute means the nuclear option - imposition - is now a real possibility. [...] [ should BMA continue w strike action? Or should Junior Doctors concede defeat? And grant nasty party their victorious 7-day NHS for a sick population of babyboomers ... and then move on, to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, etc? ] [...] Some go abroad - to travel and to work - while others are tempted by opportunities in alternative sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry and (apparently) cruise liners who employ ship doctors. And Scotland and Wales would no doubt welcome some of the best English trainees into their health systems given half the chance. [ imposition may be short-termism, but long-term stakes could not be higher! ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Affordable housing: David Cameron’s starter homes plan is not the solution | Society | The Guardian
Affordable housing: David Cameron’s starter homes plan is not the solution A proposal to create ‘starter homes’ selling for 20% below market rate may be good news for developers, but is unlikely to make them build more houses. [...] Even if the starter homes plan does lead to an uptick in building, these are homes that will be on the market to buy, not for rent. They will give those who might have used the existing help to buy scheme an alternative choice, but they don’t offer an affordable alternative to homeownership, or an option for the priced-out. Mortgage rates mean that homes are relatively cheap to own, but expensive to buy, and raising a deposit for a home that can cost up to £250,000 outside London and £450,000 in London is no mean feat. To take a 95% mortgage on a £200,000 property you are looking at £10,000, plus stamp duty and other charges. Try saving that up when your rent is rising each year. //&! bit.ly/1Tcvlg6 - Cameron has to buy off his MP's constituency on policy
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Housing: Corbyn and Cameron clash over 'right-to-buy' - BBC News
[ micro/macro econ policy folly / error to promote home ownership. the only asset of UK households hold ... has to be kept afloat! by any means necessary. + Help to Buy ] The way the government intends to pay for its plans to allow social tenants in England to buy their homes is "extremely questionable", MPs say. The Commons Communities Committee criticised the funding model for the right-to-buy scheme, which will see housing associations reimbursed for selling homes to tenants at discounts. [ AND WITH THE MONEY THEY WANT TO BUILT STARTER HOMES FOR THE 30-20% of UK HOUSEHOLDS THAT CAN AFFORD A DOWN PAYMENT OF A 250-400k HOME. ] &! bit.ly/1hpXShr - PM will promise to tear up planning rules in effort to encourage developers to build more housing for first-time buyers //&! Buy to Rent w its tax breaks is a subsidy for privileged! & MPs say it should be paid for directly rather than via council house sales. Ministers say it will help create a million new homeowners by 2020.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Oliver Stone - The Untold History of The US - Bush & Obama Age of Terror [Top Documentary Films] - YouTube
10:50 - double speak - "first they steal the words, then they steal the meaning." - Orwell // "living wage" ... child poverty ... Saturday not a weekend day. ... Google Tax deal; VIP ... double standard, one law for those who are not funding the party and one law for those who fund the party. ... and the starter home; a home which is unaffordable for over 70% of households! .... and Brexit; defining a migrant family as a family with one british passport holder and one non-britain ... // oh and over 250m for fossil fuel and cutting 65% of feed in tariff for solar! ... no double standard. oh and the strike price for hinkley! solar is not unaffordable. fossil fuel is. // oh and the Flood Re gov sponsored (20bn?) insurance scheme for properties in flood regions. Insured by the gov.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
As growth falters, Osborne hopes Mark Carney can keep a lid on interest rates | Business | The Guardian
The chancellor faces lower GDP and lower tax receipts as a result. So it’s vital that consumers’ desire to keep spending isn’t hit by a nasty shock from the Bank [ // Confidence Fairy // ] The Bank of England has downgraded its forecasts for the UK’s GDP growth and the outlook for wages, most likely robbing the exchequer of vital income tax receipts. And without the funds to maintain pensions and health service spending, his critics will gleefully play back the speech from last November during which he declared that Britain was on the road to becoming “the most prosperous and secure of all the major nations of the world”. [...] Yet his words ring hollow when so many of the post-crash problems are still with us, from the burden of high private and public debts to Europe’s rapidly ageing population, which encourage saving over investment, and a reluctance from government and big business to boost capital spending.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Young Turks Summary - YouTube
// nasty career politician - Hillary Clinton, spin and positioning ... supported by Wall Street donations and industry at large. // MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Biggest Winner Was… - youtu.be/ckf8dNrJJtU //&! MSNBC | Democratic Debate: The Worst Line Was… - youtu.be/NS9DLDYgUkM //&! Elizabeth Warren Defends Bernie Sanders - youtu.be/GM1FDhXrSPw
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nearly 14,000 disabled people have mobility cars taken away - BBC News
Independent Living Allowance ILA/ PIP personal independent payment & disability fund. // biggest cause of disability of 40 and older? stroke. diet and lifestyle attributed. // how much higher pay and lower taxes and less welfare state is paying for mobility scooters or cars that are customised for disabled person to drive? // // Nearly 14,000 disabled people who rely on a specialist motoring allowance have had their cars taken away from them following government welfare changes. [...] The government hopes to save £2bn as a result of the switch from DLA to PIPs. [ during a parliament term ] while tax evasion to the tune of +20bn a year goes on [ and around 70bn in europe (guestimate) ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
DWP post for Amazon boss is 'disgusting', says Margaret Hodge | Business | The Guardian
The Labour MP and tax campaigner Margaret Hodge has described as “disgusting” a plan to give an executive of online retailer Amazon, one of the companies at the centre of an intensifying row over taxes, a directorship at the Department for Work and Pensions. Hodge was responding to the news, first revealed by Sky News, that Amazon’s head of Chinese operations, Doug Gurr, is to become a non-executive director of the DWP. The DWP said it would issue a statement, which was not available at the time of publication. Amazon declined to comment. [...] Amazon’s UK business paid just £11.9m in tax in 2014, even though its Luxembourg unit took £5.3bn from internet sales in the UK. [...] [ in private VIP tax deals, double standard, no representation, no democracy. one rules for the oligarchy/plutocracy and another for the peons. ] [ amber rudd - tobacco ties ] [ judgement call by George Osborne to make tax deals and not make everyone equal however big or small they are ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The lights are going out for solar energy
Back in December, when most people were focussed on Christmas and not renewable subsidies, the government quietly published their decision to cut Feed-in Tariffs for industries such as solar, wind and hydropower by a staggering 65 per cent. Included in the small print was analysis which showed a possible 19,000 job losses, mostly in solar, which would see that industry shrink to under half its size. [...] Instead the government is thinking short-term, and our economy will suffer. For a party that wants people to think of it as economically competent, this is an incredibly bad move.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Revealed: the Tories new plan to squeeze the working poor (From Herald Scotland)
[ great picture of IDS. redistribution from bottom to the top. ] THE TORY government been attacked over plans to extend controversial benefit sanctions to claimants with jobs, with critics warning introducing the "shockingly harsh" penalties risks plunging workers into poverty. A number of pilot schemes are currently being carried out in the UK – including in Inverness – to assess a new scheme which the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) says is aimed at helping workers on low earnings take on more hours and increase their income. Benefits can be stopped if claimants fail to meet requirements outlined by the DWP – such as missing Jobcentre appointments or failing to show evidence of looking for more work for a certain number of hours a week, on top of their usual job.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Services for LGBT young people will just disappear | Kirstie Brewer | Society | The Guardian
Cuts to council youth budgets are putting vital specialist provision for vulnerable youngsters in jeopardy [...] “Youth provision has always been the Cinderella service and LGBT youth provision is its poor relation,” [...] Overall, youth services directly provided by councils in England have been cut by 36% since 2011 – from £877m to £561m total expenditure, according to figures provided by Kate Green, shadow minister for women and equalities. “Councils are facing impossible decisions about youth services as the government slashes their revenue support grants by over 50%, regardless of the cost to individuals and communities,” //&! Out in the cold: LGBT housing services devastated by austerity cuts. Homelessness among gay, lesbian and transgender people is rising but the few organisations that offer help are struggling to survive - bit.ly/1R6FIyh
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Long hours, endless admin and angry parents – why schools just can’t get the teachers | Education | The Guardian
British schools are reporting a classroom crisis, with thousands of disaffected teachers leaving the profession, and new graduates discouraged from training because of the daily stress and grind. And with the number of state school pupils set to rise by a million by 2022, the problem is only getting worse [...] If somebody had said, ‘You can have 60 grand a year to stay,’ I would still have said no // Education secretary Nicky Morgan. // [...] Some of the factors behind stories like these are traceable to the New Labour years, but many are rooted in Michael Gove’s hyperactive four-year reign as education secretary. They go from never-ending paperwork, to a constantly changing regime of exams and assessments. Meanwhile, the prospect of a visit from Ofsted and the possibility of a bad inspection are a constant source of stress – not least because a “requires improvement” or the dread “inadequate” rating will mean even more upheaval. [ top down non-professional insight/exp burokratie ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
"The Untouchables (2013)" PBS documentary about how the Holder Justice Department refused to prosecute Wall Street Fraud despite overwhelming evidence : Documentaries
faustian pact they've made. getting funded their elections by greedy crony capitalists. and are thus beholden to their calls they make and the framework they said they would give them funding for their campaign under. // "breakdown of internal controls [...] 60% of loans in possible portfolio did not meet its own standards, were still bought, put into portfolio" - Citigroup exec // Underfunded/understaffed/non-experience/no-stars @FBI and CIA! corporates have a bigger pocket and star lawyers who know how to position and spin. And without a Whistleblower/Leak it is nearly impossible if not for the case that the accused was really stupid and left a clear trail and or incriminates himself in paperwork/communication. // "criminal intent" //&! No Regrets at Countrywide - bloom.bg/1UptWQC //&! Countrywide’s Mozilo Said to Face U.S. Suit Over Loans - bloom.bg/1RMqPEA //&! NEW SUIT - No, the US government hasn’t forgotten about Countrywide founder Angelo Mozilo - bit.ly/1lQbEfD
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Google tax: Osborne says companies 'must pay fair share of taxes' - BBC News
fair share - vs - correct amount // Chancellor George Osborne has welcomed an agreement for US firm Google to pay £130m in UK back taxes, and dismisses complaints from Labour politicians about it. //&! And Google EU Head said "will pay more" - vs - will pay from now on the correct amount - bbc.in/1Qz7uFL
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
MPs launch tax inquiry after criticism of £130m Google-HMRC deal | Business | The Guardian
MPs have launched an inquiry into the UK’s tax system after the government was accused of allowing Google to pay too little in a £130m deal. The House of Commons Treasury committee announced that it would examine whether a radical shakeup of corporation tax was needed, amid concern that Google has been allowed to get away with an effective rate of 3%. The inquiry is not directed at Google, but will investigate the UK’s shrinking corporate tax base more widely and whether HMRC is doing enough to tackle avoidance. It will ask whether there needs to be a radical shakeup of the system, and whether business taxation could be based on turnover rather than profits. Andrew Tyrie, chairman of the committee, said the UK’s tax law had become too elastic, allowing companies to get away legally with paying too little. [...] [ 6 year audit by HMRC, is a sweetheart VIP backroom deal, 130m was all they got, not more! from Google. ] //&! bit.ly/1RJc713 &! bbc.in/1UoxMJQ
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Can call centre therapy solve the NHS mental health crisis? | Society | The Guardian
Fast-track treatment aims to ease growing problem in the UK, but critics say it is the clinical equivalent to online dating [...] [ mental health - a mental health crisis ] This is no fringe issue in the health of the nation. The NHS believes people with mental health problems die 15 to 20 years earlier than the average, but the system is struggling to cope. Lord Layard, a government adviser on mental health, identified mental health problems as “the biggest causes of misery in Britain today”, with an estimated 6 million people affected. [ needs massive investment, no call centres ] [...] Meanwhile 40% of mental health trusts saw spending cuts over the past two years and fewer than one in eight people who suffered a mental health crisis said they received appropriate care in 2015, according to the Care Quality Commission. The regulator concluded this was “unsafe and inherently unfair”. [ referring complex cases to call centre is neglect and malpractice ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - The Town That Took on the Taxman
"fair-play" no fair-play between Wall Street and mainstreet/mom and pop shop/SME/SMB businesses // book the great tax robbery - // big businesses are able to negotiate tax deals. as did google with HMRC how much they pay in backdated tax after 6 years of investigation ... - VIP treatment with high risk and high value clients. // min 52 "reducing you tax liability" as if it is a liability. there again the professional wording, positioning, telling. - liability vs duty - because you use public infrastructure and publicly educated workforce, ... // and the cost for tax avoidance schemes on the whole doesn't make sense for small business shops, because the lawyers representing you in-front of HMRC and tribunals (as HMRC might want to challenge you "tax reduction plan") will eat up the savings you made through the scheme. Which isn't guaranteed in the first place, to pass past an HMRC tribunal.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Google agrees £130m UK tax deal with HMRC - BBC News
Google has agreed to pay £130m in back taxes after an "open audit" of its accounts by the UK tax authorities. The company had been accused of "not paying its fair share" of tax, and criticised for complex tax structures. Senior figures at the technology company have said that they want to draw a line under the issue. [...] Tax inquiry Google's move comes after a six year inquiry by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) [ which is underfunded ] . It acted after controversy over the low level of taxes paid by multinational companies that operate in the UK but are headquartered abroad. Despite the UK being one of Google's biggest markets, it paid £20.4m in taxes in 2013. The value of its sales in Britain that year was £3.8bn. The company has been criticised for its complex international tax structures. //&! sweetheart deal, HMRC and the government has shown to be weak! - bbc.in/1Nre9v5 - but be hard on families with children and vulnerable. //&! bit.ly/20kNZmU &! bit.ly/1PNNhHq
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Stigma of mental illness | Alastair Campbell - YouTube
you can never anticipate when change, social change comes. legislation is usually a response to change. mental health is last big taboo. // >> "Control the Message." << you can not control where the message goes. you can only control what you say and what you do << budget deficit. need to get into surplus. to pay down debt. but not telling not the disabled increased the budget deficit so massively, but the bankers bailout and the pensioners. and the corporate welfare. never was the cause adressed. what is easier? cut minority? or tax your party funders? the city and non-doms and super rich? mega properties? // what is easier to cut? cancer service, child protection service, mental health service?
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on fair play in politics: a Conservative coup | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
From trade union reform to parliamentary process, the Tories show a pattern of contempt for the protocols of democracy [...] Thanks to a crafty, albeit constitutionally permitted, parliamentary manoeuvre, a cut that will affect hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people went through without proper debate or vote on the floor of the Commons. David Cameron commands a slender majority, but it is enough to pass most of his legislative programme in a more transparent fashion. Only the most controversial elements risk obstruction, either through rebellion on the Tory benches in the lower house or rejection in the upper one. [...] That episode, like the vote on student grants, is consistent with a pattern displayed by this government of impatience with democratic norms, verging on contempt. One habit is bundling measures of primary importance up in secondary legislation. [...] lay the foundations for a long-term Conservative monopoly on government.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Why should Rachel Watt have to sleep in her wheelchair? | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
This is the hidden face of Britain’s social care crisis: disabled people left without help in their own homes. Read most coverage of the cuts to social care and it is easy to believe the crisis solely affects older people. According to research by Scope, 83% of disabled people in this country are now living without sufficient hours in their care package. That means being unable to get out of the house or waiting 14 hours to go to the toilet. This is what happens when austerity strips £4.6bn from social care spending in five years. As the government squeezes local authorities, social care has been left with a “funding gap” – a gaping wound, shall we say – that is growing by £700m a year. The King’s Fund thinktank has told the Guardian that the financial prospects for Britain’s social care system in 2016 “could not be worse”. [...] The biggest trick the government can play is the myth that any of this is inevitable. [...] It is the political choice[.]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Top judge says justice system is now unaffordable to most | Law | The Guardian
[ the budget a excel spreadsheet in No 10, with grades @ the end what upsets donors & what upsets the minimum of potential voters - is Career Politicans calculated approach. & shifting a public item off the balance sheet onto the private balance sheet! again! the debt is still there! & what does Tory gov support? Home Buyers! ] Civil justice is unaffordable for most people, more people are being forced to represent themselves, and judges – whose pensions have been cut – feel under-appreciated, according to the lord chief justice. [...] “Our system of justice has become unaffordable to most,” Thomas said in the introduction to his report. “In consequence there has been a considerable increase of litigants in person for whom our current court system is not really designed. //&! Court fees jeopardise Magna Carta principles, says lord chief justice. Mandatory court charges of up to £1,200 put justice beyond reach of majority, says Lord Thomas - bit.ly/1ZXfhAE &! bbc.in/1RmyLMD
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Labour expecting £6m loss in funding through trade union bill | Politics | The Guardian
Trade Union bill move to cut the water off from Labour. // Tory assault on Labour funding ignores its own corruption. Labour has debatable donors, too, but a lot of Conservative cash comes from people whose economic activities harm us. - bit.ly/1PSdbfC - Let’s look at all that money the Tories get from the City and the hedge fund operators in Mayfair and elsewhere? Here’s some LSE research and here’s confirmation. Still not persuaded? Try this from the bankers’ pink paper. If you can’t get behind the FT paywall, the piece is dated 4 February 2015 and called Number of big City backers for Tories doubles. You get my drift. //&! - Holyrood wants to be exempt - bbc.in/1QhXPmG
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich - Timeline Photos
What about all the ballyhoo about manufacturing jobs coming back to America? Well, some have. But they pay lousy wages. The average wages of production and non-supervisory employees in manufacturing are lower today than they were in 1985, when adjusted for inflation. [...] Bottom line: Most Americans have got zilch out of this recovery. In fact, they’re worse off now than they were in 2000. Meanwhile, the top 0.1 percent is doing fabulously well. More and more people are concluding the game is rigged -- which it is. No one should be surprised at the surge in populist anger on the left and the right.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Warren Buffett Crushes Republicans On Taxes - YouTube
Not having a voice. No being heard. // Empört Euch! (German) Perfect Paperback – Feb 2011 by Stéphane Hessel
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
A Long Video About Paid YouTube (YouTube Red) - YouTube
What Is Youtube Red? What do you get? - boogie2988 - youtu.be/rMTvbA2JGcw // Subscription vs Merchandise, ebooks, Patreon, // vs Amanda Palmer - The Art of Asking. // New TOS for everyone that have to be signed. no option to opt out of YouTube Red. Then your videos will be taken down/made private. // &! Understanding YouTube Red: Paid Subscriptions and the Future of Online Video - youtu.be/2v3i5pRmqI4 - Emily Nussbaum's Essay about What Advertising Does to TV: nyr.kr/1L1xCm3 &! An overview of some research on how advertising affects us: bit.ly/1IkdPAl
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: The most patient man in Silicon Valley
Too much in Silicon Valley revolves around hyperspeed. Everything in the startup world is an emergency that needs to be solved in an all-nighter last night, if you allow it to be. The genius in Ravikant’s AngelList is its measured, methodical, brick-by-brick pace to build a software platform to replace, save, wreck, or augment – the verb depends on your point of view – a business that everyone insisted for decades was incurably human, boutique and done with deeply-trusted partnerships and eye-to-eye handshake deals. //&! bit.ly/1LS4aVg - The “The old Series A investor who put in $2 million and really cared and had resources is dead.” [...] “A seed fund doesn’t have the resources that a Kleiner Perkins or a Benchmark had,” [ Incubators are only 3 months long ] AngelList syndicate leads help, but they don’t care enough to help [as classic VC's] [...] Entrepreneurs have to stitch it together themselves.”
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich: One of the Most Important Differences Between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton - It all comes down to Wall Street.
on.fb.me/1LsCcNT - Finally, tonight, the American public will have a chance to hear the truth about what's happened to our economy and our democracy. Unlike the Republican debates -- which have been circuses of dishonesty, bigotry, and braggadocio -- tonight's Democratic debate offers an opportunity to set out the real challenge: turning a society that's become more rigidly stratified and oligarchic than it has in over a century into one that's inclusive and democratic. Most of the Democratic candidates agree on the problem. Listen for the boldness of their policies. But also know that good policies won't be enough. We need a candidate capable of forging and fueling a movement sufficiently powerful to overcome the regressive forces of big money. So listen also for their passion, their wisdom, and their capacity to move America. What will you be listening for?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
How The Socialist Surge is Growing - YouTube
via Robert Reich on.fb.me/1Pn6XFK - According to a New York Times investigation reported this morning, just 358 families and the businesses they control have contributed over half the money to the 2016 presidential election so far – mostly to Republicans who have pledged to pare regulations; cut taxes on income, capital gains and inheritances; and shrink Social Security and Medicare. On the other hand, two-thirds of Americans support higher taxes on those earning $1 million or more a year, according to a June New York Times/CBS News poll, and six in 10 favor more government intervention to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor. And according to the Pew Research Center, nearly seven in 10 favor preserving Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are. To an extent we haven’t seen since the Gilded Age of the 1890s, the upcoming election is between a tiny group of super-rich and the rest of us. We must do everything possible to reclaim our democracy.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Homelessness figures: Nearly 100,000 children in England 'homeless' - BBC News
Nearly 100,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation after being made homeless, new figures show. // &! More & more student start work after graduation in low pay jobs not requiring a diploma, due to current job market/job creation situation in UK! Not hitting 21k repayment threshold - bbc.in/1OU0K3H - OBR show fewer are likely to start paying than was expected when the policy was introduced, [...] freezing the loan repayment threshold - alongside other changes such as replacing maintenance grants for poorer students with loans - will significantly increase the cost of going to university. It says this risks undermining pledges by successive governments to improve social mobility, as well as raising uncertainty in students' minds over the terms of their borrowing. //&! Higher education cuts 'risk NI being left behind' - bbc.in/1gZMrgj //&! Doctors warn Tories not to cut free school meals (child poverty, food poverty) bbc.in/1LewQrn
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