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The Fight To Save Social Security Won’t Be Over Whoever Wins The Election, Come To The Welfare Action Gathering – 30th May
from Boycott Workfare
Saturday 30th May, 10.30am-5.30pm, London Welsh Centre (10 minutes’ walk from King’s Cross station)
Faced with policies that are pushing ever more people into precarity and poverty, thousands of us have been coming together to support each other. We are pushing back workfare, standing up to sanctions, challenging the work capability assessment and fighting insecure, unaffordable housing.
If you are concerned about:
- Job centres being places of intimidation and sanctions,
- Private providers bullying claimants on ‘welfare-to-work’ schemes,
- 35 hour jobsearch under Universal Credit,
- ESA assessments putting sick and disabled people in fear of destitution,
- Welfare rights for young people being abolished and replaced with unpaid work,
- Workfare being required to be eligible for social housing,
- Housing benefit being part of sanctions under Universal Credit,
- Claimants in work being sanctioned under Universal Credit too…
…then do something about it and come to the Welfare Action Gathering to hear…
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We should be using the technology more and more to identify not just racist thugs but other unsavoury characters.
(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
A Twitter user tweeted a photograph of a racist attacking him in his car:
But Pritpal Singh – who was targeted because he is a Sikh – managed to stop the attack by taking out his phone and taking a picture of his racist attacker:
However, Pritpal then started finding himself being trolled on Twitter – by people who objected to the idea of publicly naming and shaming racists.
In my opinion, if someone doesn’t want to be named and shamed for a racist attack – don’t racist attack anyone.
It’s not rocket science.
Please feel free to comment. And share.
“…If you want to stay ‘merely’ renting you must be a second class citizen with a second-class mentality as surely everyone wants to be part of the great property owning democracy!”
Aside from a spell in bedsit land ain my early 20s, I have lived in council accommodation all my life- as a child/adult with my parents and as a council tenant.
I dislike intensely the term ‘social housing’, but what a great coup the sell off- or rather gifting- of council properties to HAs was! Once they were in the hands of these privateers, we needed a new way to describe them- social housing- so we become the second class citizens Joe describes and many struggle to buy to leave this perceived disgrace behind.
I think we need a new term to describe so-called ‘social tenants’ like myself who are and ever will be perfectly happy to rent from my local council, and those who were bullied by their councils into allowing the big giveaway of our council homes. Not because we are second class citizens but because we believe in Aneurin Bevan’s concept of ‘homes for all’ and not ‘homes for the needy’.
Might I suggest rather than calling it the insulting ‘social housing’ we start to call it something less discourteous; perhaps community housing or maybe public rented housing?
It is my considered opinion that benefit reductions and caps are not at all designed to save money; rather, they are designed to bugger up the welfare system by claiming the costs are too high and justify further austerity!
Iain Duncan Smith gave a speech at the Social Investment Conference last week discussing how Social Impact Bonds are “transforming the whole culture of public spending”. These bonds are the latest way to funnel tax payer’s money into the private sector by allowing investment companies to hand out contracts to run public services on a payment by results model.
The way it works is simple. A bunch of city spivs and social enterprise bosses get together and decide they can fix a social problem such as street homelessness. A list of ‘outcomes’ are drawn up, such as the number of homeless people they think can place in accommodation and the government agrees to give them lots of our money if they are successful. The spivs then either lend or…
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We’ve all heard of the ‘trickle down’ effect; this is where giving businesspersons the freedom to run their business, unconstrained by employment protection legislation and trades unions means they make money and some of this money will inevitably ‘trickle down’ to the employee. GUFFAW!
I’d like to propose an alternative; the ‘trickle up’ effect; I have always maintained a happy workforce is a productive workforce. Pay your employees well, give them decent working hours and conditions and they will produce the goods and services that generate profit.