‘Scandalous’ Welfare Cuts Breach UN Convention – Welfare Weekly

Not fair at all: We love this shot of George Osborne because it clarifies perfectly that, as with Michael Howard before him, there is "something of the night" about him. Did YOU believe him when he said it is fair to punish the poor for an economic recession they never made, while rewarding the rich who did the damage?

Not fair at all: We love this shot of George Osborne because it clarifies perfectly that, as with Michael Howard before him, there is “something of the night” about him. Did YOU believe him when he said it is fair to punish the poor for an economic recession they never made, while rewarding the rich who did the damage?

Government welfare reforms and cuts in financial support for poor working families is putting the UK in breach of its United Nations (UN) obligations, says the Children’s Commissioner, according to Welfare Weekly.

In a damning new report to be published ahead of George Osborne’s autumn statement, Dr Maggie Atkinson says government measures to reduce the deficit have disproportionately hurt children from poor families.

Single parents and poor families have been hit the hardest by government spending cuts, with incomes falling by an average of 10% since the coalition took office in 2010.

Rising inequality means the UK has failed in its duty to protect poor children from the worst of austerity, meaning the government could now be in violation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Treasury dismissed the report as “misleading” and “selective”.

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8 thoughts on “‘Scandalous’ Welfare Cuts Breach UN Convention – Welfare Weekly

  1. Russ Clewlow

    Mike, not really related to this particular post of yours, but I just watched a documentary regarding the general state of the capitalist world and the reason why we are in such a state. Cotributors include Noam Chomsky, Joseph Stiglitz and Max Keiser. Don’t know if you have seen it but if not I can highly recommend it to you and other readers of your blog. It’s on youtube for free and the link is:
    http://youtu.be/5fbvquHSPJU

  2. Mr.Angry

    “Misleading” and “selective” as they would, do they listen to anybody? Clearly not the blinkers are firmly fixed, tory ideology. Consultants and Doctors evidence dismissed.

    It is going to get worse before it gets better, God help those poor souls in the firing line of these dictators.

  3. Stephen Tamblin

    Yes I’m one of those poor soles I have been diagnosed with vascular dementia and depression and angsity attacks and muscular problems. so what the he’ll do I look forward to absolutely nothing at all so why bother I wish I was dead

    1. Peeve

      Stephen, I am very sorry to hear of your troubles – it must be extremely worrying for you. Please contact your local branch of the Alzheimers’ Society – they offer help and support for all kinds of dementia, not just Alzheimers. My uncle has vascular dementia and I won’t lie to you, it’s not easy for him – but he still enjoys life and takes part in a lot of local activities organised for people with the same kind of problem. I hope you get some help to work your way through this. Good luck. x

  4. amnesiaclinic

    Sadly, that is what they want you to feel. Henry Kissinger described anyone not being productive as ‘a useless eater’. But we’re not. We’re amazing and creative and as Mike says, things are going to get a lot better.
    There are huge resources on the internet for helping you take back and improve your health. It can be something like meditation but it has to work for you. I find Louse Hay’s affirmations and meditations help me through the dark times we all have.
    And being grateful for what we do have brings more of that good into our lives.
    Sending you love.
    x

  5. Paul James

    I fear for Family’s with small children and the Elderly, All victims of this Government’s “Take from the Poor and give to the Rich” Policy’s, Now the Cold weather is here, 2c outside,
    I cannot afford to run my central heating, so have 5 layers of clothing on;
    How many people will freeze to death in there Homes or Living Rough this Winter as a direct result of David Cameron & his rich Gang members.

  6. Stephen Tamblin

    Thank u guys for your replies yes it is very hard for me at the moment and my family I do get some help from my nhs nurse .she is absolutely fantastic with me I have to have council in by phone for an hour I thought it was going to be one on one but no thay say thay cannot come to see me .I keep falling over GP says it’s because of my vascular dementia not good.

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