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Homelessness expected to rise further as Government scraps housing benefit for young people | The Independent
cutting benefits will push up payments and cost of homelessness, destitution, drug abuse, crime, etc. - http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/housing-benefit-under-22-young-people-cut-theresa-may-save-money-ideological-cruel-a7612321.html?cmpid=facebook-post - Getting rid of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds won't even save us that much money – it's ideological cruelty
When just 11,000 people will be affected (small fry in financial terms), it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the goal isn’t really to help people at all, but to punish them
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Tories plan to ignore legal rulings and restrict disability benefits - YouTube
[ just PR speech, and actions are different ] Theresa May's PR offensive a month back; PR on mental health and well-being! and a country that works for everyone (welfare state). & NOW THIS! + THEY TRIED TO SNEAK IT OUT THE BACKDOOR AND THE DISPARAGING COMMENT FROM ADVISOR (George Freeman) ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. // Theresa May again being driven by outside forces and public vs Thatcher driving politics. May driven by public opinion on mental health and House of Lords (stopgap to savage austerity), and May also driven by hard-Brexit Bus (driven by those who campaigned for it and those who voted for it). // ie if she drives she could have announced more acute mental health beds funding but instead she said we need to do more, but no more money! // &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/01/disability-benefit-change-shows-tories-are-still-nasty-party-says-corbyn
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
Booming gig economy costs £4bn in lost tax and benefit payouts, says TUC | Business | The Guardian
Study shows low-paid self-employment and zero-hours contracts costing exchequer £75m a week – a quarter of England’s weekly social care budget [...] Their relatively low earnings also make them more likely to need to rely on in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit, the TUC said. [...] “The huge rise in insecure work isn’t just bad for workers. It’s punching a massive hole in the public finances too,” said TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady.
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
Duncan Smith's flagship Universal Credit policy is an epic fail - YouTube
DWP, Westminster posh, elite thought that ppl have rainy day fund to carry themselves over for 6-8weeks ... when you live month to month paychekc-to-paycheck. fast majority. 16m households do not even have £100 in bank account.
Iain  Duncan  Smith  DWP  UC  JSA  ESA  nasty  party  Tories  Conservative 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith tries to sell a 2018 Brexit fantasy on Sunday Politics - YouTube
nasty party and austerity party tries to pitch itself as workers party at 2016 conservative party conference. after the squeezed middle class of england voted out of EU //&! sorry theresa, there can be no true meritocracy! - https://youtu.be/XVDUoHMf1_Y?t=14m &! Philip Hammond can't stop himself to repeat again that Labour allegedly mismanaged the economy/budget - https://youtu.be/fn2pd8UBNX4?t=38m "the is no money" note. & we inherited a recession from "Labour" & and selling low borrowing cost as own achievement. & selling itself as the true party of British "working people." & grown faster [and racked up debt (private & publich) at same time.] & "living within its means" but "pragmatic" & "high wage high skill economy" & productivity & want to see tax receipts here in Britain (tax evasion and avoidance) & will lower corp tax rate further!
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october 2016 by asterisk2a
No more welfare cuts to come under Theresa May, says minister | Politics | The Guardian
Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson, an 11-time Paralympic gold medallist, was among those who spoke out in the House of Lords against the controversial welfare reform bill, which proposes to cut disability benefits by £30 a week.
Iain  Duncan  Smith  Damian  Green  Stephen  Crabb  DWP  ESA  JSA  poverty  Theresa  May  welfare  Council  austerity  George  Osborne  David  Cameron 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Universal credit is undeliverable: but who'll tell ministers the truth? | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
Timmins and his sponsors at the IfG prefer to accentuate the positive, but the tale of universal credit might lend support to a darker, even apocalyptic view. Something is fundamentally askew in UK central government: the gulf between political aspiration and system capacity has become unbridgeable.

The system, in this case represented by the Department of Work and Pensions permanent secretary Robert Devereux, simply cannot or will not tell ministers the prevailing truth, that what they want is undeliverable on the timescale, budget and policy assumptions they are making.
Universal  Credit  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Austerity 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
Is Stephen Crabb the man to tackle this age of extreme inequality? | Anne Perkins | Society | The Guardian
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 //&! http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/12/stephen-crabb-relentless-focus-improving-life-chances-welfare-universal-credit
Stephen  Crabb  Universal  Credit  DWP  Iain  Duncan  Smith  austerity  UK  inequality  tax  evasion  tax  amnesty  tax  avoidance  Panama  Papers  George  Osborne 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Geographies of Austerity: Mark Blyth
EU bank bailout (incl Britain) = 40% of EU GDP (incl Britain) = 5 trillion Euros. AUSTERITY FOR WHOM?! // secular stagnation - ZIRP, NIRP, QE, austerity, liquidity trap, aggregate demand short-fall = creditors paradise. their debt will not be inflated away. deflation - deflationary environment. for the next 2-3 decades. = NO DRIVE TO INVEST IN PRODUCTIVE ASSETS! = productivity gap. [...] rentier paradise. [...] = interest formation (those who have, call the shots, status quo). [...] deflationary spiral (PIGS & Germany) exporting deflation ... getting more competitive [EU has 2015 a current account surplus, bought my USA] = Dr Wolfgang Schaeuble. [...] Fall of Centrists, rise of the SNP & UKIP (reactionary) ... Trump. [...] as investment rate (ie SME/SMB lending) stays same, does not grow = DEAD. Eurobonds/Investment Fund(UK, 5bn 5 years). [...] min 55 - deflationary politics (policy for 1-10-20% of society) is one way train. DEATH. especially w austerity and low wages/secular stagnation.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
'Northern powerhouse' depends on productivity not rail links: thinktank | Business | The Guardian
In this post-referendum vacuum, Carney alone can't save the UK economy - Getting productivity going again will require more investment in innovation and our universities. It means more help for businesses that want to update their production lines, overhaul their IT systems or retrain their staff. Productivity will only improve if the UK addresses its skills shortages with sensible immigration policies and with better training. In an age of economic insecurity, training is key if the march of the robots is not to further exacerbate inequality. Similarly, the UK must get serious about moving to an apprenticeship system that has parity of esteem. - http://bit.ly/29cCmtq
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
News des Tages: Brexit, Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson, EU, Europa - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Polit-Chaos auf der Insel - Labour-Chef kämpft um seinen Job

Wer glaubt, die EU sei im Eimer, der sollte heute zur Beruhigung seiner Nerven nach Großbritannien schauen. Dort herrscht das eigentliche politische Chaos. Die Schotten wollen das Referendum nicht akzeptieren, und bei Labour bahnt sich ein Putsch an. Parteiboss Jeremy Corbyn wird von etlichen Parteigranden zum Rücktritt gedrängt. Sie werfen ihm wahlweise vor, nicht genug oder zu viel für den EU-Verbleib Großbritanniens getrommelt zu haben. Generell steckt dahinter wohl vor allem die Angst, mit dem wenig dynamisch wirkenden Corbyn als Spitzenkandidat bei etwaigen Neuwahlen keine Chance zu haben. In der Parlamentsfraktion wird heute ein Misstrauensantrag gegen Corbyn erwartet.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
What next for the Conservative Party?
This has been a seismic rebellion against the establishment.
It is a cry from thousands of people who felt angry and alienated. More than half the voters rejected all the pleadings from the president of the United States, the head of the IMF, and countless world leaders.
In the end, gut and instinct trumped all the arguments about economic turmoil and warnings of economic collapse. In huge and unprecedented numbers the Labour vote broke for Leave. [...] The prime minister has underlined that there will be no change for EU citizens living in this country or British citizens in the EU. [...] Campaign scars [ 'it was all just about Brexit Campaign' ABOUT TRYING TO SAVE FACE ... "my right honourable colleague" ... always polite and knigge. ] Committed Europeans among Conservative MPs may question their future in party. The new leader must not only unite a bitterly divided party, but also successfully oversee complex and sensitive negotiations with the rest of Europe. [...] Some who voted for Leave believe it may be possible to win further concessions from Brussels over freedom of movement.
Brexit  Conservative  Party  Boris  Johnson  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Iain  Duncan  Smith  Michael  Gove  Daniel  Hannan  Westminster  No  Representation  No.  10 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
The David Cameron story
Whatever else he achieved during his six years in power, David Cameron will forever be remembered as the prime minister who took Britain out of the European Union.
Brexit  David  Cameron  Conservative  Party  UKIP  nasty  austerity  George  Osborne  Iain  Duncan  Smith 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Government Faces Labour Questions Over Universal Credit Risks
documents obtained under freedom of information showed a risk of fraudulent activity and cyberattacks. [...] It was finally disclosed this month by the department after a freedom of information request by John Slater, a former IT project manager, and Tony Collins, an investigative journalist, following a four-year legal battle. [...] The documents, which date from 2012, contain a line in which parts of the project are described as “pushing above the programme funding envelope”. They also raise concerns that the programme lacks a “robust framework of assurances”, which means “rework” may be needed if elements of the project are “not fit for purpose”. Fears over staffing are described, with concerns over “skilled staff resources not in the right place at the right time”. [...] “shocking” to see “essential considerations” like fraud and cyber security not being “at the core of [UC]” from the start.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Martin Lewis conforonts Osborne over his living wage con
companies cut back on perks, lunch breaks, and paid overtime arrangements. or change work arrangement; change to being self-employed contractor. //&! As predicted Osborne's national living wage is a con - youtu.be/MQfEWTN5hR4 - cut of overtime and weekend pay bonus. - ALSO THERE COMES AGE DISCRIMINATION. BECAUSE starts not for students!/<25years old! //&! bbc.co.uk/news/business-36082247 - Osborne warns firms not to cut perks on back of National Living Wage
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Vote Leave - Michael Gove MP Gives A Speech For BREXIT & Pro-EU Lies
"we have potential, independence would unshakel [...] we are beaten down." [...] "we have most tolerant policy towards refugees" << LOL! LOL! LIE! what a blatent lie - will scream the unaccompanied kids in France (coast) wanting to see their parents in the UK! //&! Review on Daily Politics (BBC) of said speech - youtu.be/jj907rMnllc //&! another Brexiter on Newsnight - youtu.be/VmvkkV4Z4QI //&! Michael Gove speech aims for the sunny uplands (and misses) (Newsnight) - youtu.be/txF1RViHgPg - argument for very liberal, tariff light country //&! How do we pick the EU facts from the Brexit fiction? - accusation of being "Project Fear" by Leave Campaign 'we can have it at all; free trade and no regulation' But Leave Campaign can not promise any guarantees! Nothing they have to deliver. Yet to produce own econ analysis (prediction) for the upside 5-10 years post-Brexit [the prosper-case] - youtu.be/2pdhbfSVqFc
Brexit  Daniel  Hannan  Michael  Gove  Iain  Duncan  Smith 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
BRITAIN deserves better than the EU Daniel Hannan
Mr Hannan himself was born into privilege. See his Wikipedia page. His refugee crisis proposals (a no-fly zone in syria so that syrians don't put their feed in boats to cross to europe) youtu.be/rqnCg3Wt8d0 //&! Dan Hannan: what we need from Europe is free trade, not a common government - youtu.be/eMwvWHLRrpE - there is no high tide for Federalism in UK, UK is in Devolution mood. //&! Iain Duncan Smith on Brexit case - youtu.be/qOLjsfElH-Y - &! David Cameron speech at bloomberg mentioned - gov.uk/government/speeches/eu-speech-at-bloomberg //&! youtu.be/YL6D8E9EbS4 &! youtu.be/VrwIfXsXbic &! youtu.be/hPo1i_B7wBM &! youtu.be/RCXDHYpINdc //&! David Cameron grilled by uni students (07Apr16) - youtu.be/yXkJ1Y1i4JQ //&! Debate at Oxford Union - youtu.be/eohm9t4-F9g &! other debate here - youtu.be/XgQbEpQGRBA //&! Nigel Farage on MarrShow - youtu.be/J-ywMne-7lk //&! The best of Daniel Hannan - youtu.be/R0rj2DWwFBU
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Capitalism and Mental Health: How the Market Makes Us Sick
POVERTY TRAP! // we were never as miserable as a nation as ever before.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Testing times ahead for Universal Credit
[ in real terms cuts through the back door. spin doctor and positioning ] Universal Credit was meant to bring "radical changes" to people's real incomes and incentivise them to move off benefits and into work, according to David Finch, a former economic analyst at the DWP.
"But... the strength of the improved incentives it was meant to bring have been gradually eroded," he says, speaking in his current role as a researcher at the Resolution Foundation.
There have been significant tensions between the Treasury and the DWP over its cost.
Last year the government announced funding cuts to the universal credit "work allowance" - reducing the amount people can earn before benefit payments are withdrawn.
Universal  Credit  DWP  Stephen  Crabb  austerity  spin  doctor  Positioning  PR  Iain  Duncan  Smith  poverty  trap  skill  gap  skill  mismatch  skill-biased  technological  change 
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
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Universal credit cuts to lose low-income families up to £200 a month
[ UC is a backdoor welfare cut ] Changes to be introduced on Monday will push more low-paid working families into poverty, charities say. Tens of thousands of low-paid working families can expect to lose up to £200 a month as a result of changes to universal credit introduced on Monday – the first wave of £3bn in welfare cuts that will affect 1m households by 2020. [...] a full-time single parent would have to work a 14-month year. [...] The cuts stem from changes in the work allowance unveiled by the chancellor, George Osborne, in his summer budget a year ago. These drastically reduced the amount people can earn before low-wage top-ups are withdrawn at the rate of 65p per £1 earned.
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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
Dear Nicola, I voted Yes, I think you're great, but I'm #NoVotesSNP
Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities. [...] Comment: Writer Darren McGarvey on why independence isn't enough for Scotland's poorest communities.This was no home at all. This was an open-plan torture chamber where deprivation, in the truest sense of the word, was the absolute default position. A home where poverty had not only corrupted people, but left them grotesquely deformed. [...] There is no pragmatism where inequality is concerned. There is only action and inaction. If you can't make an argument for slightly higher taxes to a class of educated people who are fortunate enough to be doing well in a terminally unequal society then I already know what is required of me as a citizen. [...] She died because she happened to be born into poverty. And we grieved for her death while growing up poor. Now her ghost follows all of us wherever we go.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Four key numbers - BBC Newsnight
weaker outlook for income tax receipts & economy/global economy >> OBR has done 'no projections' on impact of Brexit: Robert Chote - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/A0jvIUKTU1U //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw - "WE HAD THE BIGGEST BANK BAILOUT" //&! NICKY MORGAN ON TORY WELFARE ROW - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/IC_Yhggk62o
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne held secret talks with EU enemy Michael Gove to bring the Tories 'back from the brink' after disastrous week Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3511281/George-Osborne-held-secret-talks-EU-enemy-Michael-Gove-bring-Tories-bri
Mr Osborne and Mr Gove are on opposite sides of the referendum debate and the Chancellor has been accused of ‘scaremongering’ by the Justice Secretary’s Vote Leave campaign.
The pair are also tipped to go head-to-head in one of the three televised EU referendum debates and could even be the stars for their respective campaigns at the BBC’s Wembley Arena debate a week before the vote.
The Prime Minister had already admitted to MPs on Wednesday evening that it had been a ‘tough week’ for the Government but urged the party ‘not to lose sight of what we can do’.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith resigns: Why? What next? - BBC Newsnight
youtu.be/e2XyYgkYNFE - Resignation stuck a knife into George Osborne. // working age on the bottom of the pile bore the burden of austerity. [...] weakness of labour party could mean Conservative will be in power for a long time. [...] this is big shot of Tory-out vs Tory-in. They wanted Osborne to fail. // tax credits, Google Tax Deal, ESA, PIP/DLA, .... //&! Iain Duncan Smith First interview since his shock resignation - youtu.be/hr5-WbzevyM &! youtu.be/ntKf3HtVNxs - lower gov income (income tax receipts and corp tax) pushed things ahead. No 10 ran DWP ... // Marr Show papers: IDS's resignation and budget shambles (20 Mar 16) - youtu.be/ZkNOxXZW9Kw //&! Budget 2016: Evan Davis grills Sajid Javid on the numbers - BBC Newsnight - youtu.be/L0TBTbfNgCw //&! Iain Duncan Smith Resignation Nothing To Do With EU - youtu.be/MJr2WmVtV1c &! youtu.be/_nAHvGZYkfY &! youtu.be/kvmOPZ0wP3o &! youtu.be/Hu_pnQBITPI
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hey Britain – Your Kids Have Just Been Privatised
"Thatcher said the problem with socialism is that you run out of other people money. Henry VIII will tell you the problem with crony capitalism is you eventually run out of other people’s assets to sell." [...] In George Osborne’s mercurial March 2016 budget he showed his own Machiavellian sleight of hand. He is now seen as a politician whose leadership ambitions come before the welfare of the British people. Osborne’s allegiance is to The City not the country. When he and Peter Mandelson holidayed on financier Nat Rothschild’s yacht do you think they talked about free school meals and increasing the economic opportunities of the people in Grimsby? [...] Look at his actions and we see that one of Osborne’s aims is to reinstate the class divisions that began to ebb away with socially progressive policies. This last budget sought to weave a line into the fabric of society between the haves and have-nots. [...] We are at the end of the debt cycle and there’s nowhere else to go. [...] This is not the budget for the next generation of young people. This is the budget for the next generation of rent-seekers, moneymen and crony capitalists.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
How damaged is George Osborne by IDS resignation?
George Osborne: chief tactician and patron, a man whose word makes or wrecks careers.
That was the view of many Tory MPs for a very long time.
Now, many doubt he will ever be their leader, or even the chancellor much longer.
It's not that they think David Cameron is poised to sack him or that he's about to resign, as Labour demand.
They simply believe a swift leadership election is highly likely whatever the result of 23 June's EU referendum. If it does come that soon there will be, one predicts, a "genocide of the Cameroons and Osbornites".
A stubbornly enduring deficit, a tax credit U-turn, and the sheer numbers of MPs who have chosen to back a leave vote at the referendum have seen Osborne's authority leak.
A weekend of melodrama has - in one Tory MP's view - burst the dam.
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march 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
Stephen Crabb: 'No further plans' for welfare cuts
BIG BREAKDOWN W INFOGRAPHIC OF THE BUDGET and DWP Budget // A Downing Street spokesman said the government would still deliver on its commitment to save £12bn from welfare by the end of the Parliament in 2020. [...] The Conservative leadership has been under fire - including from some of its own backbenchers - over the cuts to disability payments, which came at the same time as tax cuts for higher earners.
Mr Duncan Smith - who resigned on Friday - said this flew in the face of Mr Cameron and Mr Osborne's oft-repeated claim that "we are all in this together". [...] [ CAMERON ] "None of this would be possible if it wasn't for the actions of this government and the work of the chancellor in turning our economy around." //&! No more welfare cuts, for now - bbc.in/1pGxCV4 - still 2015 budget post-election had £12bn in the card!
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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
Großbritannien: Ministerrücktritt erhöht Brexit-Gefahr
Der britische Arbeitsminister zündet eine politische Bombe: Kurz vor der Abstimmung über den Verbleib in der EU tritt er zurück - und belastet Premier Cameron schwer. Die Gefahr eines Brexits wächst. Der britische Arbeits- und Pensionsminister Iain Duncan Smith ist aus Protest gegen geplante Kürzungen von Sozialleistungen zurückgetreten. In einem ungewöhnlich scharf formulierten Schreiben machte er Finanzminister George Osborne für seine drastische Maßnahme verantwortlich. Während die Leistungen für Behinderte zusammengestrichen würden [1bn a year = 4bn and change by 2020, to get to his surplus aim], begünstige Osbornes Haushaltsentwurf die Besserverdienenden, teilte Duncan Smith am Freitagabend mit. Er sei "nicht in der Lage, passiv zuzuschauen". [...] Duncan Smith bezichtigt Cameron obendrein unverhohlen, sich Stimmen für das anstehende EU-Referendum kaufen zu wollen. Die Kürzungen der Sozialleistungen seien politisch, nicht im nationalen Wirtschaftsinteresse des Landes,
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith QUITS Cabinet with vicious swipe at George Osborne over shambolic disability benefit cut U-turn Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499499/Work-Pensions-Secretary-Iain-Duncan-Smith-QUITS-Cabin
[ we are all in this together ] [IDS PIP cuts] 'not defensible' alongside the tax breaks for the wealthy in this week's Budget. [...] He branded slash in benefits for the disabled as being 'indefensible.' IDS hit out at Osborne for lack of awareness and for letting the welfare system be 'salami-sliced' [...] 'I am unable to watch passively whilst certain policies are enacted in order to meet the fiscal self-imposed restraints that I believe are more and more perceived as distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest,' he wrote. The former Tory leader and standard-bearer for the Eurosceptic Right of the party admitted he wanted to cut benefits enjoyed by wealthy pensioners, but these plans were blocked by the Chancellor and the Prime Minister. [...] Mr Duncan Smith believed the Chancellor was too sly and devious in the way he went about balancing the nation’s books. [ Osborne wanted also to increase VAT Solar Panels ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016: Higher rate tax cut is 'wrong choice', says Nicola Sturgeon
[we are all in this together ] [ tax cut for one, and cut away +1bn in PIP ] the starting point for paying 40p income tax in the rest of the UK will be raised from £43,000 to £45,000. [...] Scotland's 40p tax payers: 372,000 - Approximate total number. 10% - Working population. £190m Value of 40p tax cut plan. 14,000 Workers removed from rate by cut [...] Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell backed the threshold change.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
George Osborne will be announcing cuts he hopes to avoid making, says think-tank | News | The National
For the Chancellor to keep his promise of ditching the UK’s deficit by 2020, he must find a way to fill a £4bn black hole caused by slower-than-expected growth.

As grim as the economic outlook may be, the Chancellor will be wary of upsetting Tory backbenchers who are already fractious over the fallout of the EU referendum.

Paul Johnson of the IFS told the BBC: “One of the things I am guessing he is going to do is say that these cuts will be planned to happen in 2017 or 2018, and then frankly hope that the numbers move back in his direction before he actually has to implement them. [...] Some of the measures expected to be in the Budget include a change in the way Personal Independent Payments, which are replacing Disability Living Allowance, are calculated. This is expected to save £1.2bn, but will see more than 600,000 disabled people lose out.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Claimant has benefits cut because Maximus has no doctors north of the central belt | News | The National
A MAN deemed too ill to travel for his benefits assessment had his cash cut off after a year-long wait – because there is no one to carry out home checks north of the central belt.

Private firm Maximus Health and Human Services won the contract to deliver benefits checks in October 2014 after its predecessor Atos backed out. The US-owned firm assumed responsibility for health-related evaluations in March 2015 through its Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, with centres dotted around the UK.

It also took charge of delivering at-home checks for those unable to travel for the essential screenings.

Yesterday it admitted almost 4,000 Scots are waiting for their assessments but defended its services after it emerged that ill and disabled people living above the central belt are forced to endure lengthy waits because the company has not appointed GPs north of Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Over 80% Of Jobs Added In January Were Minimum Wage Earners | Zero Hedge
most of the jobs that were created, if only on a goalseeked, seasonally adjusted basis, were of the lowest paying, worst possible quality as has been the case for the past 7 years as the BLS desperately seeks to "pad" its political mandate of providing proof in a recovery which however is impossible if it were to tell the truth. //&! https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/48xbro/jobs_report_242000_jobs_added_unemployment_rate/d0njzvb //&! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-04/past-year-us-added-360000-waiters-and-only-12000-manufacturing-workers &! http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-04/president-obama-takes-economic-victory-lap-after-biggest-wage-drop-record
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Iain Duncan Smith 'troubled' by Remain conduct - BBC News
[Vote of confidence from the exit-campaigners and backbenchers after the vote, where people say "remain."?] The "acrimonious" conduct of the UK's EU Remain campaign risks damaging the government beyond the June referendum, Iain Duncan Smith has warned. [...] BBC political correspondent Alex Forsyth says this is the strongest intervention yet from Mr Duncan Smith and will be seen as implicit criticism of the prime minister and his allies.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith: the latest MP to pretend council cuts are not his fault | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ comparing gov budget and council budgets to the liking of a company or household! ] [ Iain Duncan Smith ] My only advice to local council[s] is that if you get the balance right, you should be able to manage this in a way that is not headline news – doing it with better efficiency. It is like any company, [ ... /// ... ] In the case of Enfield, which has had to make savings of £118m since 2010 – 49% in real terms according to a council spokeswoman – Duncan Smith’s proclamations are an affront. [...] Duncan Smith’s ill-informed pontifications, Taylor says, are an exercise in power without responsibility
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ cut public health budget (prevention & intervention) by +200m ] Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’, completely undermining the pledge to pump billions into the NHS [...] 77% [of councils] said they expected obesity interventions to be cut [...] total spend on STIs by 2020 could top £6bn. [...] Every £1 spent on contraception saves £11 in healthcare costs. Cuts to sexual health sector are economically nonsensical [ TORIES SET NHS UP TO FAIL! Simon Stevens is being ser-up to fail! ] //&! King's Fund analysis - bit.ly/1DsQcFS //&! bit.ly/1TTUVFP - short-termism. with cuts to prevention, and no new prevention initiatives ie sugar tax and processed food tax and meat tax (burger king and co), health coaches at gp surgeries ... 5 year nhs budget targets will be overrun massively by 2020. Simon Stevens is asked to resign before 2020 election.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Austerity has hit disabled people hardest – now they're fighting back | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
The charity has accused the council of systemic failures, including removing wellbeing payments without offering an alternative, and raising eligibility criteria for social care so that disabled people who previously received services are no longer able to do so.
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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
Emily has organ failure – yet her mother had to battle for benefits | Frances Ryan | Opinion | The Guardian
What happened to Emily Field is unlikely to find its way on to the news. But the story of how one young woman with organ failure was denied help when she most needed it – and the subsequent battle between the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the outsourcing firm Atos, and a mother – tells us exactly how rotten Britain’s social security system has become. //&! ‘How long are you likely to have Parkinson’s?’ asked the woman assessing his claim. No wonder he is scared for his future - bit.ly/1TFWxTE - They asked what sort of work I could do but I can’t do anything physical because of my tremors … I can’t hold the wardrobe handles to get my clothes out in the morning.” That image might be one for George Osborne to pause on as he talks of cutting sickness benefits as an “incentive” for people such as Brehaut to get a job.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Lords rebuff Tory plan to cut ESA for second time | Politics | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine who deserves something for nothing, and disability ] Peers defeat government again over proposed £30-a-week cut to benefits for ill and disabled found ‘unfit to work.’ The House of Lords has defeated the government again over welfare reform and work bill proposals to cut £30 a week from the benefits of ill and disabled people who have been found unfit to work. Peers passed an amendment that calls on ministers to deliver a formal assessment of the likely impact of the cut on the health, finances and work prospects of hundreds of thousands of claimants, who will see their unemployment benefits reduced by £1,500 a year. [...] there is no evidence that the proposed cut would help ESA Wrag recipients get back into employment, while campaigners say the cut will push claimants further into poverty. [...] The government estimates that the cut would save the Treasury £1.4bn over four years. [ vs tax avoidance of ~20bn a year ] &! bit.ly/1T621bN &! bit.ly/1Lx6PyH
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Workers need to put 15% of income into pension, report says | Money | The Guardian
Saving more than three times the present average is necessary to have enough cash in retirement, review for Labour party finds [...] In the House of Commons, Iain Duncan Smith refused to say whether there would be an upper limit on the state pension age in heated exchanges over the government’s review. The work and pensions secretary said the government had launched the review to ensure pensions remained affordable for future generations, but he failed to answer the shadow work and pensions secretary, Owen Smith, when pushed over concerns that workers would have to wait until they were 80 to retire.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Boris Johnson calls Cameron's Project Fact 'baloney' | Politics | The Guardian
"stay campaign is project fear" leave campaigners go without facts. [...] Chris Grayling, one of the six cabinet members who favour Brexit, had earlier dismissed a 28-page Cabinet Office report warning of what Cameron called a “decade of uncertainty” if Britain votes to leave, as “completely ludicrous”. Grayling accused his boss of running a “relentless campaign of fear”. Separately, employment minister Priti Patel, another prominent advocate for Brexit, ramped up the criticism of cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood’s decision to limit the support civil servants can provide to pro-Brexit ministers, describing it as “unconstitutional”. [...] Iain Duncan Smith “I have the highest opinion of the British people; [ //&! If it were a pure economic argument, where are the economists?! but it's about ideology, dogma and demagogy ... populism, propaganda, polarisation, manufactured consent, supported by right-wing media's manufactured consent ] &! bit.ly/1oKclJ1 &! Sturgeon - bbc.in/1TM6YGm
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Meet the teachers, charity workers, NHS staff and scientists Theresa May wants to kick out of Britain | Home News | News | The Independent
In April, new immigration laws will see tens of thousands of skilled workers deported from the UK [...] The Government has responded to a petition urging it to scrap a new £35,000 pay threshold on non-EU workers, calling it a “modest” contribution to cut net migration to Britain. Yet the Government’s own analysis estimates the measure will cost up to £575 million to the taxpayer in the first year alone, and it has sparked a public outcry from the tens of thousands of people set to be affected. [...] employers have had since April 2011 to prepare. //&! From stop35k.org/#!blank/c1enr - "Tier 2 General Skilled Workers who do not make £35,000 salary or who have been in the UK for 6 years, will need to leave or be deported. The Home Office estimates this will cost taxpayers between £181million and £575million" [...] Other proposed legislation is to prevent people from EEA to work here if they do not earn 30k/y or more.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron will be ousted regardless of EU referendum vote | Daily Mail Online
Just 50 Tory MPs needed to trigger vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Cameron dismissed as a 'lame duck' and could face coup after June's vote Cabinet rebel Iain Duncan Smith rubbishes PM's warning that Brexit would be 'gamble of the century' Work and Pensions Secretary says UK's future is more in danger inside EU //&! Iain Duncan Smith declares war on David Cameron: Leading Eurosceptic minister accuses the Prime Minister of having a 'low opinion' of Britons and mocks his 'pessimistic' campaign to stay in the EU - dailym.ai/1KVS11H
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Philip Hammond hurls four-letter abuse at anti-EU rival Bill Cash | Daily Mail Online
Tory meltdown as Foreign Secretary hurls four-letter abuse at anti-EU rival after trying to hide secret report on PM's deal
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
British people think their media is the most biased and right-wing in Europe - and they're probably right | Voices | The Independent
Just two individuals - Rupert Murdoch and Lord Rothermere - controlled a staggering 52.2 per cent of online and print national news publications in the UK in 2013 [...] All of these newspapers either backed the Conservatives or Ukip in the most recent election and are all considered traditional right-wing publications. If you add up the readership of these right-wing newspapers, they account for a staggering 69 per cent of national newspaper readership in Britain in 2013. Left Foot Forward concluded their analysis by stating that “over three quarters (77.8 per cent) of the press is owned by a handful of billionaires.”
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
EU referendum: Hammond defends rules on access to papers - BBC News
Five cabinet ministers and a minister who attends cabinet are campaigning for Brexit Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has defended plans to prevent ministers who oppose EU membership from seeing certain government documents. He said the government, which backs EU membership, was not neutral and those who disagreed could draw on specific policy information from other sources. MPs are to question the UK's top civil servant after he issued guidance to withhold "referendum-related" material. One anti-EU minister said retaining documents "can't possibly happen". The government's official policy is that Britain should remain in the EU - and civil servants are duty-bound to support government policies. [...] And farming minister George Eustice said ministers needed "100% access" to material relating to day-day dealings with the EU.
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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
Thousands told their pension savings could be at risk - BBC News
[ fees ] It follows fears that dozens of companies providing auto enrolment pensions are too small to survive. The BBC has also uncovered evidence that employers and workers are being deliberately misled by some providers. The government said it was aware of the issue, and was planning to take action. Independent experts claim the problem could affect up to a quarter of a million people a year who are putting their savings into so-called master trust pensions. Such schemes are popular with the 1.8 million small employers with fewer than 30 staff who are currently signing up under the auto enrolment programme. "There is a risk of these schemes falling over; there is a risk that members might lose their money," said Andrew Warwick Thompson, executive director for regulatory policy at the Pensions Regulator. However, he said scheme assets invested through asset managers regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) would be safe. This will be "the vast majority of cases", he said.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Battling with Benefits - Episode 2
w 30hrs or less you can't make months end. // 40.000 in Wales alone on Zero Hour Contract. // +50% win ESA decisions/sanctions appeals
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Brexit fears in readers' words: 'Will I be deported after 40 years?' | Politics | The Guardian
2.3m in Britain and 2m in EEA. //&! bit.ly/1RXTc2f - 'I don't want to be in no man's land': the 'Brexit Brits' seeking second passports. Across Europe British expats fear that if the UK leaves the European Union the lives they have built up abroad could be destroyed
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
'Absurd' visa rules on income force UK citizens into exile, court told | UK news | The Guardian
UK citizens are being forced into exile by the Home Office’s “irrational and absurd” minimum-income visa requirements, with some couples having no hope of ever being able to live together in Britain, the supreme court has heard. UK nationals must earn more than £18,600 to bring over a non-EU spouse, rising to £22,400 if they have a child who does not have British citizenship, and by an additional £2,400 for each subsequent child. Seven supreme court justices including the court’s deputy president, Lady Hale, will decide after a three-day hearing whether the rules contravene article 8 of the European convention on human rights, covering respect for private and family life. [...] the law barred up to 47% of the working British population from living with a non-EU spouse in their home country. [ if you are working poor, you do not add to white society! ] ... for families to be self-sufficient,
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Boris Johnson says UK is better off outside the EU - BBC News
[ symptom ] EU referendum: Cameron urges Boris Johnson to back Remain campaign - bbc.in/1KBKS6y &! 7 minute speech outside - bbc.in/1KBM6yX - "no democracy in the EU" LOL LOL LOL LOL //&! bbc.in/1QTtxTn - the last thing I wanted was to go against david cameron //&! Iain Duncan Smith: 'The lack of any control on our borders is a critical issue' - bbc.in/1RVKC3P //&! Chris Grayling: 'The EU is holding this country back' - bbc.in/1QTtRBt - immigration, trade agreements with ASIA ... //&! George Osborne on Justice Secretary Michael Gove's desire for UK to leave the EU - bbc.in/1oCBLJd //&! Sturgeon: Leave vote could trigger independence referendum "almost certainly [...] demand of the people" - bbc.in/1Q90KOo //&! "we want to make this debate a high quality one [...] informed choice" - Theresa Villiers: Cabinet meeting had sense of history - bbc.in/1QsxuOo //&! Where Conservative MPs stand - bbc.in/1XGAzA1
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Cameron: 'Britain will never be part of European superstate' - BBC News
[something for nothing ] Cameron: 'Britain will never be part of European superstate' //&! EU referendum: How could June vote affect Scotland? - in Case UK votes yes, triggering a 2nd indy ref - http://bbc.in/1Wz4VU2 //&! EU Referendum: What is in David Cameron's EU deal? The BBC's James Landale reports on the deal UK Prime Minister David Cameron has struck on the EU. - http://bbc.in/1oBpZPl - MANIFESTO PROMISES DELIVERED IN HALF, ESPECIALLY ON BENEFITS. A COMPROMISE! //&! EU referendum: 'The choice is in your hands' - bbc.in/1oBqvwF
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Dispatches - Low Pay Britain - All 4
living wage starts from 21? 25? // retail big! high street big! - service sector. no manufacturing ... // IT IS CORPORATE SUBSIDY - PROGRAM FOR LOW PAY! // very far from Germay model! // tax payer pays for people in high street! // Ofsted found inadequate conditions! AND SMALL MINORITY GET ACTUALLY A FULL-TIME JOB! LOL LOL LOL! // Social Market Foundation (research) found lvl2 apprenticeship adds nothing to purse over a lifetime. // its DWP policy to get young people off the paper onto other paper largely, still funded, by the gov - still adding to budget deficit. // Ofsted concerned over apprenticeships "wasting public funds" // WHAT A TORY SPIN! // retail places have shot up, and construction plummeted! the latter is harder or put through training providers ( private companies, PRIVATISATION! ). employers are not in charge. to quote one employee of a training provider "meet targets, get money in" its about the # of apprenticeships, not the quality or economic need/industry. //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mass EU migration into Britain is actually good news for UK economy | UK news | The Guardian
[ symptom! offer of Brexit vote was election move out of fear, UKIP gains ] Far from the unfounded headlines about EU migrants grabbing British jobs, record numbers of British citizens are in work too [...] the quarterly labour market survey – showed that record numbers of British citizens were in work too. Indeed, 1 million more Britons are in work and 850,000 more Europeans are working in Britain since David Cameron became prime minister. [...] Britain should not be seen as a sudden, recent mass invasion to be necessarily feared by every British worker. It is now a fact of life that Britain has been a country of net mass migration every year for the past 20 years. [...] European migrants are not a drain on Britain’s finances; what is more, they actually pay in more in taxes than they take out in state benefits. [...] [60%] are now university graduates [...] For eastern Europeans, 25% are graduates – similar to the proportion in the UK-born workforce. [ below Germany levels? ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Full-time work is no bar to poverty in UK, report says | Society | The Guardian
Despite at least one adult working full time, millions of households cannot make ends meet, Joseph Rowntree Foundation reports [...] Millions of households struggle to make ends meet even though they include at least one adult in full-time work, according to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Living standards have declined since 2008 despite the economy’s return to growth, the anti-poverty charity said, warning that families with children are at particular risk of a life in poverty. [...] The MIS is determined by asking members of the public to define what is needed to “live to an adequate level”. The threshold is £16,850 for a single person, £25,600 for a lone parent with one child and £36,060 for a single breadwinner with two children. [...] Approximately 11.6 million people in the UK live below the MIS, [...] An improving economy alone is not guaranteed to reverse this rise.” [...] [ no economic security in this recovery! ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Mental health care 'failing most people' - BBC News
Inadequate and underfunded mental health care in England is leading to thousands of "tragic and unnecessary deaths" [...] around three-quarters of people with mental health problems received no help at all. It said more needs to be done to tackle rising suicide rates. Ministers agreed with the findings, committing a £1bn extra a year by 2020 to treat a million more people. This is to come out of the £8.4bn the government has promised to the health service during this Parliament and comes on top of extra money already announced for children's services. David Cameron said the plan would help put "mental and physical healthcare on an equal footing". [ would help on the way, but not actually putting it, no targets, nothing to be held accountable to. this is piecemeal, satisfying the headlines, appearing to do something. is minority service. easier to under fund than cancer or neuro. demand resource mismatch @those ] //&! bbc.in/1QgiJxX
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS mental health funding falls in England - FoI figures - BBC News
[ minority of patients. Can't do that with cancer treatment! Public sentiment would rip you apart. ] Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the budgets for mental health trusts fell by 2% from 2013/14 to 2014/15. This compares to a rise of 2.6% in hospital trusts' operating budgets, according to analysis by the Health Foundation think-tank. The Department of Health said mental health care funding overall was rising. In the year to April 2016 the budget for mental health trusts was projected to rise just 0.3%. Of the 53 out of 59 mental health trusts in England which responded to the FOI request, 29 said their budget would be lower this year than last. [...] funding is not keeping pace - and many are facing cuts. [...] In Scotland, mental health spending was up just 0.1% last year, and down a projected 0.4% this year. [...] money increasingly is getting sucked in to meet their rising costs, [ diet-related and chronic preventable diseases ] & bbc.in/243Y4Yp
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt makes the wrong diagnosis - Jason Beattie - Mirror Online
Jeremy Hunt claims the new terms are necessary if the government is to deliver its ambition of a 7-day NHS. But there is a deeper issue of why Mr Hunt is pressing ahead with these reforms when there is a the far bigger crisis facing the health service - the dire state of social care. To put it another way: why is the Health Secretary trying to build an extension when the main house is in danger of collapsing? In the last parliament the Coalition government cut social care by more than £3billion despite warnings it would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS as elderly patients require treatment which could have been prevented if they had been cared for at home. The NHS is now suffering from the consequences of those cuts.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
So a drive to get more women into top jobs will be led by a man. How insulting | Sophie Walker | Opinion | The Guardian
[ tories hiring chairman of tax evaders and avoiders to lead business review! - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Hampton - ] The government announced the appointment of top businessman Sir Philip Hampton on Sunday to lead a review into why we have so few top businesswomen at Britain’s biggest companies. I pointed out that a key element in this worthy project was missing. Good initiative; but a huge lost opportunity to lead by example. Someone contacted me on social media to explain that a male appointment in this case made sense because “qualifications count as well as symbols”.
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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
Employment and Support Allowance should not be cut - campaigners - BBC News
- bbc.in/1mhcpOT // putting disabled into poverty. as long as people are discriminated against in the workplace ... and no anonymous interview, nor CV exists ... this is not fair. // POSITIONING and SPIN and PR - less money and incentive vs a better life ... "A DWP spokesman said the government was "committed to ensuring that people have the best support possible". "The current system needs reform because it fails to provide the right incentives, and acts to trap people on welfare," the spokesman said."
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