AMBER RUDD AND THE NAZI

I WANT TO BE PM!

Amber Rudd only won her seat by 346 votes!!

The Home Secretary only won her seat of Hastings and Rye by 346 votes after a recount.

The top job in the Conservative party could be available very soon.

Amber Rudd run a very bad election campaign.

In 2015, When asked why she wanted to be MP for Hastings she said “I wanted to be within two hours of London and I could see we were going to win it!”

In 2017 Amber Rudd was asked the average price of a house in Hastings and she said….

In public Amber Rudd has said she supports Theresa May, 100%

But in the last few weeks Amber Rudd has employed Lynton Keith Crosby!?

Thinking there might be a snap election, the Home Secretary has placed adverts for help to spread her message in Hastings on Saturday 21st October, she advertised for paid support to show Hastings how popular she is, on facebook and online.

Amber Rudd has paid for people to come down to her seat from London and Oxford!!!

And it turns out one of her top supporters coming to Hastings, from Oxford University, George Wright, , posted this on facebook….

Good luck and keep it real in Hastings

Amber!

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ENERGY SECRETARY FACING SECOND ALLEGATION IN ELECTION EXPENSES SCANDAL

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ENERGY SECRETARY FACING SECOND ALLEGATION IN TORY ELECTION EXPENSES SCANDAL.

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye is facing a second allegation of failing to declare election expenses in the last General election.

On Sunday it was reported in the national press that Ms Rudd used a local version of national online advertisements designed by ad firm M&C Saatchi, but failed to declare the ad in her election spending returns.

Ms Rudd posted a version of the same ad on her YouTube page on March 29, 2015, with the slogan changed from ‘Recovering Economy: Don’t Let Labour Wreck It’ to ‘Unemployment down by 1,921 in Hastings and Rye since 2010.’

Now B heard media have learnt that a
controversial wraparound advert that appeared on the front page of the local newpaper, the Hastings Observer, just a week before the General election was paid for by the Conservative party national election campaign despite being aimed directly at local voters.

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Payment invoice from VCC Media to the Conservative party.

TWO DAYS TO SAVE OUR NHS!

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In 2006 David Cameron said: “..the NHS is safe in my hands.”

BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION 2010

David Cameron promised: “What I can tell you is, any cabinet minister, if I win the election, who comes to me and says: “Here are my plans,” and they involve front-line reductions, they’ll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again.

” With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS.”

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SINCE THE GENERAL ELECTION 2010..

5,870 NHS nurses, 7,968 hospital beds and a third of ambulance stations have been cut.

The Coalition brought in the biggest top-down reorganisation of the service in its history.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The act removed responsibility for the health of citizens from the Secretary of State for Health, which the post had carried since the inception of the NHS in 1948.

It abolished NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and transferred between £60 billion and £80 billion of “commissioning”, or health care funds, from the abolished PCTs to several hundred “clinical commissioning groups”, partly run by the general practitioners(GPs) in England but a major point of access for private service providers.

The Act was opposed at the time by the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners  in “outright opposition” to the bill.

There was also huge public opposition
, with the biggest fear being that the Act would open the NHS to the private sector, with NHS contracts being open to bids from the private providers.

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THREE YEARS SINCE THE ACT PASSED..

A third of NHS contracts in England have been awarded to private sector.

Of 3,494 contracts awarded by 182 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England between April 2013 and August 2014, 33% went to the private sector.

Last year contracts monitored by the NHS Support Federation campaign group show that private firms won £3.54bn of £9.628bn worth of deals awarded in England – a win rate of 36.8%.

And responses from GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to a Labour freedom of information request reveal that private firms have been winning 40% of contracts CCGs have put out to tender, worth a total of £2.3bn, only slightly fewer than the 41% awarded to NHS bodies.

One of the biggest private contractors in the NHS, Virgin Care has two arms to its business: 24 GP-led provider companies that provide NHS services through networks of GP surgeries; and community-based NHS services.

Virgin Care, which has been handed contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds to run more than 230 NHS and social care services, has a company structure including tax havens, meaning it pays no tax in the UK.

NHS patients have had to endure longer waits for treatment as NHS hospitals have increasingly maximised their income from private patients, the number of which has gone up by as much as 58% since 2010.

A&E waiting times in England this year are the worst since records began.

More than one million hospital bed days have been lost because of delayed discharges in the past year,

The number of days health managers are forced to keep patients in hospital because they cannot be transferred into the community has risen by nearly 20 per cent in a year and is now at a record level, at a cost to the NHS of £287m.

The delays and bed-blocking on cuts to social care budgets, which have been reduced by £3.5bn since 2010.
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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IF THE CONSERVATIVES STAY IN POWER…

A leaked document has warned 64 out of 98 NHS hospitals polled are set to overspend by a combined £759million in 2015/16 – treble the size of last year’s deficit.

And across the NHS as a whole, the secret shortfall is estimated to hit almost £2billion.

Two thirds of hospitals face having to make swingeing cuts.

Which could mean cuts in Nurses.

We have just learnt that a new list of approved suppliers to the NHS could lead to a multi-billion pound land grab by a handful of corporations.

This will lead to further privatisation of our NHS.The scope of the private firms is being massively expanded.They will be able to provide services that up until now were done by the NHS

It will result in conflicts of interest as a number of the private firms are also advising the GPs’ commissioning groups.

Four companies dominate the list of approved suppliers published last week. Capita, KPMG, PwC and UnitedHealth, the previous employer of NHS CEO, Simon Stevens, are now listed as suppliers to six of the nine regional consortiums set up to help GPs’ commissioning groups procure services. Ernst and Young is a supplier to four consortiums while McKinsey has been named as a supplier to five. All are members of the Commissioning Support Industry Group, which is a low-profile body that affords them regular access to the senior NHS officials overseeing the creation of the new market in commissioning services.

Dr Jacky Davis, founder member of Keep Our NHS Public, said: “This announcement marks the final step in giving the private sector the power, influence and a big slice of the NHS budget. There is now a massive conflict of interest with private companies like UnitedHealth, KPMG and McKinsey in charge of the GPs’ budget and increasingly buying care from the self-same private sector. The Tories have put Dracula in charge of the blood bank.”

A group of American medical experts wrote a letter to The Guardian in March.They said: “We express concern over recent movements toward transferring more and more services to for-profit corporations in your healthcare system, and measures that encourage the development of a self-pay market for care. 

“Access to treatment should not depend on whether someone can spare the money.

“While some may say the changes in England have so far only been at the margins, it is the risk of a slippery slope that should cause concern.”

The Labour party have accused The Tories of covering up a report they commissioned planning the next five years of The NHS, for another re-organisation of NHS bureaucracy after the election.

The report was handed to the government a few months ago, but they have delayed the public being able to see it until after the election!

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said: “David Cameron should come clean with the British people about his plans for the NHS after the election. He commissioned a major report on how to change the way the health service is run but has buried the findings.

“They won’t tell us what’s in it. They won’t tell us what they plan to do with it. They won’t tell us what they plan to do with the NHS. But we do know one thing. We know who wrote it: the Conservative peer, Lord Rose.

“Lord Rose may be good at running supermarkets. But I say to David Cameron: you can’t run the NHS like a supermarket, we don’t want a supermarket health service, so publish this report and show us what is in your secret plan.”

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AN OPEN LETTER FROM NHS STAFF

More than 100 senior health professionals write in a personal capacity outlining their view of how the NHS in England has fared under the coalition;

After five years of a government which pledged to protect the NHS, this election campaign makes it timely to assess its stewardship, since 2010, of England’s most precious institution. Our verdict, as doctors working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration’s record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and less able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history.

In short, the coalition has failed to keep its NHS pledges.

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is already leading to the rapid and unwanted expansion ofthe role of commercial companies in the NHS. Lansley’s Act is denationalising healthcare because the abolition of the duty to provide an NHS throughout England abdicates government responsibility for universal services to ad hoc bodies (such as clinical commissioning groups) and competitive markets controlled by private-sector-dominated quangos.

In particular, the squeeze on services is hitting patients. People may be unaware that under the coalition, dozens of Accident & Emergency departments and maternity units have been closed or earmarked for closure or downgrading. In addition, 51 NHS walk-in centres have been closed or downgraded in this time, and more than 60 ambulance stations have shut and more than 100 general practices are at risk of closure

The core infrastructure of the NHS is also being eroded with the closure of hospitals and thousands of NHS beds since 2010.

Mental health and primary care are faring no better – with both in disarray due to funding cuts and multiple reorganisations driven by ideology, not what works. Public health has been wrenched out of the NHS, where it held the ring for coordinated and equitable services for so long.

In September 2014, the Royal College of General Practitioners said that the wait to see a GP is a “national crisis”.

In England the waiting list to see a specialist stands at 3 million people, and in December 2014 NHS England estimated that nearly 250,000 more patients were waiting for treatment across England who are not on the official waiting list.

Throughout England, patients have been left queueing in ambulances and NHS trusts have resorted to erecting tents in hospital car parks to deal with unmet need.

A&E target waiting times have not been met for a year, and are at the worst levels for more than a decade; and elderly, vulnerable patients are marooned in hospital because our colleagues in social care have no money or staff to provide much-needed services at home.

Funding reductions for local authorities (in some places reductions as high as 40%) have undermined the viability of many local authority social care services across England. This has resulted in more patients arriving at A&E and more patients trapped in hospital as the necessary social care support needed to ensure their safe discharge is no longer there.

The NHS is withering away, and if things carry on as they are then in future people will be denied care they once had under the NHS and have to pay more for health services. Privatisation not only threatens coordinated services but also jeopardises training of our future healthcare providers and medical research, particularly that of public health.

Given the obvious pressures on the NHS over the last five years, and growing public concern that health services now facing a very uncertain future, we are left with little doubt that the current government’s policies have undermined and weakened the NHS.

The way forward is clear: abolish all the damaging sections of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 that fragment care and push the NHS towards a market-driven, “out-for-tender” mentality where care is provided by the lowest bidder. Reversing this costly and inefficient market bureaucracy alone willsave significant sums. Above all, the secretary of state’s duty to provide an NHS throughout England must be reinstated, as in Scotland and Wales.

As medical and public health professionals our primary concern is for all patients.

We invite voters to consider carefully how the NHS has fared over the last five years, and to use their vote to ensure that the NHS in England is reinstated.

SAVE OUR NHS

The Act must be stopped and the NHS must to be put fully back into public hands.Stop profit being made out of our NHS.

Billions must be pumped back into Social care to relieve the stress on the NHS and make the lives of the elderly better.

OUR NHS can’t take five more years of The Conservatives!

Support

‘SAVE OUR NHS’

http://www.keepournhspublic.com

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THE POWER OF FEAR or HOW THE TORIES TRIED TO WIN THE ELECTION

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Since The UK election campaign started
a few months ago , Most major parties have tried to promote their polices to the public and show them how the country would look if their party gained some power in parliment.

The Green party, The SNP, Plaid cymru
and TUSC all say they want to end the austerity
( cuts to the public sector & welfare) agenda and stop futher privatisation
of Our NHS.

The Labour party say their main polices are to protect The NHS and give the 99% a better standard of living.

But The Conservatives main message is one of FEAR and are trying to scare the public into voting for them.

THE CONSERVATIVES USE OF FEAR.

The Prime-Minister David Cameron employed the Austrialan spin doctor Lynton Crosby, last year, to run the Tories election campaign. Crosby’s track record was very strong, having got London Mayor Boris Johnson elected in the capital, a city which had always leaned to the left and had only ever elected Labour/ Independent Ken Livingstone before.

Crosby made his name by winning three back-to-back elections for Australian
PM John Howard and for using negative campaigning and attacking the opposition.

Over the last few months The UK public have never experienced such a negative, vicious campaign of Fear led by Cosby and endorsed by the Tory top brass.

One of the main themes of the Conservative strategy has been to scare voters about the possible election outcome of a Labour miniorty government propped up the SNP ( Scotish National party )

It started with election posters appearing across England and Wales, with the image of Ed Miliband ( Labour leader) in the suit pocket of Alex Salmond (SNP ex leader & would be SNP leader in parliment )

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This theme has remained the Tory main
strategy thoughout the election.So instead of explaining what they would do in power. They have just banged on about Labour working with SNP.

David Cameron on the BBC said: “This would be the first time in our history that a group of nationalists from one part of our country would be involved in altering the direction of our country, and I think that is a frightening prospect.”

The Scottish National party “do not even want our country to succeed, that is why it is so calamitous”, he said.

“Frankly this is a group of people that would not care what happened in the rest of the country. The rest of the United Kingdom – Wales, Northern Ireland and England – would not get a look-in, and that is the prospect we face if we don’t get the majority Conservative government that is within our reach.”

Then it got really personal and nasty,  when Defence Secretary Michael Fallon
Speaking about the UK renewal of Trident (opposed by the SNP ) Said:

“We saw in that leadership election just what he would do to get into power. We saw what he did to his own brother. We need to know what he would do.

“We can’t be sure what kind of backstairs deal he is likely to do with the SNP … that is the uncertainty. We have seen what he is prepared to do to get into power.

” Ed Miliband stabbed his own brother in the back to become Labour leader. Now he is willing to stab the United Kingdom in the back to become prime minister.”

Then David Cameron tried to scare English voters and raise English nationalism. When he talked about English votes for English laws, He said:

“English MPs will be unable to vote on the income tax paid by people in Aberdeen and Edinburgh while Scottish MPs are able to vote on the tax you pay in Birmingham or Canterbury or Leeds.

“It is simply unfair. And with English votes for English laws we will put it right.”

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And last Sunday Theresa May, Home Sectory told The Mail on Sunday: ‘If we saw a Labour Government propped up by SNP it could be the biggest constitutional crisis since the abdication.

Miliband would be in government on the coat-tails of Sturgeon and Alex Salmond. 

They would be calling the tune – people who don’t want the UK to exist and want to destroy our country.”

‘There would be a very real feeling was this was something people did not want to see, had not voted for and would find very difficult to accept. It would raise difficult questions about legitimacy. A lot of English people would question that.”
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There has been some traction with the Fear agenda with some voters.

According to the Survation poll for The Mail on Sunday, a third of UK voters would consider a Miliband-Sturgeon government to be ‘illegitimate.

But polls also have found Ed Miliband’s approval ratings going up, as well as the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s.

The Tories look like they will keep going on this agenda till election day.

But most of the public want to know where the Tories already announced  £12bn cuts in Welfare and 30% cuts in government departments will be, if they win power.

On 7th May, we will find out if The Conservative Fear campaign wins the day.

Lets hope not..

” The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown ”  – H. P. Lovecraft

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Forget Torygraphs fake letters.Heres 3 real letters from NHS Doctors, Firefighters & the Police

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The Telegraph printed a letter from ‘5000 independent Small businesses’ supporting The Conservatives  ‘Long term economic’ plan.

But the Political Scrapbook blog has learnt ‘That the full letter from business owners on Telegraph website contains metadata showing it was authored by CONSERVATIVE CENTRE HQ and
examination of the latest Companies House filings for the first fifty signatories (PDF) throws up:

13: Andres Mesa-Cruz, a ‘sales director’ who didn’t found and apparently doesn’t own a single share in the company
26: Robert Brunton is listed as an ‘associate’ of 414 Timber and Fencing, which perhaps explains why he isn’t a director of and doesn’t own any shares in the company
39: A D Planning Services Ltd has no director or shareholder called Alex Brookes-Ball
40: ‘HR and EHS Manager’ Nicola Knight is not a director of, nor does she own shares in, Oscroft & Sons

This would appear to suggest two things: that this is a letter signed by individuals possibly without with the authorisation or even knowledge of the businesses concerned; and secondly that some of the signatories … don’t actually own a business!
Signatories include ‘Stanley Ward Conservative Club’ and a business asking their names to be removed’
http://http://politicalscrapbook.net/2015/04/tory-business-owners-letter-includes-people-who-dont-own-a-business/

So here are three  ‘REAL’  OPEN letters
From The Firefighters , NHS staff and the Police

NHS OPEN LETTER

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More than 100 senior health professionals write in a personal capacity outlining their view of how the NHS in England has fared under the coalition;

After five years of a government which pledged to protect the NHS, this election campaign makes it timely to assess its stewardship, since 2010, of England’s most precious institution. Our verdict, as doctors working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration’s record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and less able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history.

In short, the coalition has failed to keep its NHS pledges.

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is already leading to the rapid and unwanted expansion ofthe role of commercial companies in the NHS. Lansley’s Act is denationalising healthcare because the abolition of the duty to provide an NHS throughout England abdicates government responsibility for universal services to ad hoc bodies (such as clinical commissioning groups) and competitive markets controlled by private-sector-dominated quangos.

In particular, the squeeze on services is hitting patients. People may be unaware that under the coalition, dozens of Accident & Emergency departments and maternity units have been closed or earmarked for closure or downgrading. In addition, 51 NHS walk-in centres have been closed or downgraded in this time, and more than 60 ambulance stations have shut and more than 100 general practices are at risk of closure

The core infrastructure of the NHS is also being eroded with the closure of hospitals and thousands of NHS beds since 2010.

Mental health and primary care are faring no better – with both in disarray due to funding cuts and multiple reorganisations driven by ideology, not what works. Public health has been wrenched out of the NHS, where it held the ring for coordinated and equitable services for so long.

In September 2014, the Royal College of General Practitioners said that the wait to see a GP is a “national crisis”.

In England the waiting list to see a specialist stands at 3 million people, and in December 2014 NHS England estimated that nearly 250,000 more patients were waiting for treatment across England who are not on the official waiting list.

Throughout England, patients have been left queueing in ambulances and NHS trusts have resorted to erecting tents in hospital car parks to deal with unmet need.

A&E target waiting times have not been met for a year, and are at the worst levels for more than a decade; and elderly, vulnerable patients are marooned in hospital because our colleagues in social care have no money or staff to provide much-needed services at home.

Funding reductions for local authorities (in some places reductions as high as 40%) have undermined the viability of many local authority social care services across England. This has resulted in more patients arriving at A&E and more patients trapped in hospital as the necessary social care support needed to ensure their safe discharge is no longer there.

The NHS is withering away, and if things carry on as they are then in future people will be denied care they once had under the NHS and have to pay more for health services. Privatisation not only threatens coordinated services but also jeopardises training of our future healthcare providers and medical research, particularly that of public health.

Given the obvious pressures on the NHS over the last five years, and growing public concern that health services now facing a very uncertain future, we are left with little doubt that the current government’s policies have undermined and weakened the NHS.

The way forward is clear: abolish all the damaging sections of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 that fragment care and push the NHS towards a market-driven, “out-for-tender” mentality where care is provided by the lowest bidder. Reversing this costly and inefficient market bureaucracy alone willsave significant sums. Above all, the secretary of state’s duty to provide an NHS throughout England must be reinstated, as in Scotland and Wales.

As medical and public health professionals our primary concern is for all patients.

We invite voters to consider carefully how the NHS has fared over the last five years, and to use their vote to ensure that the NHS in England is reinstated.

FIREFIGHTERS OPEN LETTER
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Nearly 250 firefighters have signed anopen letter to voters to highlight the significant challenges and pressure they have faced under the coalition government programme of relentless public sector cuts and how these cuts have put lives at risk:

Dear voters,

We are at the forefront of the emergency services in this country. We believe under no uncertain terms that the coalition government led by David Cameron’s Conservative party have been nothing but detrimental to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Fire Service that you have every right to expect.

David Cameron and George Osborne have continued a sustained and vicious attack on all frontline emergency services for 5 years. The lowering of Fire Service budgets across the country by 20% has caused nothing but a heightened risk to firefighters and the public they serve. This along with attacks on the NHS, The Police and Coastguard has been a key part of their ‘profit before people’ economic plan.

The result for the Fire Service has been that since 2010, 39 Fire Stations have closed, 145 Fire Engines have been scrapped and over 5000 firefighter positions have been axed. This has raised response time considerably to the point that some Brigades have dropped the 5 minute maximum response times that we were once so proud of and that has saved thousands of lives. Under this governments attitude to the public services, people’s lives are at very serious risk of being lost completely unnecessarily.

We are convinced that this has put all members of the public at serious risk. We believe that a serious change of course is desperately needed in order for us to do our jobs effectively and to prevent losing saveable lives.

POLICE OPEN LETTER

More than 600 serving police officers have signed a damning open letter.
The letter has been signed by more than 1,000 policing professionals, including retired officers and police staff. Among them are 423 PCs and DCs, 188 sergeants, 50 inspectors up to Det Chief Insp level and four superintendents.

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WEALTH OF RICHEST 1000 DOUBLES IN 10 YEARS AS THE UK BECOMES MUST UNEQUAL COUNTRY IN THE WEST!

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The Sunday Times rich list for 2015 reveals that the 1000 richest people living in the UK have doubled their wealth in the last decade and are now £547bn, not counting their bank accounts.

The list, includes 117 billionaires, up from 104 last year. They account for a total wealth of £325.131 billion and 80 of them are based in London. It means the capital has more sterling billionaires than any other city in the world.

To get on the rich list you must have a fortune of £100 million.
That is £15m higher than last year’s minimum, while in 1997 it took a personal wealth of ‘just’ £15 million to make the list.

The wealth of the richest, under the Conservatives government has risen by a huge amount.

The UK’s five richest families now own more wealth than the poorest 20% of the population.

A report by The Social Market Foundation revealed evidence of Britain’s rapidly growing wealth gap.

It found that the average wealth of the best-off one-fifth of families rose by 64 per cent between 2005 and 2012-13 as they put more money aside as a buffer against future shocks. They have average savings and investments of around £10,000 compared with £6,000 seven years earlier.

The SMF found the poorest 20 per cent are less financially secure than they were in 2005, with their net wealth falling by 57 per cent and levels of debt and use of overdrafts increasing.

In a report, a Tale of Two Britains, Oxfam said the poorest 20% in the UK had wealth totalling £28.1bn – an average of £2,230 each. The latest rich list from Forbes magazine showed that the five top UK entries – the family of the Duke of Westminster, David and Simon Reuben, the Hinduja brothers, the Cadogan family, and Sports Direct retail boss Mike Ashley – between them had property, savings and other assets worth £28.2bn.

Oxfam’s director of campaigns and policy, Ben Phillips, said: “Britain is becoming a deeply divided nation, with a wealthy elite who are seeing their incomes spiral up, while millions of families are struggling to make ends meet.

“It’s deeply worrying that these extreme levels of wealth inequality exist in Britain today, where just a handful of people have more money than millions struggling to survive on the breadline.”

Oxfam said that for the first time more working households were in poverty than non-working ones, and predicted that the number of children living below the poverty line could increase by 800,000 by 2020. It said cuts to social security and public services were meshing with falling real incomes and a rising cost of living to create a “deeply damaging situation” in which millions were struggling to get by.

The IMF recently released research showing that the ever-greater concentration of wealth and income hindered growth and said redistribution would not just reduce inequality but would be economically beneficial.

“On average, across countries and over time, the things that governments have typically done to redistribute do not seem to have led to bad growth outcomes, unless they were extreme”, the IMF said in a research paper. “And the resulting narrowing of inequality helped support faster and more durable growth, apart from ethical, political or broader social considerations.”

Phillips said: “Increasing inequality is a sign of economic failure rather than success. It’s far from inevitable – a result of political choices that can be reversed. It’s time for our leaders to stand up and be counted on this issue.”

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Under the Conservatives, we have seen Tax cuts for the wealthest , huge corporations paying low wages, making huge profits and paying no Tax in the UK.

The Tories have made massive cuts to the Welfare budget.

They have forced thousands of people into Workfare, meaning massive companies get free labour and get paid by the government to ’employ’ these people.

The Conservatives have allowed Workers to be paid very low wages by big business and used Tax payers money to make up the difference with Welfare, so workers can pay bills and rent, costing the Country £11bn a year.

Over a million people used food banks in the last year.

If the Tories are elected for another 5 years, they plan to cut a futher £12bn of Welfare, cut 30% to all government departments, cut the top rate of Tax for the richest.

They have to be stopped.

Vote on 7th May.

CAMERON’S CHILDREN – CHILD POVERTY RISES TO 3.5 MILLION

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David Cameron speaking on 22nd April said: ” I’ve said it before: I’m not in this job to be some high powered accountant. I don’t just want the lines on the graph to go in the right direction. I want lives to go in the right direction. I believe passionately in reducing poverty.
‘We’ve proved that. Since we came to power – 300,000 fewer children in relative poverty.”

WHAT IS CHILD POVERTY?

Children are said to be in poverty if they live in a household with an income less than 60% of the national average.

A family with two adults and two children under 13 needs to have £317 a week, after paying for housing  to be above the poverty line.

Ian Duncan Smith, Work and Pension Secretary wanted to change the way it is measured, last year.

In 2009-10 the number of children living in poverty, in the UK was 2.6 million.

After five years cuts to welfare by The Conservstive led Coalition who claim 300,000 are out of ‘relative’ poverty.

The respected charity Barnardo’s say there are currently 3.5 million children living in poverty in the UK. Almost a million more than when David Cameron came to power.

That’s almost a third of all children.
1.6 million of these children live in severe poverty .

In the UK 63% of children living in poverty are in a family where someone works .

Does child poverty affect children’s health?

Three-year-olds in households with incomes below about £10,000 are 2.5 times more likely to suffer chronic illness than children in households with incomes above £52,000 .

Infant mortality is 10% higher for infants in the lower social group than the average.
Does poverty affect a child’s education?

Only 48 per cent of 5 year olds entitled to free school meals have a good level of development at the end of their reception year, compared to 67 per cent of all other pupils. 

Less than half of pupils entitled to free school meals (just 36 per cent) achieve 5 GCSEs at C or above, including English and Maths, this compares to 63 per cent of pupils who are not eligible.

How much money do families living in poverty have?

Families living in poverty can have as little as £12 per day per person to buy everything they need such as food, heating, toys, clothes, electricity and transport.

How does poverty affect families?

1.6 million children are growing up in homes which are too cold.
41 per cent  of  children in the poorest fifth of households are in families who can’t afford to replace broken electrical goods, compared with just 3 per cent  of children in the richest households.

59 per cent  of children in the poorest fifth of households have parents who would like to, but cannot afford to take their children for a holiday away from home for one week a year. This only applies to 6 per cent  of children in the richest fifth.

The Government has a statutory requirement, enshrined in the Child Poverty Act 2010 , to end child poverty by 2020.

However, it is predicated that by 2020/21  another 1 million children will be pushed into poverty as a result of the Coalition Government’s policies.

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93,000 children are living in temporary accommodation.

500,000 children went hungry last year.

A survey commissioned by NASUWT found that almost seven in 10 (69%) of teachers said they have seen pupils coming to school hungry, while eight in 10 (80%) have witnessed youngsters turning up in clothes that are inappropriate for the weather and similar proportions reported children arriving in unwashed or damaged and frayed clothing.

If the Conservatives win the election, they plan to cut a futher £12bn in the welfare budget.Which will put more children into poverty.Plus 30% cuts in all government departments.

They must be stopped.

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SAVE OUR NHS FROM THE TORIES

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In 2006 David Cameron said: “..the NHS is safe in my hands.”

BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION 2010

David Cameron promised: “What I can tell you is, any cabinet minister, if I win the election, who comes to me and says: “Here are my plans,” and they involve front-line reductions, they’ll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again.

” With the Conservatives there will be no more of the tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures that have dominated the last decade of the NHS.”

SINCE THE GENERAL ELECTION 2010..

5,870 NHS nurses, 7,968 hospital beds and a third of ambulance stations have been cut.

The Coalition brought in the biggest top-down reorganisation of the service in its history.

The Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The act removed responsibility for the health of citizens from the Secretary of State for Health, which the post had carried since the inception of the NHS in 1948.

It abolished NHS primary care trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and transferred between £60 billion and £80 billion of “commissioning”, or health care funds, from the abolished PCTs to several hundred “clinical commissioning groups”, partly run by the general practitioners(GPs) in England but a major point of access for private service providers.

The Act was opposed at the time by the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners  in “outright opposition” to the bill.

There was also huge public opposition
, with the biggest fear being that the Act would open the NHS to the private sector, with NHS contracts being open to bids from the private providers.
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THREE YEARS SINCE THE ACT PASSED..

A third of NHS contracts in England have been awarded to private sector.

Of 3,494 contracts awarded by 182 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England between April 2013 and August 2014, 33% went to the private sector.

Last year contracts monitored by the NHS Support Federation campaign group show that private firms won £3.54bn of £9.628bn worth of deals awarded in England – a win rate of 36.8%.

And responses from GP-led clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to a Labour freedom of information request reveal that private firms have been winning 40% of contracts CCGs have put out to tender, worth a total of £2.3bn, only slightly fewer than the 41% awarded to NHS bodies.

One of the biggest private contractors in the NHS, Virgin Care has two arms to its business: 24 GP-led provider companies that provide NHS services through networks of GP surgeries; and community-based NHS services.

Virgin Care, which has been handed contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds to run more than 230 NHS and social care services, has a company structure including tax havens, meaning it pays no tax in the UK.

NHS patients have had to endure longer waits for treatment as NHS hospitals have increasingly maximised their income from private patients, the number of which has gone up by as much as 58% since 2010.

A&E waiting times in England this year are the worst since records began.

More than one million hospital bed days have been lost because of delayed discharges in the past year,

The number of days health managers are forced to keep patients in hospital because they cannot be transferred into the community has risen by nearly 20 per cent in a year and is now at a record level, at a cost to the NHS of £287m.

The delays and bed-blocking on cuts to social care budgets, which have been reduced by £3.5bn since 2010.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IF THE CONSERVATIVES STAY IN POWER…

A leaked document has warned 64 out of 98 NHS hospitals polled are set to overspend by a combined £759million in 2015/16 – treble the size of last year’s deficit.

And across the NHS as a whole, the secret shortfall is estimated to hit almost £2billion.

Two thirds of hospitals face having to make swingeing cuts.

Which could mean cuts in Nurses.

We have just learnt that a new list of approved suppliers to the NHS could lead to a multi-billion pound land grab by a handful of corporations.

This will lead to further privatisation of our NHS.The scope of the private firms is being massively expanded.They will be able to provide services that up until now were done by the NHS

It will result in conflicts of interest as a number of the private firms are also advising the GPs’ commissioning groups.

Four companies dominate the list of approved suppliers published last week. Capita, KPMG, PwC and UnitedHealth, the previous employer of NHS CEO, Simon Stevens, are now listed as suppliers to six of the nine regional consortiums set up to help GPs’ commissioning groups procure services. Ernst and Young is a supplier to four consortiums while McKinsey has been named as a supplier to five. All are members of the Commissioning Support Industry Group, which is a low-profile body that affords them regular access to the senior NHS officials overseeing the creation of the new market in commissioning services.

Dr Jacky Davis, founder member of Keep Our NHS Public, said: “This announcement marks the final step in giving the private sector the power, influence and a big slice of the NHS budget. There is now a massive conflict of interest with private companies like UnitedHealth, KPMG and McKinsey in charge of the GPs’ budget and increasingly buying care from the self-same private sector. The Tories have put Dracula in charge of the blood bank.”

A group of American medical experts wrote a letter to The Guardian in March.They said: “We express concern over recent movements toward transferring more and more services to for-profit corporations in your healthcare system, and measures that encourage the development of a self-pay market for care. 

“Access to treatment should not depend on whether someone can spare the money.

“While some may say the changes in England have so far only been at the margins, it is the risk of a slippery slope that should cause concern.”

The Labour party have accused The Tories of covering up a report they commissioned planning the next five years of The NHS, for another re-organisation of NHS bureaucracy after the election.

The report was handed to the government a few months ago, but they have delayed the public being able to see it until after the election!

Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, said: “David Cameron should come clean with the British people about his plans for the NHS after the election. He commissioned a major report on how to change the way the health service is run but has buried the findings.

“They won’t tell us what’s in it. They won’t tell us what they plan to do with it. They won’t tell us what they plan to do with the NHS. But we do know one thing. We know who wrote it: the Conservative peer, Lord Rose.

“Lord Rose may be good at running supermarkets. But I say to David Cameron: you can’t run the NHS like a supermarket, we don’t want a supermarket health service, so publish this report and show us what is in your secret plan.”

SAVE OUR NHS

The Act must be stopped and the NHS must to be put fully back into public hands.Stop profit being made out of our NHS.

Billions must be pumped back into Social care to relieve the stress on the NHS and make the lives of the elderly better.

OUR NHS can’t take five more years of The Conservatives!

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OSBORNE’S SIDEKICK SPILLS THE BEANS ON WELFARE CUTS

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After months and months in the run up and during the election campaign, The Conservatives refused to reveal where the knife would cut in the Welfare budget, if they won and formed the next government.

George Osborne’s Lib Dem sidekick in The Treasury, for the last 5 years of the Coalition, Danny Alexander has told The Mirror newspaper where he thinks the Chancellor plans to cut £12bn in the Welfare budget.

Mr Alexander said: “If the Tories get in on their own, my message to working people is be afraid – very afraid.

” Working families, poverty-stricken kids and the disabled will be hammered by the Chancellor’s £12billion welfare axe.”

Mr Alexander handed the Mirror a mocked-up “Welfare Reduction Act 2016” 

WHERE WOULD THE WELFARE CUTS FALL?

❌OSBORNE would cut the work allowance part of Universal Credit by £3.3billion.More than two million families lose almost £1,500-a-year.

❌ Cut child tax credits, to save £5.1billion.

Some 3.7million families would be hit for nearly £1,400-a-year and 300,000 kids cast into poverty.

❌ Tax attendance allowance, disability living allowance and personal independence payments, saving more than £1billion.

❌ Axe carers’ allowance saving £1billion.

Now Mr Alexander reveals to the Guardian that in June 2012, members of the Quad – the inner group of the four most senior cabinet members – were sent a paper by the work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith entitled “Welfare Reform Quad Summer Reading Pack” setting out plans for £8bn of welfare reforms.

The proposed cuts included: 

❌ Limiting support to 2 children in child benefit and child tax credit, so cutting up to £3,500 from a family with three children.

 ❌Removing the higher rate child benefit from the first child, an average cut of over £360 for every family with children. 

❌Means testing child benefit – cutting £1,750 for a two child middle income family Removing child benefit from 16 to 19 year olds – a cut of over £1,000 for parents of a single child.

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It is great that Danny Alexander has told the public where he thinks The Conservatives might cut.

But the only reason.he knows this information is because he has just spent five years in the Coalition.

Which has brought in savage cuts in Welfare, such as the Bedroom Tax, forced 1000’s of people into Workfare or sanctioned them, made many sick and disabled people go to Atos, leading to many being forced off benefits and taking their own lives, plus been part of a government that has seen millions so poor, they had to go to food banks!

Could the reason Mr Alexander is telling us this and the change in tone from The Lib Dems is because they have learnt that The Conservatives have no plans to form a Coalition with them, after the election and if Labour form the next government, they would also refuse to let the Lib Dems into a Coalition!

So thanks for the info Mr Alexander.But come election day, We want fall for The Lib Dem lies & cons!

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THE TRUE FIGURE FOR PEOPLE USING FOOD BANKS COULD BE OVER 2 MILLION

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Today’s headlines are truly shocking.

BUT fail to reveal the whole story of use in food banks in the UK, in the last year.

‘More than a million people have used food banks in past year’ – The Guardian

‘Food banks: over one million people seek emergency help’ – Channel 4

‘PM defends poverty record as one million use food banks’ – ITV news

‘Record one million using foodbanks’ – Daily Mail

The true figure for the number of food parcels given out by food banks across this country in the last 12 months, on a conservative estimation, could be over 2 Million.

HOW DO YOU GET TO THE FIGURE OF 2 MILLION?

Todays data is based on figures released by the Trussell Trust, the country’s largest provider of food banks, but theTrussell Trust represents only 45% of all food banks in the UK.

So it is logical that the figure of one million can be doubled and might be even higher than two million because food is also given out by soup kitchens and ‘meals on wheels’.

Trussell Trust UK food bank director Adrian Curtis said: ” It’s difficult to be sure of the full extent of the problem as Trussell Trust figures don’t include people who are helped by other food charities or those who feel too ashamed to seek help.”

Hannah Lambie-Mumford, a research fellow at the University of Sheffield and a food bank specialist, said: “As data is not collected on the numbers of people experiencing food poverty, it is impossible for us to draw any conclusions about wider experiences from these statistics; that said, they are very likely to represent just the tip of the iceberg – with many more people experiencing food poverty than reflected in these figures.”

The use of food banks in the UK is a sad and tragic indictment on the record of the Conservative led Coalition’s five years in power and how their policies have effected the poorest in socierty.

Using the data from the Trussell Trust, you can see the changes that have happened over the last five years.

🔴 In 2009 Trussell only had  56 food banks in 2009 to 445 food banks in 2014.

🔴 The Trust served 29 UK local authorities in 2009 but that number increased to 251 by 2013.

🔴 In 2009  Trussell helped 41,000 people, now it is helping nearly 1.1 million. A 19% year-on-year increase.
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WHY IS THERE SUCH A INCREASE?

The Conservatives claim that the main reason for the spike in use of food banks is down to people being more informed that they exicist.

George Osborne said: “I think one of the reasons that there has been increased use of food banks is because people have been made aware of the food bank service through local jobcentres.”

The Trussell Trust say that people referred to food banks by Jobcentres are only a small percentage of total referrals. 

Todays figures from the Trust show:

🔴 44%, of food bank referrals last year  were triggered by people pitched into crisis because their benefit payments had been delayed, or stopped altogether as a result of the strict jobcentre sanctions regime.

🔴More than a fifth, 22%, of food bank users were referred because of low income – meaning they were unable to afford food due to a relatively small financial crisis such as a boiler breaking down or having to buy a school uniform.
This group includes people in low-paid, zero-hours or part-time work who were forced to turn to food banks.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This should make all of us ashamed, particularly those who claim we have a strong economy and everyone is sharing in the recovery.

“It tells us that the Government has done grave damage to the welfare safety net. Of course we should deal with those who abuse it, but vicious sanctions and benefit cuts – even for those who paid in all their working lives – are destroying the support any of us might need if we lose our job or have an accident.”

Unite general secretary Len McClusky said: “The UK is the sixth richest country on the planet so something has gone grotesquely wrong when so many people, in and out of work, have to turn to charity to feed their children.

” It is no longer enough to say that we need to make hunger history – we need to make the government that supercharged this need history once and for all.”

Dr John Middleton, vice president of charity the Faculty of Public Health said: “The rising number of families and individuals who cannot afford to buy sufficient food is a public health issue that we must not ignore.

“For many people, it is not a question of eating well and eating healthily, it is a question of not being able to afford to eat at all. UK poverty is already creating massive health issues for people today, and if we do not tackle the root causes of food poverty now we will see it affecting future generations too.”
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