Take back control of our Public Services


As the year 2018 came to an end I reflect on wild weathers around the world and the every increasing of soup kitchens and food banks on the raise both in the UK and abroad. There is no doubt we had both good and bad weathers as we toast and roll in to bring in 2019 there will be a group of people who will be left out and many more will suffer due to losing out on their livelihood forced out of their accommodations and businesses which will leave some people to resort to rough sleeping, sofa surfing. Spare a thought for the rough sleepers and homeless people. Welcome to the year of 2019. I hope all enjoyed their Christmas and New Year celebrations.

A new report by Shelter shows Britain’s homelessness crisis is deepening – 320,000 people were homeless in Britain at the end of March this year, an increase of 13,000 people in just nine months. According to the latest official data, 320,000 people were homeless in Britain at the end of March this year, an increase of four per cent or 13,000 people in just nine months. That adds up to 47 people becoming homeless each day. See details via link provided.

https://www.bigissue.com/latest/there-are-now-more-than-300000-people-living-homeless-in-britain/

Whilst it’s true the only way is up when you are in employment the same is true what goes up must come down. This government says their employment records informs them that there is full employment and the dread sentence austerity is ended. Stop telling porkies if anything many people are still facing poverty and councils are being cut to the core bone which has led to closures to some services and it’s hurting and it’s not working.

Conservative Chancellor of The Exchequer continues with his predecessor (George Osborne) budget plans to increase public services workers pay with a measly 1% and in return more austerity towards public services and he is not backing down anytime soon which this serves to reminds us of he is a friend to all is friend to none. No amount of money thrown at our beloved NHS will solve the problem, whilst I welcome the extra 20.5bn I’m afraid its still not enough will fix it as it goes in one hand it goes out in the other hand to pay staff and equipments as our NHS modernise to catch with the rest of the world. Secondly there is no doubt the political money tree has found its way to fund our mental health services 2bn its still not enough as it does not cover Scotland. There is no doubt that free prescription fraud should have safeguards in place however I’m not convinced that Jeremy Hunt can solve this problem at a stroke of a pen. Prescription fraud cost our beloved NHS an estimated £256m a year. Jeremy Hunt solution is to introduce a new digitalise system to be piloted this year will mean pharmacies can intensify verifying who is entitled to free medication. The question need to be answered such as will system affect people with long term conditions such as mental heath, learning difficulties, diabetes, and how much will this cost the taxpayers for the systemic failure of previous software which the list goes on.

Children are the future of tomorrow they all should receive the best education that is available as they will be our future engineers, teachers, scientists, and solicitors to build our nation. It’s no surprise after the Chancellor of the Exchequer has anger teachers and parents by announcing a one off payment 400m for little extras. This is nothing more than a kick between the legs and an insult to our future generations by saying all you are only worth is four pence.

Is this chancellor of the exchequer having a laugh at the taxpayers expense by providing 7m for councils for elderly care and those with disabilities in England?

Hell has no fury as the chancellor of exchequer doesn’t recognise that councils are at breaking point. Frankly it would not surprise voters to learn that a conservative council gone bust and talk about mismanagement under the conservative and the prime minister has the gull to try put the blame on the previous government for their incompetence and mismanagement According to the Bureau of investigative journalism at least 499 homeless people have died in the UK during the last 12 months an investigation has found are the first attempt to catalogue the number of homeless people to die in a year. The ages of the deceased ranged 18 and 94 and 69% of them were men.

Councils up and down the country are facing a massive funding crisis. They’re reaching breaking point and the Tory government is to blame. Austerity has caused Huge damage to communities across the UK since 2010. It’s had devastating effects on key public services that protects the needy, children at risk, disabled adults, and elderly and basic services we rely on, like clean and safe streets, libraries and children centres. This is not project fear, this is reality and this is what the conservatives wants to promote by selling off the best bits of our public services.

What a utter disgrace has the day of reckoning arrived for this government who claims that austerity is over and exciting time are coming this sounds like a myth coming out of a dark corner of the wall in 11 Downing Street as if a magic money tree has reappear again . The Tories with the support of Libdems(previous coalition) and now  DUP bare the responsibility for the cuts in our public service to the bare bones and their expectation of public servants should carry on with their public duties like its business as usual. Let’s be very clear its hurting councils all over UK and Scotland and frankly its not working and the reality is, the worst is yet to come. Welcome to Australia and USA where most of their public services are in the private sectors hands they continue to milk the government(s) of the day under the guise of TTIP.

Tories tells us more porkies about their track record. The Prime Minister claims that austerity is over even while planning a further 1.3bn cut to council budgets this year. After 9 years of Tory cuts to local government many councils are now facing a crisis in funding. Tory Northamptonshire has gone bust. Even the Tory chair of the Local Government Association says “council’s can no longer be expected to run vital services on a shoestring” Its time that all elected members take back control of our councils via their Members of Parliament to get reasonable funding from central government to let our services continue to run smoothly.

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My reflections on various national party leaders at their annual conferences


It’s time for Theresa May to recognise the catastrophic impact eight years of uninterrupted austerity has had on local services and communities. By 2020, councils will have lost 77 per cent of their budget, leading to infrastructural and social collapse. We have already seen huge increases in crime, foodbank usage and homelessness, alongside a decline in life expectancy. All are ‘inevitable consequences’ of the cuts. I’m happy to show my unconditional solidarity with 60 other politicians from the West Midlands to write to Mrs May demanding an end to her ruinous austerity.  Cuts have consequences and the people have had enough.

So glad that Theresa May has come to Birmingham and is so happy with life that she’s dancing to Dancing Queen while our residents have to deal with the impact of a horrendous amount of public service cuts. I couldn’t give a flying monkeys about her dancing style, I’m sure many people on the poverty line will give her lessons any day, I’d prefer if she actually opened her eyes to what everyone else is seeing. Get real.

Here are my reasons why I will not kiss and go into bed with the Libdems, Tories, and UKIP:

76 residents died Grenfell unnecessarily because the regulations here not adhere to for the tenants’ safety which happened under the conservatives.

The lack of justice for the Windrush Generation thousands of commonwealth citizens were recruited to work in Britain. Under the current Conservative government they are being denied visas, passports and permission to remain. Many BAME communities who served this nation of ours in two world wars and when Britain went all over the world to call on those communities to serve this empire they came with their families to work in our public services they felt a sense of belong now they threatened with deportation.

The continuation of private housing is being used by some unscrupulous landlords to maximize rents and if you can’t pay it’s a case of hit the highway. This government alleges that they are building more housing every year. Frankly this is only for the rich and not for the many but for the few.

The concept of universal credit rolled all the benefits into one sounds like a good on paper but in practice it’s not working and it’s hurting the very people who depends on it. The average working people who are working receives their pay every four weeks under the new benefit system the unemployed receives theirs every five weeks instead of fortnightly. They have to wait six weeks for it to be process in the meantime they can take out to cover it until it reaches your bank account. It’s no wonder why people who are just starting out on benefits felt they are being short changed. On a average month there is 31 days, in some there is 30 days in a month and one month there is 28 days.

Philip Hamilton announced there is more cuts to follow at the Conservative conference see details below:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/philip-hammond-make-13billion-cut-13338183

I must say Bishop Welby hit the nail on the head and I dare anybody to challenge what he said is wrong at the TUC conference as I cannot see the Conservatives or DUP and Libdems putting this into action as the Libdems and DUP have lost credibility by jumping into bed with the Conservatives with their manifesto for the next general elections when it will be called. See article below:

https://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/speaking-and-writing/speeches/archbishop-canterburys-speech-tuc

Thousands turn out in Birmingham to demonstrate against the Tory austerity plans as we all know that it is hurting and not working, as there is nothing left for future generations. Rather than running services into the ground we should keep public services public properly funded as a key asset. I fully concur with Sir Albert Bore analysts of the Jaws of Doom on the future of public services and how the delivery of councils has changed see article below:

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/birmingham-could-stripped-bare-minimum-15184598

I’m minded to remind Parliamentarians, Councillors from all the political parties that people felt their vote are taking for granted and they cant see any difference to their pay packets, all they can witness is the cost of austerity, unsympathetic policies and lack of understanding for the plight faced by everyday people is ruining lives. Teenage suicides in England and Wales have increased by 67%, rough-sleeping nationally increased by 169% as trends continue with detrimental increases occurring since 2010. The damaged caused in less than a decade is absolutely staggering. So much for austerity one has to wonder if this government and establishment really care enough for our communities. Is it a case of I’m alright Jack I’m doing well, I don’t really care what happens to you I have a roof over my head and I pay my bills on time, I have a rich wife or I have a rich husband that can provide for me and my family.

The effect of the funding cuts to public service shows itself of a daily basis. Im not at all surprised that both Councillors and MPs regularly have complaints from local residents about prostitution, anti social behaviour, and lower level crime which the police simply do not have the resources to deal with. However more can be done to help their constituency to address this by not paying lip services residents want to see more action by our elected members to improve their quality of life not just for them but for their children’s future.

I say to this Conservative Government until the government starts to recognise the root causes of wastage of food, increase of food prices, food-banks, soup-kitchens, mobile bills for those on contract, utilities bills, and petrol. They should not pay lip services with people’s lives rather than tackling the root causes.

This grieves me my heart to constantly read in all National Press, Opposition Parties, Council Leaders and Think-tanks quotes council bosses in UK say the worst is yet to come in cuts to services as the government further reduces local government funding. The County Council Network predicts unpalatable cutbacks next year as the councils identify at least £1bn savings to plug a £1.5bn shortfall by 2020. It also warns the risk of some councils stripping their services back to minimum core offer is growing.

I must admit I do-not belong to any of the fan clubs within the Labour Party and I will praise the leadership when Labour get its policies right and when they get it wrong I will criticise them over our public services like I have done over the years under the leadership of John Smith, Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Jeremy Corbyn. I do fancy Labour’s position on Public Services

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/21/jeremy-corbyns-spending-plan-for-public-services-backed-by-majority?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Let’s talk about Brexit for a bit, as I know you’ve not heard enough about it recently. I know there are some people who voted Leave and as well as people who voted Remain this post is for everyone.

Firstly, let’s be clear, this is chaos right now. Theresa May has finally been told to her face that the EU rejects her plan. We all knew it was going to happen, but apparently she is incapable of taking a hint. She has spent 18 months negotiating with her own party and the DUP about what Brexit should look like, came up with a plan that nobody in her party (or the DUP) liked, and then tried to convince the EU that a plan with details they have said from the start wouldn’t work would actually work. Doomed. Utterly utterly doomed from the start. The only reason she managed to get this far is because the Tories are scared of a Labour led government and they don’t dare challenge her. There is now no credible plan and Macron has told the rest of the EU leaders that after waiting 18 months for the Tory party to finish negotiating with itself, enough is enough and the EU has to put its foot down.

Secondly, the lies about Brexit in the referendum. I’m just going to talk about one the lie told to the BAME community by the Leave: “Vote for Brexit and it will be easier for people from India, Pakistan, and China to get visas, work, marriage, joining family, etc it’ll be easier.” And at the same time the Leave campaign was saying that the UK had too much immigration, and the Tory party still has a policy of slashing immigration to 1/3 of current levels. The Leave campaign won the referendum based on lies, and we can see now that those were lies and can not be achieved.

Thirdly, as many people will be thinking “all politicians lie to win elections” well, in the UK yes, but that’s because our political system is broken and our politicians are crap. It is clear that the Westminster political class have failed. Theresa May became Tory leader because all the other candidates stepped down and she was the best of a bad bunch. The Labour party is internally divided as well, with Corbyn seemingly unwilling to hold the Tories to account on Brexit, and many MPs scared to challenge the government on Brexit because they think their voters will desert them. There is no organised opposition and government is led by incompetents. Our media have the lowest level of trust across Europe and are run by millionaires who believe that their job is to disseminate propaganda, rather than report the news. And the BBC is scared of losing their licence fee income. Our political system is broken and our politicians lie through their teeth because they know the press won’t hold them to account and the electorate have no other options.

The EU has been clear from day one what our options are:

We can stay members of the Single Market and Customs Union.

We can have a Canada+ deal, with Northern Ireland having a special status to stop       a hard border.

The EU has been clear that they can not permit the integrity of the Single Market to be threatened – this is not being stubborn, instead comes from a clear understanding that the Single Market must survive intact and there can be no cherry-picking of elements of it. The EU can not compromise because it would lead to the Single Market starting to unravel. Those two choices offered by the EU are both still open, but Theresa May has refused to accept them.

So we have a situation now where:

(1) We are 6 months away from the Article 50 deadline, with no alternative plan to the one just rejected (David Davis’ plan that he was working on hasn’t appeared).

(2) Our government is incompetent, led by a PM who refuses to compromise and faced by an opposition leader who doesn’t want to hold the government to account on Brexit. Neither of those leaders look like changing in the near future, nor is it clear who would replace them.

(3) Our government is propped up by the DUP, who will never accept the sensible option of giving Northern Ireland a special economic settlement with the EU (although they are happy with the special social policy settlement that Northern Ireland has).

(4) We have a media who demonise the EU to the extent that even people who voted Remain believe that the EU is failing to compromise. This is not true. I can not repeat this enough it is not true. The EU is protecting the integrity of the Single Market and the leaders of the member states are all on agreement on that point.

This is not a recipe for the careful political debate and compromise necessary to reach a Brexit agreement that the EU can sign up to. British politics has failed and because of that, there will be no agreement reached with the EU. We are incapable of making the hard choices necessary to achieve that we have spent the last 18 months locked in internal negotiations and we have failed to come to a decision without any internal agreement, there can be no possibility of negotiating externally.

Whether you voted Leave or Remain, you have to understand this the UK is incapable of carrying through on the results of the 2016 referendum.

That leaves us with two choices:

(1) Cancel Article 50 and accept that the UK will not leave the EU.

(2) Crash out of the EU with no deal and cause huge damage to the British economy.

The extremists and looters are looking forward to the second result Tory MPs who want to turn us into a tax haven beholden to money syphoned through corruption out of Russia and China. But crashing out will hit us harder than the 2008 global crash, and we have no Gordon Brown to stabilise the banking system this time.

Cancelling Article 50 is the only sensible way forward, if only because of how broken the UK’s political system is.

See some of the article which makes the cases why this government must change directions:

http://www.theweek.co.uk/96457/are-we-sleepwalking-into-another-financial-crisis?_mout=1&utm_campaign=theweekdaily_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/public-health-service-cuts-council-funding-labour-warn-jonathan-ashworth-a8547496.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/local-councils-finances-budget-cuts-austerity-services-national-audit-office-a8242556.html

https://www.ft.com/content/9c6b5284-6000-11e7-91a7-502f7ee26895

https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/council-funding-be-further-cut-half-over-next-two-years-lga-warns

 

I have decided include all the three Leader speeches at this years annual conferences starting with:

Vince Cable Libdem annual conference speech in Brighton 2018

https://www.libdemvoice.org/vince-cables-speech-to-the-party-conference-in-brighton-in-full-58641.html

Gerald Batten UKIP annual conference speech in Birmingham 2018

https://youtu.be/55G888WDRpc

Jeremy Corbyn annual conference speech in Liverpool 2018

https://labour.org.uk/press/jeremy-corbyn-speaking-labour-party-conference-today/

Maybot Conservative annual conference speech in Birmingham 2018

https://www.conservativehome.com/parliament/2018/10/i-passionately-believe-that-our-best-days-lie-ahead-of-us-mays-conference-speech-full-text.html

 

 

 

A challenge to all the main political parties address Is


Nobody likes to lose their seats, but the harsh reality is that’s democracy via the voters. You can either build on it or wallow in self pity. The reason why I stress on this is most voters will look at the national issues instead of the local issues issue which affect their communities. I’m not saying that any local issue does not count, of course it matters. This is said without prejudice to my fellow campaigners. Sure it would be great to see Tory, Libdems, and Green heartlands turn to Labour, or in my case return to Labour. It’s highly noticeable that the press would rather dig up dirt on individual(s) instead of seeing what they can do for the community which they want represent.

The reality is whichever party is in government they will suffer losses in local government elections. According to the press, national parties, ie The Conservatives and Labour are neck and neck in points which judgement on this occasion I can agree with. However more can be done to improve Labour’s position as a Government in waiting and again I say this without prejudice as I don’t belong to any fractions in Labour but will admit I’m a proud member of the party. It is been said that a week in politics is a long time and I take into account that the public can be very fickle. They are more concerned with their bread and butter issues and sometimes they want to see more jam or marmalade on their bread. Sure we can bash the Conservatives as much as we all want for whatever reasons, but Labour needs to take some of the blame for problems communities they represent, I kid you not.

The electoral commission has said it would like powers to seize documents more quickly during investigations into alleged violations of electoral law. Officials from the elections watchdog told MPs they were currently able to obtain warrants and search premises and if needed seek a court order. But they said greater “immediacy” was needed when targeting other groups assisting high profile campaigners. There has been much talked about antisemitism in the Labour Party. It now transpires that the Conservatives have shot themselves in the foot because they are tarred with allegations of Islamophobia which the Muslim Council of Britain have researched and for which they have consistently demanded an investigation.there are more frequent incidents involving Tory candidates and representatives, and in an open letter MBC told the chairman Brendon Lewis he must ensure racists and bigots have no place in the Conservative Party.

Heck, even Baroness Waris has also waded into the Islamophobia debate and put added pressure to Theresa May to publicly acknowledge that Islamophobia is a problem in the Conservative Party. Parts of the party had been in denial about the issue and a clear statement was needed about what was to be done to tackle it.

Mohammed Amin( The Chairman of Conservative Muslim Forum) accused his party of failure to take action on Islamophobia and joined calls for an independent inquiry. The party was perceived as being Anti Muslim and had prioritised electoral concerns rather than talking decisive action.

To put the icing on the cake Boris Johnson( The Former Foreign Secretary) has landed himself in it again for writing in his column in a leading national newspaper  (Daily Telegraph) “Muslim woman wearing burkas look like letter boxes” and he also compared to looking like “bank robbers”. I don’t normally concur with the conservative leader and Prime Minister (Teresa May) but have to give her credit where it is due, she has said that the remarks have clearly caused offence See article below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45083275

I would further say all the political parties will have to get their act together to address Islamophobia, Racism, and Anti-Sememitism ASAP because without the voters to come out to vote there will be no political parties. When any political party gets its their policies right we should all praise it, but when they get their policies wrong we all should criticise it.

Whilst I acknowledge in Barnet, Labour lost the seat they hoped to win I believe the Conservatives need to get their own house in order as well it seems to me that racism is on the increase and the parties continue to pay lip service to combat it but voters cant see action. My message to them is stop playing the blame game and start to address the issue of Islamophobia, and Anti-Sememitism Let’s not forget that at one time when the Labour Party campaigned for BAME and religious minorities vote for the party, both Jewish and BAME voters came to their aidbecause they wanted a party to identify with. So they turned to Labour which had a proud record of representing them and have many Jewish and BAME Members of Parliament (MPs) and Councillors. There has been high profile reporting in all the major national press criticism of Labour Party not going far enough for not putting into action the full International Holocaust Alliance working definition of Racism, and Anti- Sememitism see link below:

https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/working-definition-antisemitism

Over the summer period the press had a field day by reporting that the Labour Party was Anti Semitic and there was demonstations outside Parliament and Labour Party Head Quarters. On Tuesday 4 September the Labour Party National Executives Committee has accepted the international holocaust remembrance alliance full definition of of anti-Semitism. Im sure that the press will express their views on the new postion of Labour Party and its members.

I like many others in the Labour Party would like the two state solution and want to see the return of Palestinians implemented between Palestine and Israel as soon as possible as this a Labour Party policy which has been agreed by the previous Labour Party NEC and Conference under the leadership of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and Ed Miliband, see details below

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two-state_solution

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_right_of_return

 

A simple challenge to all elected councillors and community leaders


A simple message and one should not be ignored see Youtube below:

This Tory government simply does not care about the many, but only for the few. They take no responsibility for the surge in the numbers of children living in poverty despite their own statistics showing 4.1 million children are now living in relative poverty compared with four million the previous year. Who drive through changes to welfare but then take no responsibility for the growing number of people dependent on food banks and left with nowhere else to turn. The Trussell Trust gave out a staggering 1.3m food parcels last year, up 13% on 2016-17. With the numbers of homeless and rough sleepers on the rise these are royal citizens that are better not seen nor heard. The Tory stronghold of Windsor has made sure of that. Saturday’s obscene display of wealth and pomp will see 100,000 tourists line the cobbled streets with rough sleepers cleared off them, unless of course they are camping out with union jack’s in hand does this rings a ring a bell to all or just some of us.

It’s no surprise that there are groups of adult who are working and are homeless they too have to depend on foodbanks and soup kitchens just to survive and they are heavily depending on using public facilities such as bathrooms to clean up just to go to work and they too are the forgotten lot. Notice how during the local elections how opposition candidates made last minute campaign which promises us the earth attacking our Labour Councillors and fail to mention the Tory Government massive cuts to our public services did not fool us. The voters were not bamboozled by glossy leaflets and unfeasible promises that appear out of the blue at election time.

Am I hearing or reading double dutch an apology from the queen of spin (Works and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey) for making inadvertently misleading statements in parliament about Universal Credit. This is the same woman who said it was working but failed to mention it was hurting. Well thanks to the National Audit Office for pointing out it was incorrect as it had reservations about the process. For those people who were forced to go onto universal credit spoke out but felt ignored by this government after explaining they had to wait five weeks to get any form of benefits which was also adding to the pressure on foodbanks, soup kitchens, and junk food projects. All the government could say that they could take out a sub which you had to pay back out of your benefits. If I’m honest I would love to see it work this is on the grounds of six benefits would have been rolled into one benefit. The previous system was broken and needed replaced to be more accountable and needed to be more manageable.

A charity (Buttle UK) said the government is failing to tackle bed poverty with thousands of children having to share with siblings or sleep on floors. They have helped more than 3,000 vulnerable families buy beds for their children last year. It fears thousands more across the UK may lack a bed of their own, leading to problems concentrating in schools. It has written to politicians in 10 areas.

This government is starving councils as well as people of taxpayers cash it does make the job of running a council almost impossible. Lots of legal requirements on councils which they do not have the resources to meet the demand. There are money plenty of it in rich peoples bank accounts here and off shore. Historically councils came  about so good ideas like water and gas and electric could be for all this government is intent on totally reversing that . So we lose playing fields  we focus only on tests and we lose youth services and sports clubs( at school because teachers are too knackered).Instead councils allows lots of cheap takeaways to open, increase of speeding traffic and the government that brought you this have some pissing proposals.

Damian Hinds (Education Secretary) said in a speech it is a scandal that some children start school unable to speak in full sentences and if children reach year 1 unable to read simple words they rarely catch up the gap just widens. He has pledged to halve the number of pupils starting school behind in early talking and reading skills by 2028. His speech comes across as being desperate and in my opinion is more of an talking shop with less action which needs more meat on the bone.

Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), UK: May 2018
There were 808,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET); this number increased by 14,000 from October to December 2017 and was up 8,000 when compared with January to March 2017.The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 11.5%; the proportion was up 0.2 percentage points from October to December 2017 and up 0.3 percentage points from January to March 2017.

Of all young people in the UK who were NEET, 39.9% were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed; the remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive. There is a few things that I have to get off my chest which is the recent Ward Boundary changes this was instigated by the behest of a Conservative Government in the hope of increasing their voters base which has caused a all up elections in some parts of the UK. The cuts in public services funding which affects the flow of local services and have to say what a cheek for them to mention that they are the government that are investing more money to improving public services since they came to office as if by magic at the dark corner of the wall a money tree grew. Am I really missing a trick or two they can promise the Democratic Union Party(DUP) incentives for a confidence and supply vote in Parliament. Oh it’s okay to use spin blame Labour for everything that the conservatives perceive that they deemed to be under pressure.

A BBC report quotes the Trades Union Congress (TUC) as saying that the UK’s real wage squeeze will be the worst in modern history and the slowest for 200 years. Wages have lagged behind inflation since 2008 and are worth £24 less in real terms than in 2008 and the situation is unlikely to change for the good until 2025.

We can no longer sit back and allow the Tories to fail our young people. We’ve got a plan to rebuild our youth services. Here is a challenge to all newly elected Councillors and Community Leaders “ Dare to Struggle, dare to win”

This is an open invitation to all Councillors to come visit two projects that are self funded in Birmingham to see what it is like from a service users point of view why they have to depend on Foodbanks, Real Junk Food Projects and Soup Kitchens. feel free to take a tour to the two projects:

To make an appointment The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham the address and opening times  can be found on link below:

https://www.list.co.uk/place/20027380-ladywood-community-centre-birmingham/

Contact: Anne Marie Gallagher  07708146849

To make an appointment Homeless Heroes Soup Kitchen address and opening times can be found on link below:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/10+New+Bartholomew+St,+Birmingham/@52.4796809,-1.8910932,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4870bc869e4cd0c1:0x4202f7353b0c7ad4!8m2!3d52.47968!4d-1.888907?hl=en

10 New Bartholomew St, Birmingham B5 5QS,

Contact person: Javed Iqbal 07971888736

 

Aside

Sixty Church of England bishops along with leaders of other religious groups, are urging ministers to rethink the two-child benefits cap.

In a letter to the Times, they say the policy is likely to tip an extra 200,000 children into poverty.

Changes limiting some benefits to the first two children in a family came into effect last year.

The government says parents on benefits should face the same financial choices as those in work.

Under the current rules, parents can claim child tax credits or universal credit only for their first two children unless there are special circumstances.

Campaigners say the policy could leave some families almost £3,000 a year worse off.

Among the signatories to the letter are senior representatives from Jewish and Muslim groups as well as other Christian organisations.

They include:

  • The new Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Sarah Mullally
  • Harun Khan, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain
  • Gillian Merron, chief executive of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

They write: “It is a grave concern that there are likely to be mothers who will face an invidious choice between poverty and terminating an unplanned pregnancy.”

They warn that the policy “conveys the regrettable message that some children matter less than others, depending on their place in the sibling birth order”.

They suggest that many families will have taken decisions on family size while they were still earning enough to support their children but may now have to claim benefits because of redundancy, bereavement or illness.

The Right Reverend Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, said: “A combination of low pay, unstable jobs and high housing and living costs are locking families in a daily struggle to put food on the table.

“It is simply not right that some children get support and others don’t.

“We share a moral responsibility to make sure that everyone in our country has a decent standard of living and the same chances in life, no matter who they are or where they come from.

“The government has an opportunity to right this wrong by removing its two-child limit policy. We urge the prime minister to address this burning injustice.”

A report published with the letter by the End Child Poverty Coalition, Child Poverty Action Group and the Church of England says the policy’s full impact has yet to be seen.

Some 160,000 families with new-born babies are already up to £2,780 a year worse off than if their youngest child had been born in the previous year, says the report.

And, from February 2019, the two-child limit will also apply to families with three or more children who make a new claim for universal credit, irrespective of when their children were born.

By 2020, an estimated 640,000 families, including around 2 million children, will be affected, it adds.

Child Poverty Action Group chief executive Alison Garnham said the link between need and benefit entitlement had been broken by the policy.

“A year in, the government should reconsider this policy before more families are pulled below the poverty line.”

Borrowed this from a friend from Pam Briggs on Facebook which makes lots of sense.

This is one of the worst governments in recent years. They are pushing cuts on the poorest in society.. and those who bust their gut working a full week for minimum wage.. while rewarding themselves with a decent pay rise…. and sadly, they don’t see this as a problem. May has no issue with it, because she doesn’t care.. all she wants is to lead the conservatives, and she will do whatever it takes to keep her party happy.. and when you are surrounded by men who have lived a life of privilege since birth.. they simply don’t have a clue about everyday life for the majority of people, you have a government that ‘thinks’ it is doing okay…. until poverty gets so bad and we end up in another recession… and still they think it is all good.. only it isn’t.

I mean, given the government are spending more money on sanctioning people than it costs to pay those people their bloody benefits you have to wonder where their brains are? While sneaking in hefty cuts to working people through universal credit, the cuts that were voted against because it was going to cause severe poverty to a lot of families… because wages are so damn low compared to the cost of living.

I just don’t get how anyone can support this government.

The children of today are our future of tomorrow as the saying goes however this government continues to fail our children future by not addressing child poverty. It’s been purported by the press children are filling their pockets with food in day and age welcome back to the Victorian age or to the time of Oliver Twist during the period of poorhouse. According to Child Poverty Action Group and National Education Union survey extreme child poverty is getting worse across Britain and schools are having to help take care of children. Schools are regularly providing sanitary products, buying shoes and coats and even giving families emergency loans. Since 2012 the Conservatives have cut spending on children’s services by almost £1 Billion. This has left vulnerable children and families struggling without the services they need – like essential Sure Start Centres which have been closing down at an alarming rate. While slashing support for those that need it most, the Tories have been dishing out tax breaks for the privileged few at the top. This has to change.  We’ve got a plan to properly fund our children’s services – it’s time the Tories listened. See links below:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/child-poverty-headteachers-schools-teachers-national-education-union-neu-austerity-a8283956.html

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/apr/03/parents-will-not-forgive-funding-cuts-national-education-union-conference-leader-warns

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/mar/31/schools-funding-crisis-swing-election-teachers-union-conference-neu-nasuwt

Please read and sign link below:

https://action.labour.org.uk/page/s/stop-slashing-funds-for-vulnerable-children

Oh dear here is another u-turn from the conservatives who were adamant they will force though to cut housing benefits for under 21. The conservatives says one thing then when they cant get their wicked way they implement Labour policies, you cant trust them on welfare. Labour position is to reinstate housing benefits to under 21.  see link below:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/housing-benefit-axed-18-21-year-olds-dwp-damian-green_uk_58b99db8e4b0d2821b4dcc6e

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-minister-admits-benefit-cuts-12276278

Sure Start children’s centres in England have closed in the remaining centres service for families are “hollowed out and no longer within pram-pushing distance”. The report says 3,632 centres with official data showing 509 of those have now closed but it says it is an underestimated. A shortage of special needs funding means growing numbers of children are being left without suitable school places. Official statistics showed 4,050 special needs pupils were without a place in 2017 in England. It’s a disgrace that pupils are sent home because council are being starved of funds for them.

Oh Conservatives, Oh Conservatives, Oh Conservative Govt, when will you learn that food, energy, council tax, rent, water, tv license, MOT, soup kitchens and food banks, continue to increase, voters are asking themselves where are their hard earn tax money going to under the Conservative Government. Voters are facing hardship to make ends meet whilst they don’t see an increase in their salary in real terms and all they read in the press about is austerity. This government penalize ordinarily working people just for making ends meet and they are saying where is the justice in it. The conservatives are adamant that they are the party for the working class, but in reality they strongly favor their fatcat millionaire friends to bail them out by digging very deep in their heavy pockets by pretending to care about us lay a-bouts who think they who them something in return they continue to drop a few more crumbs of the table in the full knowledge that they are hoodwinking voters by dangling a carrot in front of them and if you seen the advert on television about purchasing a razor the customer complains about the price and cashier mentions about the free gift comes with it only for him to be punched between the legs and face that’s how it feels from the Conservatives.

Conservatives say they are the party of public services in reality they are the party of cuts and you have finally twig on that they are cutting the bobbies on the beat, and  Local Government are expected to maintain statuary services on the cheap then have the cheek to say “We are all in it together”. This is Thatcherism at its best comes to mind under Cameron and May since Maggie Thatcher forced thorough compulsory competitive tendering(CCT) on to councils, there has been a sharp decrease in our beloved public services which be privatized by them. We will no longer recognize public services as we once knew it once was in the next 15 years. This government would rather have the American style of services ran by American style mayoral positions to rid it from central government which is bad news to put it in the hands of mayors to decide which service can make a profit to be sold off to the private sector.

After having analyzing the pros and cons of the conservatives policies I can only come to the conclusion that they don’t care about our children’s future they are the party for big businesses and toff nose and I urge all to vote for change vote Labour in the Local Elections 2018

Don’t trust Conservatives to run our public services which side are you on public or private sectors


The chancellor or the prime minister could not give a flying monkeys if our growth goes up or down as long as they get pay cheque paid into their bank account(s) every month complements of the taxpayers and in return public service workers gets kick between the legs with less pay increase and more cuts to public services. The lower your income the more you will get smacked in the face with further increases in food, and energy prices and mobile bills which pushes people to join longer queues outside the foodbanks and junk food projects to feed their families just to make ends meet.

Who remembers who Ice Queen Theresa May first speech outside 10 Downing Street, here is the full speech she made:

I have just been to Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty The Queen has asked me to form a new government, and I accepted.

In David Cameron, I follow in the footsteps of a great, modern Prime Minister. Under David’s leadership, the government stabilised the economy, reduced the budget deficit, and helped more into work than ever before.

But David’s true legacy is not about the economy but about social justice. From the introduction of same sex marriage,  to taking people on low wages out of income tax altogether; David Cameron has led a one-nation government, and it is in that spirit that I also plan to lead.

Because not everybody knows this, but the full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party, and that word ‘unionist’ is very important to me.

It means we believe in the Union: the precious, precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But it means something else that is just as important; it means we believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom but between all of our citizens, every one of us, whoever we are and wherever we’re from.

That means fighting against the burning injustice that, if you’re born poor, you will die on average 9 years earlier than others.

If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white.

If you’re a white, working-class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university.

If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately.

If you’re a woman, you will earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand.

If you’re young, you’ll find it harder than ever before to own your own home.

But the mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone means more than fighting these injustices. If you’re from an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise. You have a job but you don’t always have job security. You have your own home, but you worry about paying a mortgage. You can just about manage but you worry about the cost of living and getting your kids into a good school.

If you’re one of those families, if you’re just managing, I want to address you directly.

I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best, and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle. The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours.

We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives. When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws, we’ll listen not to the mighty but to you. When it comes to taxes, we’ll prioritise not the wealthy, but you. When it comes to opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few. We will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.

We are living through an important moment in our country’s history. Following the referendum, we face a time of great national change.

And I know because we’re Great Britain, that we will rise to the challenge. As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold new positive role for ourselves in the world, and we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us.

That will be the mission of the government I lead, and together we will build a better Britain.

If you ask the ordinary Joe Blogs out in the real world they would say the conservatives are not the party for the working class they are more for the rich and they have their finger in every pie and they will shaft you as soon as they get what they want form you. Look at what they did to the coal miners and manufacturing industries.

It is highly noticeable that childcare vouchers have been put on hold by six months by conservative ministers with the full support of bed partners DUP helped to secure voting against Labour motion here is the list of conservative and DUP who proudly voted against the opposition motion see names below: 

Here is the list of MPs who voted against the motion:

Conservative (304)

Adams, Nigel
Afolami, Bim
Afriyie, Adam
Aldous, Peter
Allan, Lucy
Allen, Heidi
Amess, Sir David
Andrew, Stuart
Argar, Edward
Atkins, Victoria
Bacon, Mr Richard
Badenoch, Mrs Kemi
Baker, Mr Steve
Baldwin, Harriett
Barclay, Stephen
Baron, Mr John
Bebb, Guto
Bellingham, Sir Henry
Benyon, rh Richard
Beresford, Sir Paul
Berry, Jake
Blackman, Bob
Blunt, Crispin
Boles, Nick
Bone, Mr Peter
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Bowie, Andrew
Bradley, Ben
Bradley, rh Karen
Brady, Sir Graham
Brereton, Jack
Bridgen, Andrew
Brine, Steve
Brokenshire, rh James
Bruce, Fiona
Buckland, Robert
Burghart, Alex
Burns, Conor
Burt, rh Alistair
Cairns, rh Alun
Cartlidge, James
Cash, Sir William
Caulfield, Maria
Chalk, Alex
Chishti, Rehman
Chope, Sir Christopher
Churchill, Jo
Clark, Colin
Clark, rh Greg
Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth
Clarke, Mr Simon
Cleverly, James
Clifton-Brown, Sir Geoffrey
Coffey, Dr Thérèse
Collins, Damian
Costa, Alberto
Courts, Robert
Cox, Mr Geoffrey
Crabb, rh Stephen
Crouch, Tracey
Davies, Chris
Davies, David T. C.
Davies, Glyn
Davies, Mims
Davis, rh Mr David
Dinenage, Caroline
Djanogly, Mr Jonathan
Docherty, Leo
Donelan, Michelle
Double, Steve
Dowden, Oliver
Doyle-Price, Jackie
Drax, Richard
Duddridge, James
Duguid, David
Duncan, rh Sir Alan
Duncan Smith, rh Mr Iain
Dunne, Mr Philip
Ellis, Michael
Ellwood, rh Mr Tobias
Eustice, George
Evans, Mr Nigel
Evennett, rh David
Fabricant, Michael
Fallon, rh Sir Michael
Fernandes, Suella
Field, rh Mark
Ford, Vicky
Foster, Kevin
Fox, rh Dr Liam
Francois, rh Mr Mark
Frazer, Lucy
Freeman, George
Fysh, Mr Marcus
Garnier, Mark
Gauke, rh Mr David
Ghani, Ms Nusrat
Gibb, rh Nick
Gillan, rh Dame Cheryl
Glen, John
Goldsmith, Zac
Goodwill, Mr Robert
Gove, rh Michael
Graham, Luke
Graham, Richard
Grant, Bill
Grant, Mrs Helen
Grayling, rh Chris
Green, Chris
Green, rh Damian
Greening, rh Justine
Grieve, rh Mr Dominic
Griffiths, Andrew
Gyimah, Mr Sam
Hair, Kirstene
Halfon, rh Robert
Hall, Luke
Hammond, rh Mr Philip
Hammond, Stephen
Hancock, rh Matt
Hands, rh Greg
Harper, rh Mr Mark
Harrington, Richard
Harris, Rebecca
Harrison, Trudy
Hart, Simon
Hayes, rh Mr John
Heald, rh Sir Oliver
Heappey, James
Heaton-Harris, Chris
Heaton-Jones, Peter
Henderson, Gordon
Herbert, rh Nick
Hinds, rh Damian
Hoare, Simon
Hollingbery, George
Hollinrake, Kevin
Hollobone, Mr Philip
Holloway, Adam
Howell, John
Huddleston, Nigel
Hunt, rh Mr Jeremy
Hurd, rh Mr Nick
Jack, Mr Alister
James, Margot
Javid, rh Sajid
Jayawardena, Mr Ranil
Jenkin, Mr Bernard
Jenkyns, Andrea
Jenrick, Robert
Johnson, rh Boris
Johnson, Dr Caroline
Johnson, Gareth
Johnson, Joseph
Jones, Andrew
Jones, rh Mr David
Jones, Mr Marcus
Kawczynski, Daniel
Keegan, Gillian
Kennedy, Seema
Kerr, Stephen
Knight, rh Sir Greg
Knight, Julian
Kwarteng, Kwasi
Lamont, John
Lancaster, rh Mark
Leadsom, rh Andrea
Lee, Dr Phillip
Lefroy, Jeremy
Leigh, Sir Edward
Letwin, rh Sir Oliver
Lewer, Andrew
Lewis, rh Brandon
Lewis, rh Dr Julian
Liddell-Grainger, Mr Ian
Lidington, rh Mr David
Lopez, Julia
Lopresti, Jack
Lord, Mr Jonathan
Loughton, Tim
Mackinlay, Craig
Maclean, Rachel
Main, Mrs Anne
Mak, Alan
Malthouse, Kit
Mann, Scott
Masterton, Paul
May, rh Mrs Theresa
Maynard, Paul
McLoughlin, rh Sir Patrick
McPartland, Stephen
McVey, rh Ms Esther
Menzies, Mark
Mercer, Johnny
Merriman, Huw
Metcalfe, Stephen
Milling, Amanda
Mills, Nigel
Milton, rh Anne
Mitchell, rh Mr Andrew
Moore, Damien
Mordaunt, rh Penny
Morgan, rh Nicky
Morris, Anne Marie
Morris, David
Morris, James
Murray, Mrs Sheryll
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Neill, Robert
Newton, Sarah
Nokes, rh Caroline
Norman, Jesse
O’Brien, Neil
Offord, Dr Matthew
Opperman, Guy
Parish, Neil
Patel, rh Priti
Pawsey, Mark
Penning, rh Sir Mike
Penrose, John
Percy, Andrew
Perry, rh Claire
Philp, Chris
Pincher, Christopher
Poulter, Dr Dan
Pow, Rebecca
Prentis, Victoria
Prisk, Mr Mark
Pritchard, Mark
Pursglove, Tom
Quin, Jeremy
Quince, Will
Raab, Dominic
Redwood, rh John
Rees-Mogg, Mr Jacob
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Robinson, Mary
Rosindell, Andrew
Ross, Douglas
Rowley, Lee
Rudd, rh Amber
Rutley, David
Sandbach, Antoinette
Scully, Paul
Seely, Mr Bob
Selous, Andrew
Shapps, rh Grant
Sharma, Alok
Shelbrooke, Alec
Simpson, rh Mr Keith
Skidmore, Chris
Smith, Chloe
Smith, Henry
Smith, rh Julian
Smith, Royston
Soames, rh Sir Nicholas
Soubry, rh Anna
Spelman, rh Dame Caroline
Spencer, Mark
Stephenson, Andrew
Stevenson, John
Stewart, Bob
Stewart, Iain
Stewart, Rory
Streeter, Mr Gary
Stride, rh Mel
Stuart, Graham
Sturdy, Julian
Sunak, Rishi
Swayne, rh Sir Desmond
Swire, rh Sir Hugo
Syms, Sir Robert
Thomas, Derek
Thomson, Ross
Throup, Maggie
Tolhurst, Kelly
Tomlinson, Justin
Tomlinson, Michael
Tracey, Craig
Tredinnick, David
Trevelyan, Mrs Anne-Marie
Truss, rh Elizabeth
Tugendhat, Tom
Vaizey, rh Mr Edward
Vara, Mr Shailesh
Vickers, Martin
Villiers, rh Theresa
Walker, Mr Charles
Walker, Mr Robin
Wallace, rh Mr Ben
Warburton, David
Warman, Matt
Watling, Giles
Whately, Helen
Wheeler, Mrs Heather
Whittaker, Craig
Whittingdale, rh Mr John
Wiggin, Bill
Williamson, rh Gavin
Wollaston, Dr Sarah
Wood, Mike
Wragg, Mr William
Wright, rh Jeremy
Zahawi, Nadhim

Democratic Unionist Party (10)

Campbell, Mr Gregory
Dodds, rh Nigel
Donaldson, rh Sir Jeffrey M.
Girvan, Paul
Little Pengelly, Emma
Paisley, Ian
Robinson, Gavin
Shannon, Jim
Simpson, David
Wilson, rh Sammy

Independent (1)

In further development Theresa May has been officially rebuked for misleading MPs and the public over false claims that the government is providing an extra £450m in funding to local police forces in 2018/19.

The chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, ruled on Tuesday that the claim made by May repeatedly at prime minister’s questions last month “could have led the public to conclude incorrectly” that the government was providing an extra £450m for police spending over the next financial year.

Labour MPs are expected to try to challenge May over her misleading statements about police funding at prime minister’s questions on Wednesday.

The shadow police and crime minister, Louise Haigh, who made the complaint to the statistics watchdog, said that in fact there had been a “flat cash” settlement for police forces in England and Wales that actually amounted to a cut in direct Whitehall grants to the police in real terms. Haigh said the “extra £450m” would only be found if police and crime commissioners pushed through an increase to council tax to raise £270m. About £130m of the £450m is to go directly to “national police priorities” rather than local forces and a further £50m is to be provided for counter-terrorism funding.

The prime minister’s claim that local police force budgets were being boosted by £450m was repeated by Home Office tweets and in a letter sent out by Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the House of Commons.

“We have commented in the past about statements on police funding and emphasised the need for greater precision in the way numbers are used,” Norgrove told Haigh in his response to her complaint.

“In terms of the particular points you make, the prime minister’s statement and the Home Office’s tweet could have led the public to conclude incorrectly that central government is providing an additional £450m for police spending in 2018/19.

“The Home Office tweet also implied that the £450m sum is guaranteed. As the minister for policing’s statement outlined, up to £270m of the funding settlement will come from local council tax, if police and crime commissioners and mayors choose to raise these sums. In addition, the leader of the House of Commons stated that the £270m that can be raised locally was on top of the overall settlement of up to £450m,” wrote Norgrove.

The statistics watchdog said complex funding arrangements were difficult to explain in the “time compressed context” of PMQs but said the Home Office did not face this constraint in its tweet. He suggested the Home Office’s head of statistics made sure his colleagues understood the structure of police funding and the importance of making clear public statements.

Haigh called for the PM to apologise. She said: “The Tories are not being straight with the public on police funding and now they have been found out. See article below:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/20/theresa-may-accused-of-misleading-public-over-extra-police-funding

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/09/britains-police-budgets-to-lose-700m-by-2020-amid-rising

Council tax bills on the up. Public services neglected, outsourced, privatised. People are being let down by their local authorities across the country, and they are acutely aware of it. Whether their council is controlled by Labour or Tories, it’s likely that in May they’ll put the blame where it belongs – with the Tory government.

Over the last eight years, council budgets have been reduced by 50 per cent. The cuts aren’t evenly distributed either, with the most deprived local authorities actually being hit by deeper cuts than the rest.

The Local Government Association says children’s services need £2bn to plug the funding gap. Faced with a surge in demand, councils are having to surpass their budgets to protect children at immediate risk of harm.

Of course each problem is connected. A family becomes homeless and gets placed in temporary accommodation, maybe a single room in a hostel. The children have no space to do their homework, so their performance at school declines. They’re tired; there is drug-taking and anti-social behaviour in the building and the police are called out regularly. Their mother’s mental health worsens, she start taking anti-depressants.

I truly don’t mean to sound glib – I’m describing a situation that I encountered many times as a parliamentary caseworker. One isolated event, like a private landlord serving its tenants with an eviction notice, leads to pressure on housing, welfare, emergency services, health, education, and so on.

As Corbyn says, the May elections are a chance for people to send a clear message: “enough is enough”. See article below from Sienna Rodgers LabourList

https://labourlist.org/2018/03/pay-more-for-less-under-the-tories/

How can you trust the Conservatives to run our beloved public services when the UK’s new homelessness minister has told the Guardian she does not know why the number of rough sleepers has increased so significantly in recent years. Heather Wheeler said she did not accept the suggestion that welfare reforms and council cuts had contributed to the rise.

On a visit to a housing project in Glasgow, Wheeler said she remained “totally confident” she would not have to act on her pledge to resign should she fail to meet the Conservative manifesto commitment of halving rough sleeping by 2022, and eradicating it by 2027. “We’re going to move heaven and earth to get that done,” she promised. See article below:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/18/homelessness-minister-heather-wheeler-rough-sleeping-housing-first

The question still remains who do you trust to run our public services I say “Don’t trust Conservatives to run our public services which side are you on public or private sectors” If you are thinking to vote Conservatives and care about Public services then the Conservatives is not the party for you. If you want a better future want to see improvements in services to public services then I would strongly suggest that you vote for Labour on 3 May to improve public services.

 

More bad news for Conservatatives


In some parts of the country there will be no doubt be local government elections owing to the ward boundary changes this was the Conservative Government doing not Labour as they would love to spin it as it was labour’s fault. Think of it this way if you like or dislike marmite it’s more of the taste that left in your mouth under the conservatives in a nutshell to ensure that all the main political parties don’t have a overall majority or they want to create a return of a two horse race in politics. There is no doubt people will have heard of the government austerity plan which continues to affect local services by implementing cuts. Yet the government expects local services to continue to run smoothly with the cuts to public services. Some people are turning to foodbanks, soup kitchens, junk food projects on the grounds of being on low incomes or they have had a sanction on their universal credit for various reasons which leaves a nasty sting in your throat. Both the government and press loves to play the blame game to target immigrants to avoid addressing the real issues which they fail to mention that food, prescription, and energy prices are increasing this includes rail and plane fares. Families struggling to make ends meet will be hit by the biggest annual benefits cut for six years, according to a new analysis that exposes the impact of continuing austerity measures on the low paid.

It’s alleged that Chancellor Philip Hammond is preparing to give a stripped-down spring statement where he is expected to boast of lower than expected borrowing figures. He will use them to suggest Britain has reached a “turning point”. He will point to forecasts showing the “first sustained fall in debt for a generation” to claim “there is light at the end of the tunnel” in turning around Britain’s finances. The cuts will affect around 11 million families, including 5 million of the struggling families that the prime minister stated she would focus on. It is further alleged that there will also be some good news for the low paid, with more than 1.5 million workers set to benefit from a 4.4% pay rise when the national living wage increases from £7.50 to £7.83 at the start of April. However, that measure will be outweighed by the effective £2.5bn cuts to working-age benefits. While there were bigger cuts in 2012 when child benefit was removed from higher earners, this year’s squeeze will fall on low- and middle-income families. The new analysis suggests these families are set for an average loss of £190 this year alone, though some will be far worse off. There are four key benefit cuts this year. Working-age benefits will be frozen for a third year, saving £1.9bn and affecting almost 11 million families. The 3% real-terms cut in working-age benefits this year will be by far the biggest of the freeze, set to last four years. A measure limiting benefit claims to a family’s first two children, costing up to £2,780 for a family having a third child, saves £400m this year and affects 150,000 families. The withdrawal of the family element of support for new tax credit and universal credit claims from families with children will cost families up to £545. It saves the public purse £200m this year and will affect 400,000 families.

Finally, the rollout of the controversial universal credit system, which combines several benefits into one payment, saves £200m because some claimants have lower entitlements compared with the existing system, especially the long-term sick and working families. It comes just days after Paul Johnson, head of the respected Institute of Fiscal Studies, warned that Britain was nowhere near out of austerity. Theresa May’s alliance with the DUP is facing fresh criticism after it emerged that the Government is set to protect Northern Ireland from free school meal cuts due to be imposed on poor children in England. The cuts planned for England stand in sharp contrast to the situation in Northern Ireland, where children of the “working poor” will get stronger protection. In legislation due before MPs today, English families on universal credit will see the income threshold for free school meals slashed to £7,400 a year. But in Northern Ireland, where the Government has just taken direct control of spending budgets, the same threshold for eligibility will be nearly double that rate, at £14,000. Theresa May already faces claims that she has “bought” the Democratic Unionist Party’s support with a pledge of £1bn in extra funds for Northern Ireland, at a time when the rest of the UK continues to suffer from Tory austerity.

I don’t have a problem with city councils charging customers to use their council parking facilities but it must be proportionate but what residents strongly object to is when people from outside use residential car parking bays which is for the residents those people are denying the residents the use of their car parking space or outsiders parking on the pavements blocking wheelchair users and pedestrians access to the pavements they have to walk around the badly parked cars which is a constant nightmare and communities should take back control of their residence car parking by having a residential parking schemes in their area like what they do in some parts of the UK. It’s been purported in the daily mail of increased car parking charges for some local authorities to plug holes in their budget. Motorists face steep hikes in parking charges to plug holes in council budgets. Car park spaces and residents’ permits will cost up to 45 per cent more. Some town halls are bringing in fees on Sundays to catch shoppers and churchgoers. Householders are already facing an above-inflation rise in council tax next month, with bills expected to go up by as much as £100 for the average property. A number of local authorities are in extreme financial difficulties with much of the pressure coming from the rising cost of social care.

The Government has been accused of “papering over the cracks” after it announced a new funding formula for schools that will see budgets fall in real terms and which “does nothing” to reverse cuts that have already been made. Tory cuts are starving schools of the funding they need to deliver a first-class education. Crippling underfunding across our city is driving up class sizes and forcing schools to cut corners. Justine Greening, the former Education Secretary, said schools will be given a funding rise of 0.5 per cent per pupil next year and a 1 per cent increase in 2019-20. The most under-funded schools will see their budgets rise by 3 per cent. Ms Greening announced last July that an additional £1.3bn will be invested in primary and secondary education. However, the rise for most schools is lower than the current 2.9 per cent rate of inflation, meaning it equates to a funding cut in real terms. The former Education Secretary also made no mention of any plans to reverse previous cuts to school budgets, which Labour said have totalled £2.7bn in real terms since 2015. Under the new National Funding Formula, primary schools will receive a minimum of £3,500 per pupil and secondary schools will get £4,800. Announcing the changes, Ms Greening told MPs: “This is an historic reform. It means, for the first time, the resources that the Government is investing in our schools will be distributed according to a formula based on the individual needs and characteristics of every school in the country.”  “Addressing these simple but damaging inequalities will represent the biggest improvement in the school funding system for decades.”

Britain’s housebuilding sector shrank at its sharpest pace on record at the start of the year, according to official figures.

The 9% downturn was the biggest month-on-month fall shown by data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) going back to the start of 2010.

It contributed to a bigger-than-expected decline for the wider construction sector, which contracted by 3.4% – the largest since June 2012.

The setback is likely to come as a disappointment for ministers seeking to boost the number of homes.

There was speculation that the demise of construction giant Carillion may also have hit the figures. The ONS said it could not comment on the impact of individual firms.

Samuel Tombs, chief UK economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, said: “Rising interest rates and Brexit uncertainty are proving to be a toxic combination for the construction sector.”

Howard Archer, chief economic advisor to the EY ITEM Club, said: “The volatility of this sector suggests some bounceback is likely, although the recent bad weather presents a downside risk.”

Official figures also showed the manufacturing sector – which has been buoyed recently by the strength of the global economy and the weakness of the pound – only managed a rise of 0.1%, though it was the ninth month in a row of expansion.

GDP grew by just 1.7% last year – the slowest of the G7 advanced economies.

The slowdown has been attributed to the Brexit vote, which saw a collapse in the pound, driving up inflation and squeezing household spending, as well as creating business uncertainty seen as weighing on investment.

The Conservatives are braced for big losses in May’s local elections, after a poll found that few voters in London believe the party’s claim that its councils can spend less but still provide high-quality local services. The survey, commissioned by former Conservative treasurer Lord Ashcroft, suggests only three in ten voters in the capital see the Conservatives as the party of low council tax. A mere 18% believe Tory-run boroughs deliver on the promise of lower bills and better service. It will nevertheless make worrying reading at Conservative HQ, where analysts believe it may reflect a nationwide trend.

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