Sunak threatens tax raid in yet another Tory u-turn

This won’t play well with the Tory backbenchers: after u-turn after u-turn over Covid-19 and schools, their government is promising yet another u-turn – over tax. Tories pride themselves on being a tax-cutting party. But Rishi Sunak is said to be threatening not just one but several tax hikes: The Tories promising a tonne of tax increases after winning an election pledging the precise opposite. It’s like the early 90s again (except without the gdp growth, historic deficits and impending climate catastrophe). — Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) August 29, 2020 And…

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Prejudiced Tories are unfairly denying benefits to people whose relatives die of Covid-19

Using an ad-blocker? PLEASE SWITCH IT OFF My ads don’t cost you anything but they do provide me the money I need to live. Using an ad-blocker on this site is as bad as stealing. Doesn’t this show how sly, sneaky and underhanded Boris Johnson and his Tory friends are? If any low-paid frontline NHS and social care workers die of Covid-19, their relatives are entitled to claim a £60,000 lump sum under a Tory compensation scheme. But if they are already claiming benefits and they do this, they will…

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

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…

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Whose fault is it that people in the UK have the lowest state pension in the developed world?

Firstly: it isn’t news that the UK pension is the lowest in the developed world. The OECD has been telling us this since at least 2017. The statistic has come to light again because there is pressure to improve the situation in the 2020 Budget, due to be announced very soon. It is a forlorn hope. In case everybody has forgotten, the government has been increasing the pension age over the last few years – and will continue to do so well into the future – because it doesn’t have…

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Fact checkers have supported Vox Political’s claims about £70/week pension cut

Independent fact checkers have confirmed much of what This Site has said about the end of ADI – the adult dependency increase – on thousands of UK pensions. But this has done nothing to allay This Writer’s fears about the use of so-called independent “fact check” services. I stated that the Tories will be cutting £70 a week from around 11,000 people’s pensions – and this is confirmed by Full Fact. I also expressed doubts about the government’s claim that people who are set to lose around £3,500 a year…

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Universal Credit sanction led to miscarriages, drug addiction and jail

In the light of this story, how do Tories justify benefit sanctions, again? Danielle John, of Wales, suffered a miscarriage at work the day before she was due to attend a Universal Credit interview with the Department for Work and Pensions. As a result, she was unable to attend the interview and forgot to notify the DWP – justifiably, as any reasonable person would say. The DWP disagreed. It seems the decision to take £10.40 per day from her benefit for 229 days – £72.80 per week or £2,381.60 for…

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Tories to cut £70 a week from 11,000 state pensions

Statistics show older people constitute the majority of Conservative voters – I bet they never knew the Tories would stab them in the back so soon! It’s even worse because the allowance for adult dependents is being phased out in any case – the Tories are simply cutting it earlier than it would have ended. It turns out 11,000 pensioners are still receiving the allowance. From April, those people will lose £3,500 per year. The DWP is claiming that current recipients of the allowance will be able to claim a…

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Tory propaganda war to push over-65s back into the workforce

This is sick from the Tories and their shills in national papers like the Express. The state pension age is rising steadily, month by month, after successive attempts to stop the changes have failed. This means hundreds of thousands of people at a time are being forced to wait longer for the pensions that their elders received earlier in life. And how do papers like The Express report this? BRITAIN’S booming economy will be powered to new heights by over-65s who want to carry on working. Because they are being forced to work…

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For 3.7 million older women, the choice in this election is between Labour and injustice

When you’ve had tens of thousands of pounds taken away by the Conservatives in a historic injustice that they won’t correct, voting Labour for £58 billion in compensation is a no-brainer. It might even cost Boris Johnson the general election. Mr Johnson has exhibited a callous indifference to the plight of the so-called WASPIs (Women Against State Pension Inequality): WASPI woman: You stole my pensionBoris Johnson: I’ll be honest – there’s nothing I can do for you, please leave me alone. — Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) November 23, 2019 Don’t…

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