Tories could cut a fifth of staff at department that chases tax dodgers, union warns

Tories could cut a fifth of staff at department that chases tax dodgers, union warns

17:09, 18 May 2015
By Dan Bloom

The FDA union claims HMRC will lose up to 15,000 of its 64,000 staff – despite having to find an extra £5bn by cracking down on tax avoidance

Axe: HMRC could face huge job cuts – but George Osborne wants staff to tackle tax avoidance

Tory cuts could axe more than a fifth of staff at the department in charge of chasing tax dodgers, a union has warned.

It’s claimed HM Revenue and Customs will lose out as new waves of cuts spread across Whitehall, ditching up to 100,000 jobs.

That’s despite HMRC being in charge of a new tax avoidance crackdown that George Osborne claims will net Britain £5bn.

Dave Penman, general secretary of the FDA civil service union, says HMRC will suffer because other departments like education, health and foreign aid are better-protected.

And it won’t be able to track down tax dodgers without investing in expensive experts, he warned.

He told Mirror Online: “Tax avoidance is just one part of HMRC but it’s a critical one.

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Street Democracy writes:

Our Tory ‘principles of the age’ are depraved, filled with unclean wisdom, a biased favouritism and a total cataclysm of our social and political democracy.

The lobbyist’s who paid millions into the Tory ‘general election’ piggy bank, want they’re financial payback.

Their reward is to be able to continue dodging tax payments by the millions and with less staff hounding their complicated private economic system, fraudulent tax dodging can commence unchallenged.

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Corporate wealth has replaced our voting system for money as these millionaires run our centralised power.

Favouring themselves, legalizing money trafficking and biased principles favouring corporatisation hierarchy enshrined into biased rich favouring law is now so obvious they may as well just admit it.

With a fanatical commitment, venal economic elite, with their banded powers of corporate principles have rigged Tory policies to favour themselves.get-attachment-405-587x402

Our government is enmeshed with a culture of privilege, power, wealth and entitlements and with blind obedience the Tory puppet MP’s are too willingly obliging.

It is so obvious.

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They’re not cutting staff surrounding the ‘Bedroom Tax’, to chase rent arrears from the poorest.

Another grotesque pantheon completely devoid of moral fibre corporate elites financial manoeuvres work our governmental system like a playing a fiddle.

Our democracy serves the corporate oligarchs.

Our democracy favours concentrated wealth and our system is most radically anti-democratic.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.

City shuts off water to delinquent residents; hits Baltimore Co. homes hardest

City shuts off water to delinquent residents; hits Baltimore Co. homes hardest

Sunday 17th May 2015 at 07:20 By David Icke

‘Baltimore officials, trying to collect some $40 million in long-unpaid water bills, have shut off service to more than 1,600 customers in the past six weeks.

But records reviewed by The Baltimore Sun show the city’s enforcement has been starkly uneven.

While large commercial properties owe the biggest amounts, not one has been shut off. All of the service cuts so far have been to homes.

And while the majority of homes with unpaid bills are in the city, nearly 90 percent of shut-offs have been in Baltimore County. Dundalk and Gwynn Oak have each had more service cuts than all of Baltimore.’

Read more: City shuts off water to delinquent residents; hits Baltimore Co. homes hardest

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Street Democracy writes:

Baltimore’s poor are being punished.

Administration of hate speared through their air to pierce ‘death dealing policies’ at the poor for owing money to the water companies, has shut them off.

Inhumane, siege mentality, administrators with deep bitter malice towards the poor can’t hide their demented words of resentment, as their actions speak loudly.

Following the tail of the one in front, administrators, dictate, obey and follow ‘evil in print’ to produce a true ‘hunger game’ society, a miserable onslaught for the poor, for the basic necessity of life, water.98e9a-bhzhxtwcqaeawiq1

It is a ‘silent weapon’ for a ‘silent carnage’ upon those suffering from poverty a true gritty doleful shade of sorrow, anguish and a fixed sadness.

They suffer an expulsion from mainstream society, and residents only face fierce dialogues frowning with scorn at them who shut their water off.

The poor are being held to ransom.

A horrendous interval in family home life with children in need of clean water and yet the corporate parks, display in arrogant splendour their water  features, their absolute control of privilege and all things they want.

It is further proof democracy is being shattered across the political spectrum, dignity is not sacred and to wreck and devastate citizens is a daily sinister principle of our age, ‘the oligarchs spirit of the age’ that is.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

‘Illegal’ 30ft mural of David Cameron strangling nurse must be removed – or owner could be prosecuted

 ‘Illegal’ 30ft mural of David Cameron strangling nurse must be removed – or owner could be prosecuted

new Friday 15th May 2015 at 08:50 By David Icke

‘A lifelong Labour voter has been told a 30ft graffiti mural of David Cameron throttling a nurse on the side of his house will have to go.

Retired Tony Davis, 73, is so passionate about politics he commissioned a local street artist to create the giant work on his end-of-terrace property.

The mural, 30ft long and 10ft high, shows the Prime Minister with his hand around a nurse’s throat, with the backdrop of Westminster and Clifton Suspension Bridge.’

Read more: ‘Illegal’ 30ft mural of David Cameron strangling nurse must be removed – or owner could be prosecuted

This pursuit of the hungry shows the monstrous side of modern Britain

This pursuit of the hungry shows the monstrous side of modern Britain

new Friday 15th May 2015 at 09:32 By David Icke

‘In the BBC’s recent Poldark drama, Jim Carter, an unemployed tin miner, is caught poaching the local gentry’s rabbit to feed his hungry family. Despite pleas for clemency Jim is made an example of by the judge, sentenced to two years, and subsequently dies in jail, paying the ultimate penalty for a minor food theft.

Perhaps someone at the Hetton Road Tesco Express in Sunderland felt a similar urge to make an example when, after spotting people on CCTV sifting through out-of-date groceries at the back of the store in January, they picked up the phone to the police. Or maybe they were simply following company protocol. Either way, the resulting court case has turned out to be a spectacular own goal for Tesco.’

Read more: This pursuit of the hungry shows the monstrous side of modern Britain

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‘Prosecutor Lee Poppett said the couple had raised suspicion after being seen on a Sunderland City Council CCTV camera in the secure compound behind the store at midnight.
They were in the process of removing a pallet of food stuffs from the compound when they were intercepted by police.’
(Sunderland Echo…under the heading ‘Freegan’ wife sold neighbour’s vacuum to buy drugs – and has 28 previous convictions for 60 crimes’. )

She was also dealt with for two offences of theft/shoplifting sentence having been deferred earlier on the basis that she stay out of trouble, and she was also in breach of a suspended sentence for wounding two years earlier.

COME ON Graun…if the Sunderland Echo can report it accurately I’m sure you could give it a go. This is shockingly lazy journalism which does you no credit. Leaving aside that this was ‘a pallet of foodstuffs’ rather than a couple of out-of-date sandwiches, how else would you want the Criminal Justice System to deal with a woman with 28 previous convictions for 60 offences-including, for God’s sake, wounding?! Oh, and she nicked (intercepted) a new vacuum cleaner being delivered to her neighbour and sold it to pay for drugs…or rather that’s what she admitted to police rather than endure the shame of telling them she needed the money to buy food. The impression you gave me (and intended to give) when I read this article was that of a decent couple reduced to rummaging in bins, and of the ‘monstous’ bastards at Tesco (who should sue you given the prominence you’ve given to them in the photo) and the police grinding them into the ground. Was it the ‘whole truth’? I think not-but why do I have to go to the Sunderland Echo to get it? Yesterdays nonsense about the Prince of Wales’ letters was at least debatable. This is shoddy rubbish.

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Street Democracy writes:

The mind’s of how others choose to survive is of consequence of how society is governed.

We face a dreadful interval into our lives that can damage the human psyche for many, not all, some for some of the time, many all of the time.

To have no money is to have no power. Social exclusion is a heavy burden to carry when a crushing force of domination spears hatred at you from all angles.

Drug addiction, shoplifting, child neglect, debt and any other ill you can mention isn’t necessarily a reason of poverty, but blaming an individual for any of the above without full facts is again short-sighted.

We  have innately decent people place themselves in disastrous situations.

Do we condemn without ever knowing the full story?

Heavily based sorrow drives some to escapism at great cost to themselves. To try to live an existence away from victimhood within our communities.

Our society is a culture of divisions, and the blame of hate towards some who are victims of an aggressive political stance who go to great lengths to heal themselves, even if it is against the law, needs addressing.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

Benefit Reform “Shambles” Pushing Disabled People To Suicide, Says Whistleblower

Benefit Reform “Shambles” Pushing Disabled People To Suicide, Says Whistleblower

Sick and disabled claimants are experiencing severe distress and some are even close to suicide due to botched disability benefit reform, an insider has revealed.

Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for Britain’s sick and disabled, but the assessment process which should take no longer than 26 weeks is sometimes taking twice as long.

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Benefit Reform “Shambles” Pushing Disabled People To Suicide, Says Whistleblower

Sign 16 Petitions and Help Give IDS a Headache!!! by Mike Sivier

Sign 16 Petitions and Help Give IDS a Headache!!!

by Mike Sivier

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From John D Turner’s blog:

1. PIP should be scrapped. Petition No 61694. 1,920 signatures Ends 3/3/15
2. ATOS appeal upheld not go again. Petition No. 59544 191 signatures Ends 22/1/15
3. ATOS & Tribunal Service money to GPs. Petition No 60046 signatures 3 Ends 5/2/15
4. DWP show common sense over terminal/degenerate illness. Petition No 61319 Signatures 6 Ends 24/2/15
5. Disabled people UK Welfare reforms suspended. Petition No 66608 Signatures 5 Ends 20/6/15
6. Make WCA Realistic Petition No 66404. Signatures 9. Ends 16/6/15
7. Abolish mandatory reconsideration. Petition No 57915. Signatures 17. Ends 5/12/14
8. Doctors decide who is fit for work. Petition No 55607. Signatures 26. Ends 8/10/14
9. Stop charge for Appeals. Petition No 61504. Signatures 26. Ends 27/2/15
10. Abolish Universal Credit. Petition No 58428. Signatures 30. Ends 30/12/14
11. Stop discrimination transfer DLA/PIP. Petition No 66447. Signatures 37. Ends 16/12/14
12. End JSA Sanctions. Petition No 57087. Signatures 50. Ends 14/11/14
13. ATOS WCA Abolish. Petition No 55159. Signatures 285. Ends 23/9/14
14. GP power to veto WCA decision. Petition No 64071. Signatures 1,636. Ends 22/4/15
15. Stop abolition assessment rate. Petition No. 58266. Signatures 109. Ends 13/12/14
16. Benefit sanctions inquiry. Petition No. 58217. Signatures 5,272. Ends 13/12/14

Sign The Petition For An Inquiry Into The Benefit Sanctions That Killed David Clapson by johnny void

Sign The Petition For An Inquiry Into The Benefit Sanctions That Killed David Clapson

by johnny void

MAIN--David-ClapsonThe family of David Clapson – the former soldier who recently died after his benefits were stopped as punishment for missing a meeting at the Jobcentre – have launched a petitioncalling for an inquiry into benefit sanctions.

In his sister’s own words:

“My brother, David Clapson, a diabetic ex-soldier, died starving and destitute because he was penalised by the Job Centre for missing a meeting.

“David had his £71.70 weekly allowance stopped meaning that he couldn’t afford food or electricity. He was penniless, starving and alone. His electricity card was out of credit meaning the fridge where he should have kept his diabetes insulin chilled was not working. Three weeks after his benefits were stopped he died from diabetic ­ketoacidosis – caused by not taking his insulin. 

“David wasn’t a “scrounger”. He had worked for 29 years; 5 years in the Army – including two years in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, during the height of the troubles – 16 years with British Telecom, eight years with various other companies, and in recent years was a carer for our sick mother. When mum went into a home, David turned to the state for help, receiving benefits while he looked for work and taking unpaid work placements.

“When he died he had just £3.44 to his name, six tea bags, a tin of soup and an out-of-date can of sardines. A coroner also found he had no food in his stomach.

“People turn to the state when they are in need – that is what the system is for – a safety net for hard working people like my brother when they need a bit of support. That £71.70 a week was his lifeline. To withhold it from him for missing one meeting is cruel. And the heartbreaking thing is that he was really trying. CVs for job applications were found near David’s body. He had been on work placements, passed his fork lift truck certificate and had been on a computer training course.”

To read more and sign visit: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/david-cameron-hold-an-inquiry-into-benefit-sanctions-that-killed-my-brother

Please sign, share, tweet and blog this. Let’s make sure this tragic story does not go away.

You can also sign the petition calling for benefits sanctions to be scrapped  without exceptions.

Bedroom Tax- Defend Council Housing-Latest From The Press…

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18/06/14 Bedroom tax fundamentally flawed, Cambridge University experts reveal

17/06/14 Council homes chat

13/06/14 SHOUT campaign ready for lift-off

31/05/14 Bedroom tax inflicted on disabled child

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24/05/14 Buy to let landlords a disaster for Britain and economy

22/05/14 Shelter: 4000 households risk losing homes each week

22/05/14 Court battles against bedroom tax can be won

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21/05/14 Bedroomm tax fails to address under-occupancy, landlords warn

20/05/14 Cameron may rethink Help to Buy as prices soar

20/05/14 Cable: booming house prices causing real worry

20/05/14 Millions face prospect of home ownership ‘debtor’s prison’

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14/05/14 Bedroom tax challenge for children with care needs

13/05/14 Majority of councillors agree first time buyers cannot afford to buy

13/05/14 Playing politics with housing waiting lists

12/05/14 In-work housing benefit claims soar

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True Tory British Values: Man forced to live on FLOUR & WATER – woman forced to stop chemotherapy

Man forced to live on FLOUR & WATER – woman forced to stop chemotherapy 

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A true psychopath following an out of touch psychopathic Tory main frame is the career path of Iain Duncan Smith.

Street Democracy writes:

 

The Tory British values are the darkest societal values of our modern day age.

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A fair and just British Tory infrastructure and social system, that steals wealth from the ordinary man and woman and destitute’s the poor all at the same time.

 

Allowing the poorest citizens not only to be socially cast out of main stream society, spitefully demonised as useless eaters, scroungers and other cruel name calling, but financially devastated beyond destitute for all those unable to work a full week.

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It is beyond scandalous how MP’s can excessively over use their expenses by millions of pounds heavily funded from the taxpayer and yet at the same time produce inept and slow kill policies towards the pittance of money awarded by the benefits sector.

They are malevolent policies empowered by human drones in suits who administer such brutal social policies within the benefit system.

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Sitting comfortably behind their overused battered desks they give these policies the undeserving power it needs to survive and operate, like some toxic rampage, they unleash these heartless policies to the most poorest people.

Unwittingly they reconfigure our culture to further impoverish the poor as acceptable without thinking if their position is morally right to inflict such financial pain.

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Localising financial blackmail, standardising impoverishment and amplifying misery by work programme enslavement.

Benefit agents and their colleagues within Work Programmes dig new pathways of magnificent tragedies, and this is one of many.

In Crawley I know of families where the working parent is too ill to work and is being penalised heavily forcing her to miss meals and encourage her to a new level of debt around her neck.

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The Tories unwarranted prejudice against the unemployed, their drivel of spiteful name calling is seemingly lapped up by legions of no empathy low level civil servants who don’t recognise ‘enslavement and financial blackmail’ when its right in front of them.

For more on this horrendous story, click here or continue reading further for more: 

Man forced to live on FLOUR & WATER – woman forced to stop chemotherapy 

13 Jun 2014 — Richard Bristow, the manager of Poole Citizens Advice, cited a case where a man with learning disabilities was living on a paste made from flour and water after his benefits were suspended and another where a woman with Breast Cancer was forced to stop #chemotherapy because she was assessed as ineligible for benefits. He told the audience at Bournemouth University that CAB staff regularly saw Bournemouth and Poole residents who were facing an endless battle to make ends meet.http://t.co/NeuKQJg3P9

Man living on flour and water and woman forced to stop chemotherapy - battle residents face revealed at poverty summit

Man living on flour and water and woman forced to stop chemotherapy – battle residents face revealed at poverty summit

http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk

Man living on flour and water and woman forced to stop chemotherapy – battle residents face revealed at poverty summit 6:20am Thursday 12th June 2014 in News By Melanie Vass SUMMIT: Guest speakers Reverend Clare Downing, with Richard Bristow and Tom Papworth…

CONTROVERSIAL changes to the welfare system are forcing vulnerable people in Bournemouth and Poole to make life-changing decisions, a poverty summit has heard.

Richard Bristow, the manager of Poole Citizens’ Advice Bureau, cited a case where a man with learning disabilities was living on a paste made from flour and water after his benefits were suspended and another where a woman with breast cancer was forced to stop chemotherapy because she was assessed as ineligible for benefits.

He told the audience at Bournemouth University that CAB staff regularly saw Bournemouth and Poole residents who were facing an endless battle to make ends meet.

He said: “Some aspects (of the benefit system) appear to penalise anybody who requires help from the state.

“The bedroom tax in particular is having an insidious impact, especially when there’s no accommodation people can move into.

Watch: Two Liverpool social housing tenants win reprieve from bedroom tax

Watch: Two Liverpool social housing tenants win reprieve from bedroom tax 

By Liverpool Echo

Kirkdale residents Theresa McCarten and Susan Dunne told by judge their bedroom tax bills should be reduced

Two social housing tenants in Liverpool have won reprieve from the hated bedroom tax.

Kirkdale residents Theresa McCarten and Susan Dunne were this week told by a judge their bedroom tax bills should be reduced.

Both had their housing benefit payments slashed by 25% in the wake of the Government’s controversial 2012 welfare reforms.

But the women took their cases to court and a judge ordered their bedroom tax bills be cut from around £22 to £11 a week – leaving each of them approximately £40 a month better off.

Ms McCarten told the ECHO: “Bedrooms are being called bedrooms just so the Government can take people’s benefits off them.

“You couldn’t even fit a bed in my spare room but I still had to pay the bedroom tax on it.”

Ms McCarten was first ordered to pay the bedroom tax in March last year.

Benefits assessors ruled her home was a three-bedroom property, although there were only beds in two rooms.

But the first-tier tribunal of the Social Entitlement Chamber ruled this week: “She has never used the third room as a bedroom as it is too small and has always been used as a computer room.

“The tribunal therefore decided she had two bedrooms.”

For more click here:

Watch: Two Liverpool social housing tenants win reprieve from bedroom tax 

By Liverpool Echo