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

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Eleven reasons the poor are worried that Iain Duncan Smith is back in charge of benefits cuts

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Street Democracy writes:
Iain Duncan Smith, a bully who sets a furious expedition towards the poorest in society.
We are so atomised, divided, many single minds and their tv’s, the bainwasher, how do the silenced poor speak out?
Protesting is criminalised by a militarised police state, that only the bravest will demonstrate!
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He has a sinister art towards the lower end of society, the poor, vulnerable, disabled people, those unable to contribute towards a working week of making ‘real’ feelings of powerless and disbelief.
‘Death dealing policies’ that value human life only as commodities, with no intrinsic value, no ‘we understand your pain and dilemma’ language as Tory democracy avenues close to dissent, the critiques, those with legitimate rage.
The Tories ears are ‘open wide shut’, in some hideous horror show embracing our political theatre with menacing jaws of hostility we have come to recognise.
We fear IDS because he is soulless, serves the oligarchs and has no compassion, perfect to slash rip and disintegrate the Welfare State.
He is a psychopath, no empathy, Tory figure of darkness, a fiend in motion.
How does the public disseminate Tory lies and deception, the Tory jibes against the working poor and propaganda? How do we stop those of society fast asleep who believe them too?
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy
new Monday 11th May 2015 at 09:05 By David Icke

‘David Cameron has reappointed Iain Duncan Smith as Work and Pensions Secretary, meaning he will be in charge of making the huge benefit cuts the Conservatives pledged in their manifesto.

The man who presided over the ‘bedroom tax’ and the £26,000 benefits cap now has to find a further £12 billion in welfare savings.

The pledge – which will hit the working age poor – was one of the most controversial parts of the Conservative manifesto.

But during the campaign they only said where £2 billion of these savings would come from. With a further £10 billion to find, here are seven reasons why people should be worried about the ruthless figure of Mr Duncan Smith returning to the Department for Work and Pensions.’

Read more: Eleven reasons the poor are worried that Iain Duncan Smith is back in charge of benefits cuts

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The Tories’ new DWP minister wants to bring back capital punishment

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.
By Debbie Simmons-Street Democracy
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

The Human Cost of the FIFA World Cup

The Human Cost of the FIFA World Cup

‘As the world watches the 2014 FIFA World Cup, people are protesting the cost and the human rights violations being committed by police and security forces to protect this corporate investment.

Working people in Brazil are understandably frustrated with the public cost of the World Cup, an estimated $14 billion. When compared to spending on social services, the cost of the World Cup is the equivalent of 61% of funding for education, or 30% of the funding for healthcare. Private companies, including those in the services and construction industries, will be the main beneficiaries of this public money. Adding to this cost is the forced evictions of the poor living in the favelas (slums) and the dispossession of indigenous people from their lands to build stadiums and parking lots. [1]

Over one million people in Brazil have protested the cost of the World Cup, the cutbacks and increased costs of social services, forced evictions, and other human rights violations.’

Read more: The Human Cost of the FIFA World Cup

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

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

Over 7,000 Ukrainian citizens enter Russian Rostov region in past day

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Over 7,000 Ukrainian citizens enter Russian Rostov region in past day

‘In the past 24 hours 7,335 Ukrainian citizens entered Russia’s Rostov region and 326 Ukrainians, including 164 children, were accommodated, the Rostov region government press office said in a statement on Monday.’

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Four people killed in Slavyansk as Kiev’s artillery resumes shelling, city under fire

Rasmussen Says NATO Does Not Recognize South Ossetia Election Results

‘”NATO does not recognize the election held on 8 June in the Georgian region of South Ossetia. This election does not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia,” the statement said.

NATO Allies do not recognize the Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions of Georgia as independent states, while Moscow officially recognized their independence in August 2008, following Georgia’s military aggression against Tskhinvali. In response, Tbilisi severed diplomatic ties with Moscow.’

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Two million poorest families hit by welfare reforms, says Oxfam

Two million poorest families hit by welfare reforms, says Oxfam

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We witness a spiteful blame game of unequivocal opposition and bigotry against the poorer classes by the Tory’s punishing agenda.

Street Democracy writes:

This Tory socially engineered ‘Punishing State’ is forcibly exacerbating a collective social despair amongst those unable to escape this suppressive poverty trap.

It is trying to live in accordance to what society demands, is now impossible.

We are witnessing a sterile, no empathy, society now shunning the poor with no thanks from the spiteful unprofessional psychopathic Tory main frame that socially is demonising the lower classes.

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Deliberate engineering of starving the social sector of essential funds while lavishing in 11% pay rise-corporate taxation cuts-tax breaks for the wealthy-bailouts of the criminal bankers-but demonisation for the benefit claimant.

If you buy the cheapest product and you claim benefits, you are now targeted, socially ripped apart and demonised for daring to be spend tax payers money to get it.

If you don’t buy the cheapest product you are demonised for lowering society’s standards and shame on you.

The benefit cuts have been drastically aggressive, hostile filled with disdain and social enmity towards all those unable to work.

Whether unemployed, whether ill and too sick to work, you are deemed lazy and a scrounger because of a few rotten apples filmed on Benefit Street.

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We have lost count of the amount of Tory politicians who over claimed on their expenses. The corruption is off scale and no one can argue this fact.

In fact the propaganda has been a splendid diabolical theme of mainstream biased, bought and paid for corporate news journalist’s photographing single mothers claiming to spend £2,000 of benefit money to holiday, or buy designer clothes is of course going to fuel anger.

That was the intention.

I don’t know anyone on benefits in Crawley, who wears designer clothes.

I know people in Crawley on benefits that never holiday, never have enough money to buy food and wear shoes that hurt their feet and have holes in.

I know of plenty of benefit claimants that are socially ashamed of their predicaments and feel excluded and banished from mainstream society.

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It is an outrageous Tory government, double standard pseudo reality of inaccurate assumptions towards those in need of the social sector, especially the benefit system and those in need of it.

I also know benefit claimants who are scared to turn on the lights in their homes, and practically live in the dark, with no television on, no heating on and use candles as a source of light and heat.

They have studied from home as they can’t afford to travel on corporate public transport so they have done educational degrees at home and still they can’t find work.

These people are never highlighted in main stream media.

The Job Centre is a place of localised suppression, localised punishment and localised financial blackmail.

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A place of formidable punishment. A place of localised financial slaughter and execution. A place of localised suppression and hostile agendas to attack the poor, is a successful Tory agenda.

This is never again, advertised in mainstream.

The unjust brutal regime of having your benefits slashed was hard enough but to have no empathy, no compassionate benefit agents just blindly follow a Tory psychopathic agenda, has left many impoverished, desperate and destitute within our modern day society.

A disabled individual who is suffering from disabilities with chronic pain who perhaps can’t climb Mount Everest or run a Marathon, have been placed on a tray of severe demonisation by the Tory government.

A public persecution that is regularly regurgitated by Tory Councillor’s up and down the UK as if mocking with sarcasm is the key to a healthy community and society.

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Out of touch Tory’s have demonised the poor with psychopathic main frames. The bedroom tax is a psychopathic virus causing perpetual debt, empty 3 bedroom properties, and persistent rent arrears.

The rug pulled out from the sensitive innately decent poor has been done with ruthless efficiency by local authorities without question and has, is, ruining the lives of millions.

The localisation of this rough but progressive repressive Tory political apparatus is being felt by this toxic form of government.

It isn’t solving any of the poverty issues for those forced to work and so depressed, life isn’t worth living.

For those forced to work on work programmes without any pay or loose their benefits, the system is unjust and unfair.

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A rough but sophisticated repression machine is the tools of Tory unethical attitude towards the lower classes even towards the working poor or part time workers.

For those who have small children who through no fault of their own have ended up being left to raise their small family alone, life is now torturous.

The state is stealing their children.

Parents have no choice but to allow the State to socialise their child or children and forcing them as a parent to work means they cannot express their maternal instincts.

They cannot experience happiness as a parent, for they are too tired, worry too much about paying bills, putting food on the table that parenting is least enjoyed.

Parenting for the poor is a skill being slowly removed by the Tory government.

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Two million poorest families hit by welfare reforms, says Oxfam

Not completely biased towards the poor as some can help themselves. This lady may have financial stress and worry, but it cost’s nothing to tidy a back garden or yard. Mine is clean and I am in the same position as this mother. Never the less, life is hard, gruelling and if she has 2 jobs then she is tired, maybe too tired and not motivated to be a mother.

‘Nearly two million of the poorest families in Britain have been made poorer by a “perfect storm” of below-inflation benefit rises and changes to the welfare system, a new report warns.

An analysis by Oxfam and the New Policy Institute found the worst-affected 200,000 families were losing £864 a year as a result of benefit cuts.

It concluded that about 1.75 million households had been hit by one or more changes to welfare payments, including fewer council tax exemptions and the “bedroom tax”.

The charity called on the Government to introduce an “absolute minimum” level of financial support regardless of where people lived, which would be “high enough to prevent people from having to walk the breadline”.’

Read more: Two million poorest families hit by welfare reforms, says Oxfam

Speaker John Bercow has run up half a MILLION pounds in expenses – including £26,000 in formal dresswear and £100,000 in overseas jaunts

‘Commons Speaker John Bercow has run up a staggering half a million pounds in office expenses in just five years, it has been revealed.

Mr Bercow has incurred £495,592 in taxpayer-funded events, travel, clothes and other supplies since taking up the prestigious role in June 2009.

This includes £100,000 on overseas jaunts and £26,000 in formal dresswear – with £3,700 spent on just two suits.’

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War on the Poor Reaches New Low as Living out of Your Car Becomes Illegal

War on the Poor Reaches New Low as Living out of Your Car Becomes Illegal

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Are the poor being hunted down like some Hunger Game society for daring to suffer from financial scarcity?

Street Democracy writes:  

The criminalisation of the poor is reaching new areas of dark and expanding to hit all of the poorest by the heavy weight of the law.

Not only do they make it illegal to feed the homeless, have police officers remove the homeless person’s only and most treasured belongings, force them to move living in a tent on free land, but now even in your own car the homeless are being targeted.

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Societies as one giant detention centre expelling the poor as vermin, criminalising poverty as ungainly.

The punishing state, the mass detention of the poor is becoming increasingly intrusive if you are unfortunate enough to become homeless especially in America.

The ‘Gulag’ mentality is becoming aggressively heavy-handed towards the poor at their most darkest hour. 

It is proof our governments are run by soulless suits with no empathy, no compassion following orders of sterile statistical data that has no moral compass of any kind in them.

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We are endangering our social freedom’s by ignoring the plights of others heading for a ‘Gulag’ society full of Draconian Laws.

The deliberate impoverishment of the poor is to control them, contain them forcibly by removing them away from their home turf to designated areas. 

In the USA, we are concerned about the Fema Camps, all ready to accept families and incarcerate them for being poor, to have all their rights removed, and to be at the mercy of armed prison guards.

This Orwellian Draconian societal enforcement is becoming a reality if you dare fall behind with rent and become like one of thousands, who are evicted and have nowhere to go.

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We are witnessing corporate control, totalitarianism and Orwellian agenda sweeping over our societies whilst we remain complacent.

It is the criminalisation of poverty with ruthless efficiency being stamped hard in a ‘Hunger Game’ society type scenario that is forever drawing near.

It is the evil crippling the lower earners of society, the evil in print that incarcerates them for being poor in this corrupt and biased capitalist society that holds no empathy for the under achievers in life.

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War on the Poor Reaches New Low as Living out of Your Car Becomes Illegal

‘You might think it criminal that in the world’s richest countries, some people are reduced to living out of their cars in a desperate bid to remain off the streets. But I’m fairly certain you wouldn’t think it was the act of saving oneself from the elements that should be criminalised – your government disagrees.

Nearly 70 cities are considering such crackdowns on people whose vehicles have become their homes, according to the Wall Street Journal  …

… A war has been mounted on the poor and homeless across the West, as neoliberal governments seek to sweep away the human detritus of capitalism like so much garbage.’

Read more: War on the Poor Reaches New Low as Living out of Your Car Becomes Illegal

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My Home Town Crawley: Labour councillor claims Crawley families are £2,900 worse off than in 2010

Labour councillor claims Crawley families are £2,900 worse off than in 2010

Street Democracy writes:

In Crawley like most towns, the Tory’s ‘spirit of the age’ has been to support a psychopathic political main frame by forcing ‘austerity’ upon us and blaming us for the colossal economic failings.

Crawley has been dealt the ‘Tory death dealing’ politics penalising like most working class towns with heavy financial sanctions especially upon those finding themselves unemployed, disabled or on the minimum wage. 

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Town Hall public meetings held with an empty public gallery because the Tories mock the poor and laugh at the mounting bedroom tax issues.

Benefit claimants especially in our Town have been ruthlessly demonised as lazy.

Stripped of all dignity by the benefit agents who hold no empathy or moral compass within their job descriptions, have systematically economically butchered the poor.

They have localised financial blackmail, localised also a heavy sadistic suppression by socially labelling the benefit claimant as some form of ‘uncouth barbaric lazy social annoyance’.

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We have to deal with local Crawley Tory Councillors like this man and his out of touch ideologies surrounding poverty issues. He is most rude and always mocks the poor in Crawley.

The silencing of the poor has been administered and localised by the Crawley Job centre, while the poor face financial destitution and psychological depression of the greatest magnitude.

Poverty is the rape of the mind, it is a silent weapon most cruel.

I know of locals who regularly miss meals, fear turning on the electricity, and have none when the meter runs out and these innately decent people sit in the dark at home freezing cold too.

I know residents in Crawley who don’t go out as they don’t have decent shoes to wear and only go out in the evenings as their old clothes and worn shoes don’t show up as much.

I know people who feel excluded from mainstream society, from their own community because of their poverty.

In Crawley there are no professional local authority figures with any empathy or compassion. Rather you are spoken too with disdain at your financial scarcity and predicament. There is no respect especially from Crawley Borough Council.

It is almost like they have been trained to be ruthless with high efficiency towards those on Housing Benefit, those who are victims of the bedroom tax and those unable to find work suitable for them.

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An insensitive budget has made the poor worse off. The Tories standing by their psychopathic political agenda of no empathy for the poor.

Crawley Job centre actually sanctioned a man for being 1 minute late for his appointment. The stone faced woman just glared at him as she destroyed his life and felt no compassion for him but just thought of her bonuses for doing so.

This man, completely stunned by her coldness just sat their in silence. It was the silence from him that told me the impact having no money for the week meant to him. How was he to buy food? How was he to live?

It is a psychopathic Tory main frame being followed and we have some of the most callous Tory Councillors imaginable.

This Tory Councillor (Liam Marshall-Ascough) and there are others, really are out of touch when it comes to poverty issues. 

They mock the poor during public Town Hall meetings to which I am surprised it is allowed.

However, then you find out the Mayor is a Tory, the leader of the Council is a Tory and while they don’t mock in public, they don’t reprimand the rude gestures from these Councillor’s either.

So mocking the poor is allowed and exercised.

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Welcome to Tory run Crawley Borough Council where we mock you if your are poor, and treat you with the disdain you deserve.

In fact some Tory Councillors behave themselves, as sanctimonious pompous prigs at the best of times, snobbery leading them through their days with total disregard for those on minimum wage, working part time and in need of financial assistance just to get by.

Let us also include their distaste for single mothers as Tory Councillor Liam Marshall-Ascough displayed his thoughts about single mothers deliberately getting pregnant to gain social housing.

Read more:Conservative councillor says he doesn’t believe anyone in Crawley is going hungry as Labour calls for food bank in Town Hall

Tory’s comments on single mums labelled ‘bigotry’

(A TORY councillor has been accused of “bigotry” for claiming that women are getting pregnant to increase their chances of getting a council house.

Liam Marshall-Ascough told the News last week he feared some women were having children to help their housing situation.

He added that he was sick of hard-working taxpayers footing the bill for benefit claimants who have no interest in getting a job.)

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Tory Councillor ‘out of touch’ Liam Marshall-Ascough regularly mocks the poor at public Town Hall meetings. He is what he is…a rude and arrogant Tory.

They’re disdain for those suffering from the bedroom tax is borderline scornful and certainly close to morally bankrupt.

Our local Tory Councillor’s support the highly aggressive housing policy and mimic the Tories sadistic inclinations towards the poor, the working poor and those unable to contribute to a working week.

For more on this coverage of my home town however, click here for Crawley News or continue reading:

Labour councillor claims Crawley families are £2,900 worse off than in 2010

AMILIES in Crawley are £2,900 a year worse off – in real terms – since the 2010 General Election, the Labour councillor hoping to become the town’s next MP has claimed.

Chris Oxlade says figures showing how much less money the town’s residents have compared to when the coalition government came into power, when you take into account cost-of-living rises, are revealed in the House of Commons Library.

Cllr Oxlade says on average Crawley residents have suffered a fall in annual wages of 11.3 per cent, in real terms, since 2010.

And he added: “Bills are soaring in Crawley. The price of electric, gas and water is going up, as are child care costs, while wages are going down fast.

“A wage drop of £2,900 is almost twice the national average of £1,600. The average drop in the South East is £2,061.

“People’s pay in Crawley has got to crisis point.

“The gap between what people earn and what they pay out is getting wider and wider.”

In response, Crawley’s current MP, Conservative Henry Smith, said that Labour are in no position to lecture on the economy.

He said: “Regarding the figures, I have not seen them so it is difficult to comment.

“They are not figures I recognise.
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The Psyche of the Poor Is Being Ripped Apart! – Poll tax mark II pushes Britain’s poorest into debt

Poll tax mark II pushes Britain’s poorest into debt

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Street Democracy writes:

It is a massive conservative effort to destroy the psyche of the poor, disempower them, marginalise them and exclude them from mainstream society.

The Tories are the destroyer’s of home life and the death squads for all poor.

Poverty is a silent weapon, it is the raping of the mind, it will fracture and split even the most hardiest of souls and the Tories know this.

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Our government are  a lot of things but stupid isn’t one of them. They know what heavy financial sanctions do to communities and home living. They know the effects of debt upon the poor is having.

The ‘evil in print’ which unquestioning council staff administer is having devastating effects upon the low earners, those unable to contribute to a working environment and those seeking work but unable to find suitable positions. 1393508_10201358585150671_1288646032_n

Yet the demands continue for council tax and for the bedroom tax regardless of the social and psychological effects it has after the financial slaughter of benefits. The poor literally has no money to survive modern day life.

This is where council staff become as toxic as the gutter policies they dish out.

They don’t question the death dealing politics, and they don’t question the devastating effects it will have, and they certainly don’t turn round to government and say ‘no’.

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Council staff should be there to protect the poorest families within their communities.

They should be the ones to say ‘no’ to government for cruel and morally bankrupt legislations and tell them to re-think strategies.

In the mean time, life is cold and heavy. It is harsh and cruel and the poor have to battle through this every day with the burden of debt, the burden of want and the burden of depression which it brings.

For more on the Nasty Party click here: Poll tax mark II pushes Britain’s poorest into debt or continue reading.

‘Up to 70,000 low earners, single parents, and disabled people are being pursued by bailiffs over their failure to pay the “new poll tax”, according to figures revealed for the first time.

The country’s poorest people, who qualify for means-tested council tax benefit, have seen their annual bills rise after the Government imposed a 10 per cent reduction in funding for the handout last April.

New figures revealed by Freedom of Information requests show that 400,000 people have had liability orders imposed by the courts, while 70,000 of these have had letters from bailiffs. In Conservative-controlled Basildon council alone, 123 disabled people have received bailiff notices, some complaining of threatening letters that warn that firms will seize goods if they fail to pay. As a result, local disability groups report that those affected are handing televisions and jewellery to pawnbrokers, to pay bills.’

Read more: ‘Poll tax mark II’ pushes Britain’s poorest into debt

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Beyond Benefits Street: Ghettos with 70% unemployment and no future

‘In some, more than two thirds of working-age adults pick up a benefit cheque instead of a pay packet, while even those in work are often banking other handouts.

A detailed analysis of every street in England and Wales broke down neighbourhoods into areas of about 1,500 people. These 35,000 areas were then cross-referenced with benefit claim statistics to identify the nation’s most “workless” areas.

While Winson Green in Birmingham, which features in the TV documentary, ranked only 1,357th on the list, the real benefits blackspots were found in Liverpool, Middlesbrough, Rochdale and Thanet, Kent. Yet the most startling figures came from an area of Blackburn where 71.9 per cent of the working-age population claims benefits.’Read more …