Former Work & Pensions Secretary wants Universal Credit raise for families? Tough.

Did Stephen Crabb not read the memos when he was running the department responsible for benefits? The Tories aren’t interested in keeping families out of poverty! They’re all about putting families in poverty – so they spend the rest of their lives working their fingers to the bone to get back out again (something they’ll never do, because they are more profitable for employers if they’re in debt). A Conservative MP has called on the UK government to increase benefits for families for a year. Stephen Crabb said increasing the child…

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Raise taxes on the rich, voters tell Johnson. They’ll be disappointed – it was never in his manifesto

The Independent reckons Boris Johnson is facing a dilemma after a survey found voters who gave him his election landslide want him to raise taxes on the rich. There’s just one problem: That was never a Conservative manifesto promise so he’s under no obligation to do anything of the sort. Did these people not realise that they were voting for the promises the Tories put in their manifesto? Voters have never had the right to make demands on a government after putting it in power. And I know it must seem unfair,…

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Why did the Department of Health fail to highlight the increased risk of suicide among disability benefit claimants?

There can only be one answer: The Department of Health doesn’t have a good enough excuse. If there had been a good reason, we would have heard it; we haven’t. So there isn’t a good reason. Has the Health Department been in collusion with the Department for Work and Pensions to hide the threat to people with long-term illnesses and disabilities? If so, then protestations about multiple causes of suicide are moot. The facts indicate that a suicide risk exists – and has existed for several years. In failing to highlight…

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Labour demands scrapping of tuition fee increase – but who will support it?

Let’s be honest: Tories who asked Theresa Maybe to cut student fees will squirm – and then vote to increase them, like the good little poodles they are. And the DUP? Sorry, students, but £1.5 billion in their hands will mean more to them than cutting your debts! Excuse This Writer’s cynicism, but this vote will turn out to be an opportunity for the Conservatives and the DUP to remind us all that they cannot be trusted with government because they have no principles at all. These crawling invertebrates will…

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Cameron promises to protect pensioners’ benefits. Do you believe him?

Why should you believe a word David Cameron says? He has repeated a pledge not to introduce means testing for benefits such as bus passes, TV licences and the winter fuel allowance, if elected (not re-elected; he didn’t get enough support for that in 2010) in May. This is the man who “looked down the barrel of a camera” (as he describes it) in 2010, promised to protect the NHS, and to tell any cabinet minister proposing cuts to frontline services that they should go away and think again. He…

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DPAC threatened with legal action for supporting Anthony Kletzander: parents interview

Vox Political is glad to help publicise this campaign by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) to help Anthony Kletzander live independently. The introductory paragraph of DPAC’s current article on the subject should explain why: DPAC has removed our most recent piece on Anthony Kletzander from our website due to a ‘cease and desist’ letter from solicitors representing Nua Healthcare threatening legal action against us for raising awareness of the case. DPAC have published pieces on Anthony and his situation since late 2013. We firmly believe that Anthony’s desire for independent…

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‘Shoestring Army’ to battle government-imposed ‘slavery’ in the courts

An activist from Somerset is raising his own ‘Shoestring Army’ to crowdsource funds and mount a legal challenge against the government’s new Claimant Commitment for jobseekers, after police said they were unable to arrest Iain Duncan Smith and Lord Freud for breaching the Human Rights Act. Keith Lindsay-Cameron, of Peasedown St John, near Bath, was advised to obtain the services of a solicitor and raise a legal challenge in the courts after he made his complaint at Bath police station on Friday (May 2). He said the conditionality regime that…

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