Government interventions have actually pushed up energy prices

An extensive review of the UK’s energy sector suggests government interventions have helped pushed electricity costs higher for consumers. The independent review, commissioned by the government, was carried out by Oxford University professor Dieter Helm. Helm looked into each element … Continue reading Government interventions have actually pushed up energy prices

Six weeks for first UC payment is too long, says 74% of those polled including majority of Tory voters

Respondents to the poll were asked whether they thought the average six-week period new claimants are made to wait before receiving their first full payment is “an acceptable wait, or should the Government take steps to reduce waiting times?”. Just … Continue reading Six weeks for first UC payment is too long, says 74% of those polled including majority of Tory voters

Kensington & Chelsea Council spent £200k on petty dispute between millionaire families – “the very same amount it would have cost to fit a sprinkler system throughout Grenfell Tower”

Source: Private Eye Continue reading Kensington & Chelsea Council spent £200k on petty dispute between millionaire families – “the very same amount it would have cost to fit a sprinkler system throughout Grenfell Tower”

“Making work pay” is obscene political propaganda from the Tories, says AAV

The idea that the benefits system is too generous and that people will just go out and find jobs if the welfare system is slashed is one of the most pervasive right-wing economic myths. … Slashing Working Tax Credits, Housing … Continue reading “Making work pay” is obscene political propaganda from the Tories, says AAV

NHS charges “will deter ill people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.”

The system, designed to counter “health tourism”, requires medical staff to establish whether patients are eligible for state-funded healthcare before providing treatment. If they are not, patients must pay an upfront charge that is currently set at 150% of the … Continue reading NHS charges “will deter ill people from seeking life-saving treatment, and patients with infectious diseases could pass undetected.”

Doctor: “Checking patient passports creates a hostile environment and impacts already marginalised communities”

It’s clear that this policy isn’t being introduced because the UK has a problem with health tourism. It is being introduced as a convenient distraction to the massive cuts that the Tories have been carrying out since 2010. While this … Continue reading Doctor: “Checking patient passports creates a hostile environment and impacts already marginalised communities”

Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, ‘guinea pig’ councils say

The universal credit system is pushing poor tenants deeper into rent arrears and sending food bank referrals soaring, according to a study by two councils that have been guinea pigs for the new regime. Southwark and Croydon councils in south … Continue reading Universal credit behind rising rent arrears and food bank use, ‘guinea pig’ councils say