Imagine what Labour’s lead would be without people on the inside trying to cause trouble.
The fake anti-Semitism allegations against some prominent members are an obvious indication of troublemaking, to me – but that’s because I have been a victim of them.
If this, and other issues were resolved – and the public had access to news media that were fair and accurate – who knows what Labour’s lead could become?
Labour has surged to a 7% poll lead amid fears that ongoing brutal cuts by the Tories will spark a recession.
Survation, which accurately predicted last year’s election result, puts Jeremy Corbyn on 44%, with Theresa May’s Conservative Party trailing on 37% and the Lib Dems notching just 9%.
Half of those polled said they expect the UK to slide into a recession within the next two years and 62% said they want this week’s Spring Budget Statement to announce a real-terms increase in spending on public services.
Some 48% who voted Tory at the last general election think cuts have gone too far.
This is the hard truth that shows the harshness of the Tories’ NHS pay offer, and the lie it represents.
If the UK plunges out of the EU with no free trade agreement, then prices of food and drink are likely to rise by one-sixth.
That is a huge mark-up, and one that makes the Tories’ below-inflation pay increase for NHS staff even more of a mockery than it already is.
If the UK leaves the European Union in the way Theresa May seems determined to take it, then the majority of the population will be forced into food poverty – at a time when wages will have been deliberately (and wrongly) depressed for more than eight years.
The rich will do quite all right, thank you very much.
But the UK will become no better than a corrupt Third World dictatorship.
Food and drink prices are set to soar under even the best potential Brexit outcome, a secret study reveals.
The Brexit Committee has released the EU Exit Analysis – Cross Whitehall Briefing six weeks after parts were leaked.
It predicts non-tariff barriers would raise prices 8% to 17%, depending on whether we fell under European Economic Area rules, a free trade pact or World Trade Organisation terms.
Following on from yesterday’s video in which Ash Sarkar of Evolve Politics interviewed a man who seemed to think people were immigrating into the UK to take our jobs and lie around on benefits doing nothing, here’s another.
The BBC’s Nick Robinson went out to the people and carried out a very simple vox pop. He asked passers-by: “Should immigration be controlled?” If they said it should, he then asked “Who should we allow into the country?”
How many deaths will be recorded as a result of the cold weather in the winter of 2017-18?
How many of them will be of women aged over 60 and men over 65?
This is the Tory attack on the old.
Pensions cost the Department for Work and Pensions more than all its other expenditure combined. Tories hate paying them to people who have actually worked for a living and paid their taxes and National Insurance.
So they are raising the age at which people can claim their pension, and changing the conditions under which it is drawn.
It’s a short-sighted policy, because pensioners are now the Conservative Party’s main constituency.
It may be some small consolation to the families of those whose lives are endangered – or lost – because of these selfish politicians, if they are ousted from power for many years as a result.
Almost a million fewer pensioners are eligible for emergency cold weather payments than when the Tories took power, figures show.
Around 1.7million people on Pension Credit could qualify for Cold Weather Payments to help with fuel bills in winter 2017/18.
That was down from 2.6million in 2010/11, according to data requested by Labour from the independent House of Commons Library.
The number of people on Pension Credit who can qualify has steadily fallen.
Labour blamed the fall in Pension Credit claimants on a rise in the state pension age for women, Budget measures since 2011 and changes under the new-style state pension.
It’s great that the percentage rate of successful appeals against refusal of Personal Independence Payment is at its highest ever.
But that number hides the fact that only eight per cent of those who have been refused the benefit appeal.
This is because the Conservative government does not want to pay the benefit to anybody at all. Even payments to those who most clearly qualify are only granted because the recipients are likely to die in the near future.
So they learned from their experience with appeals against bad ESA decisions, and introduced a delaying tactic called Mandatory Reconsideration.
Those who are refused the benefit must go through the MR process before they may appeal to a tribunal – and they are paid nothing during the time they spend waiting for MR.
Simply put, the Tories starve them out.
That is the reason, as the DWP spokesperson states at the end of the Mirror article quoted below, only “eight per cent have been appealed and four per cent have been overturned”.
In addition, there is no support available for claimants who want to appeal.
“WHY do only 8 in every 100 cases appeal? Because there is scant support for them to appeal with (a) no legal aid to pay for this; (b) because an appeal is a lengthy time-consuming process and linked with that (c) appeals are NOT routinely undertaken by welfare rights agencies such as the CAB.”
So when you read the following, remember it’s only part of the story – a story the DWP and the Conservative government don’t want you to understand.
The victory rate for people appealing for disability benefit has reached its highest ever.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) assessments have been branded a “total failure” as 69% of people appealing them at a tribunal now win their case.
That is the highest percentage success rate ever recorded since the benefit launched in 2013.
Today’s figures show that between October and December 2017, 20,144 benefit tribunals were completed – and 13,881 ended in victory for the claimant.
Separately 69% of appeals for sickness benefit Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) also ended in victory in the three-month period, just short of a record.
Campaigners argue assessments for the new benefit are unfit for purpose.
Of 947,000 people moving from DLA to PIP, almost half (46%) had their payments downgraded or stopped.
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