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John McDonnell Confirms Labour Will Scrap Universal Credit

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell gave a passionate speech at a rally in Brighton pledging to get “rid of the bloody Universal Credit”. Speaking about how Labour plans to transform the economy should they win the likely upcoming General Election, McDonnell vowed to reverse the Tories hostile and oppressive welfare reforms. While some may want Brexit to dominate any impending

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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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The Ravages of Austerity – An Analysis

austerity

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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UN Report Brands Austerity as “Ideological, Harsh & Uncaring” Part 1

Professor Philip Alston of the UN

Today saw the long awaited report from United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston. Alston visited the UK last November and was highly critical in his initial findings. The full report is damning about the Conservative’s use of austerity. Due to the length and content of the report, I’m breaking it down into a

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Tim Farron Blames Jeremy Corbyn For Austerity – Selective Amnesia?

Tim Farron MP

Former Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron seems to be suffering from a case of selective amnesia. Following the Lib Dem gains in the English Local Council Elections, Farron tweeted blaming Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for being the “enabler of crushing austerity”. Has he forgotten that when in government, his party thought a 5p bag charge was worth allowing

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IFS Report Poorest 10% Will Be Worst Hit by Universal Credit

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) have released a damning report on Universal Credit and how it will affect claimants financially in the future. The report states that while some will benefit, the poorest 10% of claimants will be an average of £150 worse off per year. Worse still, claimants with a long term disability will be especially hit. The

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Austerity Is Killing People But You Won’t See Mass Protests

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

For a week now, the world has been talking about Extinction Rebellion and its efforts to force governments to act on climate change. While this goes on, the effects of austerity that even the United Nations condemned, continue to push people over the edge. Despite this, there’s no action to force the government change their ways. What Extinction Rebellion have

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Government Blows £12 MILLION on Luxury Apartment in the US

Theresa May and Luxury government apartment in US

The UK government has again shown that it’s one rule for them and another for those of whom they govern. It has emerged that they have purchased a £12 million ($15.9m) luxury apartment in New York for the Consul General and his wife to live in. While it will also be used to “negotiate trade deals” is this really an

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Heidi Allen’s Hypocrisy on Welfare is Staggering

Heidi Allen MP Crying in the commons

Former Tory MP Heidi Allen is the Independent Group’s Welfare Spokeswoman. She recent;y put out a video on social media calling for the end of the benefits freeze. What’s staggering is that since 2015 her voting record on welfare has been to cut, scrimp and exclude those with disabilities. Why should we believe a word she says? Heidi Allen recently

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Tory MP’s shocking response to concern about Stroke Unit closure

Sir Roger Gale Stroke Unit

Tory MP and supposed Knight of the Realm Sir Roger Gale, sent a response to a constituent that only be described as contemptuous. Sir Roger had received an email from a constituent who was concerned about the planned closure of the Stoke Unit at the QEQM Hospital in Margate. He responded with a short sharp message blowing them off. Specialist

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The Independent Group have a message to the working class: F%$K YOU

The Independent Group of MPs looking upwards towards the word austerity whilst happy

There’s rarely a dull week in Westminster these days, However this week, several Labour & Tory MPs thought they could up the anti. It began when seven MPs left the Labour Party, joined by another shortly afterwards. Then on Wednesday, the media circus hit it’s peak when 3 Tory MPs joining the group. They claim to want to “change UK

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Honours system branded a farce as DWP employees get rewarded

DWP New Year Honours

The New Year’s Honours list was announced this week and as usual there are some questionable recipients. In what can only be seen as a slap in the face to the victims of austerity, 15 Members of the Department for Work and Pensions will receive a gong from the Queen. The DWP has been under intense pressure in 2018 over

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University study labels Austerity as ‘Social Murder’

Philip Hammond Budget 2018

A study by The University of Lancaster on the effects of austerity in the social security system has labelled the policy as ‘social murder’. While this is of no surprise to many, it does add weight to the growing calls to end cuts to the benefit system. The research titled:“‘Violent proletarianisation: social murder, the reserve army of labour and social

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DWP cuts Xmas Bonus by backdoor in shock to Universal Credit claimants

  The DWP has revealed that claimants used to receiving the one-off Christmas Bonus on legacy benefits such as Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), are no longer entitled to the additional money once they’ve moved onto Universal Credit. The Christmas Bonus is a one-off, tax-free £10 payment made to people on certain benefits in the first week of December. It

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