Don’t believe Boris Johnson on benefits – he is only offering more poverty, misery and death

Boris Johnson has finally published the Conservative manifesto amid a stink of embarrassment – and, for benefit claimants, a hard slap of insult. Mr Johnson offers just one promise to benefit claimants – to reduce the frequency of Personal Independence Payment reassessments –  and I don’t believe it. If Tories target a disabled person to lose their benefit, they will find an excuse to do so. Scheduled reassessments may be cut – but Mrs Mike has been threatened with random reassessments on many occasions, triggered by any reason the DWP…

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Promises on disability and social security show Labour has listened

The Labour Party has paid attention to the people and published a manifesto that promises to end many of the injustices that the Conservative government (with the Liberal Democrats between 2010 and 2015) introduced. This Writer feels duty-bound to tell you that reading the chapter on Social Security was an uplifting experience on many levels, as so many of the subjects This Site has highlighted have been tackled. Labour will scrap the Department for Work and Pensions. This Site said the DWP had become so badly damaged by the culture…

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More than HALF A MILLION CHILDREN have been harmed by cruel Tory benefit cap

  The Conservatives will be celebrating today after it was revealed that they have harmed nearly 600,000 children with their two-child cap on benefits for parents. The stated aim of the cap on child benefit is to stop people having large families whilst on benefits. But this is a fallacy. Most of the people hit by the cap are in working families. And it is in fact harmful to the UK and its economy. The number of children born here is lower now than in the past, making it economically difficult…

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Another Theresa May manifesto promise evaporates in a puff of hot air

It’s all about gas. While Theresa May is full of it, she has failed to fulfil a promise to cap energy prices – and now an energy company is hiking its bills. According to The Independent: “British Gas will hike its prices by an average of 5.5 per cent next month, taking the price of its standard tariff to £1,161 for a typical dual fuel customer. “The energy firm said the increase was due to rising wholesale and policy costs, and blamed government policy for putting more pressure on customers’ bills.”…

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Bankers’ bonus cap could be scrapped after Brexit

Is this the reason certain people in the financial sector are so keen on Brexit? Bankers caused the crash and subsequent Great Recession, around a decade ago, but Tories tried to blame it on the Labour Party in an attempt to divert attention away from the huge bonuses that were still being paid out. It wasn’t until 2014 that a cap was introduced on bankers’ bonuses. Now, it seems, that cap could be removed with our departure from the EU, making it possible for bankers to fleece the rest of…

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Economic forecasts make nonsense of Tory policy – but will be used to hammer the poor again

Commentators like the Financial Times would like to say government plans are going sideways because of “weak economic forecasts”, but the fact is they were always rubbish. Tory deficit reduction ideas that involve squeezing the poor rather than expanding UK productivity and economic output were never going to work. That’s never – not a few years after they predicted. Today we found out that the Office for Budget Responsibility has been over-optimistic in all its productivity forecasts for the seven years since it was formed by David Cameron. Some of us aren’t…

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As we head into conference season, here are the main stories of the new Parliament – so far

It seems possible that certain unscrupulous politicians might want to distract us from the issues that affect us the most, so This Site has put together a handy, quick-reference guide for you… … in handy infographics that you can copy and paste anywhere you like! (You’re welcome!) Vox Political needs your help! If you want to support this site (but don’t want to give your money to advertisers) you can make a one-off donation here: Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.…

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Most people want the public sector pay cap lifted. Shame the government will cheat on it

How pleasant to see that the majority of people in the UK believe the public sector pay cap has been unjust and should be lifted! And how unpleasant to see that the minority Conservative government’s reaction is to pretend to be helping, while in fact doing nothing of the kind. Two years of pay freezes followed by four years with pay rises capped at one per cent mean, for example, that teachers’ unions have been able to claim that average pay has fallen by 15 per cent behind inflation since…

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Fake News: Benefit Cap – Shoddiest of inept journalism from The Guardian – SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

Joe Halewood has done some good detective work here. It would be easy for people to ignore those obvious piece of ‘fake news’ if they had no particular interest in the subject matter; fortunately Joe has years of experience and has unpicked the story with ease. Please visit his site for the full details. Today Dawn Foster in the Guardian takes false information from a local newspaper that in turn comes from obvious false information from a local council and reports it as fact concerning the overall benefit cap. Can…

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Three-quarters of the people hit by the Benefit Cap are children. Things just got even worse

How far does the Conservative Government have to go before people wake up and realise what it is doing? When your children are plunged into poverty, perhaps? Or has that happened already, and you’ve done nothing about it?* The government [has taken] another step to increase the number of children in poverty. They have done this by cutting the Benefit Cap, first introduced by the Coalition government. Outside London, the number of people in need whose benefits are cut is likely to go up by more than 700% and even in London the…

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