Universal Credit Will Be Replaced

Universal Credit will be replaced under Labour’s wide-ranging benefits review. These remarks were said hours after the Mirror launched a petition to halt Universal Credit’s rollout, which appeared to show John McDonnell’s warning that the Tories flagship benefit has got to go.

It is a huge change to the party’s earlier plan to “pause and fix” the benefit, which has forced families into rent arrears and turned them to food banks. It further suggests Labour’s language has hardened significantly since two weeks ago when the Mirror announced the party could scrap Universal Credit.

At the time, shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Margaret Greenwood stated Labour was “in the process of looking into” whether Universal Credit could be jettisoned. But she stated she was “not ruling anything out” during a year-long review because Labour wanted to be “on top of all the detail”.

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Following that discussion, it appeared Tory welfare chief Esther McVey had clandestinely warned countless families could lose £200 a month. That prompted Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to announce on Sunday: “The reforms haven’t worked.”

He continued: “I think we are moving to a position now where it is just not sustainable. It will have to go.” And in a briefing for journalists in Westminster, a spokesperson seemed to support Mr McDonnell’s comments and added the current review will examine at “what should replace” Universal Credit.

The government is obviously unable to cope with the collapse of its own benefit reforms, and the Universal Credit scheme is not working, it’s not delivering what it was meant to do.

This is a policy that’s not delivering, that isn’t working and must be discarded, but Tory ministers warned discarding Universal Credit and returning to the old policy would create huge disruptions and would be complicated and costly because the changes have become more embedded.

It’s claimed by 1.1million and counting low earners, the jobless and sick or disabled are getting an average of £630 per household per month. Thirty-Seven per cent of claimants are in employment.

Universal Credit will be in every Jobcentre for new claimants by December 2018. There are 3.95million current benefit claimants, in around 3 million homes, that will then be migrated to Universal Credit from July 2019.

After eight delays Universal Credit will only achieve its rollout in March 2023, and Universal Credit could trigger a deadly reminisce of the Poll Tax.

There are terrible consequences when a six-in-one-benefit, which cuts millions of families payments and will be rolled out to 3.95 million more claimants from July 2019, and it could create the kind of problems that the Conservative Party ran into with the Poll Tax.

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For those who don’t remember or were too young to remember, the Poll Tax triggered disturbances and public disobedience and toppled Margaret Thatcher in 1990 before it was discarded and restored with Council Tax, although I’m not specifically predicting riots.

But the Government should rethink its nationwide roll-out of the benefit after its opening roll-out to 1.1 million people left them in rent arrears, and along with it, the usage of food banks.

At the time Universal Credit appeared flawless and totally reasonable in speculation, but it was only a theory and it didn’t work and now its implementation should be amended.

Unfortunately, it was launched too quickly and in the wrong circumstances, and that was extremely dangerous, and our government should have looked really carefully on how it was organised and introduced.

There are presently three options, redesign Universal Credit so it’s fit for purpose, axe it in support of the old system if Universal Credit is unfixable, or introduce a brand new system.

There are people out there that love the Universal Credit system, and that’s great for them, but think about the ways in which it has been used to very cleverly force work upon people who can’t work.

Most people just keep their family afloat, managing on what income they bring in, with wages and Universal Credit, until they get sick and then have to visit food banks, why because Universal Credit took off the previous months wages.

It simply proves how ruthless and uncaring the Tories are, and hopefully, people will stand up against this injustice, and Theresa May and her gang have gone too far.

The Tories might not meet an Oxford dictionary definition of a fascist government, but they come pretty close if we look at how they treat the sick, disabled, single parent families, the jobless and the old, and perhaps the Tories have gone too far this time.

Ester McVey is the most irritating politician, her voice drives you nuts and when she talks it’s like she’s weighing up her words one by one, but this is typical of the Tories who aren’t bothered about the pain and suffering they create.

The fact is the government should be taken to court for breach of contract on the social contract, where we pay in our money to ensure that those of us who require it get a moderate standard of living, and sadly, there genuinely are some claimants that milk the system, but we shouldn’t let that tar everyone with the same brush.

The problem is, there are people out there that do this and then treat people who actually need the money to feel like they’re a sub-standard human being who is actually struggling to make ends meet.

Based on people that are on or were on benefits very few people really choose benefits as a lifestyle option, even though there’s plenty of media coverage on this, and sadly, the right-wing media has done a pretty effective job at demonising all benefit claimants.

And most people that have difficulties paying their rent because of Universal Credit aren’t using it on cigarettes, booze and drugs, and Universal Credit can still be paid directly to a landlord for rent.

The difficulty is that there’s a 6-week delay in getting your rent paid by Universal Credit and by that time most landlords can’t afford not to be paid for 6 weeks and are forcing tenants out who get Universal Credit. Furthermore, if a family is paid weekly, many months of the year have 5 weeks, and on those months they get 5 wage packets, they’re considered to have earned too much and they get limited or no Universal Credit, which means that the next month they’re left struggling.

So, you might get a person in their late 50s who’s worked all their life, has brought up kids on their own, but is now in poor health and can barely walk. The DWP put her on Universal Credit rather than putting her on the sick, which means she gets £200 a month and has to spend £85 a week rent out of that, as well as gas, electric, council tax, TV licence and has barely any food to eat.

This person doesn’t smoke or drink, yet there are hundreds of people out on the streets, and families simply can’t sustain on that money, they have to go to food banks and food kitchens, it’s horrifying.

Yet there’s absolutely no human sympathy from people until those people fall on hard times, let’s face it, it could happen to anybody! Thing is, not everyone makes the connection between this kind of thing, that it can happen to any of us, losing our livelihood, and people being on benefits, but they’re simply seen as scroungers.

This is simply another means of decreasing genuine claimants benefits. Universal Credit must go along with the pernicious bedroom tax et cetera, and the oppressive incompetent fools that have fulfilled their cruel policies and appear to stop at nothing to create pain and misery to the defenceless in our society.

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Theresa May should do us all a huge service and go…

And the only people wanting Universal Credit to remain are Theresa May’s government who are the most dysfunctional, incompetent, false government that Great Britain has ever had to endure.

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The Royal Family Wedding

Today Prince Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank, and as she made her way into St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle today for her wedding, she looked utterly astounding.

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The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were all in attendance for the magnificent royal ceremony, joining an 850-strong gathering of dignitaries, royals and VIP guests.

It was absolutely wondrous as people came from far and wide to attend the union of the happy couple.

Guests arrived clutching onto their hats in what were gusty conditions, as the staff were seen replacing a fallen potted tree which was knocked over onto the West Steps of the venue.

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David Emanuel, who created Princess Diana’s wedding dress also arrived donning a dark suit over a white T-shirt, as the supermodel, Naomi Campbell walked out in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and slightly ahead of her was Hollywood star Demi Moore, donning a burgundy dress and matching fascinator.

A 22-year-old lady, Amy Gardner travelled from Luton last night before the wedding and stayed in a hotel in Egham. She also went to see Kate and Will’s wedding, so it seems Royal wedding frenzy is back again.

Numerous people travelled from far and wide to see the marriage and many stayed in hotels so that they could see the royal wedding, and the ambience there was surprisingly nice, even with all its grandeur.

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Robbie Williams arrived hand-in-hand with his wife Ayda Field, and a photograph of the group was taken outside the church moments before Mr William’s mother-in-law lost her hat.

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Princess Eugenie arrived at St George’s Chapel in a 1977 Rolls Royce Phantom VI, accompanied by her father, the Duke of York. The Rolls Royce was given to the Queen in 1978 for her Silver Jubilee by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

 

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The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, travelled to Westminster Abbey in the same vehicle on her way to marry the Duke of Cambridge in April 2011.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived at St George’s Chapel only five months after Harry and Meghan tied the knot in the selfsame church.

The Duchess of Sussex arrived with Harry and was attired in a navy dress and coat by Givenchy and a hat by Noel Stewart, and the Duchess of Cambridge arrived with the duke bearing a dress by Alexander McQueen and a Philip Treacy hat.

All preparation of the wedding was not personally planned by the Duke of York, all consent has to go through the Queen, and Eugenie was told where the wedding would take place and the Queen adamantly informed her that the wedding was going to be at St George’s.

And the church was packed out ahead of the 11 am ceremony with some 800 people, 200 more than at Harry and Meghan’s nuptials were gathered outside St George’s chapel and attended the afternoon reception, hosted by the Queen in St George’s Hall.

About 1,200 members of the public were given balloted invites to the castle’s Lower Ward, as were charity delegates, children from Eugenie’s old schools and the Royal Household staff.

Prince Charles, Eugenie’s uncle arrived at the church, he also celebrated his own wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall at St George’s Chapel in 2005.

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The Queen arrived at the church in Windsor for the wedding, Prince Phillip was by her side as the masses outside St George’s Chapel cheered their appearance.

 

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Jack Brooksbank and his younger brother Thomas were at the top of the aisle moments before the ceremony, with the guests all now seated as Princess Eugenie strolls down the aisle. Princess Eugenie who is ninth in line to the throne was seen donning a pretty white dress with no vail.

Princess Eugenie stood with her soon-to-be-husband Jack Brooksbank as the music inside St George’s Chapel ends and the service starts, with the couple now giving their vows in the church and the exchange of wedding rings.

Princess Eugenie was wearing the most gorgeous wedding dress which was impeccably crafted to fit her perfectly and it was nice to see all that craftsmanship in the dress today.

Partying MPs Told Off

Partying MPs face stringent new rules about their conduct after cleaners complained of finding used condoms and barf in their Westminster offices, and appalled cleaners are sick of being made to clean up after partying members and staff.

Commons authorities are now thinking of introducing a “service agreement” about the proper use of workspaces in the Houses of Parliament because this is the sort of behaviour you would expect from students enjoying freshers week, not MPs and their staff, but cleaners are being confronted with vomit and used condoms in offices used by MPs and their staff.

Cleaners are not there to clean up after staff and MPs lasciviousness, and this is clearly not appropriate in the office workspace, and following the Westminster sex scandal thing, it was decided to restrict the subsidised drinking habits in Parliament which included closing the Sports and Social bar after Alice Bailey, the former manager stated she was harassed for sex by MPs, including one who followed her out and groped her.

The bar closed in December following a confrontation between two male parliamentary staffers but re-established as a wine bar The Woolsack with decreased opening hours, and last year Andrea Leadsom, leader of the House of Commons had overseen the introduction of parliament’s independent grievance policy to dispense with accusations of wrongdoing, and a phone line was set up for people to report any violation of the new behaviour code.

These MP’s should be identified and harshly admonished. After all, no employer would allow such behaviour on their premises. Besides as it is a publicly maintained building and their workspace no less, shut the bars that they have there.

How many companies fully kit out bars in their staff-rooms? They’re paid to work, not to have a drink on your behalf, and the same rules should apply for MPs and their staff, and if companies don’t permit their workers to booze alcohol during their work hours, neither should this lot.

And to think these low lives dictate our country, which only confirms they’re in it for themselves, along with the expenses and salaries, and the sleaze of all those concerned have no morals, and they’re never confronted about these revolting antics.

How can we trust these people, what is it? Do as I say and not as I do comes to mind, and we should be at a loss that people like these are in a position of authority and get to run our country and handle case sensitive information. Particularly when these clowns are gratifying themselves, boozing and perhaps there might even be drugs involved, which leaves them susceptible to exploitation or extortion because loose lips sink ships.

Obviously, not all of them are like this, but as a whole, the entire place is a rodents retreat. They’re supposed to be governing our country and all they do is sap the working class dry, and the more people work to earn for themselves or their families, the more people have to give to this pack of vermin and their drug-fuelled benders.

Attacked For Being A Labour Supporter

A young mother was beaten up following a Brexit meeting but this mother was assaulted just for supporting Labour.

Jade Unal was booted in the head, required stitches and was left with an unsightly bump after thugs ambushed her and her mum in a working men’s club when they’d stopped off for a late night drink after attending a Labour talk about Britain’s departure from the EU.

They just had the one drink and were minding their own business. The group must have had their eye on them when they started calling Jade Unal some rather offensive words and a ‘posh snob’, it was horrific and they said they knew where she lived.

And before she knew it they were laying into her screaming. They knocked her out and kept on hitting her even when her mother attempted to defend her, and now Jade has had to go into sheltered housing for fear the thugs who struck at Brook House Working Men’s club in Wakefield, West Yorks, could target her house.

Jade runs the local Young Labour section and was hoping to stand as a councillor in next year’s polls, but now she worries it could be too risky to speak up and become a public figure.

She has a three-year-old daughter who motivates her, as Tory cuts affect everything around them, and as austerity is obvious and instead of dealing with the poorest parts, people are left to fend for themselves.

It’s no surprise these people dislike politics and those concerned, they could have killed Jade, and even though she knows they could have killed her, she still understands to a degree why they assaulted her.

Jade who is studying for a degree in public service management said that the attack was a sad echo of what happened to Jo Cox, the MP murdered in nearby Batley and Spen in 2015.

Her gravest concern was that somebody would know who she was and hurt her, and it’s come true.

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Wakefield’s Labour MP Mary Creagh spoke of the assault on Jade: “I was shocked and upset. I am working with her to make sure she gets the support she needs.”

Brook House Working Men’s Club did not comment, but the Police are investigating it.

It’s not right for any man to hit a woman, but this assemblage were simply far-right thugs, and they beat her because she was a Labour supporter, and we just need to look back at Germany in the early 1930s to see Nazi stormtroopers beating up Jews and political players to see where this kind of thuggery gets us.

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The nearest we came to this was The Battle of Cable Street, where socialist and others stood up to these agitators, and now we have the momentum stormtroopers attacking anyone who doesn’t like their views.

This is utterly wrong and really sad to see and to be honest, no one should be beaten up for their opinions.

Everybody is allowed their views, but that doesn’t imply that we should go around whacking everybody because they don’t agree with what you might do or say, or that their view is an inferior one. The thing is, some people do respect other’s views and opinions but the preponderance of people don’t because they feel like there can only be one true mindset and that the so-called correct opinion is undoubtedly theirs because they must be correct.

Most people tend to think in a comparatively restricted and single-minded way which stops them from considering other viewpoints on their own, and when you think of something, you’re most likely pretty clear on why your viewpoint is justified because you came to your conclusion and judgment based on a collection of reasons which is rational and makes complete sense to you.

This is why your view is ‘correct’ and ‘right’, to you at least, and this happens for every single person. They know why their opinion is rational and demand everyone else to come to the same conclusion as them because they overlook the fact that not everyone thinks in the same way as them and will make the same connections and links as them to come to the same conclusion as a similar event.

Another reason that some people may be unable to consider opposing viewpoints is that a prejudice against a particular viewpoint has been instilled in them. For instance, if a child, has been told that opinion or viewpoint A is incorrect, this prejudice against opinion A could become very ingrained enough that when the child grows up, he won’t even ask why opinion A is ‘wrong’. This would lead him to be unable to understand opinion A and therefore, be unable to respect it.

In conclusion, people may not consider others views because they think that only one idea can be the ‘correct’ opinion, and they lack the understanding of the differing viewpoint or they have prejudices against particular views.

Dancing Queen

So, here we have Theresa May dancing away to Queens “Dancing Queen” only the hapless thing looked like an elderly woman who’d just dropped an acid tab and finished up on the stage at a Tory conference.

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And if you look at all the social embarrassment and personal incompetence in the world, she just fashioned herself into this animated mannequin, and obviously someone, somewhere decided it was a great plan, and what’s more, Theresa May believed them.

Ordinarily, I’d say don’t give up your day job, but in this instance, I actually hope she does, she’s far better at dancing.

Look at her, she’s attempting to look like she’s got a sense of humour – she’s supposed to be our Prime Minister, not Mr Bean!

Theresa May how ridiculous could you possibly be, net alone embarrassing, you do know you actually can’t dance?

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It’s like Star Trek: The Next Generation where data is given an upgrade to feel human. Theresa May kind of acted like a human, but she was sort of disturbing, awkward and unconvincing, this must be the new humour update.

Or it would seem that someone has reactivated her emotion chip. It needs a bug fix though, the new dance mode stops after a couple of swings. On the other hand, it could be a long-awaited pissed up nan version to give a more familiar feel for older users.

I’m surprised she doesn’t trip over her hands, her arms are just too long, like an Orangutan, and she’s got no rhythm, no spirit, no compassion and no understanding.

She should take a deep sigh and smile because honestly, your shrivelled little soul will appreciate it, but to be fair it makes me want to be sick, you know, it’s that stomach-twisting sensation you get when you watch her on TV attempting to be happy and entertaining, but really she’s as entertaining as Chlamydia, the only difference is, you can get rid of Chlamydia.

When all is said and done, the Dancing Queen is all about the Money, Money, Money, but we all know the Name of the Game and we’d don’t want to take a chance on her, because she’s no Super Trooper.

But the audacity of this woman beggars belief because the government have systematically slaughtered our Social Services and the backup systems that the old, disabled and vulnerable peopled depended on, and Theresa May is a brass face of a woman.

And it’s bad advice to whoever gave it to her, to dance like a drunken granny at an old people’s home Christmas party, particularly when carers are underpaid and understaffed, and have no time to clean up poo when she shits herself.

She actually does need to take some dancing lessons, and while she’s doing that, perhaps she should take some lessons in kindness, compassion, understanding, honesty and sincerity, then she might learn something, and she wouldn’t be dancing if she was waiting for her State Pension that the government have cheated thousands of British WASPI women out of.

But I’m glad she’s happy to dance onto the stage while people use food banks and the homeless sleep on the streets.

It’s like someone’s installed a corrupt version of Windows in her and she is malfunctioning. Iain Duncan Smith needs to get on the phone with the IT department and also needs to put a ticket in for an anti-virus scan, but then again I guess he’ll probably be too busy going house to house, robbing the food out of the hands of starving children, that he won’t be able to wait the 40 minutes for an IT technician to answer the telephone.

It must have been the Maybot Malfunction Manoeuvre, and we really should complain to Abba and hope that they sue her because clearly, they didn’t give permission for this classic track to suffer such degradation and disgrace?

We should really be horrified by this behaviour while she’s dancing away and while people are starving on the streets or on benefits. There appears to always be funds for new roads and railways and the military while people are dying on our streets, and whilst we might all find it a tad amusing that our Prime Minister, Theresa May is dancing and making a laughingstock of herself on stage, we shouldn’t be impressed to our Prime Minister referring to herself as our Queen!

It appears that politics is now our new rock, swaggering her stuff like a young Liam Gallagher going up to collect an unwanted Brit Award. Surely she could have picked a song by a British band? Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin comes to mind.

Theresa May is the last nail in the coffin for England, and instead of being our Prime Minister she should be dancing in a nightclub because she’s certainly not fit for her current position.

Benefit Cuts Are Fake News

 

Tory welfare chief Esther McVey has implied her own party’s benefit cuts are “fake news” in a brazen party conference address. The Work and Pensions Secretary lanced an egotistic assault on Labour and “social media” despite cuts being well-documented by think tanks and her predecessor Iain Duncan Smith.

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Most working-age benefits have been suspended for four years from 2016/17 to 2019/20, a cut to families real income. The government’s own 2015 Budget said this would cut £4 billion a year from the benefits bill. In the meantime, new benefit Universal Credit is universally acknowledged to be less generous than it was meant to be thanks to cuts by ex-Chancellor George Osborne.

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It’s originator, Tory Iain Duncan Smith, announced £2 billion more must be put in to rebuild it, while the National Audit Office has thrown uncertainty on its claim to “make work pay”. The Tories have axed housing benefit for under-22s, only to U-turn and abandon the policy.

They’ve introduced a £20,000 cap on household benefits, and hundreds of thousands of former claimants have been refused disability benefits under the new Personal Independence Payment.

Yet Ester McVey who has herself been forced to correct misleading statements about benefits seemed to imply all these facts were “fake news” because the total amount of money put into the benefits system has gone up.

She told Tory members in Birmingham: “If you were to believe everything you heard from Labour or read on social media you’d think we were somehow letting down the most vulnerable in society – especially disabled people.

“However, those who say we are cutting budgets are peddling fake news.

“So here’s the real news – we have never spent more on those with disabilities and long-term health conditions. We spend over £50 billion a year, up £9 billion in 2010.”

Ester McVey said she became a Conservative to stand against the “ugly, destructive, Marxist, Militant, socialists of the past”.

Blasting the pro-Corbyn campaign group, she told members: “Momentum is the modern day Militant – and remember there are three M’s in Momentum – Militant, Militant, Militant.

“Can you imagine it, this country with Corbyn, McDonnell and Abbott at the helm?

“It would be a political nightmare, with Labour doing what it always does – leaving office with higher unemployment than it inherited.”

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She added: “Remember what John McDonnell said about me? That I should be lynched. Well, he picked on the wrong woman!”

(Mr McDonnell has claimed he was quoting an activist who said that, rather than suggesting it personally).

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And in a new policy, Ester McVey declared the Citizens Advice Bureau is set to get £39 million to help Universal Credit claimants under the Universal Support scheme, and that the cash will finance advisers to assist claimants to get their first payment on time and be ready to manage it when it arrives.

Ester McVey said the decision to hand responsibility to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) was taken following consultation from claimants and charities. She further stated the DWP will work with Barnado’s from January to offer care leavers work experience in the charity’s high street shops.

She continued: “We want to do more than provide financial support, we want to help disabled people achieve their career ambitions and goals.

“In fact from 2013 to 2017 we’ve helped 600,000 more disabled people in to work through personalised and tailored support.

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“And don’t let history be rewritten – it was William Hague in a Conservative Government in 1995 who introduced the Disability Discrimination Act – to champion, support and hold up the values of a caring society.”

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This woman is simply a rodent of our society, and what is the DWP’s overall spend on the disabled because honestly, it’s not £50 billion per year. Ester has the attitude and arrogance of a rodent, along with her condescending hatred.

The fact is lies were told about the amount spent on disabled claimants per year, it’s about £2 billion per year, not £50 billion, and Ester is a really cruel woman, spitting on the graves of those thousands that have died, and those thousands that have suffered considerably, thanks to her harmful policies.

The Tories cut £60 a fortnight from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a benefit for the sick and disabled. This is fact, not fake news, and Ester McVey and the Tories are habitual liars, and the sad thing is they don’t care that the people know they’re lying, that’s how brazen they’ve become.

It’s a little like when foxes used to come out to get food from the bins and they were scared of people, now they simply come out among us and help themselves, and that’s what our government are doing. First of all, they were misleading us cautiously and now they couldn’t care less, while they feast off the sick and disabled like blood-sucking zombies.

Another thing, yes, they are spending more on disability budgets but they neglect to mention the huge amount of money they give away to Atos, Maximus and the workfare training providers, so when they say they’re spending more on the disabled that’s fake news, they’re just a bunch of nasty liars.

They said that they’re supporting 600,000 disabled people back into work, is that the new euphemism for sanctioning their benefits? And we should all be more responsible and we should never vote Tory in again, by doing so you’re putting up two fingers to your fellow man in these despondent times, and one day it could be you.

When is it ever right to say people on their death beds are fit to work? And that people with severe mental incapacity are fit to work, and then remove their benefits in some strange belief that this will magically make them able to go get a job.

Particularly when disabled people with jobs are having their means of transport removed because they’re now not getting the right component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or it’s being taken away altogether, so then they can no longer work, then they get sanctioned for not getting a job or not being able to work anymore because their transport has been taken away.

Diabetics are having their incomes cut to the point they can no longer afford the diet they need or to keep their Insulin chilled because they can’t afford to pay the electric bill, so it was cut off. All these things have happened and every time it does happen, all the government say is, “Sorry, it shouldn’t have happened” but they won’t do anything about it, they simply carry on as they were.

But the people are just as blameworthy because they’re out there going on about benefit fraud, yes, of course, benefit fraud does happen, but it’s pretty insignificant opposed to the genuine claimants who actually need it and that pales into insignificance.

Ester McVey is a total liar, she lied to parliament and somehow got away with it, and the fact that there were no punishments on her for blatantly deceiving parliament, and hence the people of the United Kingdom, speaks volumes about the rot that is at the heart of this government.

The Tories are the most repugnant, despicable, misleading political party at the moment, with no class, morals or decency, and this evil hag has been proven a liar, and what a barrel of giggles the Tory party is turning out to be, they’re digging their own graves, and they’re so ignorant the people are now laughing at them with their endless deceptions, the juggling of figures, the randy text messages, a buffoon doing a zip wire slide, and the Prime Minister attempting to dance, it’s like a circus.

Why would anyone want to vote for such a repugnant and catastrophic government that squanders its time slagging of the EU, Russia and the Labour Party? And doesn’t have one piece of positiveness.

The Tories are putting more and more of the taxpayer’s money directly into the palms of their buddies in corporations such as Atos, and are spending more money, and we know it isn’t going to those that need it the most, it’s going to Atos and into the pockets of the few.

All this money is being spent abusing the sick and disabled, and they say that they do this to save money, and we’re quite deluded if anybody believes that our government will spend our taxes wisely.

Ester McVey is quite stupid beyond belief because simplistic fundamental factors confuse her, and when you have an MP who is as dim as Ester McVey, then it’s no surprise why politics is in such mayhem.

We must change the direction of this country. Austerity and ignorance simply don’t cut the mustard any more, particularly when we have one Tory nincompoop supporting a Mary Poppins Brexit, another one cavorting through fields of wheat to have a pop at his party leaders, and now Ester is attempting to dismiss the indisputable.

Do these jokers believe this is what resonates with the voters, or are they simply taking us all for idiots? But they take us for imbeciles because usually, we are because we vote based on party manifestos which are frequently bent, and we’re easily manipulated by headlines.

But then the government are so deluded by their own dishonesty that they’re starting to believe it themselves, and we all know that the government lies, why do you think CON is in Conservatives because they con the public every day.

They never tell you about their non-achievements, that’s because they’re terrified, and that’s why they’re always slagging off the Labour Party in an effort to make themselves look good.

Iain Duncan Smith must have been so ashamed of what he’d done with his elephant benefit shake-up that he in fact created, all because the government wanted potential savings, and paid no regard to human life at the expense of its implementation.

Iain Duncan Smith was named the Minister for Manslaughter for a valid reason, and he realised it was a step too far, and when George Osborne pushed for the full benefits cuts to be executed, Smith resigned.

Our government must stand down for blatantly misleading its people. They should start telling the truth or move aside for someone else who will tell the truth, and a law needs to be enacted which allows for the prosecution of politicians who intentionally distort the truth, but then that would mean that we wouldn’t have a single politician in Westminster – Now there’s a plan with no drawbacks…

What A Difference A Day Makes

One in four disabled people has been stopped from using public transport by other people’s attitudes in the last year, and 1 in 5 people in the United Kingdom are disabled. That’s 14 million people that face discrimination and negative attitudes every single day.

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Disabled people are discriminated against in every way imaginable, but I’m sure those disabled people would trade their health for someone who’s healthy.

Even locating restrooms that are clean and are accessible to get into isn’t easy, but on the continent in some countries disabled people are given priority when queuing, such as in shops et cetera, but there’s no statutory duty on shops to implement this, and it’s a disgrace the United Kingdom doesn’t treat its disabled people with the same respect and humanity.

For a disabled person to get a powered chair, it costs between £3,000 plus but there’s a lot of people who are not disabled that think that disabled people get these things for free, well they don’t, they have to pay for this kind of thing themselves.

People that are not disabled appear to assume and judge those that are, and even bus drivers sometimes drive past the bus stop as if the disabled person is the only one at the stop, and it’s tragic that we still live in a world with a lot of judgement.

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But anyone who has a disability and has aids and adaptations should have to rationalise or justify anything to anyone. The problem is, most able-bodied people are blissfully oblivious of the restrictions that face disabled people every day.

It’s only when it’s brought home and a loved one is touched by this that people really notice exactly how hard it is to get out and about every day, and there are many stores and companies that have no or extremely bad disabled access.

It’s time the overall public knew what it’s like to have a disability of any kind, and it’s also high time the government knew what it was like. After all, we’re still human beings and deserve to be treated with respect and consideration.

Disabilities are not always understood by the able-bodied, and new laws on disabilities of any kind should be taught in school and by police forces because this kind of conduct towards the disabled is a form of bullying, and some of our disabled have attempted suicide because the brutality has become too much.

The underground is the greatest struggle and there aren’t enough lifts or any lifts in the stations. Disabled people are really limited from going far from home because they need to have somebody with them, and some are pretty restricted on mobility scooters because of the range of the batteries.

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We seem to have wi-fi on trains now, buses, cafes and restaurants and hotspots in various locations and powerpoints to plug our phones into in case we run out of battery, but there’s nowhere that a disabled person can go to get their battery charged up so that they can travel a distance without running out of power and breaking down, or the dread of getting stuck on the underground with all the terrorist attacks and false alarms, which for them is the worst psychological travel.

And all of this is getting worse because the government and the media are portraying the disabled as scroungers and cheats and the United Kingdom has now become a hostile environment.

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As a wheelchair user, I experience discrimination at times, I frequently get asked if I want a race, or let me sit on your scooter I could do with a rest, and people look at me like I’m some alien and I have no right to be there.

The problem is, able-bodied people don’t realise that they could end up being disabled one day, and there are some pretty narrow-minded people out there, and it really doesn’t give them the liberty to say these things, and sometimes I really can’t fathom why people are so wicked, they have no idea what disabled people go through in their lives every day, and it seems that it’s open season for disabled people to be discriminated against, and there is no one out there to defend us!

Able-bodied people have no idea how fortunate they are to not have to live with a disability, and nobody should be punished due to having a disability.

There was a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people, and some people and organisations like employers, shops, local authorities and schools had to take certain measures to eliminate the obstacles disabled people faced because of their disability.

This was to ensure that they received the same services as able-bodied people, and the Equality Act 2010 called this the Duty to make reasonable adjustments.Figure-4.1-Protected-Characteristics-from-Equality-Act-2010.jpg

The Equality Act 2010 says changes or adjustments should be made to ensure a disabled person can access the following things:

Education
Employment
Housing
Goods and services like shops, banks, cinemas, hospitals, council offices, Leisure Centres
Associations and private clubs like the Scouts and Guides, private golf clubs and working men clubs.

Here are examples of physical features which it might be possible to change:

steps and stairs
passageways and paths
entrances and exits
internal and external doors
toilets
signs
lighting and ventilation
the size of the premises.
The kind of adjustments which could be made includes removing, changing or providing a way of avoiding the physical feature, where it’s reasonable to do so.

Here are examples of reasonable adjustments:

providing ramps and stairway lifts
making doorways wider
installing automatic doors
providing more lighting and clearer signs.

But what happens if someone doesn’t cooperate with the duty to make reasonable adjustments?

If someone doesn’t cooperate with their duty to make reasonable adjustments, the Equality Act says it’s unlawful discrimination, and you can ask the person or organisation to make the necessary modifications, and if they refuse, you can make a discrimination claim under the Equality Act.

There have been numerous changes since the Equality Act was brought in, but countless smaller shops don’t appear to abide by this ruling, particularly in London. I travel to London with my son at least once or twice a year and sometimes find it really difficult to access shops that I’d like to go into because there are no ramps or level access into the shops, or the shops are not wide enough to get into.

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The London Underground has put in lifts for disabled people in wheelchairs but they are pretty far and few between which makes it really difficult for wheelchair users to travel, and often my son has to walk to where we want to go or get on a bus which is really time-consuming.

We’re supposed to live in a modern age of travel, but not so modern if disabled people can’t access things, and able-bodied people certainly have no idea about the difficulties faced by wheelchair users, and in our supposedly tolerant, modern society, a wheelchair user should be able to get about and do some pretty ordinary everyday activities without too many problems.

The first obstacle is the terrain with all its holes, cracks and gaps in the pavement, and if you’re a wheelchair user, those imperfections the local council hasn’t quite got round to dealing with can end up with a wheelchair user being hurled onto the floor at any moment, or leave you with one wheel stuck off the ground, rendering any movement impossible.

That’s before you decide to venture into a shop, and after 10 minutes of pushing and pulling, a coffee might be just the thing, this should be a breeze because the doors are extra wide, but then you have to navigate the doors that are extra heavy and you can’t navigate them from a wheelchair, so you have to wait for some kind person to open it for you.

But mostly you’re rendered invisible when your sitting in a wheelchair, and that gathering of people that do seem to notice the fact that you’re in a wheelchair want to prove they’ve seen you by being as insensitive as they possibly can.

So, you’re struggling to propel yourself up a gentle slope and the pavement has been obstructed by a bag of rubbish. Does the person coming the other way acknowledge that there’s only room for one of you to get through, no of course not, they merely put their head down, speed up and make you wait.

And then there’s the person in the post office who watches while you haggle your way through the cramped aisle, he could move aside and save you having to go all the way around the counter, but that might involve that person taking a few steps forward, so instead they turn their back on you and carry on chatting to there friend.

Transport is at the heart of how we live our lives. It helps us get to work, stay in touch with friends and family, contribute to society and access important services like healthcare and education, and while many people take this for granted, this is not the reality for everyone.

If you’re disabled, you might face difficulties, as transport and recreation continue to plague wheelchairs with poor treatment, and where many are harried and humiliated.

We’re not just disabled by our bodies but by the way society is organised, and it’s not the use of a wheelchair that makes disabled life hard, it’s the reality that not all buildings have ramps.

Back in the 1980s and early 90s, disabled campaigners used direct action and lobbying to protest for civil rights, from accessible transport to entertainment venues, and anyone who remembers images of wheelchair users chaining themselves to buses in London as police moved in to kettle them, knows equal rights under the law have been hard won.

Decades later we seem to be edging towards a tipping point again.

The Equality Act was the product of the campaigning in the 90s, demanding that buildings make reasonable adjustments and to give disabled access, but it’s generally unenforced, and Britain’s infrastructure, from the train network to public toilets can be equally inaccessible.

But there are too many women that are being forced to have needless surgery due to the scarcity of toilet provision, and both male and female routinely use adult nappies on a long journey, despite not being incontinent because stations don’t have the amenities, but the other option is to never travel.

The kind of society, that we should aspire to be, would take the needs of all of its members, including the disabled, into account at every stage.

In the more extreme versions, one could picture the USA asserting these requirements in the method of legal action. In Europe, a powerful adjustment to inclusiveness and responsibility is one of the defining traits of the EU, and Britain tends to fall between these two stools.

Narrow commercial interest and casual marginalisation of anyone outside the criteria is pretty much par for the course in England, more in the south-east than in the north and west, less so in Scotland and Wales, and leaving the EU is possible to have a adverse impact on how Britain provides for the disabled and the disadvantaged.

Maybe in ways that will differ negatively even with the “devil take the hindmost” practises so prevalent in the USA. Sadly, the chasm between who we are now, and who we would like to be, is likely to increase with further time in the office of this Conservative government and with the onset of Brexit. It’s a sad prospect.

Let’s remember that we all become disabled. Disability hits us all as we age, and the more accessible the environment becomes serves us all, helps support the quality of our lives and our independence, and to call a person with a disability as a disabled person acknowledges it is the environment not the level of impairment that is the problem, and a suitable toilet in every rail station would be great for everyone.

Locating a toilet for the able-bodied is difficult enough, it’s hellish for wheelchair users. Imagine wanting to go and having to suffer the agony and pain of having to wait for a major station. It is a basic human necessity to go to the toilet, and a public place like a train station should not be able to be open and operate without a functioning toilet available to all passengers.

The problem is even though these laws are made for disabled people they are so readily disregarded, so what hope is there for bigger things that also need to be implemented without issue or objection? And if it’s unlawful to discriminate against for whatever reason, then why are breaches not dealt with as a grave concern, and not something that’s simply disregarded?

For any disabled person that can’t leave the home other than medical appointments, hospitals are frequently the worst offenders for accessibility. Large doors that are difficult to open if you’re in a wheelchair, doorways that are too small to get a chair through, waiting areas that don’t have space for more than one wheelchair, or often not even enough for one.

Corridors that are small and twisty, and lifts in areas miles out of the way of where you might want to get to, and doors are frequently not automatic, and even when they are, they’re usually broken and don’t work.

As for disabled parking, it’s a farce. The outpatient’s entrance which is for disabled parking is difficult to park because it’s also the drop-off and pick up point for the taxis and patient transport ambulances, which not only park in the spaces but also obstruct whatever fortunate person succeeded in getting a place by parking behind them.

Then the other disabled assigned parking spaces have a couple of mobile builders offices deposited on it while building work is going on, and another disabled car park was built on.

Other hospitals might have a car park with an entire level dedicated to disabled parking spaces, which is a fabulous concept, but if there are no places available, which occurs frequently, you’re forced to park on another level, but the lift is on the disabled level, and if you can’t park there, the only access to the lift from the other levels is upstairs or up the actual ramp the cars use, with not only no pavement, but up a slope so perpendicular even an electric scooter can’t accomplish it safely and it’s a joke.

And then there are the pavements with lowered kerbs that aren’t really, a kerb is not dropped if it’s still 2 inches off road level and dropped kerbs to exit a pavement that isn’t equalled by another one to join the pavement, so you’re left stranded in the road frantically seeking to discover a way to get back on the pavement and out of the traffic.

Dropped kerbs are okay, but now they’ve been parked over by delivery drivers or other vehicles, and jagged asphalt surfaces that are a danger to people with mobility problems.

A hospital campus that’s big enough to require its own bus service to get people around it, but the buses don’t drop to the curbstone, needing the driver to get out and manually set the ramp every time a wheelchair user needs to use the bus, and it’s only got one wheelchair area anyhow, which is frequently used by parents with buggies, which isn’t a problem, but you would imagine that a hospital, of all places, and one which is still being developed, would have excellent access and amenities for disabled people.

Many hospitals now have introduced parking charges for disabled people, and this isn’t right because disabled people are much more inclined to need to attend the hospital more often than able-bodied people, and are more inclined to be living in relative hardship or be unemployed, and squeezing parking fees out of them as well seems a little harsh.

Disabled people should be given help and support in every way imaginable, life is hard enough for them without our government neglecting their needs, but it’s not only wheelchair users, what about ambulances that are called to train stations, particularly the underground stations where they have to fight to get through barriers and stairs before getting to the patient who could be dying.

The government’s plan entails making up to £300 million available to extend its plans to make railway stations more accessible, but the Freedom of Information requests by the news site Disability News Service show the Conservatives reduced spending on the project over the last five years from £81.1 million in 2013‑14 to only £14.6 million last year.

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Charity begins at home, and not to be mean-spirited, but if the government quit giving money to foreign aid and started putting it where it should go, then they wouldn’t have to decrease their funding for the disabled.

For every hundred pounds that’s made in the United Kingdom, seventy pence goes towards foreign aid. The government has a target to allocate 0.7 per cent of the UK’s Gross National Income on overseas development aid every year.

In 2016, the UK spent £13.4 billion on overseas aid, in line with the 0.7 per cent target, and because the UK economy is set to get bigger over the next few years the true rate of development aid spending is anticipated to increase, and by 2021 we could be spending about £14.5 billion, based on the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts in 2016 prices.

That’s a little uncertain though, the amount we really end up spending will depend on how much the economy grows.

But it’s not only about disabled people, what about parents with buggies wanting to access the tube stations that have no lifts, which makes it extremely challenging for parents to take their children out for the day, so they endeavour to take the buggies on the escalators, which is very dangerous.

We live in the 21st century where everything should be accessible to all, and we pay enough in our taxes to cover this, but the government appear to be cutting back on everything, why? Because it appears to be more advantageous for our government to give to foreign aid, rather than putting it back into our country.

Our environment has a significant bearing on a person with a disability, but when we examine easy access, for instance, a ramp, better-designed pavement curbs, lifts, buses, train platforms with a similar height to the train flooring, people who don’t have a disability can also benefit.

For instance, parents with pushchairs and the elderly, after all, our environment has an impact on all of us, sadly, present and former governments don’t appear to view such matters as a priority, and people with mobility difficulties and other disabilities should be given preference, after all, such is given to the royalty of this country, and if the royal family needed all buildings to be accessible by wheelchair, you can bet your bottom dollar it would happen without fail.

Sadly, society treats disabled people as the weakest members of our society, and the United Kingdom scores at the lowest level for this. We have all used or will use wheelchairs, the luckiest of us start in prams, later use prams and eventually end up in wheelchairs, some are less fortunate, and suitable access is to everyone’s benefit, and we all deserve to benefit from that provision.

This is an enormous difficulty, except if you’re not disabled, although being disabled has differing levels of ability, and most people would have trouble somewhere, able-bodied people tend to bypass these kinds of difficulties.

Imagine being plonked on the side of a mountain without any climbing experience, well, that’s what living in a wheelchair can seem like at times, but there’s also degrees of miscomprehension about disabled people, which is a prevalent human shortcoming.

But on top of the problems with the shortage of facilities at train stations, most stations that do have toilets are routinely left in a shocking state and lack of basic hygiene and the behaviour from society as a whole is rather shocking, and we should fail to understand how in this day and age accessible buildings are not compulsory.

There’s no justification for this, and it shows like many other things that this is a total and absolute failure from our government to do what is necessary because our slothful politicians want to control us, and the current laws are not being obeyed, these laws need to be clear with complete access to all buildings, and penalties need to be forced on builders, architects, building owners as long as the problems get resolved.

Of course, old buildings do have problems, but nothing is impossible, and buildings over the last 30 years have no excuse, new buildings, being built now have no excuse, and a 6-year-old could come up with a solution, but our indolent government sit there scratching their arsehole while their falling asleep on the benches.

There is always an obvious solution but no one in government gives a damn about it and always come up with reasons why it can’t be done, usually because they can’t be bothered to consider it a problem to start with, and want to save a few quid at the expense of the disabled.

Sadly, there appear to be some amazingly mean-spirited people out there who seem to think that disabled people should put up and shut up and be banished from society simply because ramps take up space and building renovations might cost a little more.

Listed buildings might be between a rock and a hard place when it comes to accessibility because the necessary adjustment would often breach the listed building regulations, but that could quickly be overcome with portable ramps that stay in place all the time, that way no adjustments have to be done to the building, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.