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The government’s own figures have proved what has been obvious since 2010: minorities, women and disabled people are the ones being hit the hardest. If the point of government is to make the already disadvantaged worse off, then the Conservatives have used the last seven years in power exceptionally well. Today the Equality and Human Rights Commission released a major report calculating the impact austerity is having on Britain – painstakingly calculating the impact that changes to all tax, social security and public spending since 2010 will have on each of us by 2022.feedback
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Nov 16 2017
Frances Ryan has most recently been quoted in an article called Elaine Morrall died in a freezing home - the state is tossing away people’s lives. Frances Ryan said, “The tragic death of this mother of four following benefit cuts shows how the government is failing even in its most basic duty – to keep its citizens safe. When Elaine Morrall’s body was found at her home in Runcorn this month, she was wrapped up in a coat and scarf. That Elaine was only 38 and has left four children behind are heartbreaking details to a case that has rightly been shared widely on social media. But one aspect is particularly haunting: Elaine’s home was cold because, unable to pay the bills, she only turned the heating on when her children came home from school.”. Frances Ryan has been quoted a grand total of 20 times in 17 articles.
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May 04 2017

Department for Work and Pensions assessments are damaging people’s lives. And they don’t even provide the predicted savings. ‘Can you tell me why you haven’t killed yourself yet?” As she speaks to me from her home in Sheffield, Alice Kirby is not recounting abuse shouted at her in the street but the question put to her in a disability benefit assessment.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - British politics

From the botched universal credit scheme to a housing policy that puts people on the streets, Conservative policies are a masterclass in incompetence. One of the greatest falsehoods of modern British politics is that the public purse is safe in Conservative hands. As George Osborne slopes off from public office, he leaves the stain of a government that imposed a decade of gruelling austerity in the name of “deficit reduction”, all for nought, as he missed his own targets again and again.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - Social security

If more people become stakeholders in the welfare state it becomes so much more difficult for the Tories to lay waste to it. Brexit may define this election, but as the NHS haemorrhages resources and struggling families see their annual incomes squeezed by thousands of pounds, politicians would do well to remember Britain is facing other battles. And though it may not seem it, Labour’s recent pledge of free school meals for all primary pupils is in many ways a symbol of the conversation we should now be starting. When it comes to public services and social security, two big themes jump out: first, that there is a critical level of underfunding and mismanagement that is damaging a growing number of people’s lives; and second, how government should respond.feedback

Apr 13 2017

From child tax cut restrictions to universal credit, the government has crossed its own red lines. Soon millions more children will go hungry. Exactly four years since Britain’s first wave of cuts came into force – and as this month’s new measures begin to take hold – we’re entering what we may call the next stage of austerity. Where, at first, particular sections of the poor and marginalised – the disabled, people with mental health problems and the unemployed – were targeted, now it’s free rein on anyone who’s struggling.feedback

Apr 06 2017

The safety net is being picked apart thread by thread and the most vulnerable kids are left to fall through. Benefit cuts come into force today that will push a quarter of a million children into poverty. But what’s terrifying is that when it comes to this government throwing away swaths of children’s futures, this is only part of the picture. With little fuss, the Conservatives have quietly been overseeing a crisis in the system designed to help the country’s most vulnerable children.feedback

Mar 30 2017

The latest government changes equate illness with a lack of motivation, as welfare becomes a tool to modify behaviour. What’s worse: kicking someone because you’ve convinced yourself it will help them, or knowing it won’t and doing it anyway? This isn’t some abstract moral dilemma: with a new wave of “welfare” cuts set to come into force next week, a perverse ideology seems to be driving government policy.feedback

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