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Jeremy Hunt nailed over claim to be cutting taxes for working people

Jeremy Hunt: he was laughing on the other side of his face when Martin Lewis had finished with him.

It’s great when someone nails a Tory politician over a falsehood they uttered.

Here’s what happened when Martin Lewis met Jeremy Hunt on the Martin Lewis Money Show, according to the Daily Express:

Appearing on January 9’s Martin Lewis Money Show, Mr Hunt insisted that he wants to cut even further to put more cash into ordinary people’s pockets during the cost of living crisis.

But Mr Lewis floated the idea that he’d only brought in cuts to National Insurance on January 6 – a date he branded “unusual” – so that people could see the modest benefit of the policy before fiscal drag means No10 taking more cash through taxes.

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Mr Hunt insisted that “we wanted to bring it in as quickly as we could” in order that people could have vital cash “after a period in which taxes have gone up in order to pay for the cost of the pandemic”.

The Chancellor – who has been repeatedly urged to cut taxes further with a general election looming – added: “We can’t get all the way back to where we were before the pandemic in one go.”

Mr Lewis pressed the Chancellor…

Indeed he did:

He was exactly right – as This Writer explained here.

No wonder Hunt looked like a rabbit, caught in the beam of a car’s headlights. He had nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.

And it made any further tax-cutting promises seem equally deceitful.


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Benefit cap means CUT, not rise, in benefits from April [Tory lie of the day]

A new level of cruelty: failing to increase the benefit cap in line with inflation forces more households into poverty. It doesn’t help them.

What a great example of Tories giving with one hand while taking with the other.

In April this year, the Conservative government is claiming that it will give benefit claimants an inflation-matching 6.7 per cent increase in payments.

But this will not count for people whose entitlement will exceed the benefit cap – or already does.

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This is because Jeremy Hunt, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has not raised the threshold of the cap in line with entitlements.

The cap itself is simply a limit on the maximum amount of benefit payments a household is allowed to receive – regardless of whether it is enough for those households to make ends meet.

More than 85,000 households already affected by the benefit cap will not receive a single penny more in benefit, despite continuing steep rises in the cost of living. Who knows how many more will be affected from April onwards?

According to the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG),

“The benefit cap severs the link between need and entitlement in our social security system: a household will have their total need for support assessed, and if this comes out above the level of the cap (currently £22,020 per year for families with children, or £25,323 for families in London) they will simply receive less than they need.

“There are wide variations in the amounts that households are capped, but the average is £53 a week, a loss keenly felt by those already struggling to survive below the poverty line.”

The DWP has provided this line to The Independent:

“We are supporting the most vulnerable with a record £94bn cost of living support package – worth around £3,700 per household – and have halved inflation to make everyone’s money go further.

“On top of this we’ve raised benefits by 10.1 per cent and are investing £3.5bn to help thousands into jobs – the best way to help people secure long term financial security.”

None of these points mean anything.

The £3,700 per household is actually spread over the four years between 2022 and 2025 – so it doesn’t come close to covering the £2,756 that households whose benefits are capped will lose.

Halving inflation doesn’t make anybody’s money go further; it means their money won’t go as far as it used to. If inflation is halved, it just means the speed at which prices rise has slowed down. Nobody’s money is going further because inflation is halved.

Raised benefits don’t matter to households that are already capped.

And “helping” (forcing?) people into jobs won’t do any good if the jobs are so low-paid that they have to claim Universal Credit anyway – like the 40 per cent of people in work who already do. Jobs are not the best way to help people secure long-term financial security and haven’t been for decades.

What, then, is the result of this decision to keep benefits capped at the same level, despite price rises across the board?

Simple.

It will impoverish thousands upon thousands of families across the UK. As intended by Jeremy Hunt and Rishi Sunak.
Source: DWP benefit claimants face payments cut next year | The Independent


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Tax cuts? The Tory tax take is RISING after Hunt’s autumn statement

Jeremy Hunt: he announced tax cuts but we’ll be paying more. No wonder he’s looking less than sane.

What a swindle.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt announced tax cuts in his autumn statement yesterday, sure.

But he has frozen the thresholds at which people start paying taxes at particular rates. With pay rises taking place, this means more people will pay more tax.

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Here’s Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis to explain it far better than This Writer can:


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As Jeremy Hunt prepares his autumn budget, are his own finances what they should be?

Jeremy Hunt: he seems to be looking after himself very well. What about the rest of us?

Jeremy Hunt, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, is preparing to announce his autumn budget for we mere mortals on Wednesday, curious information is emerging about his own financial affairs.

Treat this with caution as even the author says Hunt could provide information that invalidates it… but take a look at this:

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The part about the inflationary increases on his flats certainly suggests foul play by the Chancellor.

And we’ll await with baited breath his information on charity donations.

Something to bear in mind while listening to him tell us how the government is going to affect our own savings and spending?


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After coroner’s warning over death of disabled man, benefits process to get HARDER

[Image: Black Triangle Campaign].

What are the courts going to do about this?

The excellent Disability News Service is reporting that a coroner has ordered Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride to take action that will prevent flaws in the Universal Credit system leading to further deaths after a disabled man became overwhelmed by the application process and committed suicide.

Instead, it seems Stride is determined to increase the death toll exponentially.

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Here’s the DNS story:

It states:

An inquest into the death of Kevin Gale earlier this month heard from his psychiatrist, who expressed significant concerns about the way mental health service-users were supported with their universal credit claims within DWP.

The inquest also heard from the trust’s nursing director, who told the coroner that they considered the issues identified by the psychiatrist to be “national” and said they were “debilitating for service users”.

Kevin Gale, who is believed to have worked previously as a window cleaner, took his own life on 4 March 2022.

Coroner Kirsty Gomersal sent a Prevention of Future Deaths report to Stride.

She pointed to the “number of and length” of the universal credit forms that had to be completed which “can be overwhelming for someone with a mental health illness”, and which are “perpetuated if the applicant cannot get help to complete the paperwork”, while also highlighting the “long telephone queues to speak to a DWP advisor”.

She added: “Having to travel long distances for appointments can be detrimental for those with a mental health illness.”

And what’s happening to the benefit system?

Here’s The Independent:

Jeremy Hunt has warned those who “coast” on benefits will lose handouts if they refuse to take a job as part of a new crackdown.

Claimants deemed fit to work, but who fail to take steps to find employment, will be cut off from accessing benefits such as free prescriptions and dental treatment, help from energy suppliers and cheaper mobile phone packages.

Mel Stride, the work and pensions secretary, said that schemes to help people back into the workforce would also be expanded as part of a new £2.5bn five-year long back-to-work plan.

Under the plan, claimants will be forced to accept a job or undertake work experience to improve their prospects. Those who fail to do so will be hit with an “immediate sanction”.

At the moment, claimants can face open-ended sanctions where they have their benefits stopped. Those under this sanction for more than six months will now have their claims closed, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said, which would also end their access to other benefits such as free prescriptions and legal aid.

Mr Stride said: “…We are expanding the voluntary support for people with health conditions and disabilities, including our flagship Universal Support programme.

“But our message is clear: if you are fit, if you refuse to work, if you are taking taxpayers for a ride – we will take your benefits away.”

Overall, the government says expanded help-to-work schemes will help more than 1 million people over the next five years.

Part of this package includes plans to add another 100,000 people to the Individual Placement and Support scheme, which aims to get those with severe mental illness quickly into paid employment.

Mandatory work trials will be rolled out, meaning that claimants will be forced to accept a job or do work experience to improve their prospects, and those who fail to do so will be hit with “immediate sanction”.

Reform of the “fit note” system will also be explored under the plans. In a trial in certain, fit notes, an alternative to sick notes which set out what work someone can do, will be handed out by the benefits system, not doctors.

So, after receiving an order from the courts to make it easier for people with severe mental health problems to claim disability benefits, Stride and Hunt have chosen to make it many orders of magnitude harder.

And we can all see them:

The last of the ‘X’ posts above makes an extremely good point.

If these changes are being made in order to allow the government to make tax cuts in advance of a general election, then the Tories will once again be pushing the most vulnerable people in society to their deaths, to make already-comfortable people a little better-off.

Are you disabled or suffering from a long-term sickness? Do you want to die to boost the bank account of someone who is already wealthy?

Are you a Tory voter? Do you have sick or disabled relatives and/or friends?

Which of them do you want to see die, so you get a tax cut that will induce you to vote Tory again?


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Tories say they’ve halved inflation. They haven’t

Grinning idiots: Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt, who falsely claimed that cutting inflation is cutting tax and giving people more money to spend, are now falsely claiming that they have managed to cut inflation down to their target. They did nothing.

A friend of This Writer emailed me today to forward a communication he had received from the Conservative government – saying it has achieved its aim of halving inflation.

It hasn’t.

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Inflation was always going to come down – and some have pointed it out, although I’m not sure where the community note on ‘X’ has gone, that is mentioned in the following post:

[Additional – November 16, 2023: I’ve found a post with the community note added to it and have added it into the article immediately below.]

Not only that, but halving inflation is not the huge help to the public that Rishi Sunak and his cadre claim it is:

The example in the TUC’s post is informative because food inflation is still higher than 10 per cent. Gareth Davies, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, was called out on it by Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain:

The verdict:

The Tories are trumpeting a change they have done nothing to achieve, that is not helping you at all. Don’t be fooled.


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Vox Political reacts to Jeremy Hunt’s Tory conference speech [VIDEO]

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I apologise in advance for the state of my face; I’m getting over an illness so I’m stubbly and spotty – and a bit croaky.

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These Conservatives are telling us they do not understand inflation

Grinning idiots: Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt have both falsely claimed that cutting inflation is cutting tax and giving people more money to spend. THIS IS A LIE.

Both the UK’s prime minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer are economically illiterate and do not know that cutting inflation does not put any money back into the pockets of the poor.

Both Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt have gone on the record, referring to inflation as a tax. It is not.

Either they are lying or they are too stupid to understand that they are wrong.

Cutting inflation does not reduce the amount of money people are having to pay for goods and services – those prices still rise, but just not as fast.

So when this happens…

… the prime minister of the United Kingdom is lying directly to the public.

Here are clips of Sunak and Hunt telling this lie to you, the public, along with a snippet of argument explaining why their claim is wrong:

(The point is that inflation may act as a tax when it increases but the amount of money you are paying does not reduce when inflation does, as it would if a tax was cut.)

Of course the other branch of this is the claim that the Conservatives have actually done any work to reduce inflation. They haven’t.

Inflation was always going to come down from the historic highs it hit a year or so ago. Those were caused by situations in foreign countries that caused shortages of energy and food, raising their prices.

Those shortages have now largely been resolved, but the price rises have been cemented into our lives. The reason inflation has fallen is that it is a current figure, representing the amount prices have risen over a particular length of time. After a year, price rises drop off all the current inflation figures.

So: inflation is not a tax and its fall does not put more money in your pocket, and the Conservatives have done nothing to bring it down anyway. Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt have lied through their teeth at you. This is not an auspicious start to the Tory Propaganda Carnival – I mean, Party Conference.


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The news in tweets: Monday, July 10, 2023

Number of people waiting long periods for PIP claim result has plummeted

The number waiting longer than six months has dropped from more than 20,000 to just 300 within 12 months, and the DWP says it has halved the time it takes in acting on a claim.

But how many claims are the DWP processing now, in comparison to 12 months ago? What is the figure as a proportion of all claims received? And – more to the point – how many are successful?

Ofgem asks energy suppliers to publish all their tariffs, so customers know what deals are worthwhile

Scam adverts: the government has STILL enacted no laws to protect you against them

Are doctors in Scotland well-advised to suspend strikes after pay offer of 17.5% over two years?

It may seem a lot but doctors in Scotland have only suspended their strike action for a pay deal of 8.75 per cent per year – that’s still less than the current rate of inflation and therefore a pay cut.

But it is more than junior doctors have been offered by Health Secretary Steve Barclay – whose own pay packet has not been reduced by inflation.

Meanwhile, teachers are being told their own job is a “vocation” – meaning it is especially worthy of dedication – and they should be happy with £27,000 a year, by Heather Wheeler. Take a look at this point:

There is no degree in being a member of Parliament, and most of the degrees in politics don’t seem to be worth the paper they’re written on (look at the havoc wreaked on the nation by graduates of Oxford’s Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) course). It is a career for which there is no qualification and cannot be described as a vocation – but Heather Wheeler draws down a salary of £82,000 a year, plus expenses.

And it is important to remember that teachers aren’t just striking to get better pay for themselves. Government spending on education suffered its longest-ever decline under the Tory governments between 2011 and 2019, and teachers are striking to ensure that education as a whole is properly funded:

And the Tory arguments that pay increases would raise the rate of inflation have already been proved false.

So there is no good reason for refusing to pay doctors, teachers and other striking workers what they are due – which would bring them to parity – in real terms – with their pay in 2010. And there’s no good reason for refusing to properly fund education and the NHS either; taxation is currently at its highest in something like 70 or 80 years, which should mean public money is available for such projects. What have the Tories done with it?

All of the above supports the following short clip, making an important point that should be remembered by everyone who complains about strikes:

Did Jeremy Corbyn grab Israel Advocacy member – as he claims – or was the MP the one who was assaulted?

Here’s video footage of what happened. The context note beneath it clarifies exactly what really did happen. Reggie D Hunter’s comment is pertinent too:

These aggressively Zionist, pro-Israel goons think they can do whatever they like and then lie about it when we can see what’s really happening via their own recordings.

Remember that, next time one of them makes a wild accusation.

Most train ticket offices in England to be shut within three years, no matter how many people it disadvantages

That’s the theory. Here’s the practical upshot:

Does anybody remember a piece of law called the Disability Discrimination Act? Did it not make provision for a situation like this?

If not, is it time that Act was amended?

Jeremy Hunt to appear on Martin Lewis ITV show about mortgages – and you can help grill him

Tin-eared airport bosses want to increase pollution there by 60% amid public fury over environmental harm

Minister for disabled people refuses to discuss his disability action plan with them

Perhaps Tom Pursglove doesn’t want disabled people to object to the plan to close railway ticket offices?

Perhaps there are a multitude of other omissions in his plan that he doesn’t want to allow under the spotlight until it has been rubber-stamped?

Whatever the excuse, this is unacceptable behaviour from any government. Nobody’s life should be changed by the government if they haven’t had a chance to participate in the process.

“Nothing about us without us,” remember?


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The race is on to replace Boris Johnson – but are any of the candidates worth it?

Darkness over Westminster: we’re starting to find out which Tory MPs think they can replace Boris Johnson as party leader and prime minister – and they’re a desperately disappointing group.

The Conservative Party is in a deep mess if it can’t find somebody to replace Boris Johnson who the public will respect.

And the choices are extremely limited.

So far, it seems, only three people have even indicated a desire to become the next leader – and prime minister.

If you think Tom Tugendhat is the straightest of them, think again. A former Territorial Army Lieutenant Colonel, he’s a sabre-rattler who has verbally attacked Iran and Russia while supporting similarly vicious regimes in Saudi Arabia and Israel. As prime minister, he may put the UK in danger of participating in a series of harmful foreign adventures.

Suella Braverman, on the other hand, is a confirmed swivel-eyed loony. She used to be chair of the hard-right hard-Brexiteer European Research Group of Tory MPs that was funded from members’ expenses claims – meaning you paid for it.

She supports plans to strip us of our human and work-related rights – a project made possible by Brexit – while hiding behind publicity campaigns about bringing back blue passports (which could have been done at any time).

She merrily planned to support breaches of the UK’s international treaty agreements with the Internal Market Bill, knowing that it would harm the fragile peace in Northern Ireland. This willingness to break international law prompted the Bar Council to point out to her that a crime which broke the law in a “specific and limited way” – the phrase used by the Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, when he announced the move – was still a crime.

As Attorney General, she didn’t like the acquittal of the so-called “Colston 4” who toppled the statue of slaver Edward Colston in 2020, and considered referring the case to the Court of Appeal, thereby attacking the judgement of an independent jury, even though there was no question of there having been a mistrial. That should have been enough cause for her to be ejected from her job.

When the Metropolitan Police issued questionnaires to Downing Street staff and politicians in the wake of the Partygate scandal, Braverman was asked if fines would lead to resignations. Her response was to have an apparent breakdown in the Commons chamber:

She responded to a legitimate question with nonsense – and failed to answer the question itself.

Other possible leadership candidates include Brexiteer Steve Baker, Sajid Javid – whose resignation statement earlier this week may have done to Boris Johnson what Geoffrey Howe’s did to Margaret Thatcher, Grant Shapps – whose dodgy commercial dealings are now the stuff of legend, Liz Truss – the Evil Queen of Cheese, Rishi Sunak – whose ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme at the height of the Covid-19 crisis may have led to tens of thousands of deaths, Ben Wallace – who, as Defence Secretary, has been merrily rattling the sabre against Vladimir Putin, and former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt – who allowed private firms into the NHS with much lower standards of service, leading to a massive increase in preventable deaths.

Do you honestly think any of them is fit to lead the United Kingdom?

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