When will it end?

Many Citizens go on about immigrants coming here taking the nations wealth and saying our own must come first but here is the thing, those same people could not give a shit about our own either as many long term ill and disabled many with some of the most deliberating conditions have been fighting a silent battle for the past 7 years with help from only the minority which is not enough.

There is now an abundance of evidence and reports across social media that makes it clear that what the Govt is doing is grossly wrong and a stain on the populace and is about to get a lot worse.

What does it take for the populace to unite? and fight this grave injustice on those who have done nothing wrong, but are made to live in poverty for the crime of becoming ill and/or disabled?

Does the populace of the United Kingdom really not care because I find that hard to believe ?

 

 

Disabled claimants told: 2 yrs to get job or be sanctioned for a year

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dwpp2The government is pressing ahead with the roll-out of its Universal Credit (UC) replacement to the benefits system in spite of huge delays and problems – and continuing problems so ingrained that foodbank use has increased sharply in every area where is has been implemented.

UC contains a draconian set of provisions, including a ‘Claimant Commitment’ (CC) – a set of imposed requirements to which the claimant has no right of appeal whatever. As the government’s guidance on CCs states:

There is no right of appeal if a claimant refuses to accept their Claimant Commitment and the requirements that have been set out in it.

A JCP adviser – who might be incompetent, inexperienced, bitter, have a personality clash with the claimant or just simply be having a bad day – is the final arbiter of whether a CC is reasonable and achievable, and even a patently bad decision…

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Video: don’t watch if you’re afraid of having your life changed (so pls do watch/share)

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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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Camden council: we ordered fire-proof #cladding but flammable fitted #Grenfell

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In breaking news, it has emerged that Camden council in London commissioned cladding works specifying that fire-resistant cladding panels be used – but its testing has revealed that the same, flammable HDPE (high-density polyethylene) panels were used in the works – turning a building into another potential Grenfell Tower.

Journalist Pete Apps broke the news on his Twitter feed:

apps camden.pngwith an image of a section from a council bulletin on the testing and the likelihood of consequent legal action:

apps camden2.pngAccording to Apps, the cladding contract was awarded to Rydon and sub-contracted to Harley Facades – the same arrangement as took place with Grenfell Tower. The council has announced the urgent removal of the panels from the Chalcot Estate:

camdengov.pngThis will come as grim news to survivors and neighbours of Grenfell Tower and will certainly feed into the Met’s criminal investigation.

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The #Grenfell ‘demolition order’ is not what it looks like

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There are a lot of rumours circulating on social media today about a ‘demolition’ notice found on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) website relating to Grenfell Tower in 2014:

DEM 14.pngThe SKWAWKBOX contacted RBKC about this and, although the initial answer from the council was an entirely non-responsive and unhelpful one about the causes of the fire, which had no relation to the question asked, eventually a relevant answer was received:

‘The building works under FP/14/03563’ relate to the refurbishment that are believed to be linked to the rapid spread of the fire, so the demolition notice is not completely irrelevant to the disaster, but it is not, at least according to…

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Excl: fire-safety expert ‘tests/inspections a sham’. Millions at risk #Grenfell #mustread

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tarling2.pngArnold Tarling

Fire-safety expert Arnold Tarling is a man who has found sudden and unlooked-for fame after a deeply-moving and equally worrying TV interview in which he broke down as he spoke of warning three years ago of the threat posed by the type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower and of bursting into tears at four in the morning last week when he saw the news of the terrible fire:

Tarling is clearly a man completely committed to keeping people safe – and something of an action man, who has been known to abseil down the sides of buildings to carry out safety checks, although all he says on the matter is, “I’m not your typical surveyor”.

Mr Tarling very kindly spoke at some length to the SKWAWKBOX about his fears for the safety of residents, the warnings he gave – and the vast, barely-scratched fire threat facing hundreds…

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Where are the empty homes in Kensington?

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Image: The Grenfell Tower fire. Natalie Oxford, Wikimedia Commons.

As the nightmare of the Grenfell Tower disaster continues to unfold, one of the many painful questions being asked by survivors is: ‘Where are we going to live now?’

Kensington & Chelsea Council have still been unable to give firm assurances that residents will be rehoused in the area, issuing a statement on Friday afternoon (later contradicted) that “Given the number of households involved, it is possible the council will have to explore housing options that may become available in other parts of the capital”.

On Friday, the Times reported that Jeremy Corbyn had an alternative solution. “Corbyn: seize properties of the rich for Grenfell homeless” ran its above-the-fold headline (£). This was not, of course, what Corbyn had actually proposed, as the article itself revealed. In a parliamentary debate, the Labour leader had suggested that “Properties must be found…

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