Posts Tagged ‘ Cuts ’

Council Cutbacks, Kagoul-Wearers Hardest Hit!

December 2, 2013 8 Comments
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England may be a green and pleasant land, but getting around it on foot is proving harder than ever as council cuts leave footpaths blocked, run-down and overgrown, according to a report. A report by The Ramblers, no less (it seems they’ve dropped the ‘Association’ from their title as part of a rebranding exercise). The organisation used the Freedom of Information Act to discover that more than 30 per cent…

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Modern Conservatives … Again!

September 23, 2013 2 Comments
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Andrew Boff, Leader of the Conservative group on the Greater London Assembly, said: “I don’t think [Sir Robin] actually likes Newham. I think he wants to change it to some other borough. I think he’s a bit ashamed. “Integration is either respecting diversity or trying to suppress it and I think there’s more suppressing going on.” He added: “What’s happening in Newham is a big backwards step.” Good heavens, what…

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Give Us More Money Or Granny (And The Road) Gets It!

August 18, 2013 5 Comments
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Local authorities will be forced to cut spending on infrastructure and social care to support households losing out through the government’s welfare reforms, according to a study on the impact of benefit changes. Looking at the state of the roads in my local area, I fail to see just what ‘less spending’ might look like, frankly. Sharon Taylor, chairwoman of the LGA’s finance panel, said councils would be forced to…

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The Reality Of Food Banks – Who Are They Really Supporting?

July 22, 2013 4 Comments
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The Reality Of Food Banks – Who Are They Really Supporting?

The shocking levels of food poverty in the region has prompted the Lancashire Telegraph to launch a campaign calling on readers to back local foodbanks. Pony up some groceries for the poor folks, shoppers! They fall into three categories, apparently. And since the Left adore anecdote, while sneering at its use by anyone else, we can’t just be told what those categories are, can we? Here are some stories of…

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The Return Of The Poll Tax..?

March 2, 2013 18 Comments
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Local authorities have conceded that up to 84% of people on low incomes will refuse to pay council tax after being caught in the net by benefit changes this April, and admit there is little they can do about it. Really? It seems to me there’s a lot they can do about it! Or is it more a case that there’s little they want to do about it, which is…

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Translation: “Woah, Gravy Train, Watch Out For Those Buffers!”

December 8, 2012 4 Comments
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Racism remains a significant issue in Wales, with many incidents going unreported, a new study out today has said. The research commissioned by the Race Council Cymru… Ah. Right. There’s a disinterested, objective party, eh? … suggests experiences of ethnic minorities show racism is not being challenged or tackled. Because only ethnic minorities ever experience racism. Of course. It is a view supported by the Swansea Bay Regional Equality Council……

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“It affects everywhere, and action is necessary everywhere.”

October 22, 2012 7 Comments
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‘It’ being the scourge of drugs. Of course. Given the threat of drugs, you can excuse anything – even this: Ten police officers with a sniffer dog swooped on a secondary school and searched 2,000 pupilsamid drug rumours.The squad of officers, along with teachers and a sniffer dog, were involved in the unannounced mass search. How many drugs did they find? Errr… The operation was carried out at Ivybridge Community College…

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes…

September 19, 2012 3 Comments
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Their names are Claire, Billy, Amira, Sydnee, Trey. Regular east London kids, some of the many who came along to the Poplar Boys and Girls Youth Club in Tower Hamlets during two days in August to have their pictures taken, and to say what they thought child poverty in the UK was and how they felt about it. Yes, it’s the good old ‘Guardian’ carrying water for the fakecharities yet…

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Words Of Wisdom From ‘CiF’: “Eeeeew! Work! Yuk!”

September 5, 2012 6 Comments
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So says Ellie Mae O’Hagan, who according to her bio ‘currently works with Unite the Union on its community membership project, which aims to unionise the unemployed’. Oh and she’s also ‘an active member of UK Uncut’. I guess we can see why she has such a downer on the concept of paid employment? A few weeks ago, some friends and I were swapping tales about the worst jobs we’d…

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“You’ll Go To Bed Early With No Supper..!”

June 30, 2012 1 Comment
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“….not because you’ve been bad, it’s just easier and cheaper for us…” Elderly and disabled people are being put to bed earlyin a bid to save cash, the Daily Echo can reveal.And one Winchester pensioner has now complained his human rights are being neglected as he has been left in bed for 15 hours per day. Some have received visits from home helps and been fed, washed and put to…

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Who Better To Tell The Government Their Policy Proposals On Benefits Won’t Work…

May 26, 2012 2 Comments
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…than John Sutherland, a Professor Emeritus of Modern English Literature at UCL? When asked why he gave money to beggars who would only spend it on drink, Samuel Johnson replied: “And why should they be denied such sweeteners of their existence?” I care not what Samuel Johnson does with his own money. Or what anyone else does with their own money. But this is tax money, extorted from the hardworking…

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Positively The Least Persuasive Argument Against ‘The Cuts’ Ever!

May 22, 2012 3 Comments
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Britain’s greatest Paralympian, Lady Tanni Grey-Thompson, has warned that disability benefit cuts will affect the development of top athletes and undermine the Games’ key legacy aim of widening access to sport for disabled people. *sigh* Nice try, love, but it’s not really up there with the ‘disabled people will starve in the gutters or commit suicide!’ hyperbole we’ve been hearing non-stop, is it? Her comments were backed by other Paralympians.…

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Disability Hysteria

February 17, 2012 18 Comments
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The ‘Guardian’ has been running a string of increasingly more and more strident and alarming articles warning of the terrible consequences of the ConDem actions to change the welfare bill, feeding from pressure groups for the disabledwho have been forecasting woe and damnation for a while now. This culminated the other day in some ‘reader stories’ from the contributors to those threads. Let’s just take the first one as representative,…

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‘London More Expensive Than Birmingham’ SHOCK!

February 16, 2012 9 Comments
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More than twice as many families in one London borough will be hit by the £26,000 benefits cap as in the whole of Birmingham, it was revealed today. Well, blow me down! Who’da thunk it? Minister for children and families Sarah Teather, who is Liberal Democrat MP for Brent Central, has warned that the cap could force people out of their homes and was absent during the key votes on…

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No, We Aren’t Becoming More ‘Left Wing’…

February 3, 2012 3 Comments
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Penny Young has the unenviable task of trying to break the news to CiF readers that the UK isn’t becoming more left-leaning and sympathetic to those looking to live off the sweat of others: Why are David Cameron and Iain Duncan Smith so confident that they can push through their welfare changes, capping benefits at £26,000, despite last’s night resounding rejection by the House of Lords? The answer might be…

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