IDS AND DWP ARE ‘UNLAWFUL’ IN DELAY OF PIP PAYMENTS – HIGH COURT RULE

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Today,  a High Court judge ruled that Iain Duncan Smith’s Department of Work and Pensions took an “unlawful and unacceptably long time” to pay new welfare benefits to two unnamed disabled people.

Personal independence payments (Pips) are replacing the disability living allowance (DLA) in a government overhaul of the benefits system. They are designed to help disabled adults meet the extra costs caused by disability.

The test case concerned two unnamed disabled people, who had to wait for payment of Pips.
Ms C’s case the delay was 13 months, from 9 September 2013 until the determination of her benefit on 24 October 2014. In Mr W’s case the delay was 10 months, from 3 February 2014 until December 2014.

Ms C, from Kent, has been diagnosed with ME and suffers from severe depression and other health problems. Speaking last month, she said: “The delay had a massive impact on my life. I applied for Pips so I could look after myself, but without it I could barely eat and only ever left my house for a weekly trip to a supermarket.

“I was completely isolated during the nine months I was waiting for my payments. While my wait came to an end, it is worrying that many, many others have still not received a decision.” 

There are currently 78,700 people waiting to hear if they can claim PIP, of whom 3,200 have waited more than a year to have their claims processed, and 22,800 have waited more than 20 weeks.

The judge said both cases had called for “expeditious consideration” as they both suffered significant disabilities. She said: “They were each to be regarded as the most vulnerable people in society.”

The judge added: “There is a high duty on local authorities to act promptly, consistently and appropriately to recognise social welfare benefits. There can be no public interest in delays such as was the case here.”

Elliot Dunster, speaking for the disability charity Scope, said: “This judgment demonstrates the importance of extra costs payments to disabled people. Life costs more if you are disabled. Scope research shows that this adds up to on average £550 per month. Extra costs can make it extremely hard for disabled people to pay the bills. Every day without them is another day unable to afford the essentials in life. It’s positive that delays have been dramatically reduced.

“As speculation grows about where the chancellor will find his promised £12bn savings from the welfare budget, disabled people are looking to him to protect the financial support they receive.”

Richard Kramer of the national deafblind charity Sense said: “The legal ruling gives a human face to the significant levels of stress and suffering felt by disabled people as a result of system delays. The case is a reminder that there is some way to go before the system can be regarded as fit for purpose and customer-facing for all disabled people.”

Anne-Marie Irwin, the specialist public lawyer at Irwin Mitchell who acted for the disabled claimants, described the ruling as “a significant legal judgment”. She said: “A huge number of vulnerable people have been left in the lurch as a result of unacceptable flaws in the Pip system, with public accounts committee chair Margaret Hodge in June last year calling the issues ‘nothing short of a fiasco’. 

“In February 2014, the National Audit Office found that the defendant had not fully assessed performance before starting national rollout of the new claims in June 2013. Today’s decision sends a clear message that the unacceptable delays faced by many people may also be unlawful. 

“While the decision is undoubtedly welcome and emphasises the clear failings seen with this scheme, attention must now turn to rethinking the planned wider rollout in October until reassurances can be provided that the delays seen in the past are not repeated in the future.”

Irwin added: “We are now hoping to begin discussions with the DWP to establish a scheme to ensure anyone who experienced a delay which could be deemed unlawful is able to receive some form of effective redress without the need to take court action.”

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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!

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‘SAVE OUR NHS’

http://www.keepournhspublic.com

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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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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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