Disabled people: marginalised, dehumanised & declared fit to work

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Road To Somewhere Else

By Daniel Margrain

This time next month, council tax bill increases that average five per cent will have arrived on the door mats of millions of people. The low paid, unemployed and pensioners with fixed incomes will be among the hardest hit. But there is another group of people – the disabled – who will be hit even harder. This increase will likely push many of the most vulnerable of our citizens over the edge of an already gaping precipice that began widening following drastic reforms to the welfare system that followed the 2012 Welfare Reform Act. Further drastic cuts occurred four years later following the passing of the Welfare Reform and Work Act which, it has been estimated, will have cut nearly £28bn of social security support to 3.7m disabled people by 2018.

What film director Ken Loach described as the “conscious cruelty” of the Tory government seems…

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Exclusive: Clive Lewis on THAT tweet. #Grenfell

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Exclusive: Clive Lewis on THAT tweet. #Grenfell

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Last month, Clive Lewis became famous for his reaction to his huge General Election victory in the early hours of Friday 9 Hune.

Just a few days later, after the Grenfell Tower tragedy, he was in the headlines again for the brief, evocative tweet above that he sent out about the role that our economic and political system played in the deaths of so many residents in the ill-fated high-rise – and the need for that system to change.

It was a masterpiece of succinct political communication. It was also provocative enough to rouse the right-wing media – from Fawkes to the Daily Politics show and everything in between – to first attack it and then use it as a challenge to every Labour politician, even weeks later.

lewis reactsClive Lewis’ famous, endearing post-election celebration

Lewis has spoken exclusively to the SKWAWKBOX about that tweet, its meaning, its aim and the…

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Fire expert “ANYTHING will burn in govt #cladding test set-up” #Grenfell (video)

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Fire expert “ANYTHING will burn in govt #cladding test set-up” #Grenfell (video)

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Fire-safety expert Arnold Tarling has been in high demand – and taken to the nation’s hearts – since his TV interview in which he broke down as he described warning authorities about the risk of high-rise fires and of being woken at 4am with news of the terrible Grenfell Tower fire.

arnold-tarlingFire-safety expert Arnold Tarling

Tarling spoke exclusively to the SKWAWKBOX a few days after the fire and described the UK’s fire-safety testing regime as a ‘sham’ – and today he spoke again to this blog to expose the government’s ‘100 a day’ testing of cladding from high-rise buildings around the country as also a sham – of a very different kind:

The government is using completely the wrong type of test on the cladding material. It’s the type of test you use to find out how many calories are in an item of food! It has no relevance…

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Dare you to watch and share this life-changing, harrowing video

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A friend of mine pointed me to a video and said it had reduced him to tears. I watched it and it reduced me to tears.

If you’re afraid of being reduced to tears, don’t watch this.

If you’re afraid of being confronted with painful truth, don’t watch it.

If you’re afraid of having your life changed and being motivated to do, live, think differently, definitely don’t watch it.

But if you want to see what’s really going on, what really needs changing – why millions of people are suddenly inspired with dangerous hope of change by the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and Labour because things need changing – then you must watch it.

In this short video, journalist Jack Monroe tells her own story of live under austerity – a story that formed a key part of the research for the harrowing film I, Daniel Blake.

It’s vital…

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Dare you to watch and share this life-changing, harrowing video

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