Category Archives: Social Issues

Government Ignores Medicine Regulator on School Testing

Today it was reported by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that the average the rate of COVID-19 infection is 1.9 times higher amongst primary and secondary teachers, than in the general population. For teaching assistants, the rate of COVID infection is three times higher in primary schools. Despite this, the Government are using Lateral Flow tests against the Medicine

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Homeless People “In Lockdown” Before Pandemic Says Report

A new report released by Justlife Foundation has shown that for many living in temporary homeless accommodation during the pandemic, life remains unchanged because they were “already self-isolating” before the COVID-19 crisis hit. This comes as the Westminster Government has given Local Authorities in England more money to help with homeless people. However, many council’s have said it’s simply not

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Tenants and Homeless Abandoned for Lockdown

Homeless person affected by Austerity sitting in front of At Paul's Cathedral

As we enter the third lockdown, over 76,000 deaths have been recorded as being COVID-19 related in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. Since the lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, there has been no mention of re-introducing the ban on tenants being evicted that was put in place last March. Nor have provisions for rough sleepers been

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The Facts on the Rise of Food Poverty

Yesterday saw Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg, attack the United Nations Children’s Charity; UNICEF for pledging £25,000 to help feed children in South London. Mr Rees-Mogg called the action a “political stunt” after being challenged on why the UN aid agency’s new £700,000 fund to help community groups in the United Kingdom should even be required. While

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Nurses Don’t Need Clapping & Medals, They Need a Pay Rise

There has been an outpouring of gratitude for the work of NHS Staff and others helping on the frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s taken hold so much that every Thursday at 8pm people are dutifully going out of their front doors and “Clapping For Our Carers”. Whilst this is a nice gesture, it is being used by the government

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DWP Advice for Benefit Claimants & People Affected by Coronavirus

DWP sign

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced the support available for current benefit claimants affected by Coronavirus – COVID-19. They have also released the type of help available to self employed people and businesses affected by the outbreak. Please read the following statements carefully and if you are unsure about anything, contact your Work Coach or local jobcentre

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Work & Pensions Secretary Describes Foodbanks as “Perfect” for Poverty

This shows Therese Coffey split screen with a foodbank donation

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey MP has caused outrage after stating that foodbanks are the “perfect way to try and marry the challenges that people do face in difficult times in the life.” The already unpopular head of the Department and Work and Pensions (DWP) Coffey, was responding to a question from new Labour MP, Zarah Sultana at Work

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The Definitive Guide for Voters

Tomorrow, December 12th 2019 sees the culmination of one of the most ugly General Election campaigns in history. From outright lies, to misleading figures, there’s a lot of confusion out there. Even when it comes to actually casting your vote, people seem to be unsure of their rights. Here is some essential information for anyone who wants to exercise their

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Disabled Activists Demand Halt to PIP Assessments Following Death

Disabled People Against Cuts DPAC Logo and a Job centre plus queue

A group who fights for disabled people’s rights; Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) have called for the immediate halting of health assessments for the benefits Personal Independence Payment (PIP), and Employment and Support Allowance. Their call comes after a man died inside a jobcentre having previously being found; “Fit For Work”. Unfortunately we have become all to accustomed to horror

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The Conservatives Have Disabled People’s Blood On Their Hands – Don’t Let Them Back In

Disabled Man in Wheelchair surrounded by Met Police

“There is reliable evidence that the threshold of grave or systematic violations of the rights of persons with disabilities has been met in the State party” – United Nations At 21 years old, I’ve spent the entirety of my years maturing through high school and college under a Conservative government. Born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type II, I was no

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UK Has Worst Rate of Pension Poverty in Europe

Pensioner looking worried with money

A new report has reveled that the pensioners in the United Kingdom suffer from the highest rate of “pensioner poverty” in Western Europe. The study shows that those eligible for the State Pension are FIVE times more likely to face financial hardship. This comes as Iain Duncan Smith’s think tank CSJ suggested the retirement age should increase to 75 by

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The Ravages of Austerity – An Analysis

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The current form of austerity was introduced by the Conservative-Liberal coalition government that came to power in 2010. The world was still recovering from the aftermath of the financial ‘crash’ of 2008; the most significant global economic downturn since the Great Depression (1929-39). It is effectively a campaign of budget cutting designed to reduce the UK’s (at the time) unsustainable

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Metro Newspaper Receives Huge Backlash Over DWP Ad

The DWP Logo beside a graphic of the Metro Newspaper being recycling.

On the same day the United Nations report on Extreme Poverty was released. the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) embarked on their deceptive puff piece on Universal Credit. However, all did not go according to plan. Activists and unions send the host paper, the Metro Free Newspaper, a strong message by starting a campaign to bin the papers. I

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The Challenges of Being British and Muslim

British Muslim women in street

This is a difficult time to be a Muslim. Whether in majority Muslim countries or as minorities Muslims are living under enormous and perhaps unprecedented strain. In Myanmar, for example, we have recently witnessed a genocide of Rohingya Muslims; In China Muslims are being rounded up in large numbers and humiliated in ‘re-education’ camps. In India Muslims face near daily

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