Why Victoria-era diseases are on the rise in England
Why Victoria-era diseases are on the rise in England
Child Poverty Report Reveals Two-Thirds Of Poor Children Have Working Parents http://huff.to/1M7eG98 via @HuffPostUK
Low wages, high rents, soaring bills and cost of living, cuts in services, everyone in the country understands the cause of poverty – with the exception of our government apparently, the cause of the low wages, high rents, soaring bills and cuts in services. Why isn’t the government being taken to task for their wholesale failures? Shifting blame onto the victims of their policies just adds insult to injury. How do we get the government to carry out the job they were elected to do? They are supposed to be elected representatives NOT an elected dictatorship.
40% of British families ‘too poor to play a part in society’ http://gu.com/p/45xyz/stw
As usual the government says one thing but does the opposite. Mr Cameron says he wants to bring about full employment. Small and medium sized businesses employ about half the working population. They are going under due to unaffordable business rates (government responsibility) and the latest cut, the abolition of Sick Pay Compensation, which will also impact elderly and disabled people who employ their own carer’s. The abolition of Sick Pay Compensation legislation, in the government’s customary fashion with damaging legislation, was sneaked through as quietly as possible with little attention from the mainstream media. Policies which put small businesses out of business with resultant loss of jobs reduce GDP, reduce tax income, increase unemployment, reduce competition and consumer choice, and make everyone poorer. Yet these are the types of policies our governments persistently pursue.
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Financier and CEO Peter Schiff said, “People don’t go hungry in a capitalist economy.” The 16 million kids on food stamps know what it’s like to go hungry. Perhaps, some in Congress would say, those children should be working. “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” insisted Georgia Representative Jack Kingston, even for schoolkids, who should be required to “sweep the floor of the cafeteria” (as they actually do at a charter school in Texas).
The callousness of US political and business leaders is disturbing, shocking. Hunger is just one of the problems of our children. Teacher Sonya Romero-Smith told about the two little homeless girls she adopted: “Getting…
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This is supposing the 21 year old is financially independent from then on (hahaha).
A secretary’s pay is about £16k per annum. Many lower paid workers, mainly women are on less than this.
Our government tells us that work is the way out of poverty. Our wages are not sufficient to live in Britain.
The problem is the cost of living is too high.
The figures speak for themselves. This is a problem for the government to solve. Either bring pay levels up to the level that people can afford the cost of living or bring the cost of living down.
Raising the pay of all lower paid workers to the £26k average would be a start.
Bringing the cost of accommodation down is also needed.
But most of all the government should abandon policies which increase poverty. Freeze above inflation price rises – not pay. Support local enterprises, creating jobs and scrap red-tape strangling small businesses. Drop further education fees to a level a worker on £15k could feasibly afford – so that the workforce can afford to train up for better jobs. Tax people who have homes they under-occupy -such as second homes apart from the main residence which is used as a holiday residence and unoccupied most of the time. Stop diverting our taxes, money, the life- blood of the economy out of the country. We live here. We are taxed here. Those taxes should be spent here. And ban 6-figure salaries for anyone paid out of the public purse. That is a complete waste of money when there is no shortage of competent people who would be willing and able to do the job for less.
Stop adopting policies which increase poverty. And wasting tax payers money on propaganda telling poor people it is their own fault. It is only their own fault for deferring to and supporting incompetent or corrupted government.
The blame for our present situation hangs totally on the government. It is time they did the job they were employed to do.
– then they won’t have the time , energy or resources for insurrection.
I wonder …
It can take a lifetime for a poor person to work their way out of poverty. After a lifetime of work they might just have become comfortably off, able to relax a little from a lifetime’s work, and have something to leave their children, so that their children can start a little way up the ladder, and not spend their lifetime working and living in poverty.
Even the poor can raise themselves given a chance.
But if they did, say an entire working class group of people did, where would you get the workers to work for joke wages, year after year, decade after decade? When workers reach a certain standard of wages, work and living conditions, they will resist working for anything less.
You don’t want the children of the poor to raise themselves out of poverty. You want them to spend their lifetime’s too, scrabbling for a pittance, living in cramped conditions just like their parents did.
You devise ways to make sure one generation who raised themselves from poverty cannot pass on their wealth, worked for and amassed over a lifetime to their children.
You don’t repeat the mistakes you made in allowing that one generation to lift themselves. You take those opportunities away. You take away access to education, decent affordable housing, reliable free health care, self-education opportunities and libraries. You flood the labour market with cheap labour so that only the elite can access jobs paying higher than subsistence. You make it impossible for people to by-pass the system by starting up their own businesses.
You infiltrate charities and divert the bulk of those resources, given in compassion and to help others, into the pockets of your own elite.
When all else fails, you just steal their money, in complex white collar crimes, which are difficult to unravel, and which the establishment just “does not have the resources” to investigate.
Those silly, trusting, hard-working serfs with their naive faith in the value of hard work and social justice.
Why they ever thought they would be allowed to work their way out of the gutter and make a better life for their children.