Council Tax in Wealthy Kensington and Chelsea

Many are kicking up a stink over Chris Williamson resignation and not bothering to research because if they did they will see he had a valid point.

He has proposed freezing council tax for the struggling many and increasing it for the wealthy few and that I agree.

If you look at the tax bands for year 2017/18 in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea you will see that the highest band H pays £880 a year less than Manchester City Council that is grossly unfair and it needs looking at even the lowest Band A is £300 more in Manchester


You will see that even when the tax bands for Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are GLA weighted they still come out a lot cheaper than many other councils across the UK so in my opinion Chris Williamson MP has a point why should they be subsidised against those in poorer homes of other councils.

This needs looking at



I have this morning been following the issue of Homelessness and in particular the comments made on the subject and to honest I have been appalled by many of them.

Most seen to blame the homelessness on immigration but that does not cut it and is just harking to tory ideology as there are many issues as the cause and is not immigration alone although that can be part of the issue as many homeless are immigrants too.

Maybe if this Tory Govt was not involved in the bombing of middle eastern nations they would not feel the need to come as indeed many immigrants trying to get here have said they want to go home and do tell me given the state of the UK why would they want to come and stay here anyway as we are hardly the great nation we used to be.

No there is more to homelessness than immigration alone and those who believe that is the singular cause clearly has not done their research.

  1. We have a housing issue where this Govt believes everyone should own, the fact many neither want to own or can afford to own matters not but sooner or later Govt is going to have to wake up to the fact Councils and LHAs have long waiting lists and there is a desperate need for a better mix of properties that includes Council/LHA.
  2. We need Councils to be given the powers to take ownership of the many houses that have been left empty for months on end so that they can be renovated and made habitable this also gives work to the unemployed including the homeless themselves.
  3. We need investment in mental health so that the homeless can be treated for depression, drug and alcohol abuse.
  4. We need changes to tory welfare reform that does nothing to help them back on the road to normality this is also a drain on the economy

These are just some of the issues that need collective thinking to solve the disgrace that is homelessness but there are no doubt may more but above all we need a compassionate society as that we have in us all even dare I say Mr May as she is after all a christian.

There is no excuse for homelessness none whatsoever and services should be intervening before citizens get to this point  and until we get our backsides in gear to sort it this will continue:

Atos’s PR company director wants me to phone him about one of my articles

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Atos don’t provide medical assessments for disabled people needing to claim support: they provide ‘functional’ assessments, as ‘disability analysts’, who ‘focus on what you can do, rather tan what you can’t.’

I wrote an article recently, which was published by Welfare Weekly, about the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) assessments. 

The editor of Welfare Weekly, Steven Preece, forwarded an email to me regarding my article, marked ‘high importance’. It said:

Subject: Atos FAO Sue Jones
Importance: High

Hi there, 

Please could you ask Sue Jones to give me a quick ring on 0141 221 0707 re the article in the link below. We represent Atos and I’d like to have a quick chat about a couple of point in the article which are inaccurate. 

Apologies for the email but I couldn’t find any numbers…

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Another Clusterfuck of a DWP Error totalling £500 Million

Firstly I say Clusterfuck as it is defined as “a disastrously mishandled situation or undertaking.” that just about sums it up as this is no small time mistake but a big one going back 6 years in that time you can default on a debt and it be written off as uncollectable under the 6 year rule however no one should ever allow the DWP to write this off because so many have suffered due to it whether that be due to unable to pay the rent or heat a home or indeed pay a bill and been stung with default charges.

Now the DWP knew about this a year ago yet it has only just been made public why ? my guess is because of the magnitude of the fuckup error and the cost involved to put right they will want to limit claims and the fact they are not asking you to contact them backs that up.

When this was made public last night a Friday Evening very few mainstream media reported it although I was surprised the first link I found was from the BBC make of that what you will, however it went largely unreported especially by Sky News and that remains the case as I write this and is simply not good enough it should have been all over press and media.

The BBC’s article was vague though and basically reported there was an issue but stopped short at how it came about or why it has taken so long to redress claimants of there rightful claims but none the less they reported it which encouraged me to dig deeper.

The DWP say there is no need for claimants to contact them as they are going though historical claims to find claims that were underpaid and payments are being made now I certainly would NOT accept this as you can bet many wrongful claims WILL BE missed so if you believe your claim was wrong write to them DO NOT EVER LEAVE IT TO THEM I can say this strong enough.

They are a Renegade Govt Department that cannot be trusted and the fact it is not being reported as it dammed well should be tells you all you need to know

I don’t know if my claim was wrong but it was around this time and suddenly stopped with no instruction what so ever in what to do this I still maintain was wrong because whilst I now understand that the contribution ESA was due to stop due to the stupid 365 day rule it carries given my SAH/Stroke and the utter confusion these claims bring I should have been informed and an income related form sent out this did not happen so the claim lapsed and I basically gave up as my brain could take no more the system was just too brutal for me too handle.

However I will be writing to them in light of this and I will let you know here what comes of it.

So finally to express again if you believe your claim to be wrong DO NOT leave it to them take action yourself and write to them they can only say either no you claim is correct or yes yours is wrong and we will put it right.

UPDATE 18th November 2017

Below is a link to a template letter drawn up by Nick Dilworth who is a disability and benefits advocate and hosted on DPAC website to assist in the recovery of lost entitlement due to the above it can be copied and pasted into word and the blanks filled in

Good Luck

Labour activist under further malicious attacks


In May, the SKWAWKBOX reported an attack on the Labour campaigner ‘Rachael Swindon’ (@rachael_swindon), in which a malicious, false report was made against her resulting in the suspension of the benefits she and her family received as a result of her husband’s disability.

As well as caring for her husband, Rachael is also one of the most influential social media activists in the UK, producing some of the hardest-hitting political ‘memes’ to the serious discomfort of the Tories and the Labour right. It is believed that the malicious report was made by a political opponent.

The report was investigated and benefits were eventually reinstated.

Things started to look up when social housing was made available to the family, who moved in about eight weeks ago. But now Rachael reports that a further malicious report has been made, this time alleging that her husband has been working while claiming…

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Attacks on SKWAWKBOX intensifying and desperate. Wonder why..


wilde enemiesA week ago, the SKWAWKBOX reported on the Murdoch Times using a decision by IPSO (the so-called Independent Press Standards Organisation) on a complaint made about smears in the Mail and S*n to attack this blog’s credibility. IPSO is funded and run by the mainstream press to create what has been called ‘the illusion of reform’ – Mail editor Paul Dacre is its recent chair.

That attack has now been repeated and intensified across the right-wing press including, yesterday, Murdoch’s S*n.

Ironically but unsurprisingly, the attack is itself fake news – fake news that hints at a certain desperation.

The news is fake because it cherry-picks parts of the decision and fails to mention the fact of IPSO’s funding and management in order to treat the organisation – which is not Leveson-compliant – as an independent and official arbiter.

bloggs ipsoIt omits, for example, the fact that the Mail – whose…

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Austerity is “economic murder” says Cambridge researcher

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Image result for austerity and deathsA research report, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open – theEffects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis, concludes that austerity cuts are correlated with an increase in mortality rates, confirming what many of us have proposed for some time. The research revealed that there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led “efficiency savings” than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-election levels.

The new study strongly suggests that austerity policies have caused 120,000 deaths. 

The joint research was conducted by Oxford, Cambridge and University College London, and it makes clear links between cuts in government health and social care spending and higher mortality rates in England. 

Cambridge University’s Professor Lawrence King, who contributed to the study, said: “Austerity does not promote growth or reduce deficits – it is bad economics. It…

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