BEHIND THE SPIN, MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES STILL HIT BY WELFARE CUTS!!

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BEHIND THE SPIN, MILLIONS OF WORKING FAMILIES STILL HIT BY WELFARE CUTS!!

Research commissioned from the House of Commons library shows that 
next year over half a million working familes, already on Universal credit, will lose up to over £2500.

By 2020, when Universal credit will be fully rolled out, Some 2.6 million working families will lose an average £1,600 as a result of benefit changes due to come into force under the universal credit system.

Owen Smith, the shadow work and pensions secretary, said
” It is now quite apparent that the chancellor only offered a partial reversal of his cuts to working people’s incomes in last week’s statement. Next year, half a million families may be hit by cuts to tax credit’s successor, universal credit,”

“This newly commissioned research shows that working families on universal credit still face devastating losses next year. A 23-year-old single parent, with two children working 30 hours a week on the minimum wage, is set to lose £2,500.”
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In its analysis of the autumn statement and spending review, the IFS said other commentators had been wrong to describe the chancellor’s measures as an end to austerity. The IFS director, Paul Johnson, said: “This is not the end of austerity. This spending review is still one of the tightest in post-war history.”

#StopWelfareCuts #TaxCredit

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FEEDING, CLOTHING HOMELESS BANNED IN HASTINGS AGAIN!!

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❤UPDATED❤

On 26th Aug, a member of Love Kitchen, Hastings, was contacted by Hastings Council, who  two and a half months ago tried to shut down Love Kitchen. But backed down after a petition, protest, media and social media campaign.The council have now said if Love kitchen do not get a food operator licence, insurance etc. It will be shut down. Just as winter is coming!

On Sunday 28th June Love Kitchen Hastings, a group of Hastings residents, inspired by Love Activists London, to feed and clothe Homeless people, were told that their regular weekly stall in Hastings town centre must stop!

Chris Oliver, founding member of Love Kitchen has been in conversation with Hastings Council over the last few week. Chris said; ” At first they wanted to move us down into an alleyway where we “would not be seen” . I negotiated with them to use the upper circle outside Poundstretcher. Today they turned up and told us that if we continued we could face prosecution as we did not have a Street Trading Licence. They then said we would not receive one anyway. They said that we were also breaking food safety laws but have not explained exactly what is required. If we get shutdown then I fear that many regulars will not eat on Sunday. It has been referred to as Suicide Sunday which is why we come out this day.”

Love Kitchen, Hastings was set up by local people in February 2015, after being inspired by Love Activists, London, who over Christmas 2014 occupied a bank in the heart of the West-End of London, to shelter, feed and clothe Homeless people and highlight the growing issue of poverity.

Many people all over the UK have also  set up Love Kitchens.Brighton Love Kitchen is in the heart of the city and has not been stopped.

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Love Activists London

Love Kitchen member Zeeta Mcbrine
Said : ”  I am just shocked at the lack of compassion and support the council have given us. We are all human and need the same basic things to survive in this world. Hastings council have already let these people down by allowing the system to discard them onto the streets. The council have a duty of care and they have failed each and every one of the people whom come to us, it is now the communities chance to succeed where the council had failed.

There are many Love Kitchens around the UK that are fully supported by their local councils and I cannot see any reason other than ignorance as to why Hastings Council have taken this unfair and unwarranted decision to close us down and threaten us with prosecution. ”

Anton Burton on Hastings Council’s decision said: ”  As the organiser of the St Leonard’s street market on kings road I can assure you that you do not need a street trading consent to give away clothes as long as you are not charging, although you may be required to have public liability insurance, there are issues with food but nothing that cannot be easily worked towards.”

Hastings Council have so far failed to respond to questions or comment on the ban.
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When asked why the action by Hastings Council to shut Love Kitchen down should matter to people, Chris Oliver said : ” It would be difficult to count everyone it has helped. The people that come up to the table have welcomed the support and some cases come up for the chance to be treated like a human for once. Just being spoken to and listened to as normal person is something that many miss out on.”

Please support Love Kitchen, Hastings and help change Hastings Council mind.

Please share and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

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FEEDING, CLOTHING HOMELESS BANNED IN HASTINGS AGAIN!!

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❤UPDATED❤

On 26th Aug, Chris Oliver, who is a founding of Love Kitchen, Hastings, was contacted by Hastings Council, who  two and a half months ago tried to shut down Love Kitchen. But backed down after a petition, protest, media and social media campaign.The council have now said if Love kitchen do not get a food operator licence, insurance etc. It will be shut down. Just as winter is coming!

On Sunday 28th June Love Kitchen Hastings, a group of Hastings residents, inspired by Love Activists London, to feed and clothe Homeless people, were told that their regular weekly stall in Hastings town centre must stop!

Chris Oliver, founding member of Love Kitchen has been in conversation with Hastings Council over the last few week. Chris said; ” At first they wanted to move us down into an alleyway where we “would not be seen” . I negotiated with them to use the upper circle outside Poundstretcher. Today they turned up and told us that if we continued we could face prosecution as we did not have a Street Trading Licence. They then said we would not receive one anyway. They said that we were also breaking food safety laws but have not explained exactly what is required. If we get shutdown then I fear that many regulars will not eat on Sunday. It has been referred to as Suicide Sunday which is why we come out this day.”

Love Kitchen, Hastings was set up by local people in February 2015, after being inspired by Love Activists, London, who over Christmas 2014 occupied a bank in the heart of the West-End of London, to shelter, feed and clothe Homeless people and highlight the growing issue of Homelessness.

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Love Activists
London

Many people all over the UK have also  set up Love Kitchens.Brighton Love Kitchen is in the heart of the city and has not been stopped.

Love Kitchen member Zeeta Mcbrine
Said : ”  I am just shocked at the lack of compassion and support the council have given us. We are all human and need the same basic things to survive in this world. Hastings council have already let these people down by allowing the system to discard them onto the streets. The council have a duty of care and they have failed each and every one of the people whom come to us, it is now the communities chance to succeed where the council had failed.

There are many Love Kitchens around the UK that are fully supported by their local councils and I cannot see any reason other than ignorance as to why Hastings Council have taken this unfair and unwarranted decision to close us down and threaten us with prosecution. ”

Anton Burton on Hastings Council’s decision said: ”  As the organiser of the St Leonard’s street market on kings road I can assure you that you do not need a street trading consent to give away clothes as long as you are not charging, although you may be required to have public liability insurance, there are issues with food but nothing that cannot be easily worked towards.”

Hastings Council have so far failed to respond to questions or comment on the ban.

When asked why the action by Hastings Council to shut Love Kitchen down should matter to people, Chris Oliver said : ” It would be difficult to count everyone it has helped. The people that come up to the table have welcomed the support and some cases come up for the chance to be treated like a human for once. Just being spoken to and listened to as normal person is something that many miss out on.”

Please support Love Kitchen, Hastings and help change Hastings Council mind.

Please share and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

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LEAKED HASTINGS COUNCIL INTERNAL EMAIL SHOWS PRESSURE GROWING

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It has been over four days since Hastings Council tried to close down Love Kitchen, a group of people giving free clothing, support and food to Homeless people and anyone who needs help, since February.

The response from people across the World has been overwhelming.

People have spread the #Love from local residents to Focus E15 to Artist Taxi driver to a Homeless person in Scotland.

Over 1000 people signed the petition in 3 days.

Mainstream media have started to catch up.

This has forced Hastings Council to send out an internel Email to all Council workers and reads…

Dear colleagues,
>
>As at least some of you are aware, there has been
considerable social media in the last couple of days about the ‘Love Kitchen’,
and our involvement with it..
>
>Please find below our statement on this :-
>
>

>The ‘Love Kitchen’, Wellington Place, Hastings
>
>Hastings Borough Council is
committed to working with, and for, its most vulnerable residents.
>
>It has been aware for some time about the operation of the ‘Love Kitchen’, a voluntary operation which provides food, drink and other help to homeless people and other vulnerable people in Hastings. It is keen to work with the Love Kitchen to ensure that both organisations’ aims can be met.
>
>Although the Love Kitchen is not selling goods, and so doesn’t need a street trading licence, food hygiene laws still apply irrespective of whether food is sold, or given away. We certainly wouldn’t expect vulnerable people to be served food which did not meet food hygiene standards, and we have advised the operators of the Love Kitchen to register their operation with Rother District Council, where they are based. This is simply to provide protection to those who are receiving
the food, ensuring it is safely prepared, stored, displayed and served.
>
>We must refute any suggestion or implication that we somehow don’t care for, or provide help for, homeless and other vulnerable people here.
>
>The council pays the Seaview project locally for an outreach worker to work with and support members of the street community, the homeless people who sleep on the streets of Hastings. We have also provided funding to pilot a street outreach activities programme operating out of the Seaview Centre
>
>The Council has also provided funding for a drug and alcohol outreach worker, which proved successful and is now funded by the Hastings & Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (‘CCG’), part of the NHS.
>
>Members of the council’s housing options team attend weekly multi agency drop in sessions at Seaview and are working with the CCG to provide additional support to members of the street community.

>
>And we are part of a Sussex-wide working group that is coordinating efforts to address rough sleeping across the county. Government funding has been obtained over the last three years to provide a rough sleepers outreach service and to improve joint working and information sharing across all statutory and voluntary organisations who seek to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping. In 2014/15 the Council and partners assisted 64 single homeless people off the street and into suitable accommodation.
>
>Because we do try and encourage a
joined-up approach with other organisations, we would be very keen to help find partners with whom the Love Kitchen can work, rather than it operating in some isolation, as it does now.
>
>In conclusion, Hastings Borough Council does alot of work to support its most vulnerable residents, and is happy to work with the Love Kitchen to identify a suitable location that they can work from, and is properly licensed and regulated. We also encourage them to work through established local charities working with homeless people.

There are many things to say about this Email.

But the most shocking thing is that since Sunday the Council have not contacted Love Kitchen.

Please carry on spreading the Love💖

💖Please sign & share💖
http://https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

Please come down to Hastings on Sunday…
https://www.facebook.com/events/1621588744767960/

FEEDING, CLOTHING HOMELESS BANNED IN HASTINGS

❤UPDATED❤

On 26th Aug, Chris Oliver, who is a founding of Love Kitchen, Hastings, was contacted by Hastings Council, who two and a half months ago tried to shut down Love Kitchen. But backed down after a petition, protest, media and social media campaign.The council have now said if Love kitchen do not get a food operator licence, insurance etc. It will be shut down. Just as winter is coming!

On Sunday 28th June Love Kitchen Hastings, a group of Hastings residents, inspired by Love Activists London, to feed and clothe Homeless people, were told that their regular weekly stall in Hastings town centre must stop!

Chris Oliver, founding member of Love Kitchen has been in conversation with Hastings Council over the last few week. Chris said; ” At first they wanted to move us down into an alleyway where we “would not be seen” . I negotiated with them to use the upper circle outside Poundstretcher. Today they turned up and told us that if we continued we could face prosecution as we did not have a Street Trading Licence. They then said we would not receive one anyway. They said that we were also breaking food safety laws but have not explained exactly what is required. If we get shutdown then I fear that many regulars will not eat on Sunday. It has been referred to as Suicide Sunday which is why we come out this day.”

Love Kitchen, Hastings was set up by local people in February 2015, after being inspired by Love Activists, London, who over Christmas 2014 occupied a bank in the heart of the West-End of London, to shelter, feed and clothe Homeless people and highlight the growing issue of Homelessness.

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Love Activists
London

Many people all over the UK have also  set up Love Kitchens.Brighton Love Kitchen is in the heart of the city and has not been stopped.

Love Kitchen member Zeeta Mcbrine
Said : ”  I am just shocked at the lack of compassion and support the council have given us. We are all human and need the same basic things to survive in this world. Hastings council have already let these people down by allowing the system to discard them onto the streets. The council have a duty of care and they have failed each and every one of the people whom come to us, it is now the communities chance to succeed where the council had failed.

There are many Love Kitchens around the UK that are fully supported by their local councils and I cannot see any reason other than ignorance as to why Hastings Council have taken this unfair and unwarranted decision to close us down and threaten us with prosecution. ”

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Anton Burton on Hastings Council’s decision said: ” As the organiser of the St Leonard’s street market on kings road I can assure you that you do not need a street trading consent to give away clothes as long as you are not charging, although you may be required to have public liability insurance, there are issues with food but nothing that cannot be easily worked towards.”

Hastings Council have so far failed to respond to questions or comment on the ban.

When asked why the action by Hastings Council to shut Love Kitchen down should matter to people, Chris Oliver said : ” It would be difficult to count everyone it has helped. The people that come up to the table have welcomed the support and some cases come up for the chance to be treated like a human for once. Just being spoken to and listened to as normal person is something that many miss out on.”

Please support Love Kitchen, Hastings and help change Hastings Council mind.

Please share and sign the petition

https://www.change.org/p/hastings-council-allow-love-kitchen-hastings-to-have-a-regular-stall-in-hastings-town-centre-to-feed-and-clothe-homeless-people

And if you can, come down to Hastings and show your support on Sunday 5th July

https://www.facebook.com/events/1621588744767960/

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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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OSBORNE’S SIDEKICK SPILLS THE BEANS ON WELFARE CUTS

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UPDATED

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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