Write to your MP, MEP, prospective MEP, write to the Queen


Great idea! Let’s all write to the Queen and tell her what’s REALLY going on.

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I sadly have to put a disclaimer that this is NOT all my own work. The draft, which I’ve amended and hope have made slightly clearer was provided through a group I attend. I wish it was all mine, but I’m not a plagiarist and there is a bit more detail here than I would have managed to supply from my own research.

Dear

I am extremely concerned about the effects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being negotiated between the US and European Commission.

As you will be aware, the TTIP is currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union, with a view to opening up markets for services, investment and public procurement.

There are growing concerns about what this trade agreement will mean, not least that regulatory harmonisation will weaken existing standards and regulations currently aimed at protecting workers and consumers in the…

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LETTER WRITTEN To Ban Ki Moon, UN Secretary General, Regrading UK Gagging Law. Written & sent 29/01/2014.


29/01/2014

 

His Excellency Ban Ki Moon

UN Secretary General

United Nations Organisation

United Nations Plaza

New York NY USA

Your Excellency

REF: Transparency of Lobbying Bill in the UK, A.K.A, the “Gagging Law”

http://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2014/01/29/the-end-of-free-speech-and-free-protest-in-the-uk/

The link above refers to a post by a person named as Vox Political on wordpress.com, otherwise known as Mike Sivier. He has just posted that this bill is soon to become LAW in this country and as a result charities and campaigners will not be able to hold this government to account for its policies. In other words, democracy is now dead in this country and freedom of speech and freedom to protest is now over.

They are also planning to use water cannons against peaceful protestors if they do decide to organise a protest. It will not be long before the riots that we had here in 2011 will escalate into a full CIVIL WAR and MARTIAL LAW will be imposed. If you do not believe me then please follow the link above and read it.

For the sake of all the people of the United Kingdom, we implore you to help to stop another Holocaust on the scale the Nazi Party implemented during World War 2. Between January and November 2011, 10,600 people died because their benefits had been stopped due to what is known as the WCA or Work Capability Assessment. The figure today is nearer to 31,000 and by the time of the General Election in 2015 it could be as high as 60,000 or even higher.

If we, as a people are not allowed and are prevented from holding this government to account, what will happen next? State-sponsored murder!

We hope and pray that as Secretary General of the United Nations, you will read this letter to you and to not to dismiss as the ramblings of just one person. When Raquel Rolnik came over to discuss the “Bedroom Tax” or Spare Room Subsidy, she was attacked by this government for the simple reason is that she exposed them for what they were doing.

Yours faithfully

Joshua & Elizabeth Christian

Jobcentre Worker: ‘We Are Not There To Help Or Advise’


People have been saying this for a long time. THIS NOW CONFIRMS IT!

Same Difference

I think this should go viral.

Kirsty Mum
Please check out this comment posted to this article in The Guardian … it says it all

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19 January 2014 9:42am

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As a Jobcentre worker who took early retirement last year to get away from the pressures & stress I can confirm what many contributors are saying. Since the change of government in 2010 there was a total shift in emphasis in what we are there for. It is now to “police” the benefit system, “protect the public purse” & deter people from claiming anything. We are NOT there to help or advise people anymore.
We had a mystery shopper process where we would be rung up & visited several times a year & mystery shoppers would ask questions about claiming, ask for leaflets etc. This was fed back to offices & used to improve the service. The new…

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LETTERS WRITTEN TO His Excellency Ban Ki Moon UN Secretary General, Rt Hon Mr Cameron PM & Rt Hon Mr Duncan Smith; “To call on them and the government to stop destroying this country by what they are doing”. Written and sent 24/01/2014.


24/01/2014

His Excellency Ban Ki Moon

UN Secretary General

United Nations Organisation

United Nations Plaza

New York NY USA

Your Excellency

My fiancée and I have recently written letters to our Prime Minister David Cameron as well as Iain Duncan Smith, his Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, calling on them and the government to stop destroying this country by what they are doing. Whether they listen to us or not, we have sent you a copy of each of the letters we have sent to them. 

Thank your for taking the time to read these letters.

Yours faithfully

Miss Elizabeth Feeney &

Mr Joshua Christian

Letter to Rt Hon David Cameron

 

24/01/2014

 

Rt Hon David Cameron

Prime Minister

10 Downing Street

London

SW1A 2AA

 

Dear Mr Cameron

Today I find myself writing to you as an exasperated disabled ex-Carer in the NHS, who, at 51 years of age is unemployable due to chronic nerve pain and excessive nerve damage, besides degenerative and crumbling discs in my lower and cervical spine.

I was forced to give up my career in the Caring Profession due to severe recurring back injuries in 2006. Over the years the discs in my lower back and cervical spine have rapidly deteriorated and has become debilitating to the extent that it has become life changing, with very limited and poor movement and unable to carry out the smallest of domestic daily tasks.

After many years of extensive, intensive treatment and physiotherapy, as well as traction, I am now awaiting an appointment for a major operation on my cervical spine. My spine will never recover no matter what the miracle curing hands of ATOS may say. I will never be able to go into conventional work which is heart-breaking as I have worked since I left school in 1978, a career spanning over 28 years plus 7 years within our beloved NHS, a respected institution known throughout the world, within which myself and my mother and her mother have worked with pride.

I say to you that I am NOT a “Scrounger or Striver” as you constantly lead the people of this shattered country to believe. The damage which this rhetoric has caused is immense, inhumane and irreparable.

To the poor, sick, disabled, vulnerable people of this country which you and your cruel, draconian, conservative government refuse to comprehend and are in denial. We, being my fiancé and I, are severely disabled as are many thousands of others who have been victimised, bullied, and hounded to the point of suicide by you and your government.

With this in mind, we and the thousands of poor, sick, disabled, the unemployed, low paid families, terminally ill people in this country need you to answer these questions in full!!

Do you feel the benefit system in the UK is fit for purpose? What problems does it have and how could it be improved?

Do you think ATOS should continue to administer the work capability assessments and does the number of decisions overturned on appeal worry you? Do you believe ATOS should be fined for their performance delivering public services?

Do you support the implementation of an Unconditional Basic Income granted to all citizens? Could you explain your position and what kind of evidence would prompt you to change your mind?

Do you know how many suicides took place in 2013 linked to the administration of benefits in the UK? How many suicides could take place in a year before you would call for an urgent review of the administration of benefits in the UK?

What do you feel are the function of benefits in a society? Which is the greater problem in society, benefit fraud or tax evasion? Have you even claimed benefits? Does anybody in your family?

Do you believe there is a relationship between income inequality and social problems such as violent crime, obesity, mortality, health, literacy, drug addiction and family breakdown? Are you committed to reducing income inequality and how would you go about it?

Have you or anyone in your family ever lived in a council property? Do you support the bedroom tax? Many people have called for this to be banned, including Raquel Rolnik from the United Nations. What will it take for all of this to be stopped because if this is not stopped there will be civil unrest in this country and quite possibly civil war!

Have you read the Devils Tune? If so, what did you think of it?

Please feel free to elaborate in anyway on any topics that arise in answering these questions fully.

With many thanks

Miss Elizabeth Feeney &

Mr Joshua Christian

Letter to Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith

 

24/01/2014

 

 

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith

Secretary of State for Work & Pensions

House of Commons

London

SW1A 0AA

 

Dear Mr Duncan Smith

Today I find myself writing to you as an exasperated disabled ex-Carer in the NHS, who, at 51 years of age is unemployable due to chronic nerve pain and excessive nerve damage, besides degenerative and crumbling discs in my lower and cervical spine.

I was forced to give up my career in the Caring Profession due to severe recurring back injuries in 2006. Over the years the discs in my lower back and cervical spine have rapidly deteriorated and has become debilitating to the extent that it has become life changing, with very limited and poor movement and unable to carry out the smallest of domestic daily tasks.

After many years of extensive, intensive treatment and physiotherapy, as well as traction, I am now awaiting an appointment for a major operation on my cervical spine. My spine will never recover no matter what the miracle curing hands of ATOS may say. I will never be able to go into conventional work which is heart-breaking as I have worked since I left school in 1978, a career spanning over 28 years plus 7 years within our beloved NHS, a respected institution known throughout the world, within which myself and my mother and her mother have worked with pride.

I say to you that I am NOT a “Scrounger or Striver” as you constantly lead the people of this shattered country to believe. The damage which this rhetoric has caused is immense, inhumane and irreparable.

To the poor, sick, disabled, vulnerable people of this country which you and your cruel, draconian, conservative government refuse to comprehend and are in denial. We, being my fiancé and I, are severely disabled as are many thousands of others who have been victimised, bullied, and hounded to the point of suicide by you and your government.

With this in mind, we and the thousands of poor, sick, disabled, the unemployed, low paid families, terminally ill people in this country need you to answer these questions in full!!

Do you feel the benefit system in the UK is fit for purpose? What problems does it have and how could it be improved?

Do you think ATOS should continue to administer the work capability assessments and does the number of decisions overturned on appeal worry you? Do you believe ATOS should be fined for their performance delivering public services?

Do you support the implementation of an Unconditional Basic Income granted to all citizens? Could you explain your position and what kind of evidence would prompt you to change your mind?

Do you know how many suicides took place in 2013 linked to the administration of benefits in the UK? How many suicides could take place in a year before you would call for an urgent review of the administration of benefits in the UK?

What do you feel are the function of benefits in a society? Which is the greater problem in society, benefit fraud or tax evasion? Have you even claimed benefits? Does anybody in your family?

Do you believe there is a relationship between income inequality and social problems such as violent crime, obesity, mortality, health, literacy, drug addiction and family breakdown? Are you committed to reducing income inequality and how would you go about it?

Have you or anyone in your family ever lived in a council property? Do you support the bedroom tax? Many people have called for this to be banned, including Raquel Rolnik from the United Nations. What will it take for all of this to be stopped because if this is not stopped there will be civil unrest in this country and quite possibly civil war!

Could you live of £53 a week? You have stated that you could and yet even after a petition calling for you to do exactly that, and after over 100,000 people signed the petition, whereas it should have been debated in the House of Commons, you still have yet to comply per our requests and labelled it as a publicity stunt.

Have you read the Devils Tune? If so, what did you think of it?

Please feel free to elaborate in anyway on any topics that arise in answering these questions fully.

With many thanks

 

Miss Elizabeth Feeney &

Mr Joshua Christian

 

 

No Matter How You Spin The Figures There’s Still No Fucking Jobs


Well said Johnny, totally agree with you!

the void

war-on-the-poorNo matter how much DWP Ministers try to spin the figures there is still a desperate shortage of jobs.

It is simply not known how much of this month’s fall in unemployment is down to zero hours contracts, or how many of the 4.36 million people now working self-employed are dependent on Working Tax Credits and not making any real money.

Although this month shows a welcome drop in the use of workfare, this also distorts the true picture of the labour market. Unpaid workers on Jobcentre schemes are conveniently disappeared from the official tally of the unemployed. Benefit sanctions, which have risen sharply, can also lead people to abandon benefit claims and drop out of the figures – often to disappear into the black market or become dependent on the charity of friends, families and foodbanks. No-one is counting how many people are now living like this.

Whatever the…

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Here is How the UK Govt Hid 1 million Jobless From Today’s Unemployment Figures


I found this on Facebook after being posted by a friend of mine, Leon Inclusion Carter, which relates to an article by Kerry Anne Mendoza. The article is below.

Here is How the UK Govt Hid 1 million Jobless From Today’s Unemployment Figures

Kerry-anne  January 22, 2014   Class Warfare Exists

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The UK has the Thatcher government to thank for the majority of the statistical trickery which currently renders the government released unemployment figures redundant. Prior to 1979, the unemployment rate was anyone registered as unemployed, this was converted to a percentage of the total workforce and that was the published unemployment rate. Then some changes came in:

  1. Redefining Unemployment:  originally defined as those ‘registered’ unemployed, changed to only count ‘claimants’ – this obviously reduced the number greatly as many unemployed people do not, for various reasons, claim benefits.
  2. Cutting Benefit Entitlements: By making changes to the benefit system (who is eligible and not) the government can magic away unemployment numbers by simply removing eligibility for benefits.  If the person cannot claim, they are not classed as unemployed.
  3. Training Schemes & Work Programmes: the conservative government of the 80’s began to double count those in training & work programmes.  First, they excluded them from the unemployed figures, then they added them to the total workforce figures – this means that simply by recruiting people into a work programme, the government has reduced the unemployment figures.  Prior to Thatcher, these schemes were not counted as employment.

The Thatcher government was able to show a drop in unemployment of 550,000 in July 1986, and 668,000 in 1989 by transferring those unemployed into work programmes.  They also kept an average 90,000 unemployed under 18 year olds off the books by making them ineligible to claim benefits.

Sadly, none of these changes have since been reversed, giving the UK public a much skewed view of unemployment and underemployment.  If we look at the research prepared by other bodies without such downright deceitful exemptions, we reveal a more realistic picture of the economic woe being meted out across the country.

The Real Unemployment Rate

 

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A study put together by Sheffield University in 2012 set out to establish the real level of unemployment in the UK, given that there has been little change in the published unemployment statistic, we can suppose they still hold relatively true.  The study found:

  • For Britain as a whole in April 2012, the new figures point to more than 3.4 million unemployed. This compares to just 1.5 million on the claimant count and 2.5 million according to the Labour Force Survey – the government’s two official measures of unemployment. The difference is attributable to extensive hidden unemployment.
  • An estimated 900,000 unemployed have been diverted onto incapacity benefits. These are men and women with health problems who claim incapacity benefits instead of unemployment benefits. They do not represent fraudulent claims.
  • Hidden unemployment is disproportionately concentrated in the weakest local economies, where claimant unemployment is already highest. The effect has been to mask the true scale of labour market disparities between the best and worst parts of the country.
  • In the worst affected districts, the real rate of unemployment is often around 15 per cent. Knowsley in Merseyside tops the list with a real rate of unemployment estimated at 16.8 per cent.
  • The older industrial areas of the Midlands, the North, Scotland and Wales mostly have the highest rates of unemployment. In large parts of the south of England the rate is still only 3-4 per cent.
  • Comparisons with similar data for earlier years shows that Britain was still a long way off full employment before the 2008/9 recession. Full employment is now still further away and the real rate of unemployment is higher than at any time since 1997.
  • The report casts serious doubt on the likely impact of the Coalition government’s reforms, notably the Work Programme and Universal Credit, which are founded on the assumption that unemployment can be brought down by encouraging the unemployed to find work. The evidence points to large and continuing shortfalls in job opportunities away from the most prosperous parts of southern England.

One of the more worrying points in the survey is the widening gap between ‘claimant count’ and unemployed (p5), as ever increasing numbers of people fund themselves without a job or eligibility to claim social security.  For this expanding pool of people, exploitation beckons.

Exploiting the Unemployed

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The government is pressurising people into ever more exploitative work programmes in order to reduce unemployment figures by threatening withdrawal of social security for non-compliance.  In 2011, the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government announced a plan to increase uptake of Workfare (the term given to these schemes) by 100,000.  They also made changes to the programme they inherited from New Labour as follows:

1. A jobseeker who leaves a placement after 1 week loses their welfare payments for 6 weeks.  If they do this a second time, they lose them for 13 weeks.  The third time, three years.

2. Placements can be mandated for up to 30 hours a week for as long as 6 months.

3. The scheme has been opened up so corporations in the private sector can exploit this taxpayer funded, forced labour.

This means that someone who finds themselves unemployed must work up to thirty hours a week, for up to six months at a time, stacking shelves for Tesco or Poundland simply to receive as little as £53 per week, which they are already entitled to as part of the social contract of Britain.  Also, Tesco isn’t paying the £53; we are, through our taxes.

Although an interview is supposed to be guaranteed at the end of the term, it is not required that the workfare provider has a vacancy open.  An interview for a job that doesn’t exist is no interview at all.

Corporations get free labour, the government gets to massage the unemployment figures (Workfare victims are counted as employed) and the unemployed get shafted.

Anyone doubting this critique would do well to read the findings of the DWP’s own analysis of the performance of their work programmes.  These schemes cost the taxpayer £5bn, yet only 1 in 10 people found employment lasting up to 3 months.  The figures are even worse for the sick and disabled people forced into the work programmes – only 1 in 20 finding lasting employment.

The picture doesn’t get any rosier for those who have managed to find employment either.

Employers are less likely to provide real jobs than ever.  As the market favours the employer, there has been an unprecedented month on month fall in wages through the entire 36 months of the Coalition government, and wages were already falling before they arrived.

On top of hidden unemployment, the UK also has an ever growing problem with underemployment; the case of people unable to find jobs with sufficient hours/pay to meet their needs.

A recent paper by researchers at the University of Stirling revealed that underemployment rose from 6.2% in 2008 to 9.9% in 2012. The rate hit 30% among 16 to 24 year olds.

We have also seen the rise of ‘zero hour’ contracts. Almost unheard of a few years ago, more than a million UK workers are now under these contracts.  These contracts have no specified working hours – meaning that an employee is placed on permanent stand by until or unless the employer needs them.  While classed as employed, the person has no wage security as they cannot guarantee their pay from one week to the next.  They also receive no sick pay, leave or other basic terms and conditions.

The Resolution Foundation recently published a review of ‘Zero Hours’ contracts which found serious issues of the spike in their use:

  1. Those on ‘Zero Hours’ contracts earn less than half the average wage (£236 vs. £482 per week) of those on proper contracts.
  2. Workplaces using ‘Zero Hours’ contracts have a higher proportion of staff on low pay (within £1.25 of minimum wage) than those who do not.

These factors have allowed the UK Labour Market in recent years to combine a relatively high level of employment and an unprecedented squeeze on wages.

  1. Those on ‘Zero Hours’ contracts work 10 hours a week less, on average, than those who are not (21hrs – 31hrs).
  2. 18% of those on ‘Zero Hours’ contracts are seeking alternative employment or more hours versus 7% of those in ordinary contracts

These factors have contributed to the rise in underemployment in the UK since 2008.  An ONS survey last year revealed more than 1 million people had been added to the rank of the underemployed since the 2008 bailout of the banks.

  1. ‘Zero Hours’ contracts are hitting young people the hardest, with 37% of those on such contracts aged between 16-24.
  2. ‘Zero Hours’ contracts are more likely to be held by those without a degree, and with a GCSE as their highest level of education.
  3. Non UK Nationals are 15% more likely to be employed on such a contract than UK Nationals.

It is not difficult to see the advantages of ‘Zero Hours’ contracts to employers – they can achieve maximum flexibility of their workforce, effectively retaining them on a pay as you go basis.  It is also clear that in the short term, the government of the day also enjoy the advantage of hiding the true effects of their cut throat economic policies.  But the ordinary human being seeking to meet the rising cost of living is losing on all counts.

Between 2008 and 2012, inflation rose 17% according to the Consumer Price Index, while incomes increased just 7%this translates to a real terms pay cut of 10% for working people.  But the Consumer Price Index measurement tracks the rising cost of an imaginary list of products and services that the poorest workers are unlikely to ever buy.  The UK Essentials Index however tracks inflation of the bare essentials that would the poorest would buy – and these have risen by an eye watering 33% during the same period.  This means that not only is the impact of unemployment hitting the country disproportionately, but underemployment and exploitative employment conditions are too – with the poorest being the worst affected.

Economic Recovery for Whom?

 

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According to the UK government, the IMF and large sections of the mainstream media; the UK is in economic recovery.  The economy is scheduled to grow by 2.4% this year.

Yet, daily life, wages and the cost of living for most Brits are the worst conditions for any generation since the establishment of the welfare state after World War II.

The government has used benefit sanctions to reduce the numbers of people claiming out of work benefits, and used that to argue more people are in work.  The security and dignity of employment has also been diminished.  Workfare, zero hours contracts, and other non-jobs mean that whilst people appear as employed, that employment is neither secure, nor adequate to meet their living costs or their aspirations.

This is not an economic recovery by any reasonable definition of the term.

What is the point of GDP growth, if the benefits are not increasing the quality of our lives?  The only reason for the public to care about economic growth, is the promise that it equates to a better life for us all.  Hunger, poverty, and homelessness rising exponentially in a time of economic growth, can only ever be a political choice.  Austerity is planned hunger, planned poverty, and planned homelessness.  It is the deliberate destitution of the many, to benefit the few.

If the Coalition stay in power or their spending plans are continued (as Labour has all but pledged) to 2018 – it will have taken them just eight years to roll back the UK welfare state sixty yearsIt is long overdue that compassionate citizens presented a credible and committed resistance.  Not only to this renegade government, but an entire political and economic system that has enabled corporations to buy the parliamentary system, neuter any diversity of political voices, and dismantle the promise of a fair chance for all.

About The Author
Kerry-anne Mendoza is a writer, blogger and activist. She is the author of the Scriptonite Daily blog which explores matters of current affairs, politics, economics and ideas. She is also a contributor to New Internationalist, openDemocracy, Trebuchet Magazine, the Occupy News Network and others.  She is based in the UK, and left her career as a Management Consultant having held senior positions in banking, local government and the NHS to be part of the Occupy Movement.  She has since worked as a writer and campaigner for social, economic and environmental justice.