- Introduced workfare where they require people to work for big corporations for free! These are jobs that the companies would have had to pay for if the Conservatives hadn’t given them free labour!
- Introduced apprenticeships where big companies can also hire a young person to work for less than minimum wage £2.15 per hour for up to a year, when if they’ve lasted that long, the company can just get rid of them and get another cheap labour unit.
- Urged stay at home mothers who are receiving benefits to sign on as self employed and sell things at car boots or eBay. Zero hour contracts abound. All of these things artificially raise the employment rate. (No link, its something I’ve read from real people in FB groups and online mum forums.)
In reality the average person hasn’t seen a pay rise in 7 years.
Image courtesy of thenextrecession.wordpress.com
The GDP still hasn’t recovered from the 2008 crisis. Everything they’ve done for their buddies in power still has not fixed it. Even a recent decision to add in prostitution and illegal drug trade to the GDP hasn’t fixed it.
But the richest have doubled their wealth in the last five years.
“While average UK incomes have yet to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, with thousands still flocking to food banks, the financial elite have emerged not only with their fortunes intact, but holding a larger than ever slice of the cake.”
“Government ministers are keen to say that three million people will gain, they forget to say that their own impact assessment also says 2.8 million people will lose. They also conveniently forget to mention the cuts that have taken place before Universal Credit starts – cuts to housing benefit, the bedroom tax, cuts to working tax credit and child tax credit, disability benefits such as Disability Living Allowance and the replacement of council tax benefit with local schemes that often involve people losing £200 a year.” says a leaflet from Unison.
Gave over £1 BILLION in schools and their real estate away to private companies
Removed coursework from assessments, negatively affecting any kid (like I was) who isn’t good at rote memorisation
Raised the bar for grades retrospectively
Limited retakes hitting disadvantaged kids hardest
Instituted draconian National Curriculum standards
100 of Iain Duncan-Smiths biggest failures includes, although people are dying after sanctions, that he has spent £24 billion more this parliament.
A scary long list of people who have died after being sanctioned or otherwise thrown off their benefits
The obese could lose benefits if they don’t do as they are told.
And now they want to charge those who want to appeal in order to prevent them from being able to do so! “Earlier this week figures showed that in the past year nearly 900,000 people have had their benefits stopped, the highest figure for any 12-month period since jobseeker’s allowance was introduced in 1996. In recent months, however, 58% of those who wanted to overturn DWP sanction decisions in independent tribunals have been successful. Before 2010, the success rate of appeals was 20% or less.” the Guardian article reports
Make no mistake, this is an all out war on the poor.
Have a look at the more extensive list here of The top 100 failures of the Cameron’s government.
I don’t care who you vote for but if you vote Tory or UKIP its safe to say we are not friends.
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