Category Archives: Poverty

Social Security spending | Notes from the north

“Much has been said in the past about the UK as a tax haven. Certainly, from reports in the past, billions are lost due to “sweetheart deals” between big businesses and the tax authorities in cases where big business won’t pay what they are supposed to pay. This report, from April 2013 highlighted the case of just 4 such deals, which were worth £4.5 billion in total. If the agreements reached managed to get in £4.5 billion to the treasury, then that means several billion more is lost. But how much of the…”

Source: Social Security spending | Notes from the north

The Desperate Fight Within Disabled Campaigning | jaynelinney

*headdesk* I have to keep reminding myself that people are often really f*cking stupid. I really don’t understand the mentality that leads people to attack others because of a percieved “difference”.

I think that some people have a great deal of difficulty in understanding that we are not a single homogenous mass. That we are individuals with our own quirks and foibles. Trying to force people into “the right way of doing things” or making fun/abusing people because they have different opinions is something we should have grown out of by the time we leave school.

Manners. Civility. Politeness. They cost nothing. They are so easy to use and they do so much more than people realise. And they are NOT a sign of weakness or passivity. It is possible to use all three and still be assertive and forthright. It is possible to disagree vehemently with someone and still remain polite. You can use all the names you like in your head but what comes out of your mouth – or fingers – demonstrates your level of control & ability to work – or not – with others.

As a group we are so much stronger. All of our experiences, all of our abilities, all of our passion, mingled, honed, controlled and aimed should be like switching on the Death Star. But we can’t do anything if we can’t control ourselves first.

“…in this very short period of time several of those willing to do the backroom work have been bullied and verbally assaulted by the same people who purport to believe in campaigning and challenging for our rights. So much so, that a number of the individuals willing to use their spare energy have said they can no longer continue; I simply do not understand this!”

The Desperate Fight Within Disabled Campaigning | jaynelinney.

March For The Homeless A Huge Success: This Is Exactly What The Capital Needs | the void

The march stopped briefly at David Cameron’s backdoor, the often forgotten other end of Downing Street next to St James Park, before making its way to Buckingham Palace where police were forced to hurriedly make a line in front of the gates to prevent the Palace being stormed. Sort of. Then it was onto the Pall Mall squat which had been occupied in protest at London’s housing crisis and was conveniently evicted on the morning of the march. A line of bailiffs were guarding the building and as the crowd approached one of them unexpectedly lashed out at a protester punching him in the face before being restrained by his colleagues and bundled inside. This took place in full view of several police officers who chose to do precisely fuck all about an unprovoked and vicious assault. Is it any wonder people call them the filth?

via March For The Homeless A Huge Success: This Is Exactly What The Capital Needs | the void.

Behind The Benefit Bashing Headlines Lies A Nasty Ideology That Is Not Confined To The Daily Mail | the void

“There was a time when policies to send sick or disabled claimants on workfare, or sanction the benefits of lone parents, would have been met with horror by the electorate. There have always been grumblings about the social security system, as with any other institution, but unemployment was once seen as a personal tragedy caused by wider economic failings, not a personal failing caused by laziness or the wrong attitude.”

via Behind The Benefit Bashing Headlines Lies A Nasty Ideology That Is Not Confined To The Daily Mail | the void.

Follow the Money: Tory Ideology is all about handouts to the wealthy that are funded by the poor | Politics and Insights – kittysjones

Originally published May 2013, this is still a very relevent.

“By portraying housing benefit as a payment for “the shirkers”, not “the strivers”, Cameron and Osborne aim to convince the public that their draconian, unprecedented welfare “reforms” are justified. 60 percent of people visiting food banks last year were in work. But unemployment benefits are just 13 percent of the national average earnings. What Cameron’s Government have done is created extreme hardship for many of those in work, and further severe hardship for those who are unemployed.”

via Follow the Money: Tory Ideology is all about handouts to the wealthy that are funded by the poor | Politics and Insights – kittysjones.

Those who voted Tory and regretted it « Stop MP lies & propaganda

Don’t ever assume that you will never be “one of those people” you know, them. The ones who are ground down into the dirt by life, circumstances and other people. Those who are poor, disabled, sick, old. Those with nothing and nobody who cares for them. “It’ll never happen to me.” “It’s their own fault they’re in the mess they are in.” “It’s not my fault they are dying/have an incurable illness and can’t work.” Guess again. Everybody is a split second away from becoming “one of them” so think about it very, very carefully when you vote.

Those who voted Tory and regretted it « Stop MP lies & propaganda.

PS. please note that I, personally, do not advocate voting Labour either at this time. They have not convinced me that they will be different enough to notice.

#DWP Decision Makers Crying for Help or playing the #Tory Blame-Game? | jaynelinney

“Out of respect for you, I APOLOGISE in advance for my language because I’m LIVID.

The ever excellent Benefits and Work website reveal welfare rights workers are experiencing DWP Decision-Makers calling up benefit claimants “‘in tears’ or ‘sobbing’“, pleading with them Not to appeal following a Mandatory Reconsideration !! HOW THE FUCK DARE THEY??”

via #DWP Decision Makers Crying for Help or playing the #Tory Blame-Game? | jaynelinney.

The EU needs to crack down on the real scroungers – tax avoiders | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Tax avoidance is robbery, regardless of what any silver-tongued outrider of the corporate world tells you. Companies depend on the labour of their wealth-creating workers: a workforce expensively trained up by a state education system, kept healthy by state healthcare, and whose low pay is subsidised by the state.

The private sector depends on a bailed-out financial system, state-funded infrastructure, state support for research and development, and a law and order system to protect them and their property.

via The EU needs to crack down on the real scroungers – tax avoiders | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Robin Hood Tax | Something to consider

A tax on banks that would give billions to tackle poverty and climate change, here and abroad.

This tax on the financial sector has the power to raise hundreds of billions every year globally. It could give a vital boost to the NHS, our schools, and the fight against child poverty in the UK – as well as tackling poverty and climate change around the world.

via Robin Hood Tax | Robin Hood Tax.

Ripped-off Britons: Two thirds of corporate profits since the 1980s have come from keeping wages down

Leading economist Gavyn Davies has argued that low wage growth accounts for more than two thirds of corporate profits since the 1980s. As a substantial proportion of these profits have been used to pay dividends to shareholders, executives who are directly paid in restricted shares have directly increased their pay at the expense of their workers.

via Ripped-off Britons: Two thirds of corporate profits since the 1980s have come from keeping wages down.