I won’t be involved in any new year celebrations. i don’t have the money and neither can I justify it whilst people are suffering. I was walking past Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre today. Two people stopped me. Both with the same story. They stopped my money at Christmas. I had nothing. I’ve tried to get an explanation from them but they are saying that I’m sanctioned but they won’t tell me why, they say they won’t help me. This isn’t unusual it’s an everyday event sadly. It has to stop. In light of this Im not making New Years resolutions but I feel that this government should make some. So here are some that You might think are appropriate.
The abolition of the cruel sanctioning system…. This is a cruel system and is meant to demoralise and punish the poor for being poor. We want it stopped too many people are suffering and dying as a result.
The abolition of the bedroom tax for everyone. This is a cruel and heartless tax to pay although they don’t call it a tax they call it the spare room supplement…. It echoes of the last when people were taxed for having too many windows.. So people used to brick their windows up.. Pity we aren’t allowed to brick the bedrooms up…
The abolition of the council tax supplement. This combined with the council tax prescribes a life of poverty and deprivation for anyone undergoing these extra costs.. No wonder people just cannot afford to pay their council tax… As a result local authorities use underhand bailiffs to collect the money. They bully intimidate and threaten innocent people who have had to make the choice of either eating or paying the council tax…. Eating of course wins every time. And quite rightly so.
The abolition of the so called fitness tests that are conducted by the DWP under the guise of the company ATOS and the like. Many many people have died as a result and no one should be persecuted for being ill.
The abolition of the selling of the NHS. Anyone saying that this is ok needs to question their financial situation… Will they be able to pay for all their medical care? I doubt it. The NHS is fantastic and the government needs to stop the withdrawal of funding and they need to stop the negative press that they keep feeding everyone.
The abolition of any plans to frack out gorgeous country. It won’t be nice once they start and that combined with no NHS is a recipe for disaster.
The list could go on forever. We need to bring back caring for each other, helping each other and knowing that we have the ability to stand up to this government and any future government.
And to the lady who stopped me today on the street and thanked me and my group for helping her I say to her… No thank you. Thank you for showing me that you are ok, that you have survived. One day she might be able to conquer her fear and stand up to the Job Centre bullies that have made her life hell this year.
Thank you to the people of Ashton Under Lyne. We love you. Even the ones that shout to us get a job… When it’s your turn to go into the job centre we will help you too.
To David Cameron, Iain Duncan Smith, Esther Mc Vey and their pals one day you will be held accountable for your crimes against humanity. One day you will and one day we will all be watching.