Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity

Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity

Posted by Welfare Weekly -May 17, 2015

 

Tens of thousands of home carers who look after vulnerable elderly relatives could be pushed into unemployment, warns the Alzheimer’s Society.

Government cuts are leaving local authority social care budgets “at breaking point”, while struggling home carers are left juggling work and caring duties.

Within ten years, up to one million Alzheimers patients will be dependent upon the care they receive from relatives. This is estimated to save the economy around £11.6bn each year, which is greater than the £8.8bn spent on the NHS.

Head of policy at the Alzheimer’s Society, George McNamara, said: “Further government cuts to social care could lead to tens of thousands of working people forced to give up their jobs to look after elderly relatives over the next five years.”

“Workers can’t fit caring responsibilities into a lunch break”, said Mr McNamara.

“Looking after an elderly parent with dementia takes huge amounts of time, energy and emotional stress. Many carers will have no choice but to give up work unless they get better public services.”

For more click here: Tory Cuts Could Push Tens Of Thousands Of Home Carers Onto the Dole, Warns Charity 

By Welfare Weekly

Street Democracy writes:

Our political system is a massive psychological machine to devour moral decency within our societal system of care and welfare services.

Carers work dedicated hours of long back breaking heavy workloads, time utterly spent providing the attention we all appreciate when where in need.  This career model goes largely unnoticed, ignored and deeply underpaid for their efforts, unless it is to sabotage it further.

We know the Tory bullying agenda, their destruction of the welfare state expedition and a ferocious path of evil, to destroy the poor’s voice and power.

This punishing infrastructure is ripping to pieces at rapid speeds of vigour, to dismantle our welfare state, and all practises and commitments to it. A deliberate manufactured Tory dialogue of force to collapse our social caring community structures to fall and fail.

The agenda is for the private sector to infiltrate their corporate power and control, to eventually privatise the whole system by stepping in to ‘rescue’ the starved of funds avenues.

This punishing infrastructure is on a ceaseless expansion that is hijacked by ruthless corporate politicians who hold power to instigate and frame debates, basically control decision making to favour private interests and this sector is no different.

By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy.

Concerned? We Should Be! Unshackled from Coalition partners, Tories get ready to push radical agenda

Unshackled from Coalition partners, Tories get ready to push radical agendanoam-chomsky-political-quote-how-the-world-worksStreet Democracy writes:

Our Tory ‘iron fists of blue’ have legalised mechanisms of closing avenues of democracy, obliterating the ordinary strength of the people, ripping the pathways of voice and criminalising the echo’s of dissent.
‘Soulless suits of blue’ with deliberate fierce hosting over the years was shocking enough. Now their chains are loose, corporate heads remain hidden, power given by seemingly legitimate ‘rig free’ voting system, the chill is in the air of ice blue and it’s settled nicely.
Devoid of moral fibre we shall experience ferocious economic cuts for the poor, disabled, the welfare state, nhs and all those within the lower end of society, while we watch the embracing and supporting of the oligarchs furthering legalised money trafficking from the wealth of the nation to the concentrated few and their pockets.

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The Tories ‘Austerity Package’ just meant financially starve the welfare state, then when it collapses hand it over to the oligarchs. Job well done! By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy

It is clear democracy, the ‘trickle down’ effect has failed, or it hasn’t started ever where the wealthy didn’t control it. Democracy is still a good idea for us to pursue, we just have a ‘different’ kind of democracy, one where the oligarchs control government and defend their own economic interests.
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new Sunday 10th May 2015 at 09:54 By David Icke

‘David Cameron will use the Conservative Party’s first majority in the House of Commons for nearly 20 years to “deliver” on a radical agenda to cut welfare, shrink the size of the state and re-define Britain’s relationship with Europe.

Conservative insiders said Mr Cameron would move to the right to consolidate support among his backbench MPs after five years of compromise with the Liberal Democrats.

Among Mr Cameron’s first legislative priorities will be to enshrine an EU referendum into law, bring in the so-called ‘snoopers charter’ to give police greater powers to monitor internet communications and give English MPs a veto over legislation only affecting England. The Tories also intend to publish plans to scrap the Human Rights Act within their first 100 days. All proposals had been previously blocked by the Lib Dems.’

Read more: Unshackled from Coalition partners, Tories get ready to push radical agenda

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.

Welfare reforms, food banks, malnutrition and the return of Victorian diseases are not coincidental, Mr Cameron

Welfare reforms, food banks, malnutrition and the return of Victorian diseases are not coincidental, Mr Cameron By 

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The coalition will leave more debt than all Labour governments since 1900. The current government is now responsible for £517 billion of the trillion-plus-pound UK public debt, compared to £472 billion accrued during the 33 years Labour led the country since the turn of the twentieth century.

And the figures look even worse when you adjust for inflation. When you do that, the Coalition’s share jumps to nearly half of the total debt.

But the Coalition don’t meet any public’s needs, they simply serve the wants of  apowerful, wealthy elite. Labour invested in public services, the Tories have bled them dry. So, what have they done with the money? Because the public have seen only austerity cuts. And the most vulnerable bear the brunt of the cuts.

Oxfam’s director of campaigns and policy, Ben Phillips, said: “Britain is becoming a deeply divided nation, with a wealthy elite who are seeing their incomes spiral up, while millions of families are struggling to make ends meet.”

“It’s deeply worrying that these extreme levels of wealth inequality exist in Britain today, where just a handful of people have more money than millions struggling to survive on the breadline.”

Diseases associated with malnutrition, which were very common in the Victorian era in the UK, became rare with the advent of our welfare state and universal healthcare, but are they are now are making a reappearance.

NHS statistics indicate that the number of cases of gout and scarlet fever have almost doubled within five years, with a rise in other illnesses such as scurvy, cholera, whooping cough and general malnutrition. People are more susceptible to infectious illness if they are under-nourished.

In 2013/14, more than 86,000 hospital admissions involved patients who were diagnosed with gout – an increase of 78 per cent in five years, and of 16 per cent on the year before. Causes of gout include a lack of vitamin C in the diet of people who are susceptible, drinking alcohol (beer and spirits in particular) and a lack of a balanced diet generally.

The figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show a 71 per cent increase in hospital admissions among patients suffering from malnutrition – from 3,900 admissions in 2009-10 to 6,690 admissions in 2013-14.

Cases of scarlet fever admitted to hospital doubled, from 403 to 845, while the number of hospital patients found to be suffering from scurvy also rose, with 72 cases in 2009/10 rising to 94 cases last year.

The figures also show a steep rise in cases diagnosed with cholera, a water-borne disease which was extremely prevalent in the 19th century, causing nearly 40,000 deaths.

While total numbers remain low, the 22 cases last year compare with just 4 in 2009/10, the statistics show.

Dr Theresa Lamagni, Public Health England’s head of streptococcal infection surveillance, said the total number of notifications of scarlet fever this year has already reached 12,580 cases – the highest since 1970.

Cases of measles in hospital rose, from 160 to 205 cases, with a small rise in admissions for whooping cough, from 285 to 289 cases over the five years examined.

The figures on malnutrition follow a series of scandals of care of the elderly, with doctors, remarkably, forced to prescribe patients with drinking water or put them on drips to make sure they do not become severely dehydrated.

Charities have warned that too many patients are being found to be malnourished after being admitted to hospitals from care homes, as well as from their own homes.

However, Labour have said the figures a national scandal.

Luciana Berger MP, Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister, said: “This shouldn’t be happening in 21st century Britain and the Government’s response is hopelessly complacent.

“People are living under greater pressure and struggling with the cost of living”.

“Hundreds of thousands are forced to turn to food banks and sadly it’s unsurprising people are eating less, and eating less healthily too”.

“David Cameron needs to listen to what the experts are saying and tackle the cost of living crisis that is driving people into food poverty.”

Cases of malnutrition have been steadily increasing since the 2010 general election.

In 2009/10 there were 3,899 hospital admissions for this, in 2010/11 there were 4,660, in 2011/12 there were 5,396 then in 2012/13 this had risen again to 5,594.

People unable to feed themselves adequately needing hospital admission saw a significant rise to 6,686,  where malnutrition was the primary or secondary diagnosis during 2013/14.This is a rise of 71 per cent from 3,899 in the year up to April 2010.

Chris Mould, chief executive of the Trussell Trust which runs a nationwide network of food banks, said: “This shows increases in diseases related to poverty and that’s alarming.

“Our food banks see tens of thousands of people who have been going hungry, missing meals and cutting back on the quality of the food they buy.

“We know quite a large proportion of the population are struggling to get nutritious food on the table. And at the extreme end of that you get people who are malnourished”.

“We don’t believe anyone should have to go hungry in the UK”.

“The scale of the increases we’re seeing must be further investigated to find out why this is happening”.

Scurvy is a disease associated with pirates stuck at sea for long periods – has increased by 31 per cent in England since 2010. This is caused by a lack of vitamin C and is usually due to an inadequate diet without enough fresh fruit and vegetables.

Figures from January this year from the NHS indicate that there were 833 hospital admissions for children suffering from Rickets – a condition which is caused by a lack of Vitamin D, from 2012-13. Ten years ago, the figure was just 190.

The disease, which causes softening of the bones and permanent deformities, was common in 19th century Britain but was almost eradicated by improvements in nutrition. The body produces vitamin D when it is exposed to the sun, but it’s clear that adequate diet plays an important role, too, since the decline of Rickets happened at a time when we saw an improvement in the diets of the nation as a whole.

It is thought that malnutrition is the main cause, children are most at risk if their diet doesn’t include sufficient levels of vitamin D.

Low incomes, unemployment and benefit delays have combined to trigger increased demand for food banks among the UK’s poorest families, according to a report commissioned by the government and released earlier this year,

The report directly contradicts the claim from a government minister that the rise in the use of food banks is linked to the fact that there are now more of them. It says people turn to charity food as a last resort following a crisis such as the loss of a job, or problems accessing social security benefits, or through benefit sanctions.

The review emerged as the government comes under pressure from church leadersand charities to address increasing prevalence of food poverty caused by welfare cuts. The End Hunger Fast campaign called for a national day of fasting on 4 April to highlight the issue.

The report was written by  food policy experts from the University of Warwick, and it was passed to ministers in June 2013 but had remained undisclosed until February 2014, creating reasonable speculation that the government suppressed its findings.

Examining the effect of welfare changes on food bank use was not a specific part of its remit, and the report is understood to have undergone a number of revisions since early summer, ordered by the Department for Food and Agriculture and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The researchers found that a combination of rising food prices, ever-shrinking incomes, low pay, increasing personal debt, and benefit payment problems meant an increasing number of families could not afford to buy sufficient food.

In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government policies on vulnerable people’s ability to afford food needed to be “urgently” monitored.

The group of academics and professionals said that the surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals represent “all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action”.

The health specialists also said:“Access to an adequate food supply is the most basic of human needs and rights”.

The authors of the letter, who include Dr David Taylor-Robinson and Professor Margaret Whitehead of Liverpool University’s Department of Public Health, say that they have serious concerns that malnutrition can have a long-lasting impact on health, particularly among children.

Tory ministers have repeatedly insisted that there is no “robust link” between the welfare reforms and rising food bank use, whilst welfare minister Lord Freud claimed the rise in food bank use was because there were more food banks and because the food was free.

It ought to be noted, not least by the government, that people may only access food banks when they are referred by a professional agency, such as social services, the DWP or a Doctor. In particular, vouchers for emergency food parcels tend to be given by benefits officials.

In all but exceptional cases, Trussell Trust food banks will only issue a food parcel to someone with a voucher from an accredited agency. Claimants are limited to emergency aid on three occasions only. This indicates that need, rather than availability, is the key reason for the increased use of food banks since 2010.

Together with the pressure created by rising prices and falling wages, there has been a marked increase in demand for emergency food aid since the welfare reforms came into effect. And this is affecting both people in and out of work.

More than half of people who have visited a food bank since April were referred because of social security problems.

The Government claimed the rapid increase in malnutrition cases “could be partly due to better diagnosis”.

I don’t imagine that it’s likely that Doctors have suddenly become better at diagnosis since 2010.

I do, however, think there is much scope for improvement in the capacity of Tory ministers for understanding correlation, basic cause and effect and simple connections.

However, Tory skills in mendacity, creating diversions and ad hominem are second to none.

 

See also:

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 An email to authoritarian Tory MPs Charlie Elphicke, Priti Patel and Conor Burns

Quantitative Data on Poverty from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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Glenda Jackson’s speech about Iain Duncan Smith and the DWP

Glenda Jackson’s speech about Iain Duncan Smith and the DWP

WORK AND SLAVERY ARE NOT THE SAME, UNTIL NOW.

WORK AND SLAVERY ARE NOT THE SAME, UNTIL NOW.

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Work and slavery are not the same, until now.

A letter a day to number 10. No 768.

Friday 13 June 2014. Work and slavery are not the same, until now.

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Dear Mr Cameron,

I have been reading and watching a Guardian report today on slavery in the Thai fishing industry. I note that you had a meeting with Thai billionaire, Dhanin Chearavanont, chairman and chief executive of Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group which was not recorded on your official list of meetings, to discuss trade and investment opportunities. The…

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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.

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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

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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.

A Letter Provided By A DWP Whistleblower

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Calling on G4S to end all support for Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestine.

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G4S Now where do we see them? I know our UK Job Centres!

G4S to end all support for Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestine. 

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Displayed by Street Democracy. Privatised profit seeking psychopathic private armies with no empathy or morals, must be held accountable to their crimes.

In a letter published on the morning of the G4S shareholders meeting, renowned artists, academics and writers have called on G4S to end all support for Israel’s illegal military occupation of Palestine.

Join Archbishop Desmond Tutu, artists, writers and activists Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Alice Walker, Roger Waters, filmmakers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, in calling on G4S to end its contract with Israel’s prison authorities. Add your name to the letter today!

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As G4S management and shareholders prepare to participate in the G4S AGM today, we call on them to end the corporation’s participation in Israel’s brutal occupation.

G4S operates and maintains security systems at the Ofer prison, located in the occupied West Bank, and for the Kishon and Moskobiyyeh detention/interrogation facilities at which human rights organisations have documented systematic torture and ill treatment of Palestinian prisoners, including child prisoners held in solitary confinement.

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These thugs also welcome you into the Job Centres up and down the UK. Atmosphere is made to feel for those unemployed of ‘do not question us,and do not disagree with any decisions made by staff, either’! Street Democracy

G4S helps the Israeli Prison Service to run prisons inside Israel that hold prisoners from occupied Palestinian territory despite the Fourth Gevena Convention prohibition of the transfer of prisoners from occupied territory into the territory of the occupier.

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Through its involvement in Israel’s prison system, G4S is complicit in violations of international law and participates in Israel’s use of mass incarceration as a means by which to dissuade Palestinians from protesting Israel’s systematic human rights abuses.

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Corrupt capitalist’s corporations that steal wealth have the nerve to inflict authority upon us with aggression of ‘do as we say’ scenario.

G4S also provides equipment and services to the Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank that form part of the route of Israel’s illegal Wall and to the terminals isolating the occupied and besieged territory of Gaza.

G4S’ role in Israel’s brutal occupation and abhorrent prison system is unacceptable and must end.

SIGN HERE BY CLICKING HERE: G4S’ role in Israel’s brutal occupation and abhorrent prison system is unacceptable and must end.

Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme

Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme 

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Street Democracy writes:

The misery in the voices of the unemployed as they stand or sit waiting for their privacy to be violated by some charged up, power hungry work programme consultant is painful to hear.

They are not socially elevating the unemployed into positions of respect and large salary positions to the deserving innately decent sensitive poor, but more like a carnival of mental torture instead.

It is a form of mind rape as the barrage of intimate questions come hollowing at you, by a commanding dialogue of speak of loose your vital money, is outrageous and is blackmail.

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A corrupt parasitical mechanism to destroy the psyche of the poor, enslave them, blame them and crush them.

They are doing nothing but transmitting disease gutter policies that amplify misery, magnify a corrupt government to crush the poor but mostly to control the poor.

These work programmes have been designed by ‘think tanks’ disconnected socially and have infiltrated aggressive austerity programmes that look good on paper.

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Organisations are standardising blackmail, localising bullying and controlling the poor and not even in the right direction either.

In reality these are detention centre’s intricately imposing, and are needlessly sterile instruments of control.

In reality these consultants are localising bullying, standardising blackmail and controlling the vulnerable poor as if they are commodities to be controlled.

What they are not doing is socially elevating the poor, aiding the desperately ill in positions of employment far removed from slave labouring and minimum wage to give them career fulfilment to suit their individual needs.

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Fact, the unemployed are not slaves, we’re not to be disrespected either. We’re treated like vermin, and socially demonised as parasitical. Yet, we are innately decent people trying our best in a cut throat world too, with ill health and no money, its almost impossible.

They are not elevating the working poor out of the cycle of deprivation.

The poor are not receiving large quantities of respect and are not treated as innately decent people.

The poor, the unemployed are instead, regularly hounded, are harassed and pushed forward towards sordid work positions available.

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People need time to heal. People need time to be new mothers and fathers, they need time to adjust to disabilities before being pushed out into the job market with added cold scorn like it is today.

This class warfare guarantee’s hard gruel labour, or dead end work placements, guaranteed to make your feet and hands sore while being paid pea nuts.

Your pushed forward to work in a type of hell, a work position that is in a social black hole of no empathy, no decent pay, no respect and no prospects.

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This parasite is psychopathic following a psychopathic Tory main frame- but worse is localised organisations adopting this ideology and giving it the power necessary to hound the poor with.

Work placements guaranteed to destroy what little health you had left and you have no choice but to go along or face hunger and serious money deprivation with benefit sanctions.

This sounds like a ‘Gulag Society’  to me.

A Punishing State treating the unemployed as one social annoyance a plague or parasite and is beyond wrong in every way.

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Councils and housing organisations to boycott workfare programme 

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Around 350 charity organisations have signed up to boycott the community work placement part of the government’s workfare programme, including 13 councils, two housing organisations and a selection of homelessness charities.

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The Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign has said that 345 organisations have agreed to boycott the programme, including Habinteg Housing Association, Your Homes Newcastle Youth Voice, Shelter, Shelter Cymru and Swansea Young Single Homeless Project.

Union Unite has also signed up and, through its Unite Against Workfare campaign, has already secured agreements from several councils that they will not take workfare placements. These councils have said they will also encourage contractors to do the same.

The 13 councils that have signed up at present are: Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Burnley, Edinburgh, Ipswich, Islington, Lambeth, Norwich, South Tyneside, St Helens, Sunderland, Thurrock and Wakefield.

The scheme is part of the government’s help to work programme under which participants must either sign on at a Jobcentre every day, take up a training course or carry out a six-month, 30-hour-a-week placement.

The KVV said opposition to the scheme appears to be related to the community work placement element being delayed. the help to work scheme was launched on 28 April, and these placements should have already begun, according to the campaign.

A spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions said: ‘Referrals to the placements have begun and the placements will begin shortly. There has been no delay. Charities are under no obligation to be in the scheme, but those who are recognise the benefits of it.’