The Government's War on Welfare reaps destruction in its path but one heinous feature of this iniquitous 'reform' appears to have been completely igno...
Don't you just love Tory Britain? It seems that everyone except big business and the most affluent should bear the brunt of austerity, a botched economic theory which has failed whenever it has been applied. While ordinary folk are suffering from austere Osbornomics, the rich and big business are rubbing their hands with increased profits and bonuses.
We need a party that will stand by trade unions, not cut them adrift as they face yet another damaging setback for workers' rights at Grangemouth. We need a socialist party, a party that will fight as vigorously to defend the rights of the oppressed as the Tories do to defend the pockets of the privileged. Labour used to be these things, but no more.
DWP Ministers once more find themselves making a virtue out of a necessity as they announced on Saturday that the roll out of Personal Independence Payment would be slower than planned.
It is causing emotional and psychological turmoil among people who have little other than their communities and social networks to rely on.
How does the Tory-led government tackle the housing shortage crisis? Do the listen to housing and business experts and build more homes? No, they ignored these experts. Their solution to the housing shortage crisis is to manipulate the benefits system so that tenants on a low incomes pay for the housing crisis via cuts to Housing Benefit.
I don't doubt that across the UK this winter, austerity measures and rising fuel costs will put many pensioners with limited means in a horribly difficult position. However, at the same time I don't doubt that the same difficult decision will be faced by many younger adults, and children too.
The Waltons lived within certain moral bounds, but Breaking Bad and The Wire clearly have an alternate code because when we say they will do anything to bring money in to bolster their families, we soon find out that this mean anything.
Over a thousand people have written to their MP, asking them to attend an 'MP Capability Assessment' based loosely on the controversial Work Capability Assessment, which is currently being used to decide whether tens of thousands of people with long-term illnesses and disabilities should receive benefits.
George Osborne's latest announcement is that "austerity works" as though we are all just living in a snapshot of a nostalgic poster of post-war Britain. You sit at home in your coat. Drag yourself to the cooker to pour some tinned tomatoes over some cold pasta, and try not to hurl it across the room in frustration when your toddler tells you he doesn't want it. But there isn't anything else. But aren't we supposed to just keep calm and carry on? There's nothing cosy and nostalgic about missing days of meals, turning the heating off for two consecutive winters and every bloody day and night in between.
Our solution is different to the one proposed by the Taxpayers' Alliance. Labour is committed to introducing a Jobs Guarantee, funded by a bankers' bonus tax and restricting pension tax relief for those on the highest incomes.
Enter the search term "spare bedroom subsidy" and it returns 211,000 results. Reasonably impressive, you might think. But search for "bedroom tax" and you will find 1,120,000 results, more than five times as many. As with the poll tax, the public has decided which version they believe sums up the idea.
One of the reasons people's energy bills have increased so sharply in the last three years is because energy companies are now making much more profit than they were. In 2009, Britain's big six energy companies made just over £2billion in profit. Last year it was nearly £4billion. Overall, in the last three years, the energy giants have enjoyed a huge windfall of £3.3billion in extra profits. That £3.3billion on top of the profits they were already making. So the question people are asking themselves is why is David Cameron not stopping these companies from ripping people off? .
Wilts and Dorset's chapter has representatives from the local TUC, a number of activist groups and political parties. We do not wish to run in elections. We just want to make politicians notice the people they, willingly or otherwise, choose to forget.
If charges are necessary - and I don't run the NHS budget, so I don't know - then it needs to be done very carefully. There needs to be complete consideration of the principle of the NHS - that people who can't afford healthcare should not remain ill or unable to work for that reason.
In my opinion in these difficult financial times, it is imperative that the voluntary and community sector and councils work even more effectively together. They must strive to find common cause and not fall out.