If you haven’t known poverty under David Cameron’s rule, you probably know of somebody who has

Clowns: But who will get the last laugh, when the full extent of the Tory war on the poor is known?

Clowns: But who will get the last laugh, when the full extent of the Tory war on the poor is known?

The headline is slightly misleading; if you’re reading this, you definitely know somebody who has been in poverty while David Cameron has been prime minister: Me.

Conservative rule has been extremely hard on people like This Writer who spend much of their lives caring for others. I have chronicled attacks on Mrs Mike’s benefit claims in This Blog for all to see what we face on a regular basis.

We have a government that not only tolerates poverty but actively tries to increase it.

That’s not an anecdotal claim, by the way.

It is well-documented that the cuts inflicted on the UK by the Coalition – and now the Conservative – government were concentrated mostly on women. Now the ONS has confirmed that “persistent poverty” is higher among women than men.

Damning, indeed.

Almost a third of Brits were plunged into poverty between 2011 and 2014, damning new figures revealed today.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found a staggering 32.5% of the population experienced poverty at some point in the three years after David Cameron ‘s election in 2010.

Last month a separate report revealed around 1.25 million people living in the UK were classed as destitute last year.

Today the ONS warned Britain has the 12th-highest poverty rate of the 28 countries in the EU – despite being the second-richest country after Germany.

And by 2014 almost four million Brits were trapped in ‘persistent poverty’, meaning they struggled through at least two of the previous three years.

The ONS said this rate of ‘persistent poverty’ was 1.5% higher among women than men.

Source: Damning report finds A THIRD of Brits have suffered poverty under David Cameron – Mirror Online


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6 thoughts on “If you haven’t known poverty under David Cameron’s rule, you probably know of somebody who has

  1. Phil Lee

    I strongly suspect (but don’t have access to reliable sources of data to prove) that poverty, and in particular persistent poverty, has increased FAR more among the disabled and their families under the current regime than for any other group, whether based on gender, location or occupation.
    And of course it all pales into insignificance when you look at how the richest 1% have been getting richer at the expense of everyone else.

  2. casalealex

    All those employers who use Workfare do not pay wages but get subsidised by the government. No wonder they all jump on the bandwagon. Getting paid to use unpaid staff. Can’t be fracking bad?

  3. casalealex

    “We are sticking to the task. But that doesn’t just mean making difficult decisions on public spending. It also means something more profound. It means building a LEANER, more efficient state. We need to do more with less. Not just now, but permanently.”

    David Cameron, Lord Mayor’s banquet, 11 November 2014

    Yeh, we are definitely leaner, in fact, skeletal !

  4. Rupert Mitchell (@rupert_rrl)

    Carers do not make a financial profit from caring, they make a huge loss. The profit comes from loving and looking after another person even though, in most cases, it totally alters the way of life they might otherwise have enjoyed.

    The support they give also saves the country many millions of pounds each year by saving the NHS and DWP from fully taking over their financial responsibilities; as for the DWP caring that is not something that I could possibly envisage!

  5. Dez

    I have a relative with more than 2 children and when the Cons first announced benefit cut backs going forward on children support, for those on benefits deciding to have more than 2 children, it seemed fair to proactively announce this future change. I agreed It did not seem fair for those low paid working parents, who could not afford having more children, seeing those on benefits getting additional children support and being able to have more children. Cons announced their child support changes would only effect those families going forward and those currently with more than 2 children would not be effected. It appears, like the tax credit, their announcement were lies. As I understand If a large family on benefits have a “change of circumstances” then their children benefits will be cut back to just the minimum of two from the point of change of circumstances. If this is correct then the cut back will be challenging for the large family to keep their finances together. It is one thing to announce a change of policy, where families can plan future child number decisions based on known facts, against just changing the system for existing benefit claimants who have no choice in the matter. It is all these cunning lies that do my head in and there are many of them for the out of work, disabled and sick, even the coming up to retirement pensioners, especially the women, who were treated with contempt. Yes they have truly earnt their nasty party title although I feel a much stronger title is called for.

  6. mrmarcpc

    He and his nazi government have inflicted so much pain and suffering onto the British people like never before, his fascist regime have caused many to be hurt in so many ways and has even cost people their lives, they are all evil murderers who should be punished!

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