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The TORY impoverishment of Student Nurses.

Yesterday was the last day of parliament in a week where the HoC voted with a clear majority to commit to £205BILLION in spending on a Trident weapons of mass annihilation nuclear weapons system, and the new PM used the day, like the coward she is, to announce that bursaries for the education of new student nurses will be cut from 2017. Meaning nurses will face £50,000+ debt for a degree qualification on top of which they already work a 35hr week on top to achieve. Money for Nuclear Bombs / Massive personal DEBT for student nurses!

Tory Bastards, absolute bastards!

This was just one of many “bad news” stories hidden yesterday – The Guardian article:                                          Bursaries for student nurses will end in 2017, government confirms Anger as Department of Health says replacing bursaries with loans will free up £800m a year to create extra nursing roles theguardian.com      

 

This was just one of many “bad news” stories hidden yesterday.

Britain’s new prime minister is seen as a ‘safe pair of hands’, and many of us are yearning for that at a time of massive political turmoil. But, argues Owen Jones, we should still think about what kind of politician she is. From opposing the convention of human rights, to telling illegal immigrants to ‘go home’, there are things we should know about our new prime minister… https://www.facebook.com/theguardian/videos/10154358383056323/

 

Mark McGowan, The Artist Taxi Driver: “Not only does Theresa May want student nurses to work unpaid for 37.5hrs a week they also want to charge them £10,000’s just to be able to work!”

 

May is such an appalling threat to any sort of freedom (except that of fraudsters to evade detection)

This Theresa May government will get away with murder… just like the previous Tory administration did with IDS.

This all happened under David Cameron’s watch.

George Duncan Smith: “I’m improving peoples lives, I’m getting them off benefits and I’m proud of my achievements.”

Below are some of his ‘achievements’;

Larry Newman suffered from a degenerative lung condition, his weight dropping from 10 to 7 stone. Atos awarded him zero points, he died just three months after submitting his appeal.

Paul Turner, 52 years old. After suffering a heart attack, he was ordered to find a job in February. In April Paul died from ischaemic heart disease.

Christopher Charles Harkness, 39. After finding out that the funding for his care home was being withdrawn, this man who suffered with mental health issues, took his own life.

Sandra Louise Moon, 57. Suffering from a degenerative back condition, depression and increasingly worried about losing her incapacity benefit. Sandra committed suicide by taking an overdose.

Lee Robinson, 39 years old. Took his own life after his housing benefit and council tax were taken away from him.

David Coupe, 57. A Cancer sufferer found fit for work by Atos in 2012. David lost his sight, then his hearing, then his mobility, and then his life.

Michael McNicholas, 34. Severely depressed and a recovering alcoholic. Michael committed suicide after being called in for a Work Capability Assessment by Atos.

Victor Cuff, 59 and suffering from severe depression. Victor hanged himself after the DWP stopped his benefits.

Charles Barden, 74. Charles committed suicide by hanging due to fears that the Bedroom Tax would leave him destitute and unable to cope.

Ian Caress, 43. Suffered multiple health issues and deteriorating eyesight. Ian was found fit for work by Atos, he died ten months later having lost so much weight that his family said that he resembled a concentration camp victim.

Iain Hodge, 30. Suffered from the life threatening illness, Hughes Syndrome. Found fit for work by Atos and benefits stopped, Iain took his own life.

Wayne Grew, 37. Severely depressed due to government cuts and the fear of losing his job, Wayne committed suicide by hanging.

Kevin Bennett, 40. Kevin a sufferer of schizophrenia and mental illness became so depressed after his JSA was stopped that he became a virtual recluse. Kevin was found dead in his flat several months later.

David Elwyn Hughs Harries, 48. A disabled man who could no longer cope after his parents died, could find no help from the government via benefits. David took an overdose as a way out of his solitude.

Denis Jones, 58. A disabled man crushed by the pressures of government cuts, in particular the Bedroom Tax, and unable to survive by himself. Denis was found dead in his flat.

Shaun Pilkington, 58. Unable to cope any more, Shaun shot himself dead after receiving a letter from the DWP informing him that his ESA was being stopped.

Paul ?, 51. Died in a freezing cold flat after his ESA was stopped. Paul appealed the decision and won on the day that he lost his battle to live.

Chris MaGuire, 61. Deeply depressed and incapable of work, Chris was summonsed by Atos for a Work Capability Assessment and deemed fit for work. On appeal, a judge overturned the Atos decision and ordered them to leave him alone for at least a year, which they did not do. In desperation, Chris took his own life, unable to cope anymore.

Peter Duut, a Dutch national with terminal cancer living in the UK for many years found that he was not entitled to benefits unless he was active in the labour market. Peter died leaving his wife destitute, and unable to pay for his funeral.

Julian Little, 47. Wheelchair bound and suffering from kidney failure, Julian faced the harsh restrictions of the Bedroom Tax and the loss of his essential dialysis room. He died shortly after being ordered to downgrade.

Miss DE, Early 50’s. Suffering from mental illness, this lady committed suicide less than a month after an Atos assessor gave her zero points and declared her fit for work.

Robert Barlow, 47. Suffering from a brain tumour, a heart defect and awaiting a transplant, Robert was deemed fit for work by Atos and his benefits were withdrawn. He died penniless less than two years later.

Carl Joseph Foster-Brown, 58. As a direct consequence of the wholly unjustifiable actions of the Job centre and DWP, this man took his own life.

Martin Hadfield, 20 years old. Disillusioned with the lack of jobs available in this country but too proud to claim benefits. Utterly demoralised, Martin took his own life by hanging himself.

David Clapson, 59 years old. A diabetic ex-soldier deprived of the means to survive by the DWP and the governments harsh welfare reforms, David died all but penniless, starving and alone, his electricity run out.

Jan, a lady of unknown age suffering from Fibromyalgia, driven to the point of mental and physical breakdown by this governments welfare reforms. Jan was found dead in her home after battling the DWP for ESA and DLA.

Trevor Drakard, 50 years old, a shy and reserved, severe epileptic who suffered regular and terrifying fits almost his entire life, hounded to suicide by the DWP who threatened to stop his life-line benefits.”

Stephen Lynam, 53 suffered from anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, a heart condition and musculo-skeletal problems. Found ‘fit for work’ after a WCA. After 22 weeks his mandatory reconsideration was turned down. Facing eviction, not eating properly and getting even more depressed he died shortly after finding out he was allowed to appeal the departments decision.

Malcolm Burge, 66, was left in despair after finding himself more than £800 in debt because of a cut in his housing benefit, drove himself to the Cheddar Gorge in Somerset where he took his own life by setting himself alight in his Skoda Octavia.

Benjamin Del McDonald, 34 took his own life after his benefits were stopped and he was threatened with eviction from his home.

Mark Harper has insisted the Government is right to ignore these achievements.

David Cameron is “proud” of George Duncan Smith’s achievements!

We’re all in this together | the legacy of “Call me Dave” Cameron

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My apologies for any omissions, this list is by no means complete as I really can’t keep up, please help me by adding to this list.

* Update. This is today’s headline in the TORY supporting Daily Telegraph.

Poorest Areas of UK have lower lifespan than Rwanda

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11452079/Worse-than-Rwanda-life-prospects-in-Britains-poorest-areas.html

* update, I’m on the same wavelength as Mark McGowan…

Cameron is not a Chicken he is a Rat


Prime Minister Cameron’s legacy in no particular order… ‪#‎toryscum‬

250,000 “shell” (i.e. bogus) oil and gas companies registered to a few addresses in London,
Ideological austerity,
Bedroom tax,
Workfare (slave labour),
Food banks / Hungry Britain,
Zero hour contracts,
Pension retirement age rises,

Pensions sell off,
NHS backdoor privatisation / asset sell off,
Expenses scandal,
Pedophile dossier scandal,
Pedophile investigation cover ups,
Child poverty risen,
Tax cuts for millionaires,
Suicide rates,
Atos / and now Maximus,
Homelessness risen,
Benefit cuts,
Benefit cap,
Massive Cuts to front line services,
Fewer sure start children centres,
Waiting times in A&E up,
Longer waits to see GP ,
Longer waits to receive operations on the NHS,
Energy prices rises,
Food price rises,
Unaffordable mortgages,
£10Bn on Trident nuclear missiles,

£68Bn bankers bail out,
HSBC scandal with collusion of British government,

Attempted outsourcing of public sector workers to Tory donor corporations.
Union busting,

Tripling of University fees,
A United Nations investigation into UK disability human rights abuses.
Cost of living crisis,
Huge rise in inequality,
Pay gap at it’s widest,
Higher private rents,
Pay freezes,
Winter fuel allowance cuts,
Cuts to disability living allowance,
the massive costs of setting up P.I.P,

VAT increased,
1 million food parcels handed out in one year by the Trussell trust,
Decline in living standards,
Higher borrowing,
Higher national debt,
Affordable housing shortages,

social cleansing of London Boroughs,
social cleansing of homeless from Westminster,
squatting made illegal,

Privatization and £1 sell off of some London Fire services,
Cuts to armed forces,
Fracking,
Disgruntled U.K. workforce,
Mass strikes,
A failure to protect the poor and vulnerable,
An increase in people accessing mental health services,
An economic recovery based on the success of the boom on London’s property prices,
Andy Coulson / News International scandal Sell off of royal mail on the cheap,
Sell off of Eurostar on the cheap to Tory donor,

Highest benefit sanction rates ever,
Highest levels of overall poverty and inequality for decades
Fewer doctors,
Fewer police,
Fewer nurses,
Fewer teacher’s,
Attacks on arts & creative subjects in the schools curriculum,
Corrupt Academy schools run by Tory donors,
Increase in bankers bonuses,
0% increase in nurses pay,
Cash for peerages,
Corporate sponsorship,
Corporate tax evasion,
Massive rail fare increases,
Highest EU rates of home repossessions,
Attacks on worker’s rights,
Illegal mass surveillance and data mining,

Keith Linday-Cameron is a social justice activist who has set out to write a Letter A Day to David Cameron

Here I have reproduced today’s edition as “Shares are encouraged and welcomed.”

A letter a day to number 10. No 980

Tuesday 20 January 2015. Civil disobedience should be taught as an art form.

Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs the text for your own letter.

Website updated, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit.

Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona.

http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/

Dear Mr Cameron,

Oxfam reports that by next year 1% of the world’s population will own more wealth than the other 99%, that is 1% owning more than half of global wealth which in 2013 was given as $241 trillion, that’s $51,600 per adult in the world.

In Britain, which you say is for hard working people who want to get on as you commit to full employment, you fail to mention that more and more people are living and working in ever more insecure circumstances. You have removed safety nets at work and cut safety nets in welfare with yet more cuts on the way as the wealth divide increases.

In Britain you have created, austerity, insecurity, poverty, workfare and sanctions for the poor and ever increasing wealth for the rich. Worse still, you treat us as less than human, forcing people to take any junk job, zero hours contract, dead end, nil satisfaction, grafting for peanuts, drudgery, under threat of sanctions. Iain Duncan Smith even had the appalling temerity to invoke the dreadful sign over the gates of Auschwitz, ‘Arbeit macht frei’, saying that “disabled people would be made free by working”.

Sack the vile man!

I must say the British public has been very generous in allowing this state of affairs to continue as long as this.

I have no idea why there isn’t a much greater national outcry and action against you, the banks, debt agencies, interest charges, pointless and useless jobs, the welfare penal system and the outrageous demands on the poorest to pay off Britain’s debts which they had nothing to do with creating.

Apparently the boss of one of the world’s biggest banks last year described the UK as; the world’s “biggest, most developed tax haven” with London being the millionaire capital of the world.

There is no trickle down effect and you are making damned sure it stays that way, the money is siphoning upwards at an unbelievable rate thanks to Osbornomics and it’s time Britain engaged with civil disobedience as a national past time because that’s the only way we are going to see any social justice in this country.

As we generally seem to be unsure about civil disobedience in Britain, it should be taught in schools and colleges as a creative art.

http://www.theguardian.com/…/global-wealth-oxfam-inequality…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30875370

http://classonline.org.uk/…/low-pay-and-increased-job-insec…

http://www.theguardian.com/…/wealth-inequality-uk-ticking-t…

http://www.mirror.co.uk/…/poor-poorer-britains-richest-40bi…

http://www.theguardian.com/…/jobseekers-zero-hours-contracts

http://socialistreview.org.uk/350/work-makes-you-free

http://www.jrf.org.uk/…/households-below-minimum-income-sta…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27187398

 

Arch-psychopath, minister Iain Duncan Smith’s Department for Work and Pensions  (DWP) has launched a new propaganda scapegoating “advertising” campaign encouraging people to phone a hotline if they suspect somebody they know is fraudulently claiming benefits. {https://www.gov.uk/government/news/campaign-says-no-compromise-in-crackdown-on-benefit-fraud}

I’m sure that serious fraudulent claimants inform their friends and neighbours of their every activity, including holidays, sleeping arrangements, moments of intimacy and all of their benefit payment details, all the time, so that makes sense…

non-entity Tory scumbag Mark Harper said: “Those who cheat the system need to know we will use everything in our power to stop them stealing money from hardworking taxpayers.”  

Yet we know that there isn’t a real distinction between benefit claimants andhard-working taxpayers, as the Tories would have us believe.

Many people on benefits are also in work, but are not paid a sufficient wage on which to live!

Most people claiming benefits, including disabled people, have worked and contributed income tax previously.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the poorest citizens, including people claiming benefits, pay proportionally more indirect taxes than the wealthiest citizens.

The strivers / skivers rhetoric is simply a divert, divide and scapegoating strategy.

Growing social inequality generates a political necessity for prejudices.

The real cost of out-of-work benefits is over-estimated in relation to the welfare bill for pensions and in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit, obscuring the increasing role that the British state plays in subsidising the scandalously low wages paid by increasingly exploitative employers, in order to meet a minimum standard of living for the hard-working.

The hard-working taxpayer myth is founded on a false dichotomy, since it is estimated that around 70% of households claim benefits of one kind or another at some point in their lives.

In the current climate of low pay, no pay, poor working conditions, zero hours contracts, job insecurity, and high living costs, the myth of an all pervasive welfare-dependent  something for nothing culture is being used to foster prejudice and resentment towards those unfortunate enough to be out of work.

It also serves to bolster right-wing justification narratives that are entirely ideologically driven, which are aimed at dismantling the welfare state.

 

 

 

The artist taxi driver Mark McGowan’s reaction to Iain Duncan Smith claiming £100 expenses for 60 wet wipes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7yreO0TF2bc

This article titled “Work programme: bonuses paid even to worst performing providers” was written by Rajeev Syal, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 2nd July 2014 00.31 UTC

 

Welfare-to-work providers will receive undeserved bonuses of up to £25m even though they have failed to hit government targets for placing people in to long term jobs, officialauditors have found.

The National Audit Office has discovered that flaws in work programme contracts meant that the Department for Work and Pensions is obliged to make incentive payments to even the worst performing providers.

In a report released today, auditors also say the success rates of contractors has fallen. Around nine in every 10 claimants of employment and support allowance, who include many people with illnesses and disabilities, are failing to maintain a job.

The report is the latest damning assessment of Iain Duncan Smith’s £2.8 billion programme which has been beset with problems since its inception in 2011.

The amount paid out in bonuses from the public purse is likely to be around £31 million in 2014-15, whereas a measure of performance more dependent on results would have triggered payments of just £6 million, according to the report.

“Flawed contractual performance measures mean the department will have to make incentive payments to even the worst performing contractors,” the report said.

Auditors said that the way the contracts were drawn up also made it more expensive to sack under-performing providers. When the Department for Work and Pensions decided it wanted to drop the Newcastle College Group, it was unable to argue it had breached its contract by failing to meet minimum performance levels and instead had to use a voluntary break clause to negotiate the termination costs.

Despite claims by ministers that the work programme would be an improvement on previous schemes, auditors found that the actual performance levels were very similar.

Performance for the harder-to-help groups was also below expectations with only 11% of claimants of employment and support allowance (ESA) – paid to those with disability or long-term illness – finding work compared to a forecast of 22%, according to the report. The contractors’ own estimates showed they were now planning to spend 54% less on the harder-to-help groups than they were when they originally submitted their bids, auditors said.

Margaret Hodge, the chair of the public accounts committee which oversees the work of the NAO, expressed anger at the failure of the DWP to help those who needed it the most.

“The work programme is absolutely critical to getting people, especially some of the most vulnerable in society, into work and helping to keep them there in the longer term,” she said.

Unusually, the report was not signed off by the DWP prior to publication on the grounds that it did not reflect its view of “the relevant facts”.

The department said that no incentive payments had been made so far, and that any future payments would be included in ongoing contract negotiations.

“The work programme is helping more people than any previous employment programme and has already helped half a million people start a job and 300,000 into lasting work,” a DWP spokesman said.

The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA), representing work programme providers, insisted the scheme was working well.

“It’s quite an achievement that performance is the same level as predecessor programmes despite there being less cash in the scheme,” said ERSA chief executive Kirsty McHugh.

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“Cabinet ministers have been quietly approving hefty pay rises for some of their own special advisers while freezing or imposing sub-inflation increases on the pay of millions of other civil servants and public sector workers, official figures show.

Are you a nurse, firefighter, police, teacher, public sector worker???
Are you pissed off that Jeremy Hunt doesn’t think you are worth a pay rise for the fourth year on the bounce?
I bet you’re brimming with joy to learn of some unelected special advisor (“spades”) getting over 36% salary increases again this year!

>>> These scum do not represent You and Yours – they represent private interests – time for a massive clear out!

The rises – which in the case of one special adviser at Iain Duncan Smith’s Department for Work and Pensions was 36% last year – were condemned as outrageous last night by civil service unions and the Labour party.

The news follows a decision last week by Jeremy Hunt to refuse an across-the-board pay rise to hundreds of thousands of NHS staff.

This increase had been recommended by an official pay review board, and the decision means that NHS workers and many others in the public sector will now face a fourth year of below-inflation rises.

The same tough settlements have not applied, however, to several ministerial special advisers (“spads”), who are temporary civil servants employed to give political advice to ministers.

Last year David Cameron’s own chief of staff, Ed Llewellyn, received a 12% increase, from £125,000 to £140,000, which means he now earns more than double the £66,396 salary of an MP.” – The Guardian

These “advisers”are the same people sacked 3 years ago with loads of political announcements – by this Government – as part of their “cost-cutting” measures to make efficiency savings. – it was a charade!

““What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests do you exercise it? To whom are you accountable? And how can we get rid of you?” If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.” – Tony Benn.

The QUEEN got a £5,000,000 PAY RISE this year – not PAY – a pay RISE!

THIS IS NOT AUSTERITY – THIS IS A FUCKING ROBBERY!

The Minimum wage was increased by NINETEEN PENCE – you have to work 5 hours to get NINETY FIVE PENCE

SORRY TO WAKE YOU – go back to sticking your heads in the fucking sand. While your head’s in the sand, your ARSE is in the fucking air – and YOU are getting fucking SHAFTED!