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.

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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DAVID CAMERON ANNOUNCES RAIL FARE FREEZE FOR NEXT FIVE YEARS!

DAVID CAMERON ANNOUNCES RAIL FARE FREEZE FOR NEXT FIVE YEARS!

FUNNY, REMEMBER WHEN HE MOCKED ED MILIBAND ON A ENERGY FREEZE: ‘He cannot talk about his energy price freeze, because it has turned him into a total joke.’

BUT THE PUBLIC DON’T JUST WANT A FREEZE ON FARES, MOST PEOPLE WANT TO BRING RAIL BACK IN PUBLIC OWNERSHIP.

Season tickets could be 10 per cent cheaper by 2017 if rail services were run by the public sector, according to new research published by the Action for Rail campaign.

The research, carried out by Transport for Quality of Life, shows that £1.5bn could be saved over the next five years if routes, including the Northern, Transpennine and West Coast Main Line, were operated by the public sector.

The study says that if the 11 routes were operated by the public sector the following could happen:

Before the end of 2015 it would be possible to introduce free off peak travel for children travelling with their parents

From 2017 regulated fares – including season and anytime day tickets – could be cut by 10 per cent.

From 2020 all fares could be cut by 3 per cent.

🚂Frances O’Grady, TUC general secretary and chairman of Action for Rail, said: “The UK has the most expensive rail fares in all of Europe.

“If services were run by the public sector, it would make a big difference to families and hard-pressed commuters, who have suffered year after year of wage-busting fare increases under privatized rail.

“This report highlights once again the huge cost of privatization to taxpayers and passengers. Money that could be spent on making journeys cheaper is instead being siphoned off into shareholders’ pockets and wasted on bidding and other franchising costs.

“The case for an integrated rail network under public ownership is overwhelming.”

http://actionforrail.org/season-tickets-could-be-10-per-cent-cheaper-by-2017-if-rail-services-were-run-by-public-sector-says-tuc/

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“WE ARE THE PARTY FOR WORKING PEOPLE” REALLY??- THE FACTS

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At the Conservative’s manifesto launch, David Cameron proudly said: ” We are the party of working people.”

Well after 5 years of ‘Dave’ and his chums running the UK, let’s look at their record and what they have in store for ‘working people’, if they gain power for another five years.

The Coalition are always banging on about how low the unemployment figures have been since 2010. But when you take a closer look, things aren’t quite what they seem.

Since Ian Duncan Smith brought in Welfare reforms, the government have managed to hide millions of working-age people from the unemployment figures.

This is How?

* 2 Million people have been sanctioned in the last two years.

* 1.4 Million people are on Workfare.

* 0.5 Million disabled people are on Workfare.

All these millions of people do not appear on the unemployment figures.

As for people in work, they haven’t fared much better under the Coalition.

* Last year UK firms used 1.8 million zero hour contracts.

* Over 5 million people are self-employed( highest level for 40 years), Average income including Working tax credit, is below £10,000.

* 5 million shop workers are paid so little that, the government top up their wages with in-work benefits, costing £11bn a year.

So how does the future look for’hard working people’ , if David Cameron wins election 2015.

* In-work benefits will continue to be frozen.

* Over a million more jobs will be cut in the Public sector.

And the biggest threat to workers from the Conservatives, is a new law they would bring in, where strikes could only ever be called if they are directly supported by 40% of people entitled to take part.

Paul Kenny, GMB general secretary, said: “Only 16 out of 650 elected members of parliament secured the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in their parliamentary constituency area election in 2010.”
” Only 15 Tory MPs out of 303 secured that level of support.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady added: “The Conservative plans on industrial action ballots will make it almost impossible for unions to call a legal strike.
“No other mainstream political party in the democratic world has suggested such a fundamental attack on this basic human right.
“David Cameron has admitted that Britain needs a pay rise, but he wants to stop workers doing anything about it.”

DESPERATE ‘DAVE’ TO SELL OFF SOCIAL HOUSING

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David Cameron will today announce at The Conservative manifesto launch that the ‘Right to buy’ scheme will be extended to 1.3 million families living in housing association property, at a substantial discount.

Tenants who buy their houses will be eligible for a 35% discount on the market value, increasing by 1% for every extra year they have been a tenant, while those in flats will get a 50% discount which goes up 2% every year they have been a tenant.

The CONservatives are trying to recreate Maggie Thatcher’s right to buy scheme for council tenants introduced in 1980. Which has lead to over 1.5 million council houses in the UK being sold in this manner. Half of the proceeds of the sale were paid to the local authorities, but they were restricted to spending the money to reduce their debt, rather than being able to spend it on building new homes. The effect was to reduce the council housing stock in the UK. Critics also claim that it compounded a housing shortage for those on low income, initiated a national house price bubble, allowed speculating investors to be able to buy up council properties through deferred transaction agreements and led to the displacement and social cleansing of traditional communities.

*Over 17% of the UK households live in social housing.

* Over 45% of the country’s social housing stock is now owned by housing associations.

* Over 1.8 million people are on the social housing waiting list

* 93,000 children are living in temporary accommodation.

* 2013/14 Saw the lowest number of social houses built since the Second World War.

* 5 million people claim housing benefit in the UK, the cost has risen by £650m a year since 2010.

* 87,500 households were accepted as being homeless by their Local authority in 2012/13.

The Conservatives plan could see the end of social housing in some parts of the UK, as housing associations will stop building new homes in desirable areas because of the fear the houses will be brought by tenants who want to make a fast buck and end up with the property going to the private sector. The other part of Cameron’s plan is to force councils to sell their most valuable 210,000 properties from their remaining housing stock.

David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, has previously warned against the idea of selling off social housing. He said: “It could effectively cleanse many towns of hard-working people who simply can’t afford the high prices of buying or renting privately.”

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“WE PROTECTED THE POOREST” – CAMERON

After five years of a Conservative led Coalition government, which has brought in Welfare reforms that have seen huge cuts in the Welfare budget.David Cameron last week gave an interview to ‘The Independent’. in which he said: “I haven’t changed. I am a compassionate Conservative”, “We had to make difficult decisions”, he said:. “I would argue that this has been done in a compassionate way. We protected the poorest.”

Well lets look at the facts of how the “poorest” have fared under the his “compassionate” austerity.

The poorest people in the UK (living below the poverty line) one in five of the population – have faced 39% of all cuts, including to social care and community services,Disabled people have borne 29% of the cuts, making them nine times more likely than the average person to have been affected.Children have faired no better,with 3.5 million now living in poverty,that’s 27% or more than one in four and 93,000 children are now living in temporary accommodation.Over a million people used a food bank last year.5 million people now claim housing benefit,which has risen by £650m a year on average since 2010 and 1.8 million people are now on waiting lists for social housing.

The “Compassionate” Conservatives have been more than happy to continue the myth that all people claiming benefits are “skivers”, which has fed into sensational stories appearing in the right-wing press on a daily basis, about benefit cheats or poor families with hundreds of children, happy to ‘milk’ the system! This has allowed Iain duncan Smith to introduce a limit to how much can be claimed in benefits, £500 per week for single parents and couples with children and £350 for a single person.The cap has disproportionately affected lone parents and those on the ‘children in need’ register ( children,who are at risk of abuse or neglect, or disabled) an estimated 175,000 children.Since the welfare cap has been introduced it has only saved 0.05% of the welfare budget

The irony of the ‘Benefit skivers’ myth, is that in the last year over 5.3 million working people, 22% of all working people have claimed in-work benefits, costing £11bn a year, due to low wages.The number of ‘hard working’ people claiming housing benefit has more than doubled under the Coalition to over a million claimants.The majority (59%) of children living in poverty live in a household where at least one adult works.

So what does “Compassionate” Dave have in store for ‘protecting’ the poorest next,if he is elected Prime minister?

The Conservatives have already said that a further £12bn will be cut from the welfare budget,but will not say where the cuts will fall.The benefit cap will be lowered to £440.79 per week, leading to over one million men,women and children evicted from social housing and being moved into temporary accommodation and Child poverty will continue to rise.to an estimated 5 million children by 2020,The Housing benefit bill will hit £25bn by 2017.

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