RIP David Clapson, Another Man ‘Helped’ To Death By Iain Duncan Smith

RIP David Clapson, Another Man ‘Helped’ To Death By Iain Duncan Smith by johnny void

RIP David Clapson, the latest tragic victim of callous welfare reforms.RIP David Clapson, the latest tragic victim of callous welfare reforms.

When Funghi, the unemployed alcoholic  featured in the recent Benefits Street television series, disclosed that he had been abused as a child, most of those condemning him on twitter did not even blink.  Such is the state-whipped up contempt amongst some towards people on benefits, that not even the revelation of a tragic childhood was enough to stop the bullying mob.

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Yet one of the reasons child abuse is such an abhorrent crime is that the scars often last a lifetime.  Everybody knows this.  Addiction, depression, low self-esteem, isolation, these are just some of the ways that a life can be blighted by mistreatment as a child.  Often people like this find it hard to just get a job, and often not through want of trying.  The sad truth is that employers are not rushing out to hire people addicted to drink or drugs, or those with a serious mental condition, or even people who might simply be judged to have a mild personality disorder.  In an economy based on high unemployment, and no real political will to change that, some people will be left behind.  There are over two million people currently looking for a job.

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Captitalism chews people up and spits them out.  Everybody knows this as well.  Whether the stress of a shit job or no job, poverty, lack of adequate housing and fractured communities, the pressures faced by those at the bottom are immense.  Yet the poor are now expected to be super-heroes.  Lone parents are not only expected to juggle looking after young children with endless work-related activity imposed by Jobcentres, but also to feed them healthy food, home-cooked on the fucking Aga using only natural ingredients.  It doesn’t matter that the pittance those parents have to survive on barely pays for value chicken nuggets and oven chips.  They should make do and mend, live on ten pounds a week, darn socks by the fire and be grateful that their children are just malnourished, not starving.

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Disabled people and those with health conditions are now having those conditions and disabilities magically disappeared by endless health assessments which are designed to stop their benefits.  Such is the triumph of neo-liberalism, the rhetoric goes, that there is a job for anyone now if they just try hard enough.  If you can tweet you can work as one Tory MP claimed.  The stark fact that employers are guilty of grotesque discrimination towards disabled workers is swept under the carpet at best, or at worst disabled people themselves are blamed for this prejudice.

Many tyrants claim to be helping the people whose live are demolished by their acts of barbarism.  Whether European invaders ‘civilising’ Africa by forcing the people into chains, or Tony Blair carpet-bombing Baghdad to save it, death and destruction have often been inflicted by messianic monsters who believe they are killing people for their own good.

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The latest government workfare scheme is called Help To Work.  It is nothing of the sort of course, when this type of workfare was tried in a pilot scheme it had no impact on whether people found a job.  But that hasn’t stopped gushing press releases from the DWP lying about all the wonderful new support the scheme offers.  In truth this so-called support is either forced labour or starvation and this Government couldn’t particularly give a fuck which.

Under the guise of this ‘help’, Iain Duncan Smith has re-designed the already scant support of the social security system to be a torture machine.  Slip up, just for a second, and you will be dragged down, to poverty, homelessness and destitution.  It doesn’t even matter if it’s not your fault.  People newly diagnosed with cancer now spend as much time fighting the DWP so they can have enough money to eat, as they do fighting their illness.  Victims of domestic abuse face being socially cleansed from the area they may have grown up in, instead of being provided safe, and secure housing.  Kids who’ve been in care are sanctioned, cut off benefits completely, and left beg, rob, or sell their bodies to survive.

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Today the Daily Mirror features that harrowing case of former soldier David Clapson on their front page.  This man, a 59 year old diabetic, was left penniless and without even electricity to keep his insulin chilled in the fridge.  A coroner found he had no food in his stomach.  His crime was to miss a meeting at the Jobcentre.  His punishment was death by benefit sanction.  Sanctions which ‘help’ people and according to one senior DWP official are even welcomed by those they are inflicted on.

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RIP David Clapson, Another Man ‘Helped’ To Death By Iain Duncan Smith by johnny void

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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:

Poverty

 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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Lord Freud deliberately misleads House of Lords over bedroom tax…again!

Lord Freud deliberately misleads House of Lords over bedroom tax…again!

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Did you know – according to the ignoble Lord Freud – that:

  1. 200,000 1 bed properties become available in social housing each year
  2. There have been “a matter of more than 100 FTT (bedroom tax) appeals.”

That is what he told the House of Lords this afternoon and he is yet again being totally disingenuous

1)  200,000 one bed SRS properties each year?

The actual and universally accepted figure is 68,000 not 200,000 and so we see Lord Freud tripling the amount of the real figure as is his want. See my blog here from March 2012 with the 68,000 figure.

2) “…a matter of more than 100 FTT appeals?”

Having personal knowledge of over 80 bedroom tax appeals myself just from one small part of Merseyside alone and further knowledge, some first-hand and some second-hand of a further few hundred bedroom tax appeals in Merseyside and hundreds more across the UK we again see Lord Freud knowingly misleading the House of Lords yet again.

There may well be one hundred bedroom tax appeals this week alone in the Liverpool Tribunals now that the large number of appeals from neighbouring Sefton are finally reaching the Tribunal in Liverpool

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Please don’t make the mistake by assuming my comments above are party political; they are in fact apolitical as any politician who deliberately and knowingly misleads Parliament should be censured and brought to book.  If any employee did this act of gross misconduct – which deliberately and knowingly misleading is – they would be sacked. In any other workplace it is called barefaced lies yet we are not allowed to say that Parliamentarians lie are we?  Yet in doing precisely this Lord Freud affronts democracy and the democratic process in overtly and knowingly misleading Parliament and the electorate.

Lords and MPs are public servants and should not be allowed to overtly and knowingly mislead.

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Lord Freud deliberately misleads House of Lords over bedroom tax…again!

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Bedroom Tax Debt Enslavement: Study finds ‘fundamental flaw’ with bedroom tax

Study finds ‘fundamental flaw’ with bedroom tax

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Street Democracy writes:

The bedroom tax magnifies misery.

The social housing tenant has been meticulously weakened both nationally and locally while moral decay has calcified further by blundering local housing agents giving this toxic policy all its power.

The bedroom tax has localised bullying.

It is localising debt for the poor with permanent rent arrears also.

The bedroom tax is a diabolical debt enslavement housing policy raping the minds of the most vulnerable while taking essential life saving money’s away from the poorest families.

How toxic is the bedroom tax?

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This article is a weak argument to put to uncaring Tory, no empathy, greedy, serve to self, psychopathic politicians who enforced this gutter housing policy.

Enforced and enshrined into law without thought or consideration at the social, psychological and economic cost it has had, especially towards the poorest families in the UK.

We witness a catastrophic collapse in democracy.

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We witness a fantastic obliteration of moral standards within the epicentre of Westminster where corrupt capitalist’s strutting about in suits calling themselves MP’s have ignored the hundreds and thousands of voices opposing this putrid bedroom tax.

The social housing tenant is near broken as the Tories rewrite the laws of democracy to exclude the poor, to silence them and disengage them from political activity by ignoring them completely.

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It’s a sham of British justice and social democracy by any standards.

And apparently we’re meant to lead the way for other nations to follow of exactly how democracy works, it’s clearly easy, just exclude the poor.

Disfigured political avenues are now emerging cesspits with mocking towards anyone daring to speak out against the bedroom tax as being responsible for the housing crisis and the collapse of the economy.

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Not the greedy politicians over claiming and over using, milking the expenses system and claiming for their second homes heating bills, or mortgage payments, or heating their stables.

Not the wealthy stealing the wealth of the nations, hoarding up endless hundreds of thousands of acres of land they don’t use, don’t need and don’t see causing massive land scarcity and out pricing locals.

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Study finds ‘fundamental flaw’ with bedroom tax

Inside Housing.

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More than half of English homes fall short of modern space standards calling into question the bedroom tax, a study from the University of Cambridge has found.

According to the study, which analysed 16,000 homes in comparison to the London Housing Design guide internal space standard, English homes are the smallest by floor area in Europe and the report’s authors argue that in most of the country you have to under-occupy to have an acceptable amount of living space.

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‘Spare bedrooms are a misconception in many homes, as the lack of space means that any extra bedrooms are needed for other uses,’ said Malcolm Morgan, a PhD student in the University’s Department of Engineering, who led the research.

Published today, the findings were that 55 per cent of dwellings fall short of the standards based on floor space alone, and 21 per cent fall short when the number of current occupants is taken into account. Flats and small terraced houses were most commonly below the standard. Dwellings were also frequently found to be under-occupied in comparison with the number of bedrooms, which was most likely due to lack of space.

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It found that households receiving housing benefit were more likely to be undersized, calling into question the bedroom tax.

The UK has the smallest homes by floor area in Europe with the average newly-built home at just 76 square metres. The report argues that the reasons for this are related to the removal of minimum space standards through the 1980 Local Government, Planning and Land Act, the high value of land, and the low number of houses built by public authorities and housing associations.

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Between one-quarter and one-third of people in the UK are dissatisfied with the amount of space in their homes, and yet many homes can be considered under-occupied when looking at the number of bedrooms compared with the number of occupants.

‘When the bedroom tax was introduced, there was a lot of implication that those living in houses with spare bedrooms were doing so out of selfishness,’ said Mr Morgan. ‘But what this research shows is that in most of the UK, you simply have to under-occupy houses in order to have an acceptable amount of living space.’

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PCS Conference: Jobcentre Staff Demand End Of ‘Despicable’ Benefits Sanctions From Iain Duncan Smith

PCS Conference: Jobcentre Staff Demand End Of ‘Despicable’ Benefits Sanctions From Iain Duncan Smith-The Morning Star

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The financial slaughter came unexpected after millions of poor had agreed financial agreements to pay for items to furnish homes-left now with debts piling and no money for food.

Street Democracy writes:

This is very late.

This toxic form of social policy has shunted the poor out of the political apparatus, silencing their voices, ignoring the pleas of desperate families so poor, they’re missing meals.

It was astounding to even consider how staff at the Job Centre actually found this punishing regime enjoyable at first by embracing this hostile format from 9-5 pm.

No remorse, inflicting spiteful hostility,by a form of wilful arrogance of Job Centre staff suffering from DWP endemic brainwashing of be brutal to these no good parasites.

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The language of force, following DWP’s aggressive benefit agenda has standardised and localised oppression and bullying of the poor.

‘Take that, you lazy scrounger!’ Eagerly watching with cold eyes at how they have just amplified misery, legitimising the crushing of those financially destitute, and localising oppression at the same time.

However, the political awakening is growing faster and people, even Job Centre staff are witnessing a poison of toxic hate being directed to the unemployed.

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The astute minds busily working this aggressive benefit agenda should have thrown this into the gutter, the moment it landed on their Job Centre door way.

And get rid of G4S!, while you’re at complaining to the suited psychopath Iain Duncan Smith.

Our power grid is deeply corrupt, dysfunctional and filled with ‘out of touch’ Eton gutter and this should be addressed also.

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Society conquered by psychopathic, no empathy elitism and corporate control have designed a punishing infrastructure, a real life detention centre for the disabled poor or those unable to contribute to a working week.

This powerless suit has destroyed the poor further and created social turmoil that is often unrepairable.

The Tories toxic pollution towards the poor has marginalised ‘us’ further into the social black hole, a form of exclusion from mainstream society while we are a washed with corporate crime and politicians milking hundreds of thousands from the expenses quota.

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The iron fist’s of blue slamming down upon the poor but the criminal elites, the corporate crimes are given tax breaks and tax payer’s money. Which is the real crime?

The financial destitution of innately decent folk have found themselves into serious financial trouble of money lending companies who have a perpetual debt and threat on their doorstep.

Society for the unemployed has turned into one giant detention centre, where prisoners or the unemployed are treated as criminals, treated as toxic for society, but heads are slowly beginning to turn to look into the eyes of the ‘far right’.

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Capitalism is corrupt, it was designed by the rich, for the rich and they have no intention of giving their wealth away.

A language of force, the hijacking of society by ruling elites standardising oppression, blaming with silly names of slander to the poor when in fact, their friends in high places are not paying millions in taxes.

Their corporate pals are also not paying millions in taxes, but let us not focus upon them.

Let us instead blame the unemployed for not wanting to work, long hours of hard gruelling labour that makes their limbs sore, for no pay or little pay in stead.

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People are missing meals. In Crawley I know of this. The new diet of the poor is malnutrition, lacking in multiple vitamins. Cheap chemical based foods are just as toxic and do nothing for diets of the poor.

Let us hope now, minds are awakening to the corporate take over our government, and the corrupt political apparatus controlled by elites has conquered our society and not for the better for us, but only for those few, mainly politicians and corporate bosses.

Enough of this rubbish and well done to the Job Centre for finally waking up!

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Job Centre we need a language of humility, empathy and independence from government. If you don’t like the sound of a policy, then don’t localise it, send it back to Westminster and tell these elites ‘not good enough, try again’. Never fear David Cameron and likes!

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Labour exchange employees say they are ‘depressed’ by making people destitute on the orders of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith


FRONTLINE Jobcentre staff renewed their campaign yesterday to scrap Tory benefit sanctions they are forced to hand down to Britain’s worst off.

Civil servants protested at PCS conference about the impact of the government’s welfare policies they witness everyday at work.

Unemployment benefit of just £71 per week can be stopped for two weeks under sanctions introduced by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.

Jobcentre worker Martin Humphrey told delegates about the “depressing” task of telling people their benefits have been stopped.

He said: “We have to say to people that they have to live on nothing for two weeks.

“To make people destitute for two weeks is despicable.”

Jobcentre staff exposed once again how they are given sanction targets to hit — a claim Mr Duncan Smith continues to deny.

Britain’s pensioners are also given just £110 a week while disabled people face cruel tests by private comapanies, PCS vice president John McInally pointed out.

He said the result has been soaring demand at food banks, a rise in homelessness and hate attacks on disabled people.

And he said: “As a union, we have a duty to stand up for our members and our services.

“It’s disgraceful that our members’ job to help people is being turned on its head in order to attack the most poor and vulnerable.”

 

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PCS Conference: Jobcentre Staff Demand End Of ‘Despicable’ Benefits Sanctions From Iain Duncan Smith-The Morning Star

DWP caught out after falsifying figures about disabled people

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Iain Duncan Smith is not fit for purpose and should be sacked and expelled, fined and never to be re-hired as a politician again!

Street Democracy writes:

Sign this petition to get Iain Duncan Smith expelled.

He is corrupt, he is a liar and he is destroying the lives of millions of working poor.

He has demonised also, part time worker’s, the disabled poor, those unable to contribute towards a working week and those vulnerable in society.

Iain Duncan Smith has created a ‘Punishing State’ and has socially demonised the poor as a social annoyance the rest of society can blame for the economic failures of our country.

It is a social unreasonable out of touch, toxic political crime of the Tories. 

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We the ‘people’ demand a Public Inquiry into Benefit Sanctions, Targets & Workfare – Iain Duncan Smith to be expelled from the House of Commons

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This despicable character is following an out of touch psychopathic main frame against innately decent people who happened to be poor and out of work. Maybe they are disabled and cannot contribute to a working week. He has created a Punishing State!

DWP caught out after falsifying figures about disabled people

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been caught out by the official statistics watchdog for repeatedly making false claims about the numbers of people living on disability benefits.

Departmental ministers continually stated that the majority of people on disability living allowance (DLA) were given benefits for life without any supporting medical evidence.

The DWP’s official press releases claimed that “more than 50% of decisions on entitlement are made on the basis of the claim form alone, without any additional corroborating medical evidence.”

But the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) investigated and discovered that the real figure for claims passed without supporting medical evidence was actually 10%.

The DWP, which is run by Iain Duncan Smith, also claimed that up to 71% of claimants get “indefinite awards without systematic reassessments” under the current system of DLA.

But, once again, the UKSA discovered that this was untrue and that in the last two years of the DLA only 23% and 24% of claimants were given indefinite awards.

The department has admitted that its claims have been “ambiguous” and “had not been rechecked by the department’s analysts as is the usual practice”.

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DWP caught out after falsifying figures about disabled people

next steps to beat bedroom tax

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next steps to beat bedroom tax

Anti Bedroom tax and benefit cuts campaigners across England and Wales are meeting 7 June in Manchester to decide our next steps to beat the Bedroom Tax and benefit cuts:
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Speakers/sessions:

Scottish Bed Tax Federation, Owen Jones and MP Linda Riordan (who voted against the Welfare cap) invited; DPAC and trade union speakers; plus legal session on how to stop evictions, and on benefit sanctions and workfare.

Make sure you’re there, and your group sends people to hear what’s happening across Britain and decide what we do next.  We need plans to keep politicians under pressure on Bedroom Tax and benefit cuts in the election year.
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What you can do now:
* Send suggestions and proposals for the event * let us know who’s coming *ask unions and others to help pay for travel *bring photos and reports

Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice national meeting:
7 June 12-5pm  Central Hall Oldham St Manchester M1 1JQ.

 
Eileen Short
Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation (England and Wales)

Eviction rate doubles under ‘unjust’ bedroom tax

Eviction rate doubles under ‘unjust’ bedroom tax by 24Dash

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A political iron fist of blue spiteful blame game and demonisation of the poor for daring to hoard a spare room of 6ft x6ft while the rich can hoard thousands of acres of land and property-causing scarcity in both areas and price hikes too!

Street Democracy writes:

The bedroom tax has amplified misery for social housing tenants.

A spiteful venomous political card of blaming and shaming the poor with propagandised political rubbish, dividing communities of those too stupid to see truth are socially condemning social housing tenants for daring to have a spare bedroom.

A humiliating and aggressive housing policy has caused so much hardship and expulsion from mainstream society by this hostile housing law.

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A sophisticated method of social cleansing-moving the poor out of social housing into rented accommodation. The evictions are happening forcing the poor out of their homes.

It isn’t solving the housing crisis and it won’t ever.

Larger homes are being left empty for young families fear of the bedroom tax re-creating over crowding.

A young couple with one child, where the husband has 2 older children from a previous all live in a 2 bedroom flat as his older children don’t live with him full time, only part time.

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It is a ‘Punishing State’ for daring to be poor. We are witnessing a propaganda strategy to divide communities and out cast the poorest. The bedroom tax is unfair and toxic by far.

An amputee from Crawley needs his spare room of 6ft x 5ft to house his bed, and life saving disability equipment. He won’t share a room with his much loved wife because he would keep her awake at night.

His body crippled with pain, he needs his spare room and is hit by the bedroom tax and labelled as a social annoyance just like all other victims.

The poor are witnessing society turning into a ‘Punishing State’. 

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Evict the poor into small privately rented homes. Large proportion of private landlords are Tories. The bedroom tax is an aggressive form of social cleansing.

The social housing tenant, many of whom are innately decent sensitive poor, are seeing the localisation of bullying, blackmail and the localising of punishment, demonisation and social outcasting.

In perpetual rent arrears, life is miserable. In perpetual debt life is filled with uncertainty and full of fear too.

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Out of touch-disconnected liars from Westminster have declared a silent war upon the poor. The bedroom tax is to shock the poor into survival mode and cause this group to become socially excluded demonised as the reason for the housing crisis. In reality no social housing is being built and land is hoarded by corporations and the wealthy.

It is a housing policy that is choking to death the most vulnerable of people in a most degrading and humiliating manner by the Tory’s iron fist of blue slamming down upon the poorest.

Their disdain for the poor is most apparent.

The bedroom tax is a DNA damaging pursuit.

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It is causing social, mental and psychological stress, strain and trauma upon social housing tenants who are victims of the ‘children dare not leave home tax’.

Or don’t dare become out of work, ill or sick or even dare become disabled and be dependent upon the welfare state benefit ridicule system, or you will be penalised.

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Localising humiliation, bullying and the demonisation of social housing tenants. A Tory spiteful political agenda.

For more on this most aggressive, vile and cruel housing policy click here for 24Dash or continue reading:

Eviction rate doubles under ‘unjust’ bedroom tax by 24Dash

A council’s eviction rate has doubled since the government’s controversial bedroom tax came into effect last April.

A freedom of information request found that Norwich City Council evicted 16 households due to rent arrears between April 2013 and January 2014, compared with eight in the same period the year before.

Green Party councillor Ash Haynes, who made the FOI request, said: “This is further evidence that the coalition government’s welfare reforms are not working. Their impact is being seen in evictions figures and lengths of food bank queues. While evictions are caused by multiple factors, the tax adds to the burden many face.

“Eviction is the worst fear of many tenants, many of whom are sacrificing all they can to make ends meet. Nobody should have to live with this fear, so I repeat the Green Party’s calls on the Labour city council cabinet to make a written public commitment that nobody will be evicted due to the bedroom tax.

For more: click here for 24Dash 

‘Persecuted’ disabled woman is chased for ‘bedroom tax’

‘Persecuted’ disabled woman is chased for ‘bedroom tax’

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An aggressive housing policy that is ‘NOT’ solving the housing crisis placing innately decent poor into perpetual debt and rent arrears.

Street Democracy writes:

The bedroom tax is a housing policy of pain, social disruption and disharmony causing uncertainty, financial debt, rent arrears and fear amongst social housing tenants affected.

I cannot state enough that this aggressive housing policy that upsets the peace and calm of social housing tenants is ruthless and pointless in its architecture and design.

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The disabled poor often need life saving disability equipment and are being penalised for daring to do so if they need that spare bedroom.

It has penalised and discriminated against the disabled poor without mistake, at a high level of ruthless efficiency.

Placing social housing tenants in perpetual debt and fear of their home life stability it is the uncertainty of it all.

Disabled people living in social housing are being targeted for daring to hoard a spare room or space with a window of 6ft x 6ft if they are lucky to accommodate life saving equipment.

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This MP stole £90,000 and that’s ok just pay back £4,500 where as people are missing meals to pay bedroom tax-council tax-rent arrears. An unfair system of the Tories is putting it mildly.

Living daily is an achievement for many disabled people and life is difficult enough as it is without the social demonisation programme of our government.

This is yet another story, another account of this demonisation in full operation damaging the social status of this particular tenant in her home town and community.

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Incredible arrogance while those affected by the bedroom tax have their lives turned upside down-mocked by local Tory Councillors and are socially demonised dividing communities.

It is further poison from our ruthless and toxic government that has caused an absolute uproar over this controversial housing policy.

For more on this diabolical housing policy and the destruction it causes the innately decent folk in need of welfare to survive click here or continue to read:

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Our government is corrupt with the inability to socially connect to welfare claimants and their needs. As long as they get their perks they don’t care about the poor.

‘Persecuted’ disabled woman is chased for ‘bedroom tax’

GRASPING UK Government bureaucrats are taking a disabled Port woman to a tribunal in a desperate bid to overturn her landmark ‘bedroom tax’ case win.

A previous tribunal hearing ruled that wheelchair-bound Margie Sherrard, 52, and husband Roy, 56, pictured, should not pay the £14 per week levy imposed on them because they have an extra room in their specially-adapted Moray Road bungalow.

Wheelchair-bound Margie Sherrard, 52, became the first person in Inverclyde to beat the unpopular Westminster levy last October, because the charge breached her human rights.

A tribunal ruled that the £14 a week subsidy for having an ‘extra’ bedroom in her specially-adapted Moray Road house was unjust because her husband Roy, 56, sleeps there due to her series of health issues.

Those include a complex condition meaning Margie has constant pain and numbness in her legs and relies on the use of a wheelchair to get around.

Her condition is now rapidly deteriorating and spreading to her arms and hands — but she is facing another battle to win her case all over again due to a UK Government appeal.

For more on this harrowing story click here please for more from: GRENOCK TELEGRAPH: 

‘Persecuted’ disabled woman is chased for ‘bedroom tax’

Housing Benefit – the myth and the facts and how IDS dupes the Grauniad!

SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

Joe Halewood writes about welfare rights and welfare reform

Housing Benefit – the myth and the facts and how IDS dupes the Grauniad!

Yesterday the Guardian Housing Network – usually a very reliable source of housing and other data – became the conduit for the Tory led coalitions strategy of saying they have controlled the ‘burgeoning’ HB bill. The HB bill has increased sharply under the coalition despite the bedroom tax, despite the LHA caps, despite the overall benefit cap and other welfare ‘reforms’ introduced by this government to reduce the bill.

Below is a simple graph of the HB costs from 1997 and using official government figures:

The above can highlight a number of simple ‘knowns’ such as:

  • The HB bill has been allowed to ‘take the strain’
  • The HB bill increased from £11.64bn which the Blair government inherited in May 1997 to £20.44bn when they left office. An increase of 75.6% in 13 years and a yearly increase of 5.8%.  It did not double under Labour as has been claimed by Shapps, IDS, Freud, McVey and Hopkins (he is the scarlet pimpernel and the current housing minister in case you want to know) – Though it did triple in the 10 years before that under the Tory governments of Thatcher and major from 1987 when it was £3.8bn
  • The overall cost of the HB bill has increased and increased more under this coalition who maintained in June 2010 that their welfare reforms would reduce the HB bill by £2bn per year by 2014/15.
  • The HB bill is currently £3.5bn per higher than when the coalition took office and therefore £5.5bn over the coalition target!

For more from SPeye Joe Halewood click here…