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From balancing the books and running a budget surplus to delivering a strong NHS, the past two years included plenty of broken pledges.
1 Promise : We will balance the books by 2017 and then run a budget surplus.
Reality : The deficit is still £50billion a year and will not even be closed by 2020.
2 Promise: We will not increase VAT, Income Tax or National Insurance Contributions.
Reality : Chancellor hiked NICs in first Budget before being shamed into a U-turn a week later.
3 Promise : We will work to end child poverty.
Reality : Child poverty is on the rise and forecast to get even worse when new welfare cuts kick in.
4 Promise : We will deliver a strong NHS.
Reality : Waiting times have soared, A&E is in meltdown and medics were forced to strike. Have a look how bad things are in YOUR area.
5 Promise : We will cut net migration to below 100,000 people a year.
Reality : Migration is running at 273,000 a year.
6 Promise : We will safeguard British interests in the EU single market.
Reality : Theresa May is pulling us out of the single market as part of her plan for Brexit .
7 Promise : We will protect schools funding.
Reality : Funding is being cut by 6.5% with many inner city schools facing even bigger losses.
8 Promise : We will boost mental health funding.
Reality : Only half of mental health trusts say they received a real-terms increase to budgets.
9 Promise : We will abolish long-term youth unemployment.
Reality : Latest stats show 80,000 aged 16-24 have been unemployed for more than 12 months.
10 Promise : We will recover £500million a year from migrants who use the NHS by the middle of the next Parliament.
Reality : Barely half of that is being recovered.
11 Promise : We will give workers the right to three days’ volunteering leave a year on full pay.
Reality : It never happened.
12 Promise : We will increase British exports to £1trillion by 2020.
Reality : Now admit target will not be hit.
13 Promise : We will ban wild animals in circuses.
Reality : Tory MPs blocked the Bill in Parliament.
14 Promise: We will ensure the NHS has enough staff to meet patients’ needs.
Reality: NHS has a staffing crisis while pay rises for key workers are still pegged below inflation.
15 Promise : We will clamp down on dangerous extremists with new Extremism Disruption Orders.
Reality : Counter-Extremism Bill never appeared as lawyers failed to agree a definition of “extremism”.
16 Promise : We will introduce a new Victims’ Law to enshrine key rights for victims of crime.
Reality : It never happened.
A CHARTER FOR DEREGULATION
AN ATTACK ON JOBS
AN END TO DEMOCRACY
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive free trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated – in secret – between the European Union and the USA. As officials from both sides acknowledge, the main goal of TTIP is to remove regulatory ‘barriers’ which restrict the potential profits to be made by transnational corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.
Yet these ‘barriers’ are in reality some of our most prized social standards and environmental regulations, such as labour rights, food safety rules (including restrictions on GMOs), regulations on the use of toxic chemicals, digital privacy laws and even new banking safeguards introduced to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis. The stakes, in other words, could not be higher.
This booklet, written by John Hilary, Executive Director of War on Want, explains in short what TTIP is and how it will affect the lives of all of us if it comes into force. It’s also available in French, German, Greek, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese versions here.
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Begging is illegal on the streets yet the Tories permit themselves to do it..
The articles thought to have been breached by the Tories are as follows:
* The right to independent living –
(UNCRPD Article 19)
* The right to work –
(ICESCR Article 6 and UNCRPD Article 27)
* The right to fair and just conditions of employment –
(ICESCR Article 7 and UNCRPD Article 27)
* The right to social security –
(ICESCR Article 9)
* The right to social protection –
(UNCRPD Article 28)
* The right to an adequate standard of living –
(ICESCR Article 11 and UNCRPD Article 28)
Here is a collection of evidence but the UN will be gathering even more:
There are three versions of a report are available on the Just Fair website:
The full report rigorously examines the available evidence in the light of the obligations contained within ICESCR and UNCRPD, and also draws on the experience of disabled people. Key quotes from the report include the following:
The right to independent living
“There is prima facie evidence that [the local housing allowance and the size criteria in social housing] are retrogressive,
threatening disabled people’s occupation of accessible and affordable housing to enable them to live independently, exercising their right to choose where they live on an equal basis with others.”
“…. when evaluating the Government’s final decision to proceed with the closure of the [Independent Living Fund]… any change in support that threatens fund users’ enjoyment of the right to independent living would constitute impermissible
retrogression in relation to UNCRPD Article 19.”
“Given the critical role of social care services in facilitating independent living, we recommend that the Government ensures
sufficient investment is directed towards ensuring that disabled people receive the support they need to exercise their right
to independent living.”
“Despite the complexity and limitations of cumulative impact assessments, the evidence does appear to show that the JCHR’s
concerns about the cumulative impact of a number of reforms and policy changes on independent living have been realised. If
disabled people are hit by two, three, four or even more separate changes to benefits, social care and other services, they
lose much of the support they need to live independently in the community in terms of UNCRPD Article 19.”
“…. the importance of fulfilling disabled people’s right to independent living is such that serious consideration should be
given to incorporating UNCRPD Article 19 (and related international human rights protections) into UK domestic law. This could be done so as to provide an overarching statutory duty on all areas of Government to take account of the need to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to independent living, and a duty to avoid retrogression, in all relevant
The rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living
“… there continue to be significant barriers to disabled people’s access to the labour market, compromising their enjoyment of
the right to work and the right to fair and just conditions of employment.”
“The key concern in relation to employment and support allowance, and the operation of the work capability assessment, is that the structure of the benefit and the frequency of inaccurate assessments leaves many people with long term health conditions in a no-man’s land – neither eligible for out of work benefits nor able to undertake paid work. This failure to provide income replacement benefits to disabled people and people with long term health conditions when they are unable to work constitutes a failure to respect, protect and fulfil disabled people’s right to social security … and, for many disabled people, their right to an adequate standard of living….”
“[Disabled people] are disproportionately affected by the reduced availability of advice services, which has an impact on
their enjoyment of their… right to social security and, for many, an adequate standard of living.”
“There are a number of factors that increase the risk of disabled people becoming destitute, which reflect a failure to comply
with the minimum core obligations under ICESCR and UNCRPD and to guarantee their rights to social security, social protection and an adequate standard of living…. appropriate recommendations include refocusing the ethos and performance management of DWP and JobCentre Plus so that their primary responsibility is to ensure claimants are able to support themselves and their families – by being supported to enjoy their rights to work, to social security and to an adequate standard of living…”
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