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The government wants to save 12 billion on welfare. The taxpayer subsidises low wages to the tune of 11billion. But employers who give low wages aren’t vilified – they are given hand outs from the taxpayer to continue what they are doing – and undermining honest employers in the process. Another schizophrenic government policy.
Research published last week by Citizens UK found that companies in the UK are paying their workers so little that the taxpayer has to top up wages to the tune of £11bn a year. The four big supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Morrisons) alone are costing just under £1bn a year in tax credits and extra benefits payments.
This is a direct transfer from the rest of society to some of the largest businesses in the country. To put the figure in perspective, the total cost of benefit fraud last year was just £1bn. Corporate scrounging costs 11 times that.
Worse, this is a direct subsidy for poverty pay. If supermarkets and other low-paying employers know they can secure work even at derisory wages, since pay will be topped up by the state, they have no incentive…
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The anti-racist, anti-Fascist and anti-religious extremism organisation, Hope Not Hate, has this important piece about the Coalition’s stance on migrant slavery in the UK today, Which side of history will Britain be on slavery? Today is the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, but the article also reminds us that there are 36 million people in slavery around the world today, including, odiously, 13,000 migrant servants living here in the UK.
The article discusses how the Coalition voted out the Lords’ amendments to the Modern Slavery Bill. These included the rights for migrant domestic workers to leave the employers. Four years ago this same coalition refused to ratify the International Labour Organisation’s Convention, which would also have allowed migrant servants to leave their employers. Karen Bradey, the government’s minister for modern slavery and organised crime last week again refused appeals for the…
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Strange the way our government is throwing billions at foreign aid – even having to dump 6billion into the EU coffers and the World Bank because they can’t find enough things to spend it on, while British people who paid the taxes, are dying of hunger, cold, homelessness and medical neglect.
From this BBC report in 2003 “A 10% increase or 2.5m extra homes are needed to push the UK housing stock to the average levels in Germany, France and Italy”.
And by 2011 the situation hasn’t improved.
BBC News – Q&A: What is wrong with the housing market? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14715173
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