Councils forced to sell off parks, buildings and art to fund basic services

From The Guardian: Analysis shows the financial predicament facing councils across England. Government funding has fallen by nearly 50% since 2010. Combined with increased demand for adult and children’s social care and homelessness services, as well as paying higher national insurance contributions for staff, growing numbers of unitary and county councils are relying on their reserves to balance their budgets.

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Woman with epilepsy so severe she set herself on fire sees benefits removed

From Metro: Pippa Hammond’s epilepsy is so severe that someone has to wait in the room with her every time she has a shower, goes to the toilet or even blow dries her hair. Despite this, she has been denied any disability benefit under the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) scheme, with her application scored zero in every category.

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#ToryBritain: 25 snapshots from 2017

#ToryBritain: 25 snapshots from 2017

#ToryBritain: 25 snapshots from 20171) "Austerity linked to 120,000 needless deaths as policy is branded 'economic murder'", Daily Mirror, 16 Nov 2017 "One million patients a week cannot get a GP appointment, statistics show", Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2017 "Nearly 130,000 children to wake up homeless this Christmas as child homelessness reaches 10-year high", Independent, 6 Dec 2017 "One in seven UK private tenants pays more than half income in rent – study", Guardian, 3 July 2017 "Cladding for Grenfell Tower was cheaper, more flammable option", Guardian, 16 June 2017 "More than 600,000 pupils in England taught by unqualified teachers, says Labour", 25 Jul 2017 "Inquiry into disability benefits 'deluged' by tales of despair", Guardian, 27 Nov 2017 "Student debt rising to more than £50,000, says IFS", BBC News, 5 July 2017"Poorest Students Leave University With The Most Debt Thanks To The Tories, Says Report", HuffPost UK, 5 July 2017 "NUT survey on holiday hunger", 17 Apr 2017 "Five hundred head teachers accuse Theresa May of pushing schools 'to breaking point'", Independent, 28 Apr 2017"Headteachers demand more school cash in letter to Hammond", Guardian, 12 Nov 2017 "Food banks warn of struggle to cope this Christmas due to universal credit", Guardian, 7 Nov 2017 "The reality of child poverty", ITV News video, 12 Dec 2017 "NHS chiefs warn Tory underfunding will force them to miss waiting time targets next year", Daily Mirror, 30 Nov 2017 The Women's Aid Annual Survey 2016 "The Tory government has massively raised the number of badgers it wants to slaughter", Daily Mirror, 11 Sept 2017 "Stress 'epidemic' sweeps UK as Brits turn to exercise and alcohol to combat their worries", Daily Mirror, 13 Nov 2017 "NHS nurses are too busy to care for patients properly, research shows", Guardian, 29 Sep 2017 "Calls for change to apprenticeships after numbers fall by 59%", Guardian, 23 Nov 2017 "Revealed: Rail fares have 'increased twice as much as wages since 2010'", London Evening Standard, 14 Aug 2017 "Police numbers to fall 1970s levels as more than 15,000 officers face sack", Daily Mirror, 26 Nov 2017 "Children waiting up to 18 months for mental health treatment – CQC", Guardian, 20 Oct 2017 "House Building Under The Tories Drops To Lowest Level Since The 1920s", HuffPost UK, 9 May 2017 "UK government warned over sharp rise in child and pensioner poverty", Guardian, 4 Dec 2017 "Why there’s a moral duty to sue our government over climate change", openDemocracy UK, 19 Dec 2017 "Size of UK national debt" infographic, Press Association"Richest 1% better off than ever before, while rest continue to suffer", Metro, 15 Jul 2017

Posted by Stop The Tories Channel on Saturday, December 30, 2017

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#ToryBritain Christmas tidings: Meme by @Rachael_Swindon

Rachael@Rachael_Swindon Todays just saying, Christmas Day special. @theresa_may #ToriesOut

Posted by Walking the Breadline on Monday, December 25, 2017


Video: Schools washing uniforms, charging phones for families with no electricity at home

This devastating 95-second video shot by ITV News in Morecambe shows primary schools giving out shoes and coats and using washing machines to wash children’s uniforms, teachers charging parents’ phones because they have no electricity at home, GPs treating kids for rickets, and parents passing out in the school hall because they’ve done without meals.

The reality of child poverty

Primary schools using washing machines to wash children's uniforms, teachers charging parents' phones because they have no electricity at home, and GPs treating kids for rickets. This is the poverty we have found in the UK in 2017.Watch more: (via Granada Reports)

Posted by ITV News on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

“My benefits were stopped after I came out of hospital”: The story of a food bank user

#ToryBritain #FoodBankBritain

Posted by Stop the Tories Channel on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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Inquiry into disability benefits ‘deluged’ by tales of despair

From The Guardian: A House of Commons inquiry into disability benefits has heard from more than 3,000 people in despair at the system, including dozens who say they have been driven to suicidal thoughts by the process.

The evidence includes testimony from many saying their mental health had deteriorated as a result of trying to claim the employment support allowance (ESA) for daily living costs and/or the personal independence payment (PIP) to cover the extra costs caused by long-term disability.

It comes after longstanding concerns among mental health groups, medical professionals, user groups and MPs about the operation of both benefits, which see claimant assessments run by outsourced providers and final decisions made by officials at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The submissions included more than 100 people reporting that they or someone they care for feels their suicidal feelings have worsened or been triggered by the process. Read more

Apprenticeships fall by 59%

From The Guardian: Employers and unions have called for a rethink of the Tory government’s apprenticeship policies after a 59% fall in those taking up trainee posts since a new scheme was launched in April.

Just 48,000 people started an apprenticeship in the final three months of the educational year to July 2017, compared with 117,800 in the same period a year before. The biggest drop came in the lowest level “intermediate” apprenticeships, which dived by 75%, compared with a 48% drop in the most advanced training courses.

Critics of the scheme say the increased costs and complexities are deterring employers from creating apprenticeship posts.

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North of England hardest hit by Tory cuts

From BBC News: The north of England has seen the biggest cuts in Tory government spending over the past five years, official figures show.

Spending in the north has fallen by £696m in real terms since 2012, while the south of England has seen an increase of £7bn.

Labour have called on the government to end its austerity programme in the budget on Wednesday.

Government figures show that, when inflation is taken into account, every region in the north of England has seen a fall in spending on services since 2012, while every other English region has seen an increase.
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A mother given 50p a week for housing: the benefit cap one year on

The head of policy at the Chartered Institute of Housing writes in the Guardian: “A year on from the introduction of the lower benefit cap, its abiding legacy is to push people closer to homelessness.

“The cap, introduced on 7 November 2016, reduced the total amount any family can receive in benefits from £26,000 to £23,000 in London and £20,000 outside the capital, leaving families with significant shortfalls between the benefits they get and the cost of their housing.

“In our most recent research we spoke to 18 families with capped benefit across the UK and each time we heard a familiar story – one of stress, struggle and a daily fight to remain in their home.

“Half of those families said they had gone without food, fuel or were otherwise in debt as a result of the cut. Among a raft of other hardships a third said they had been forced to use food banks.”

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