Call for Budget boost to tackle poverty and boost incomes is naive political optimism

Money: Boris Johnson is rolling in it but his policies have starved the UK of the cash that is the lifeblood of the economy.

Give the SNP its due: at least the Scottish nationalists are keeping Tory impoverishment of the public in the national conversation.

On the eve of the Budget 2020 statement, they are calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to boost the incomes of the poorest people.

But it’s never going to happen.

Not under a Tory government, anyway.

Tories like keeping people poor.

They planned a strategy to make us all poor, back in the 1970s – and have been following it faithfully ever since. Did you think the attack on trade unions and the dismantling of our industry was a mistake?

Think again.

We already know the call to abolish the Bedroom Tax will fall on deaf ears; the Tories just announced that they’re not lifting it from people who have suffered discrimination because of it, so they certainly won’t help anyone else.

We know that calls to halt Universal Credit until “fundamental flaws” are fixed – like the five-week wait for initial payments that push people deep into debt – won’t attract attention. Therese Coffey said last week that the five-week wait will remain.

And we know the Tories won’t boost support for pensioners; their contempt for the WASPI women is well-demonstrated.

Instead, we’re likely to see Mr Sunak announcing measures that appear to be generous without actually helping the majority of the people.

He’ll try to boost business – so very rich businesspeople will profit more.

And he’ll probably make good on some of the empty promises that Boris Johnson has already made – the extra NHS funding that the Tories say is the biggest boost in history, but isn’t; the doubling of flood defence funding that they were forced to announce out of embarrassment.

So don’t expect change of any value to you at all.

Just be ready to attack the Tories for their habitual cruelty.

Source: Budget 2020: Tories must reverse benefit cuts to tackle poverty and boost incomes – Welfare Weekly

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3 thoughts on “Call for Budget boost to tackle poverty and boost incomes is naive political optimism

  1. Colin Clarke

    I am going to have to pay for my TV licence in a couple of weeks time. The freeby is only for people on income support. But, why do I have to pay for a channel I rarely watch because of it’s use as a political broadcaster for the Tory government? We now watch three subscription channels but still have to pay for the BBC licence. Surely it is time that the BBC is removed to a subscription channel which would mean an end to paying for something we do not want to view!

  2. trev

    Tory policies and ideology has exacerbated poverty in the first place. They are the cause of widespread destitution, the growth in homelessness, the exponential growth of foodbank reliance and in-work poverty too. Tories will never tackle poverty – they believe in causing it.

  3. Stu

    Putting back half of what you took away and expecting a pat on the back for it is hardly progress !
    Adding to that, adopting watered down versions of Labour policies and calling it genius is nothimg to be proud of…..

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