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