Summer of apathy


More on the summer of indifference this time from London Coalition Against Poverty with a Week of Action on the Welfare Abolition Bill March 7 - 15. What are they protesting about, see my bold in red quoted from their website

London Coalition Against Poverty, Disabled People’s Direct Action Network and Feminist Fightback are calling on all groups concerned with the eroding of our welfare rights to take part in a week of action against the Welfare Reform Bill, renamed by us as the Welfare Abolition Bill.

As the government has bailed out the banks and rewarded the bosses with big bonuses they have been stealthily pushing through a bill that will virtually abolish welfare for single parents and disabled people. Poor people are being made to pay for the financial crisis caused by the rich.

The bill proposes a number of Draconian changes including:

* Introducing a compulsory work for benefits system in a US-style workfare scheme
* Privatising more of the JobCentre Plus to companies which will be paid more the less benefits they award.
* Increased punishments for claimants
* Cuts on carers’ allowance
* Forced 2-parent registration on birth certificates, including for survivors on violence
Why do 'Days of Action' invariably involve people sitting around doing nothing?

Mind you, they do have a point. There's a lot of people on the dole all of a sudden who'd never plan to be and beating them with the poor stick isn't going to help social cohesion when we're splashing mega-bucks on the cnuts responsible at the same time.

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