Wednesday 19 September 2012

Tory Benefit Freeze Plan Will Hammer Poorest

With food banks opening at a rate of three a week and Save The Children launching an  appeal for 3.5 million children in poverty, the Government is not letting up on its attacks on the poor.

Monday’s edition of Newsnight revealed that the Tories are planning to abolish automatic benefits increases in line with inflation.

As with public sector pay, the Tories want to impose a freeze on benefits increases for two years and then link any increases to wage increases.

As Labour’s Dame Anne Begg, who chairs the Work and Pensions Select Committee pointed out, this is not just an attack on those out of work, but also a “double whammy” for the many workers that claim 50% of benefits because they are paid such low wages.

Alison Garnham, chief executive of the Child Poverty Action Group, told the Guardian:

 ”Breaking the link between benefits and living standards would be breaking the link with decency…With the economy back in recession, unemployment is predicted to rise again, meaning cuts in the real-term level of benefits would punish people working and paying their national insurance today who lose their work tomorrow…The poorest families and children are already bearing the brunt of the government’s austerity agenda. It is beyond belief that the richest get a top-rate tax cut while the poorest are being forced into deepening destitution.”

Protests Against Austerity:

Saturday 22nd September – Protest At LibDem Conference meet The Level, Union Road Brighton at noon

Sunday 7th October – Protest At Tory Party Conference – Birmingham 12 noon – more details to follow – for updates also check official Facebook event

Saturday 20th October- The Big One – TUC Demonstration in London






  1. Jane said:

    It is not unfortunately beyond belief, this is always the case. I am trying to get suitable work around my son, and its bad to see a lot of the type of jobs I had before I had him are at the same wage level after 10 years. I found it hard as a single worker, as a single mum to provide for my son on what is now wage level below infaltion, its diabolical.

    19 September 2012 at 6:00pm
  2. alan b clark said:

    all these cuts will severly backfire, it will all jump up and bite them hard on the arse. the nation is going to riot, god help us all.

    19 September 2012 at 8:46pm
  3. mark said:

    Funny you should mention food banks

    For the first time in my life i had no choice but to visit a food bank.

    This was while I was on a 2 week sanction because I couldn’t answer the jsa advisors question what did you do to find work a ( month ) ago. To which my reply was what a silly question how am I supposed to remember that.

    I got the 2 week sanction I appealed and then me my partner my newborn baby and my 3 year old were left 3 months before they finally payed us anything and decided not to sanction after all.

    In that time we had no electric, no gas, no food for the whole 3 months. We managed to get hold of a load of candles to allow us to boil water in a sauce pan on a metal grid with the candle below the grid heating the pan. We did this so we could make tea and heat up the baby milk.

    The baby milk was a gift from a friend.

    I hardly ate anything giving most of what we had to the kids.

    Had it not been for the food banks we would be dead or I would of had to commit crimes to feed my family.

    On the first day back from Christmas I was told that I would not be allowed to continue my course of education with mymar which would lead to a level 2 qualification in customer care. I don’t have any qualifications in customer care and it is applicable to most jobs.

    Instead I was being referred to m.w.a. I’m fighting that now and must thank boycott workfare for the info i needed to fight it.

    In the short time I’ve been on jsa under a year more then 50% of my jobseeking time from the start of the claim has been wasted spent fighting the job center and getting them to do their job.

    How am I supposed to find work when I’m so busy making them do their job right it’s frustrating as hell to see these people in work getting paid and not even capable of doing the most basic of jobs.

    Almost as frustrating as the day in those 3 months where my family was starving left for dead. I’m waiting to sign on and I look over to the person who sanctioned me and she’s stuffing her overfed ass with expensive chocolates.

    I’m starting to rant now I’ll stop but please bear in mind I’m someone who has worked his entire life and more then contributed.

    14 January 2013 at 1:08am

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