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Imagine if you didn’t vote

Imagine if you didn't vote

Imagine if you didn’t vote

Imagine if that meant David Cameron became Prime Minister AGAIN

Imagine if that meant David Cameron became Prime Minister AGAIN

Scary isn't it?

Scary isn’t it?

So make sure you’re registered to vote because the General Election is on 7th May 2015.  Then make sure you vote.  If you don’t know who to vote for then do some research and vote for the party you dislike the least.  It may not be a perfect party but at least you have a chance of being represented in Parliament.  Then contact your MP if there are any issues you need sorting out in Parliament.  If your MP doesn’t listen you can report them.

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David Cameron seeks re-assurance on screwing the sick, poor & disabled during UN Inquiry

David Cameron seeks reassurance on screwing the sick, poor and disabled during UN Inquiry

David Cameron seeks reassurance on screwing the sick, poor and disabled during UN Inquiry

What do you think?  Is he doing enough?

He wants you to take his rigged survey today where there’s no space to enter your views.

Find out more about the UN Inquiry from here.

Show the evidence to your friends.  Feel free to discuss here.

Dodgy Duncan’s lies nailed!

Dodgy Duncan's lies nailed!

Dodgy Duncan’s lies nailed!

This is the IDS famous interruption of Owen Jones reading out a list of the dead. What IDS wasn’t expecting was for someone to go through his claims and prove them wrong one at a time.  Watch the updated version with a brand new ending here.

Plus..

A report of Iain Duncan Smith’s biggest failures
Report into abuse of statistics by the Department for Work and Pensions and UK Government Ministers
Evidence of Tory Government ‘grave and systemic abuse’ against disabled people being investigated by the United Nations

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Cameron accused of trying to buy election with shady deals

Cameron accused of trying to buy election with shady deals

Cameron accused of trying to buy election with shady deals

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/wider-political-news/cameron-accused-of-using-shady-money-from-donors.25142308

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Tories scrapping pesky Human Rights if they win election

Tories scrapping pesky Human Rights if they win election

Tories scrapping pesky Human Rights if they win election

They’re banking on YOU not voting to help them win the election

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2013/sep/30/conservitives-scrap-human-rights-act

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;
Easy read report;
A summary report;

Evidence – Just Fair. Online Survey of Disabled People and allies. Excel Version.
http://alturl.com/6uprz

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 1 (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/27q9c

Evidence – Just Fair. Online survey of disabled people and their allies. Part 2. (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/pd4qb

Evidence – Just Fair. Emailed case-studies from disabled people and their allies. (DOCX)
http://alturl.com/6cw8i

Evidence for UN which can be verified via the families contactable via the original reports
http://alturl.com/g5pm2

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
policymaking.”

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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Listen to Tory plans to tax low-paid same as BANKERS

Tory plans to tax low-paid same as BANKERS caught on tape!

Tory plans to tax low-paid same as BANKERS caught on tape!

{Thanks to Alan for the link}
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/listen-tory-oliver-letwin-letting-3933116

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Why the Tories won* the 2010 election

why

The vast majority aren’t represented in this graph as they didn’t vote – but that doesn’t stop a party getting into power.