Monthly Archives: August 2018

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:

Contact: Anne Marie Gallagher  07708146849

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