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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
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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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
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
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
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
Rules relaxed to become a teacher due to staffing crisis (From Herald Scotland)
[ hiring foreigners ] TEACHER shortages have forced their watchdog to relax the rules on joining the profession. Classroom staff who have qualified outside the country will now be allowed to work in a school immediately under a new conditional registration. People who secure a job in this way will be put on probation while they complete any additional studies or training required for full registration, a legal requirement.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
A day in court showed me the misery of Britain’s housing policy | Polly Toynbee | Opinion | The Guardian
The housing crisis they inherited has worsened as rents rise, but David Cameron and George Osborne’s cuts to social housing are a bizarre response: the housing and planning bill going through parliament marks the end of the social housing era. Not by accident but by deliberate policy, 88,000 council homes to rent will be lost, says the Conservative-controlled Local Government Association. Labour says the total will be 180,000 by 2020. Money is sucked out of social housing into the Treasury, as the 1% rent cut saves on the housing benefit bill by stealing funds due to pay for new social homes. Half of all renters get some housing benefit, with the continuous rise in rents. Cutting that support simply propels more into homelessness.
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february 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
Conspiracy-theorist nutbags run Congress, and they’re making Benghazi a verb: Next up, climate scientists - Salon.com
But in this political environment, being cautious about just handing a bunch of documents over to Republican is a smart move. After watching the Planned Parenthood and Benghazi hearings, a couple of things are clear: One, the Republicans will extract any stray word or number they can and take it out of context in an effort to advance their political agenda, with concerns about decency and honesty not restraining them in the slightest. Two, if they can’t find something like that, they’ll probably just lie about it. [...] The episode was a stellar demonstration of how the utter lack of morals and decency among House Republicans will lead them to distort and lie about numbers, even in the most obnoxious and obvious ways. [...] Imagine what kind of lies and distortions Republicans could gin up with the complex equations and variables that go into climate science. // confusing people. put doubt into peoples mind.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Malnutrition causing thousands of hospital admissions - BBC News
"We often see parents who are going without food so that they can feed their children, and these parents often struggle to afford enough nutritious food for their children too." He said the Trust did not believe anyone should have to go hungry in the UK, and was working with the public, charities and politicians to "find solutions to the underlying causes of food poverty". [...] "Eating and drinking well is critical when it comes to staying healthy and independent, yet this can become more difficult as we get older. [...] She said people were making choices about whether to pay a bill or feed the family. [...] quite often by the time they come through our doors and need to be admitted, the damage is already done.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Gordon Brown on tax credits and Jeremy Corbyn - YouTube
&! Steve Hilton on refugee crisis, Syria and tax credits - youtu.be/2JiKaIomDJU - ISIS is jihadist ideology, is long-term war. can not close door to refugees at same time you are committed to drone warfare and direct sight bombing with fighter jets. & Is Tories welfare reform reform or smoke screen/spin/reframing of austerity?!
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november 2015 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
Why A Carbon Tax Is Essential - YouTube
2 degrees is actually a number for disaster. 2 degrees was chosen for convenience and more time (politicians). this is actually a global crisis that is going on now.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: September 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
Private Education (Charter Schools) that get public money, without the public being involved in decision-making how to spend that public money ... were outlawed/illegal, by Seattle Judges 6-2. //&! Tax exception of universities. Yale (4th richest uni of USA with 20bn in endowments) is being subsidized by people of the 7th poorest state. no property tax (largest land owner & employer in New Haven (Connecticut)). Public Services (Fire, Police, Hospitals) & Infrastructure. //&! min 41 Greg Mankiw: carbon tax would discriminate (burden too much) the middle class & poor with no wage growth last 30 yrs in disposable income vs corporates, well off, Super Rich, 1%. Rebuttal: tax more progressively those who can afford it. The crux of a carbon tax & tobin tax, setting it nationally, corporate lobby that it "will" be anti-competitive. Destroy Jobs. // 47:35 Science & Money. 1:09:20 Hegemony 1:22:20 public transport, US dogma; THE CAR! Committed 2 Private Free Enterprise. << Ideology. LA traffic
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: October 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
33:40 Price Increase 13.1% 2013/14. Big Pharma + Lobby + insurance company + letting itself being sugar-coated-medical profession = medical-industrial complex. A cosy relationship. // Big Sugar. Big Tobacco. Big Oil/Fossil Fuel. // US spends more % (18%) of GDP on medical related expenses than any other developed/western country. //&! 44:40 - VW! No.1 air polluter is private automobil. "we are not talking about more profits. but maximising profits while accepting the contribution to air pollution and death of the vulnerable (asthma). [...] fraud. that caused who know how many people. [...] example of what capitalism is. if there is more money to make. do it." [+ Zeitarbeit, Leiharbeit exploitation] "deadly behaviour of conglomerates (many recalls blamed on complexity of car) in a rational society, but no questions have been asked." [] [Underinvestment in public transportation in USA. 1/2 of Berlin citizens have no car. tell that LA.] "Decision to Deceive. Knowingly harm People."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Legal highs: Psychoactive drugs policy 'rushed', say MPs - BBC News
[ why not put a regulatory framework up. and make money through taxation! stupid. where is the neoliberal tough when its needed!? double standard. ] "Britain uses more psychoactive substances than any other country in Europe and is at risk of being overwhelmed by the sheer scale of this problem.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Chancellor urged not to cut vital health fund - BBC News
George "Mr Judgement Call" Osborne // Vital health services in England including stop smoking, obesity and sexual health clinics are at risk, experts are warning. Earlier this year the Chancellor unveiled plans to cut the £2.8bn public health budget by £200m from January. The pot is held by councils so is not covered by the government's promise to protect the health service. But doctors, nurses and other senior health officials say the money is vital to relieving pressure on the wider NHS. A total of 11 groups, including the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Nursing, NHS Confederation and Faculty of Public Health, have put their names to a letter to George Osborne asking him to reconsider the plans. The letter warned raiding the funds would simply cause greater ill-health and inequality in the population. [...] [PREVENTION>>] [deal with Osborne for 8bn extra a year this Parliament] included making gains from improvements in people's health. [Cut now, pay more later!]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Tory MPs in 71 marginal seats at risk from cuts to tax credits | Politics | The Guardian
George Osborne has come under fresh pressure to halt controversial cuts to tax credits as new research shows that 71 Tory MPs in marginal seats could be vulnerable to a backlash from families hit by dramatic falls in their incomes. The impact of the cuts, which will leave 3.2 million families worse off by an average of £1,300 a year from next April, is already causing concern among Conservative MPs and ministers, who believe they will punish precisely the kind of working families David Cameron claims to represent. [...] The House of Commons library has found that some families could lose up to £3,000 a year if the tax credit cuts are not reversed. // &! bit.ly/1RPnKjW - With six million people not earning enough to cover the basic cost of living, tackling in-work poverty is crucial,
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
More jobs paying below living wage - BBC News
'Prevalent' low pay The ONS figures show that the proportion of jobs paying below the living wage has grown. In 2014, young adults were most likely to be paid less than the living wage. Some 58% of jobs carried out by 18 to 24-year-olds outside of London and 48% of jobs in this age group in London were paid less than the living wage. In accommodation and food services in 2014, an estimated 65% of jobs paid less than the living wage in London and 70% in the rest of the UK. Northern Ireland had 29% of jobs paying below the living wage, the highest in the country. At the other end of the scale, 19% of jobs in the South East of England, London and Scotland paid below the living wage. [...] "These figures demonstrate that while the economy may be recovering as a whole, there is a real problem with ensuring everyone benefits, and low pay in still prevalent in Britain today."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scale of NHS deficits to be revealed - BBC News
"we are looking at a systematic problem across the health service." locum staff & sending patients 4 ops 2 private places paid by NHS 2 clear rising waiting lists (RISING DEMAND) & meet Targets. Bed blocking bc severe shortage of elderly care done by austerity. Ageing & premature ageing population & rise of chronic diseases (& thus other comorbidity things that are a result of chronic diseases:joint pains back pains heart problems mobility problems swollen legs bc bodies lymph system gives up skin problems infections care etc complex needs arise - bc they treat symptoms. not the problem, the root of all evil). NHS cant treat a sick population with the status quo it has been handed down by Tories policy. Tories like 2 remove benefits from parents of truants, disabled, vulnerable (to make their lives better). BUT Big Sugar & Processed Food? No nanny state there. Socially unacceptable. Unpopular amongst majority. Career Politicians unequal real reformer/visionary. &! bit.ly/1OpQXBS
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The NHS is on a one-way road to privatisation | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
[ 'founder' of NHS said NHS exists as long as people fight for it. true north ] [ rationing and creating Cinderella service ] The British public has not agreed to the destruction of the health service. It’s up to all of us to fight for it. [...] This translates into unlimited rationing. We are already seeing the rationing of hearing aids and cataracts. Devon CCG announced that all routine surgery would be restricted for obese patients and smokers. And routine shoulder surgery would be restricted for all patients. [...] Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View asked the government for an extra £8bn each year but the flip side of this is a further £22bn in efficiency savings. Never has the NHS undergone such a funding squeeze since its inception. Yet we spend significantly less on the NHS than the EU average and well below the likes of France, Germany and the Netherlands. Out of the G7, only Italy has the same level of spending.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s George Osborne who will shape Tory prospects for 2020 | Gaby Hinsliff | Comment is free | The Guardian
Power is leeching from David Cameron, and the colder, more ruthless chancellor is in the spotlight [...] Osborne’s big problem, of course, is that his fingerprints are all over everything the government has done – or not done – to tackle these problems over the last five years, let alone over the next five. And that’s not the only factor limiting his prospects of promotion He’s almost as exposed as Cameron is to fallout from the EU referendum gamble. (Heads we quit the EU, and government heads will have to roll; tails we stay, triggering Tory civil war).
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS could be 'overwhelmed' by people with long-term medical conditions | Society | The Guardian
The soaring number of people with long-term medical conditions [chronic] is threatening to "overwhelm" the NHS [...] The challenges posed by patients with chronic medical conditions are so great that they represent the "healthcare equivalent to climate change" and must force the NHS to undertake a major rethink of how it cares for such patients, Dr Martin McShane says in an interview with the Guardian. [...] 70% of the NHS's £110bn budget – £77bn – as well as £10.9bn of the £15.5bn spent on social care in England, [...] NHS will not bridge the £30bn gap that it fears will have emerged by 2020 between its budget and the volume of care needed [...] a healthy patient costs the NHS about £288 a year, those with one long-term condition cost an estimated £783, those with two cost £1,521 // [More doesnt stop sink overflowing! stop the faucet of new chronically sick people. Lifestyle consultant & nutritionist (living their practice & advice) in every GP office! ] &! bit.ly/1KTWoDR
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september 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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september 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS on brink of collapse, warns former health minister | Society | The Guardian
Norman Lamb [...] NHS will crash within two years with catastrophic consequences unless the government orders an immediate multibillion pound cash injection, the former minister in charge of care services says. [...] fears mount among senior NHS officials, care providers and local authorities that NHS and care services are approaching breaking point. [Lamb] accuses the government of dishonesty in failing to admit the scale of the problems [ sick population, premature ageing, chronic diseases, obesity crisis, Big Sugar, food industry, cancer, sedentary lifestyle, demographic bubble, pollution, chronic stress, mental health ]. [ need non-partisan commision ] [...] NHS CEO [...] [sees no] progress in tackling public health problems [which are multi-dimensional][, shaving the top off/limiting the extent/prevention (Sugar Tax/Alcohol Unit pricing review/review of food deserts & fast-processed-junk-food filled grocery stores) against predictable/status quo = pressures continue 2 increase.]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Top doctor: social inequality in UK costing 550 lives every day | Society | The Guardian
“social gradient” emerging in Britain. [...] However, it was in the field of education where Marmot said the research vividly showed how unfair life was becoming. “If everybody had the same mortality of those with a university education, then [each year] we could prevent 202,000 premature deaths.” [...] In his new book, The Health Gap, he argues that those who blame lifestyles miss the point. “Over 30 years, smoking levels have declined while obesity has soared. Have we become more responsible when it comes to smoking and less responsible when it comes to obesity. No.” [...] There is little doubt that inequality has become a feature of British life. Since 1980, the share of total income received by the top one per cent of Britain has almost doubled, to about 13% in 2011, reversing a three-decades-long trend towards greater equality. [...] “austerity agenda” had cut 5% from GDP [according to OBR].
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Nice try, David Cameron, but sickness can't just be rebranded into unemployment
[nasty party. no representation 4 sick, vulnerable *disabled. minority of society. dont cut @ur constituency; babyboomers, middle class, pensioners, Establishment, Privileged, corp, tax avoiders, oligarchs, ... ] IDS can talk of supporting people in their returns to employment, but the system his department has created is anything but supportive. It is frightening, punitive and messy. If we really want to support people to get better both through work and in order to work, ESA should be in the care of the Department of Health, not Work and Pensions. Illness and disability are not matters of employment, but of health. We have created a society where we can only see disabled people as non-functioning economic units, at the expense of their wellbeing. We cannot rename benefits to hide ill and disabled people. We cannot be rebranded into unsuitable work. // &! bbc.in/1Nr2phT - "Based on the fact we are seen as 'disabled' infers we are not as able as the majority,"
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Vince Cable: Osborne is cynical but will be next prime minister | Politics | The Guardian
“Some of the greatest pressure came on Iain Duncan Smith at the Department for Work and Pensions, whose poor, disabled, unemployed and otherwise vulnerable clients were seen as easy targets for cuts. “IDS was a significant figure, and a fundamentally decent man, but he spent much of his time fighting off pubescent advisers and Treasury officials with cruel ideas for saving money.” [ // they are not the majority of voteres, that vote tories, and thus him, into office at the next election. the poor, vulnerable. disables are not his constituency he has to bank on to follow after David Cameron. ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
There’s nothing good about the rise in zero-hours contracts – ban them now | Peter Fleming | Comment is free | The Guardian
Yet the growing trend, which British employers love, is steadily eroding what used to be called “stable jobs”. We are not just talking about teenage fast-food employees or the struggling artist who lands a call-centre gig to tide them over. Universities and the NHS are among those who have embraced this onward march of workplace rationalisation. [...] Studies looking at the effects of economic insecurity are poignant here. According to some behavioural economists there is no doubt that the endless worry caused by economic uncertainty impedes the body’s immune system and you get sick more. But it also starts to mess with your ability to reason. People start making bad decisions. A bad situation can easily get worse. [...] Zero-hours contracts help to subsidise rich corporations and businesses. [...] phase neoliberalism, with its plutocrats, oligarchs and rentiers back in full swing. [...] But as an astute economist recently put it, we can no longer afford the rich.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
If David Cameron really wants to help the poor, why hasn't he fired Iain Duncan Smith? - Comment - Voices - The Independent
In it Together, says that George Osborne’s view is that Duncan Smith is “just not clever enough”. But I did expect him to be moved, not primarily because he doesn’t measure up to the job, but because it would allow Cameron to ditch universal credit, the grand simplifying reform of the benefits system that everyone knows is never going to happen. So far, the best thing to be said about universal credit is that it doesn’t affect many people, as it is still being “rolled out” in “pilot schemes”. [...] Cameron knows perfectly well that it will never be implemented as intended; the Treasury knows it; No 10’s own civil servants gave up on it long ago, hence the joke about it being known as “universal cred” because the IT isn’t working. [ should take a page out of Obama's book (healthcare.gov) and ask somebody to help, who knows IT, and save it vs never able to fully deliver on it + additional cost. Comes back Cameron being a PR man and Career Politician. Never admitting to be wrong. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Is austerity working in Britain and Europe? - YouTube
youtu.be/YIg3Ls8UjMs - youtu.be/EpSmOBIZKus - (2014) The UK is having a moral disaster: Peter Hitchens on Britain's bleak future (talks about Conservative Party, Cameron is a PR man - exemplary Career Politician just wanting to be in office. out brake of riots in Summer 2011 similar to Brixton Riot "not being part of society", "multiculturalism is no culture" (shared identity and interest as nation) // --- // Chancellor defends austerity from Davos (2013) - youtu.be/nQZDDIVjbcM // (2015) Protesters gather after Queen's speech to 'fight austerity' - youtu.be/ERL0tEzVVqE // &! End Austerity March: thousands protest across the UK - youtu.be/-Yg8QaeBdNs
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Thousands have died soon after being found ‘fit to work’ by the DWP’s benefit tests - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
The Department for Work and Pensions battled for months not to release the numbers, with its chief minister Iain Duncan Smith at one point telling Parliament they did not exist. [...] "What lies behind these figures is a cruel climate generated by some politicians and sections of the media that seeks to demonise those in need and undermine public confidence in our welfare state," [...] In 2012 a government advisor appointed to review the Government’s Work Capability Assessment said the tests were causing suffering by sending sick people back to work inappropriately. // [ privatisation and profiteering ] // Mr Duncan Smith arguing that the previous cash level created a “perverse incentive”. // &! bit.ly/1Ik0ovC &! bit.ly/1fJlfSe - More than 80 people a month are now dying after being declared ‘fit for work’. The safety net that used to be there for the most vulnerable is being torn to shreds [...] stopped using the term social security and replaced it with “welfare”.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jobseeking Surrounded By Fictions, Myths And Convenient Narratives | Welfare Weekly
It is worth remembering that the origin of the social welfare payments by the state was to stop these kinds of moral judgements being made about a deserving and an undeserving poor. The state officially supports the stereotype of sympathy for the ‘deserving poor’ and scorn for the near criminality on the part of ‘scroungers’. [...] unemployed people are forced to drink this [Tories] cool-aid or face destitution. [...] Underlying all this is the deeper fiction that individuals are responsible for their own state of unemployment. [...] There is a broader change in the world of work, - neo-liberalism - whereby the rules developed at the height of the industrial revolution are now fully circumvented by employers [...] transfer the risk and responsibility around labour from the organisation (and state - ie keeping national workforce competitive through various means of education) to the individual. [...] leading 2 lowest common denominator regulation. [short-term, price fight, dereg]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Is Channel 4's Benefits Street 'poverty porn'? - Newsnight - YouTube
misrepresentation of minority and under-represented who usually have no voice, are not heard. but exploited, in opportunistic way. // "The villain is the system that makes/forces them to live such a life." // subsidizing poverty wages. // // welfare state disproportionate debates and displayed to CEO pay and tax evasion and avoidance (size/cost of 1 year of tax evasion/avoidance = 1 parliamentary term of welfare state budget) and working poor and precarious working conditions. // Its the easiest thing to do vs the hardest thing to do - for Career Politicians. and charging hard against corporate and private tax evasion and avoidance, does NOT fill your parties funds and galas in london, and it does not make emotional headlines for tabloids to exploit.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
In Tory Britain, young people are having their future stolen | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian
Vandalising sixth-form colleges is the latest in an onslaught on the aspirations of working-class youth. [...] Low-skilled, low-pay, insecure work beckons for many; and those aspiring for a job in the professions are often expected to work for free – largely impossible without well-heeled parents to support them. The attacks seem to come daily. Some of us warned that measures initially directed against migrants would inevitably be broadened out. Tightening the availability of tax credits for migrants may now mean the removal of tax credits for all 18-year-olds for four years, punishing the young working poor and young parents in particular. // &! Sixth form colleges left on starvation rations by government cuts, says report. Survey on England’s 93 colleges shows class sizes rising, courses being dropped and seven out of 10 principals worried of inability to provide a quality education - bit.ly/1L3wd3d // &! bbc.in/1hv2x2n &! bbc.in/1DHDnrl // &! bit.ly/1IWgHjv - young dont vote ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Obese people and drug users who refuse treatment could have benefits cut | Society | The Guardian
A nanny state for those that cost the state (directly, and now), because it fits their message 'only work pays'! what a double standard. what a intellectual dishonesty and cynicism. And again putting it like it is a 'lifestyle choice' being addicted and or obese. That one chose consciously, in order not to 'work.' // if people work, and are overweight, have diabetes, obese, high blood pressure, take statins, runing their liver long-term with alcohol abuse (functioning alcoholic, drug user) etc etc - costing the NHS especially long-term (sick population) - it is ok, but if they don't work. it's not ok. // after all, substance abuse, in majority of cases has a mental health (history) & social environment (nurture) component to it. Much complexity to it. And cutting services to actually help & prevent people going down the route of abuse doesn't help. Cutting A, putting it back in B. // &! bit.ly/1JACXDU - UK proposals to strip obese claimants of benefits 'flawed and unethical'
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: Tax credits and housing benefit to be cut for families with more than two children - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
Automatic entitlement to housing benefit for jobless 18-21 year-olds will be scrapped. // http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0622rr9 - Young, Homeless and Fighting Back // bit.ly/1KyvT9s - Reports have suggested the Conservatives previously tried to introduce a ban on housing benefit for young people, but that this was blocked by the Liberal Democrats. // &! bit.ly/108krPM - David Cameron wants 3 million more young apprentices, and plans to slash unemployment benefits for 18-21 year-olds to fund them. But is this a reform too far? // &! bit.ly/1I90NCq - There’s that stupid expression “life-style choice” [ language shapes thought ] // &! lack of affordable housing and social housing for those dependent of assistance makes large swathes of the country a no-go zone of sort - bit.ly/1HBGFra &! bit.ly/1IeTZbx // &! bit.ly/1MvX0Ch &! bit.ly/1DO7s34 &! bit.ly/1RlZlpS &! bit.ly/1flblqD &! bit.ly/1GVZJB6 &! bit.ly/1DarXf5
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Resistance is not enough – we need a whole new political vision | Zoe Williams | Comment is free | The Guardian
[ trying to pit the weak and squeezed against the weaker, on the the dole, and bread line and disadvantaged (born into extreme poverty) ] // The budget took us further down a vindictive, regressive path. But we don’t have to toe the government’s line – we need to decide how we want society to look // [ Book owen Jones - The Establishment ] // [ cutting away left and right, even those things which help long-term creating opportunity - eduction policy, vocational education, (Student Maintenance Grant) social services, mental health and well being ... ] [...] To attack first entails retaking the language, so that we aren’t constantly battling on the territory of “common sense” that has already been demarcated and controlled by someone else. Professor Danny Dorling, at the British Library’s weekend conference on London, had this suggestion, in the wake of Osborne’s appropriation of the phrase “living wage”. [ Same with re-appropriating child poverty targets ] [ intellectual scum ]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer - Newsnight - 08/07/2015
"Comprehensive analysis of the Budget with Evan Davis and guests." // During the election David Cameron said child tax credit/benefit was off the list of welfare spending cuts. - broken election campaign promise // --- SHOULD BE (Labour Party Policy for next election):: make work pay and eliminate child poverty AND help people (everyone) w education and support to find better and more gainful work that lift them and the economy by producing added value products. // no path to higher wages, no path to higher productivity, no path to added value British Products export increase (manufacturing, research, STEM, ...) // low wage jobs have no to very little economic multiplier ... take into account tax credits etc and it is net-negative for state and the council //
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Osborne's Budget: ‘High priest of an austerity cult’ | Politics | The National
At its heart was a commitment to cut the deficit and bring the country in surplus by 2020. Osborne will achieve that partly through cuts to government spending, partly through new tax avoidance measures and substantially with hefty cuts to welfare. // &! John Swinney: The National Living Wage hides an attack on people in low-wage jobs -bit.ly/1CrSapj &! Equality: This Budget continues the project which impoverishes women - bit.ly/1D3dxrX - women make up ~70-77% of recipients of tax credit! &! tax credit essential for families on low income to top up to afford "living" [...] The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations is wholeheartedly against the removal of the automatic entitlement to Housing Benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds. This will have an adverse affect on the life chances and employment prospects of the 28,000 plus claimants in this group – over half of whom have young families of their own – as it could, for many, put their homes at risk. bit.ly/1LYCgWA &! bit.ly/1D3egtb
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Tory budget plan to cut tax credits – is it naive or just plain cynical? | Politics | The Guardian
[// If the Toff thinks firms will pay living wage & will not try to skirt around, he is intellectually a fraud & a cynic. //] [...] [P]roclaiming his renewed determination 2 take 12bn more out of the 220bn benefits bill, Osborne is being dishonest in an Alex Salmond sort of way. He & Dave have again ringfenced the £95bn pensioners share of the bill (state pensions plus perks like free TV licences), which is by far the largest component. Why? Pensioners bother to vote. They also retain the quaint old habit of buying newspapers. The Tory newspapers support pensioner perks. [ No Leadership, opportunistic, ... ] &! bit.ly/1KIQ4Tg Greek turmoil offers Osborne justification for his dictum of austerity [...] UK Manufacturing just 10% of Economy, oil capital shrinking, &! We are all in this together ... he pits each against each other for his agenda, ideology, dogma of the small state &free market while bailing out crony capitalism &zombie banks &treating them all same as if nothing happened
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