Crippling Austerity, Financial Cuts … Yet £490mill To Change The Passport Colour!

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The Tories have been pushing an ideological austerity onto the public since they first gained office. If you were to listen to the Tories, the country’s financial situation is so poor we are on the verge of collapse, and the only way to rescue our land from financial ruin is to impose austerity.

To a Tory government austerity has a very simple meaning; cuts, cuts and more cuts. Cuts to vital public services, cuts to welfare systems and cuts to the poor. Oddly enough it also means cutting the taxes of the richest members of society.

This Thursday is to bring more cuts to spending, which were actually announced years ago by David Cameron and George Osbourne. Abhorrent cuts to disabled people, bereaved widows/widowers, low-income families and young people.

If you were to listen to Tory platitudes and rhetoric, you’d be led to believe that these cuts are vital. We are skint, and we need to start “living within our means”.

We are however one of the richest country’s in the world, and austerity is obviously an ideological choice targeting the poor. If it were anything other, why are the poor and disadvantaged the most targeted by these cuts? According to Resolution Foundation 80% of the tax cuts coming into force this Thursday go to well-off households, while 67% of benefit cuts fall on the poorest third:

What shocks me more considerably is the sheer brazenness of it. To claim we are so desperately in need of extra money that we must cut funding for the disabled and force young people out of their homes, while also giving millions worth in tax cuts to the richest of our society, is utterly ridiculous.

To make matters worse, we have recently heard that one of the first ideas that has been put forward upon triggering Article 50 is that our passport will now be changed back to its original blue colour!

We have just triggered Article 50, we are going to be leaving the EU and the single market; there is so much to do, so much to work out and so much to be organised. So naturally, the absolute highest priority should be changing the colour of our passports …

What’s that? It’s going to cost £500million!

In the same week that they remove Housing Benefit from 18-21 year olds – saving just £25 million in the first year, rising to £40 million by 2020 – people cry that we have enough money to spend £500 million changing the colour of our passports!

The money we save from taking this benefit away doesn’t even cover 20% of the cost of making our passports blue …

It makes me genuinely exasperated and angry to think that there will be 18-21 year olds struggling to pay rent, potentially faced with losing their homes and with nowhere to go being forced into the streets – just to chip in to the cost of making our passports blue.

Great Britain. The country where disabled people die, young people become homeless and parents starve to feed their kids; to pay for the colour-change of a passport.

“Why Haven’t You Killed Yourself Yet?”, Disgusting Questions Asked During Disgusting PIP Assessments

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It is absolutely shocking how badly Britain treats disabled people. The targeted abuse committed by the Tories in the name of ideological austerity goes deeper than most Britons would like to admit about our ‘great land’.

As most will know – in order to receive disability welfare, the seriously ill and disabled must attend a 15-minute long ‘tickbox’ interview conducted by a private company (paid by the taxpayer). It doesn’t matter how much evidence is provided by doctors and medical experts, if you fail this assessment, you have your welfare stripped and are pushed into looking for work.

It is a testament to the Tory ideology that they prefer a quick, automated system that ignores medical evidence, knowing it causes significant unnecessary stress for the disabled and ill. A UN inquiry into this system found that the UK government’s ideological austerity measures amount to “systematic violations” of the rights of disabled people. Unsurprisingly this report was largely ignored by the British people, who seem quite content to remain apathetic to our government’s human right violations, as long as it isn’t affecting them.

It is a particular assessment question that has brought this brutal piece of Tory austerity back into the limelight – “Why haven’t you killed yourself yet?”

Yes, you read that correctly; private, highly profitable companies are paid by the taxpayer to ask mentally and physically disabled people why they haven’t committed suicide yet … this is so blatantly sick, I am appalled at how much this issue has been ignored by the media and the general public.

Asking people with severe mental health issues why they haven’t yet killed themselves is dangerous, insensitive and quite simply sick. People shouldn’t have to justify their decision not to take their life, in order to prove they deserve support.

This question suggests that if you’re really that bad, why haven’t you done it yet? How can we take you seriously and give you welfare if we haven’t found you hanging from a rope in your bedroom?

There is something significantly disgusting about treating the ill and disabled as a burden and as a cut to be made, but actually asking them why they haven’t killed themselves yet in order to test ‘how disabled they are’ is a new level of sick and disturbed …

And do the public care? Due to the mainstream media not giving this scandal any coverage, and the British public’s habit of sticking their head in the sand if it isn’t happening to them, no they don’t.