August 6 update - Excuse Us, Mr Osborne; Public Assets are NOT Private Handouts
The first part of the post above concerned the rationale for Osborne continuing to slash the Welfare Budget whilst giving £93bil in Corporate Handouts; at the same time I also started a new petition on Change.Org demanding the Chancellor STOP this practice.
Last week the man responsible for managing the nations money justified the sale of RBS at an initial loss of a further £1bil and the Independent demonstrates how “Osborne wants to sell more public assets in 12 months than Britain has in the last 20 years!
Basically if we the people continue to do nothing the current UK Chancellor will make sure every public asset will soon be in one of his buddies private bank account; Is THIS what YOU really want?
If NOT join me in demanding these Private Handouts STOP NOW, and the money reinvested in Public Service
Related at NEWTEKWORLDNEWS;
RBS sale huge loss to taxpayer but hedge funds win big
It is no coincidence I use this example with IDS being the perpetrator, as it is again his department, the DWP, I am discussing today.
In November last year I introduced you to Burt, who with our support at DEAEP was transferred from WRAG, Work Related Activity Group, to the support group last December; since then Burt has received up to three letters a month plus texts reminding him of his “Back to Work” appointments!
Each month Burt has responded to each letter with a phone call saying “but I’m in the Support Group”, he has received an apology and a promise to rectify this from each call; yet it has continued.
Burt is a former career soldier who fought in wars all over the world, until being retired out with a crushed spine and severe PTSD, amongst other conditions; all contracted during his service. He isn’t a naturally timid man, he loved his Army life and willingly gave everything to “Queen & Country”, as his service record and the plethora of photographs and awards proudly displayed in his lounge demonstrate; and yet the persistent harassment he has experienced from the DWP in the past 2 years has left him joyless, feeling without purpose and literally unable to complain.
As Dame Anne alluded to regarding IDS, his actions which amount to bullying in my opinion, makes it difficult if not impossible to positively challenge the perpetrator(s); and this is the situation Burt is in.
Personally I can totally relate to this, and would suggest many readers and other claimants can also.
It is these dismissive attitudes and continuous intimidation by the DWP that creates the ‘Brown envelope Syndrome’, so well recognised by those of us unfortunate enough to claim benefits; it is also this oppression, and misuse of positions of power, that has contributed to the deaths of many us.
How much worse this is going to get following the closure of ILF and a budget which I believe initiates the removal of WRAG?
Being forced to deal with increasing poverty is physically and psychologically damaging enough without having to deal with this prejudice and discrimination from the DWP.
I find this particularly ironic that jobseekers (presumably including those who would have been placed in WRAG) are being mandated to participate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which claims to Stop negative thought cycles; I can’t help but think IDS, his ministers and the staff at DWP would benefit far more from CBT than claimants?
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