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Kwartengs Mini Budget Declares Class War Upon The Poorest

The news of todays mini budget and the latest increase in interest rates has left me feeling rather anxious for the well-being of the lesser well off, disabled and elderly.

Introduction

Household budgets for the poorest are already stretched to the point of breaking by the ever increasing cost of living and as usual the poorest are paying the highest cost as a result.

Please note, I’m not just writing about working people as most journalists reporting on this appear to be doing. I’m including everyone that is unable to work for whatever reason that may be albeit disability or commitments and so on.

Everyone matters not just the few.

Bank of England increases interest rates.

Today the Bank of England has increased UK base rates by 0.5% points from 1.75% to 2.25% making it the highest that it’s been since 2008. The effect of this will be felt by everyone that are already struggling financially.

At the same time the government has announced that they’ve removed the cap for bankers bonuses therefore enabling the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.

It’s incredulous that despite the amount of proven evidence, the Bank of England is still refusing to believe that those making obscene profits need to be dealt with to bring down inflation.

Those making such profits can very easily afford to do so, but instead the burden of inflation is being put upon the shoulders of those that are already struggling to cope financially.

The Bank of England not only has a duty to sustain and build an economy but this needs to be a priority.

It’s essential to the well-being of the UK to have a healthy economy, an economy that financial investors, businesses and organisations from around the world want to invest in. This is common sense, it keeps things going. Without this it stops, everything stops, leaving the UK a bad place to invest in which is what we are seeing at the moment.

Brand UK is rendered completely toxic leaving it the economic pariah of the western world.

Tackling Increasing Costs.

So far this year an excess of £15 billion in profits has been made by the energy sector alone. This profiteering off the backs of the poorest and most vulnerable needs to stop now. Instead the profits should be used to bring energy prices down and adequate financial help given to everyone struggling with these costs.

For example, back in June Rishi Sunak announced that households on Universal Credit will be given £1,200 a year extra to cover the increasing fuel bills and increasing cost of living. Whilst he failed to tell the public that he’d already stripped £1,000 a year away from them.

Benefits increased for some by 3.1% but at the same time inflation had already risen by 10% so this was of no real benefit for those in desperate need. It’s the same old Tory tactic of giving in one hand whilst taking with the other at the same time.

Sunack might have fooled some and I bet he felt very pleased about this, however it hasn’t been ignored by financial campaigners, the public and opposition MPs and politicians.

Fuel Bills

The government announced that there will be freeze in the cost of energy bills, trying to paint themselves as the good Samaritans, that they’re doing their best to help the public.

They deliberately omitted to announce that the average person will become £1,450 a year worse off unable to keep up with the increased costs. This will come as a shock when people see the reality that instead of a freeze or rollback they will be faced with a 25% rise in energy costs in October.

At the same time the help so far offered by the government won’t even come close or anywhere near to help tackle this, it’s an insult. The low paid will get £550 in financial help from the government, despite facing a £1,300 rise in fuel bills and increasing cost of living expenses.

Disabled people will suffer the most and yet the help offered to them is of no consequence and won’t make a difference.

Children, adults, disabled people and the elderly will be faced with spending the winter unable to heat their homes and feed themselves. This will undoubtably result in illness and even death, thus increasing the burden upon our NHS.

Stamp Duty

Whilst lower paid workers struggle to buy a house and pay their mortgages the government announced today that they’re getting rid of stamp duty on homes worth £250,000 and more. This will have no benefit whatsoever for the public except the rich.

Wealth doesn’t trickle down, it stays at the top leaving only the wealthiest to profit.

Mortgages

Fixed rate mortgages will remain the same until the fixed rate changes.

Variable mortgages will increase by £25 per month per £100,000 of the mortgage.

These changes will be implemented in the near future.

Kwartengs mini budget is a budget created for only the top 1% of this county, it’s cruel beyond belief and it’s abhorrent that they’re implementing this at the time of a national cost of living crisis.

The UK is broken, toxic to most of the western world.

The poorest are getting poorer, poverty levels are increasing at astonishing levels, charities and organisations left to pick up the pieces whilst at the same time struggling to survive.

This is a direct announcement of class war at a scale that hasn’t been seen before in modern times.

Instead of blaming the poorest, all blame needs to be directed at the government. It’s essential that we all join together working and not working and declare that enough is enough.

The UK is broken and we need to get it back.

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Rule Changes For Working Universal Credit Claimants To Start Next Week

***Mention Of Suicide***

As from next week the DWP are set to make changes for working Universal Credit claimants These rules if applicable could well see already working claimants being forced to undergo more job searching commitments and to look for a better paid job.

From the 26th September 2022 onwards there will be an increase in the Administration Earnings Threshold (AET). This threshold ultimately decides which work search group people that claim Universal Credit are placed in. This then results in decisions being made as to how many hours they are required to look for work whilst already working. This also applies to job seekers not working but placed in the intensive work search group.

It is estimated that around 114,000 people will be moved from the ‘light touch’ work search group to the ‘intensive work search’ group. From September 26, the earnings rate is being increased from £355 to £494 per month and from £567 to £782 per month for joint claimants

If their working income total is above these rates the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions) will move working claimants into the ‘light touch’ work search group.

If a claimants working income total falls below these thresholds, they will be placed into the ‘intensive work search’ group. Whilst in the intensive work group they will undoubtably be put under more pressure to find more work and ask for more hours, if they don’t do as is asked of them this can result in their Universal Credit payments being sanctioned.

Each person that is moved into the intensive work group will then be informed about the amount of hours they will be expected to search for more work and they will also be asked to show evidence of their job searching and what is expected of them

Then Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey said the new approach will “help claimants get quickly back into the world of work while helping ensure employers get the people they and the economy needs”.

Unbelievably Coffey makes the above statement ignoring the fact that these working Universal credit recipients are already working extremely hard, often with more than one job. They don’t need introducing to the ‘world of work’ they’re already aware, they’re in it.

Coffey went on to say “Helping people get any job now, means they can get a better job and progress into a career. Way to Work is a step change in our offer to claimants and employers, making sure our Jobcentre network and excellent work coaches can deliver opportunities, jobs and prosperity to all areas of the country.”

Her statement proves that she has absolutely no idea of what the ‘world of work’ is really like. Employees can’t ask for more hours and receive them easily like she says.

Most low paid work is now part time, full time work is very hard to find. This inevitably results in people forced to work two or even three jobs to get more hours to reach the targets expected by the DWP. Coffey also omits to say that many employers also can’t afford to increase wages and employees work hours.

Universal Credit claimants are paid poverty wages hence why they have to apply for Universal Credit to top their wages up in the first place, they do essential jobs that the rich wouldn’t do and are often overlooked. Most are already working the maximum amount of hours that they already can work and to expect them to find more work immediately is completely unreasonable and is unrealistic.

Universal Credit recipients can’t drop prior commitments whenever the DWP requests them to find more work, it’s an impossibility for them to do so. Commitments are largely based around care for children or a loved one and the physical ability to be able to work, they’re already doing as much as they can physically do for very little, if any financial reward.

Whilst typing this I’m reminded of a conversation that I had a few years ago with a man that was told to search for more work and to commit to the job search rules. He was working difficult shifts, both night and day shifts and was exhausted.

Sadly he fell asleep whilst sat looking for work on his computer and his work coach sanctioned him for being a hour short of his job search commitments. This resulted in him loosing everything and eventually his life.

I don’t need to tell you that this shouldn’t be happening. I fear that this is yet another tactic employed by the government to unfairly push people away from claiming social security, to punish them for being poor. After all they don’t have any regard for their wellbeing this has been proven time and time again.

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Good Law Project To Sue Ofgem

I’m a bit late publishing this my apologies.

I wish the Good Law Project every success. Ofgem have acted terribly and have failed in their duty to protect the consumer and to file important reports that should have been submitted before their announcement last week.

Good Law Project To Sue Ofgem

I’m a bit late publishing this my apologies.

I wish the Good Law Project every success. Ofgem have acted terribly and have failed in their duty to protect the consumer and to file important reports that should have been submitted before their announcement last week.

Good Law Project To Sue Ofgem

I’m a bit late publishing this my apologies.

I wish the Good Law Project every success. Ofgem have acted terribly and have failed in their duty to protect the consumer and to file important reports that should have been submitted before their announcement last week.

Good Law Project To Sue Ofgem

I’m a bit late publishing this my apologies.

I wish the Good Law Project every success. Ofgem have acted terribly and have failed in their duty to protect the consumer and to file important reports that should have been submitted before their announcement last week.

Good Law Project To Sue Ofgem

I’m a bit late publishing this my apologies.

I wish the Good Law Project every success. Ofgem have acted terribly and have failed in their duty to protect the consumer and to file important reports that should have been submitted before their announcement last week.

Good Law Project To Sue Ofgem

I’m a bit late publishing this my apologies.

I wish the Good Law Project every success. Ofgem have acted terribly and have failed in their duty to protect the consumer and to file important reports that should have been submitted before their announcement last week.

Good Law Project To Sue Ofgem

I’m a bit late publishing this my apologies.

I wish the Good Law Project every success. Ofgem have acted terribly and have failed in their duty to protect the consumer and to file important reports that should have been submitted before their announcement last week.

Cost Of Energy Forces Small Businesses To Shut. The UK Economy Is Broken With No Sign Of Rescue

Not only are millions of people going to be cold and hungry due to the ever increasing cost of energy. Small businesses will be forced to shut because they will no longer be able to pay the extortionate energy costs forced upon them.

Small businesses are hugely important to local economies. They bring growth and innovation to communities. They also help to boost economic growth by providing employment opportunities for people that might find working for big businesses difficult.

The pandemic had a very detrimental effect upon small businesses forcing many to shut their doors The surviving ones are now facing a new struggle, vastly rising energy costs combined with the also increasing cost of living.

There is no price cap given to small businesses and many are now being forced to pay astronomically high energy bills without any help offered by the government and prospective Prime Minister candidates.

Increasing their prices aren’t the answer either. Theres only so much that a customer will pay before walking away having to shop elsewhere. This will leave many small businesses little option but to shut. This will render both business owners and employees unemployed forced to claim social security, undoubtably leaving them at the mercy of the DWP providing little if any understanding and support.

No longer can we take for granted that the local chippy down the road will still be open, the local pub might be forced to shut, the local cafe or restaurant even hairdressers as well, leaving town centres and local communities desolate places providing nothing for the community.

It’s easy to dismiss the importance that local economies play in the bigger scale. They’re vital for the growth of the national economy and their closure will effect it greatly.

Rumours of an upcoming recession have been murmured by financial organisations for quite a while. This is resulting in some big businesses to no longer trade with the UK.

The announcement that we are facing a recession caused many to rethink their investment strategies after all who’s going to want to trade with a country in deep financial trouble?

It’s not only small businesses that are being affected though, some larger businesses are facing financial difficulty leaving investors to sell their shares and walk away leaving them in a very difficult predicament indeed either forcing them to be shut or taken over by another business larger than themselves.

I fear that the upcoming recession has been greatly underplayed by the government. It’s going to be devastating for the country as a whole and along with the effects of Brexit the pariah of the western world, after all who in their right mind would want to invest in the UK when it’s in such a mess.

Small businesses need financial help to enable them to conduct business as soon as possible but I don’t expect the government to care, after all they value nothing but themselves and their tax dodging friends.

Enough Is Enough.

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