The Tories have announced their plans for even greater attacks on the unemployed and benefit claimants at their annual conference this week.
Cameron has stated that it is “sink or swim” for his fantasy “aspiration nation”, but while the Tories are providing a life-raft for the bankers and bosses, with £375 billion in quantitative easing handouts so far, they want to tie a lead weight to the chances of the millions trying to find work.
They are aiming for another £10 billion of cuts from the welfare budget. This money provides a lifeline for those who — no matter how hard they strive — are trapped without work in the Tories’ double-dip recession . Meanwhile the obscenely wealthy bankers and bosses have shirked the responsibility to pay for their crisis and instead been rewarded with tax-cuts and bonuses.
David Cameron and George Osborne see nothing wrong with handouts for the rich but are happy to steal bread from the mouths of the poorest in Britain. The numbers relying on food banks for their survival has rocketed under the coalition, thousands of claimants are left reliant on them after having their benefits sanctioned. Charities providing foodbanks have already warned that the latest cuts could push them to breaking point.
Plans to extend benefit sanctions to up to 3 years, alongside absurd new conditions that insist on 35 hours of online searching for non-existent jobs (presumably on computers and internet connections that many unemployed people will find impossible to afford), will leave thousands more facing the prospect of destitution.
It is vital that these plans are stopped in their tracks. Unemployed workers, disabled activists and others who will be hit by the Tory assault on welfare should join the TUC demonstration for A Future That Works on Saturday 20 October – assemble 11am-1pm on the Embankment (between Embankment and Blackfriars stations). For details of coaches to London on the day check out the transport list at falseeconomy.
Right to Work has been invited to run a workshop on organising unemployed people at the Unite the Resistance national conference. For full details and to book your place visit uniteresist.org now.
Unite the Resistance national conference
The Fight Against Austerity
Saturday 17 November - 11am-5pm
The Emmanuel Centre
9 – 23 Marsham Street
London SW1P 3DW
(Nearest tubes Victoria, Westminster, St James’s Park, Pimlico)