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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/13/snoopers-charter-theresa-may-refuse-to-share

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Theresa May keeps snoopers charter secret

Home secretary under fire for extraordinary refusal to share surveillance plans amid fears government will steamroller law through parliament.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jun/14/tory-welfare-cuts-would-hit-poorest-third-of-uk-families-research-shows

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The governments reported package of welfare cuts in next months budget, including a 5bn cut to child tax credit, would overwhelmingly hit the poorest third of families in the UK, new research shows.

The research, by the Resolution Foundation think tank that specialises in living standards, puts a question mark over the political feasibility of the government pressing ahead with 12bn in welfare cuts on its 2017-18 planned timetable.

A blindingly obvious conclusion.

Did they really have to carry out research to figure out that the poor and disadvantaged would bear the brunt of these latest welfare cuts? Rolling Eyes

I could do that - gissa job!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At a time of record profits, record remuneration for management, record inequality, the Conservatives get put back in charge of the economy...
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/downing-st-accused-of-deliberate-attempts-to-avoid-freedom-of-information-requests-as-exstaff-reveal-automated-deletion-system-10325231.html

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Downing Street accused of deliberate attempt to avoid freedom of information requests as ex-staff reveal 'dysfunctional' automated deletion system


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Emails sent from Downing Street are automatically deleted within three months, it has emerged, with former officials describing the system as dysfunctional.

Transparency campaigners have claimed the system is in place to avoid information being released to the public through freedom of information requests.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33347511

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Sickness benefit shake-up considered

Plans to scrap part of the UK's main sickness benefit are being considered, a leaked Whitehall paper suggests.

It describes the Employment and Support Allowance as a "passive" benefit which does not "incentivise" people to find a job, and proposes abolishing the work-related activity group (WRAG) category.

If scrapped, weekly payments would drop nearly 30 from 102.15, bringing it in line with Jobseeker's Allowance.

The Department for Work and Pensions said it did not comment on leaks.

Rolling Eyes Yet another attack on those disadvantaged members of our society who are incapable of defending themselves.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

3rdRock wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33347511

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Sickness benefit shake-up considered

Plans to scrap part of the UK's main sickness benefit are being considered, a leaked Whitehall paper suggests.

It describes the Employment and Support Allowance as a "passive" benefit which does not "incentivise" people to find a job, and proposes abolishing the work-related activity group (WRAG) category.

If scrapped, weekly payments would drop nearly 30 from 102.15, bringing it in line with Jobseeker's Allowance.

The Department for Work and Pensions said it did not comment on leaks.

Rolling Eyes Yet another attack on those disadvantaged members of our society who are incapable of defending themselves.


You have nearly five years of this. Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will see that there is a change as a result of moving from a coalition to a conservative government not least in there being more welfare cuts.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/06/terminally-ill-benefit-claimants-asked-when-they-expect-to-die-mp-says

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Terminally ill benefit claimants asked when they expect to die

Frank Field writes to work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, over claims of intrusive and painful questioning by assessors.

Rolling Eyes Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-33421315

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Budget to propose longer Sunday trading hours

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33409992

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Tax windfall from pension changes


Rolling Eyes It seems the Tories are now prepared to do anything for short term gain, regardless of the longer term implications.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't believe I'm first to comment on the budget....

30 benefit reduction for the disabled not in work. The rest stinks terribly of Cod too.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not quite first - it has its own discussion:
http://www.powerswitch.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25670
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/13/david-cameron-open-to-workers-saving-up-fund-own-sick-pay

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David Cameron open to idea of workers saving up to fund own sick pay

PMs spokeswoman says he is prepared to consider making people pay into savings accounts to cover periods of illness or unemployment.

Rolling Eyes Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've already done that and my account is fully paid up. It's called National Insurance. It's a scheme run by the government so it must be good.
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Good to see I've been away for a few days and your wonderful government is still hard at work dismantling justice and democracy. How long more does Cameron have?
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/15/trade-unions-conservative-offensive-decades-strikes-labour

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Tories launch biggest crackdown on trade unions for 30 years

Business secretary Sajid Javid to criminalise unlawful picketing, and make it harder for workers to strike legally and for Labour to get union funding.
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