“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.”

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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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