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I’m not holding my breath, and I’m not going to cross my fingers. Wonder how much his salary is?

Vox Political

The highly confrontational former managing editor of both The Sunday Times and The Sun has been named as the new director of communications at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Richard Caseby takes over after former comms boss John Shield was hired by the BBC last September.

Gosh, what an incestuous world we live in! The BBC, now confirmed as little more than a mouthpiece for the Conservative Party in its political news content, hires the former press officer for the Tory-run DWP. The DWP then hires an executive from Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, previous home of – oh, yes – former Number 10 press supremo Andy Coulson, currently on trial for criminal offences allegedly committed while he was employed by the same firm!

Murdoch, the government, the BBC – these people like to stick together, and they like to put their people in positions of influence.

There is no evidence…

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Everything is getting the treatment of the spin doctors, and they are STILL getting it all wrong! They don’t know what benefits are what and don’t know what is happening with the “Universal Credit” and they don’t bloody care. They care only for themselves and regardless of what is said by any other country around the world, they won’t do a damned thing about the vulnerable!

Vox Political

The spin doctors at the Department for Work and Pensions are working hard to make a decision to cut funding for discretionary housing payments, by claiming it “builds on the £180 million funding this year”. What a crock.

A cut is a cut. There will be less money available to people in financial trouble as a result of government decisions to cut housing benefit (the Bedroom Tax) or other state benefits (the one per cent uprating, the benefit cap, local housing allowances… pick a benefit and it will probably have been slashed).

The announcement was made yesterday (Thursday), and councils have until Monday (February 3) to bid for top-up funds if they need to provide extra support. How nice of the Conservative ministers at the DWP to put a weekend in the middle of the time councils must use to work out what they need! Hopefully, councils already have the figures…

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Very cleverly written.

Workshy Scrounger

Dear Deidre

I am thinking of leaving my husband. It was a forced marriage – I tried to rebel against it but I was too weak. For years afterwards, I tried to leave but he just ruthlessly dealt with anyone who tried to help me.

The abuse was incessant and every now and then he still throws jibes trying to make himself look superior. He blames everything that goes wrong on me but takes credit for all of my achievements.

Over the years, I managed to wangle some freedom. He still controls all the money only leaving me a small housekeeping allowance. He says it’s more than I deserve anyway and that I am bleeding him dry. He also decides who can come to our house and what we watch on the telly. On the other hand, I have full control about how things are organised in my bedroom and…

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I have to believe that IDS will get his comeuppance very soon, else I’ll go mad!

Vox Political

140130inadequate

“Manifestly inadequate” are words that should ring in Iain Duncan Smith’s ears for some time to come.

They are the Council of Europe’s verdict on the UK’s social security system of payments for jobseekers, pensioners and recipients of both short- and long-term incapacity benefit.

The Council, an international organisation promoting co-operation between all countries of Europe in legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation, is home to the European Court of Human Rights.

The finding was made in an annual review of the UK’s adherence to the council’s European Social Charter. If the UK’s Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition government takes no action to rectify the situation, then the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers may address a recommendation to the UK, asking it to change the situation in law or in practice. This is clearly a weak way of handling a situation…

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I’m all for it 🙂 Coming together as a large group has to be a good thing.
We also have to hit this un-elected coalition in the pockets by not paying taxes, by not spending too much on other things, by refusing to pay fares on trains and buses etc.
Another great thing to happen would be the people coming out together in peaceful demonstrations right throughout the country – the police would not be able to handle every city, town, village etc. The would be severely undermanned and the demonstrations and not paying taxes would go on for as long as it took to make this coalition collapse! Money is the way to get through to them, or lack of it coming in!

jaynelinney

I’m sure the majority of you are full aware of my personal Politics by now and browsing through the numerous campaigns I follow/am a member of, all without exception, are against one or more of the Policies/Reforms introduced into Law by this unelected Government; this is almost the same with my Twitter connections, blogging follows and followers & my Facebook Friends.

I follow a range of topics – Welfare, NHS, Freedom of speech, thought and action, Education, Justice, etc; and I have no idea of just how many people I’m ‘linked to’ via all these sites but it must be Thousands. Given this I couldn’t help think and do something I usually avoid – I assume many, if not most of you are in a similar place via your social media contacts; this probably means that between us all there are Millions of people campaigning on similar issues.

Any of you who…

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Please send to your local MP’s and MEP’s – thank you!

tantalusredux

I sadly have to put a disclaimer that this is NOT all my own work. The draft, which I’ve amended and hope have made slightly clearer was provided through a group I attend. I wish it was all mine, but I’m not a plagiarist and there is a bit more detail here than I would have managed to supply from my own research.

Dear

I am extremely concerned about the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being negotiated between the US and European Commission.

As you will be aware, the TTIP is currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union, with a view to opening up markets for services, investment and public procurement.

There are growing concerns about what this trade agreement will mean, not least that regulatory harmonisation will weaken existing standards and regulations currently aimed at protecting workers and consumers in the…

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The government will take no notice of this – we will carry on dying…

Benefit tales

January 2014

European Social Charter

European Committee of Social Rights

Conclusions XX

-2 (2013)

(GREAT BRITAIN)

………
17.   Article 12 .Right to social security

Paragraph 1    Existence of a social security system    ……………….

19.     Conclusion

The Committee  concludes that the situation in United Kingdom is not in conformity with Article12§1 of the Charter on the ground that:

the minimum levels of short-term and long-term incapacity benefit is manifestly inadequate;

the minimum level of state pension is manifestly inadequate;

the minimum level of job seeker’s allowance is manifestly inadequate

read the entire report from the European Commission of Social Rights here: http://www.coe.int/t/dghl/monitoring/socialcharter/conclusions/State/UKXX2_en.pdf

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