Poverty set to rocket to new levels thanks to latest Tory cuts. But who cares?

A little reminder of the number of children, in the UK, who were in poverty BEFORE the latest Tory cuts took effect.

SPeye Joe has some useful figures for you. In fact, some of you may be affected by them. But who cares, right? We could be at war with Spain soon…

A quarter of a million children will be put into poverty from today says the headline in a very good Guardian article over the Tory policy change to limit tax credits to just the first two children.

In fact it is a further and additional 250,000 children and this tax credit change is not the worst Tory welfare policy in this respect as the reductions in the overall benefit cap limit implemented from November 2016 will see many more children put into poverty.

On average each benefit-capped household will have 3.34 children so the DWP disingenuous estimate of this affecting 88,000 UK households is 294,000 children put into poverty and the Chartered Institute of Housing estimate of 116,000 households will mean 387,000 children put into poverty. This figure are real and happening right now unlike the 250,000 children pushed into poverty with the tax credits that will take a few years to materialise.

Poverty? – There are so many definitions of the word poverty in use that it has become almost meaningless and my definition here is a simple one. Welfare benefit decision notices after detailing what the person is entitled to say This is the minimum amount the law says you need or similar wording and thus anything below that is in my view poverty.

The UK welfare system pays at a very low level and a report of the Council of Europe (nothing to do with EU) said in 2014 that Job Seekers Allowance and other welfare benefits were, and I quote, manifestly inadequate to begin with which suggests my simple definition of a poverty level is set too high.

Now read on: Tory Austerity & Child Poverty – Does anybody care?

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8 thoughts on “Poverty set to rocket to new levels thanks to latest Tory cuts. But who cares?

  1. NMac

    Appalling figures and an appalling situation. I suspect the nasty Tories are very proud of themselves.

  2. rotzeichen

    Poverty is a political policy.

    Governments that deliberately instigate austerity measures know the impact that will have and do it for the financial gain of the few against the many.

    This American document mirrors closely how our economy has transferred wealth upwards for exactly the same reasons. Neo-Liberalism.


    The most relevant chart (2nd one) shows how the Mega Rich got richer and the rest of us were left behind. This happened around 1973 just as the Neo-Liberal politicians started attacking peoples incomes throughout Britain and America.

  3. Giri Arulampalam

    Our UK is a wealthy country. There is no need for poverty.Poverty is created by the Tories with never-ending austerity and economic mismanagement. The Tories blame the Labour Party for all the problems (even after more than 6 years of Tory government)!

  4. Barry Davies

    I doubt not many people will care after 6 ewers of camerons propaganda that anyone not woking is an idle parasite unlike the “hardworking people” he was so in favour of.

  5. john thurman

    its all false flag crap. its all rubbish to take our minds away from the real abuse that’s happening right here right now in uk. I am a carer for someone with bipolar and is possibly on the autism spectrum to. we do the test and stuff, and it’s very likely she was misdiagnosed in the first place 10 years ago.
    if she is autistic and not bipolar. it now seems she will be assessed and loose her dla.

  6. Jt Zoonie

    it would seem the tory party are trying to take us back to Victorian England. for anyone who knows history this is a bad move for all but the rich. problem is now we have nothing we had back then because its all been sold to the Americans. arm being an example. you all have one of there cpus in your smartphones. first thing may did was flog the company to america. i despair

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