Unsustainable recovery

Unfortunately this latest publication proves me right in my thinking that the current trend of economic recovery is unsustainable. The figures make glum reading.

Public sector borrowing has risen to unexpected heights, the difference between exports and imports is record high. The chancellor is a brat and he knows it.

Public finances weakened in November, with public sector net borrowing – excluding the effect of bank bailouts – rising to £16.5bn, up from £15.6bn compared with the same month last year.

This is because Osborne thinks that government supporting private companies will help the economy and he thinks that companies re-invest the money in this country. How wrong can he be, if he does not raise taxes. Nobody, nobody will volunteer to HELP a country. Osborne fails to understand the fundamental principles of capitalism, which are sheer egoistic; it is the driving force behind it to get rich and not to give away.

Despite the strengthening economy, underlying public sector net debt rose to a new monthly record of 76.6% of gross domestic product.

It is also very disappointing BBC reporting, they describe a 0.3% increase in sales in November as encouraging. Considering that at this time of year people simply need new winter clothes and shoes, it is a very slight increase in sales. The statistics are not relating to previous and better sales figures to allow proper comparison.

Another cloud cuckoo land prediction is the latest publication on the BBC, that says Britain could be Europe’s largest economy by 2030, out-doing Germany.  This just completely ignores the weather-factor. Britain suffers increasingly bad weather, flooding, storms, where is this productivity supposed to settle in peace? This is just typical government-friendly propaganda, that the BBC spews out to support who else but David Cameron, the Great Pretender.

This government wants to collect less taxes and low taxes are supposed to attracts business. Yet taxes are needed to weatherproof buildings, especially public ones, build flood defences and help locals to cope in emergencies.

In this latest late 2013 BBC article it is stated that quality brands are cheaper in London than in China. However, that has to be weighed up against the lack of provision on our infrastructures and ability to withstand natural events as a nation. For the people that live here,providing sales services seems to be the only prospect. However this is not sustainable for long because if the houses sink in mud, the people can only go to work for a little while before the wet homes rob them of all their sleep.

Pension plan is not going to work

The government is planning to save billions by putting pension entitlement back even further and earlier as originally planned. It is now going to be 69 by 2046, according to the latest Autumn statement of Chancellor Osborne.

What Osborne, or probably better his advisers forget is that only the small minority of elderly stay fit till a late age. For most of us its hip replacements, knee replacements, rheumatism and other ailments. More frequent trips to the doctor and hospital appointments as well as slowing down are also to be expected.

If the current rules for ability for work stay as strict as they are, then most elderly will be getting ESA Employment and Support Allowance before they will be getting their Pension and that will reduce the saving as well as bring up the cost for benefit distribution as each case will get assessed more often.

It is extremely short-sighted and childish to expect that elderly people stay right fit until the age of 69, they grow older but will need more health care and get less available to work regular hours.

Quite amazingly the government has now also announced that routine operations are going to be rationed. That means less hip/knee replacements and cataract operations. That makes it now even more unlikely that the elderly stay fit to work as the government thinks they would. Even free school dinners seems to be under threat from 2015; youngsters already increasingly suffer malnutrition, which leads to more long-term health problems. Somehow this government doesn’t know what they are doing.

The fastest growing economy?

I have taken it upon myself to listen and watch the weekly Prime Minister’s Question Time, both prior and after the David Cameron’s appearance in this show. It is quite easy to open the Parliament Channel window in the background, and listen to the proceedings whilst I do my job search.

I am quite relieved that I never gotten elected or chosen as parliamentary candidate when I once tried because that type of conversation is very refined and must be acquired and learned.  The speaker delivers superb compositions of tit for tat arguments, even personally tailored to the occasions when he delivers them.

It is just a little repetitive to hear always the same answers to often the same questions. It is said that Britain now has the fastest growing economy to shut up protestations about poverty and high costs of living.

But when I last visited the Imperial War Museum, in the history section about World War I and II there is a display that clearly shows that Germany prided itself to have the fastest growing economy in Europe prior to both world wars.

Now it is Britain that has the fastest growing economy in Europe. And the government laments any rise in taxes and will not provide any relief to those suffering from cut-backs. Quite obviously many do not even answer the lamentations of council tax rises in Labour boroughs as it is obvious that without taxes there will be no service and services is what people need.

The most popular answer though is that we have inherited this mess from Labour. That is said in response to almost 75% of complaints. A little bit stale and bitter, this answer has become.

I am about to go on holiday to Germany, in the hinterland, the rural area of Germany, where there is little public amenity in vast areas of land that used to be farmed by many small holders but is now farmed by larger farmers. There is little but houses and farm land, broken up by little bits of forest here and there. Perhaps that is what the UK government wants to achieve?  In the area of Germany where my relatives live, they own several houses and large swats of land, there is no council housing up for rent, all housing is privately owned, there is little public amenity and the biggest entertainment is the small shop per village and the village pub.

All the people work hard for a living, the land is worth nothing, the houses cost money to up-keep and nobody can afford to lose their low wage job as otherwise they would have to sell their house to be able to survive.

Most people are either self-employed or work in the public service like driving a bus or working at the local hospital, many still farm.There is a lot of care in the community as the elders are looked after in the family, and the elders in turn look after the children. All help each other. But still those houses there are big, they have plenty of bedrooms.

Cameron cannot reasonable try to copy this as city flats in London or elsewhere are very small, we have the spare bedroom tax with many families being already so splintered up that many have lost contact with their peers or elders.

Britain’s been sold off

Ever since shopkeeper’s daughter Margaret Thatcher gotten hold of the British shop, Britain has been sold slowly but surely to the highest bidder.

Now the Chinese want to start a trade centre in East London, Boris Johnson wants to build a bigger airport in East London.

All new blocks of flats built, go first and foremost for sale in far away countries to foreign buyers.

Yet the standard of living is much lower in foreign countries. For those foreign investors to make a buck, Cameron has to bring our living standards down to their levels. Simple.

We send our children to school so that they learn skills to get good jobs, a better life for themselves, just to be confronted by volunteering pensioners and low wage mums working in jobs already, so that foreign investors get more buck for their money?

There once was a time when our standard of living was excellent and we could enjoy the hope of it getting even better.

Despite selling stuff off to foreign investors the Home Office says they want to keep immigrants down. But the type of immigrants they want to keep out are the poor ones, this government only wants rich people in Britain.

It is worth finding out how that money from those foreign investors was made and whether it was originally European or American capital that got those now foreign investors into the rich list.

Because the foreign debt the UK and other EU countries has, has probably been produced because some super rich western capitalists exported their money abroad in the first place.

But Britain now stops at nothing to make the poor suffer. Even children get refused school dinners if their parents have a negligible debt on the dinner money.

It’s the constant talk of better health and less pay that is very puzzling indeed. But it is a further example where a child’s father was encouraged to volunteer as school governor and then his child got refused a school dinner for the sake of £1.75 behind in payments.

The father is made to work for free, by helping to run the school, whilst his child is made to suffer and left without any nourishment because the father forgot to pay the meal on time. It’s a typical example of modern day slavery where parents are asked to work for nothing.

Mums and pensioners to keep wages low

It’s all been a trick to destroy the worker’s equilibrium, bring down the wages and put the established unions out of business. The report says it all and is a real eye-opener. As far as I can open my damaged eyes.

I should have gotten my pension this year but got a letter instead, saying I will have to wait another 2 years for the final settlement of any pension claim.

The government says and is advised that bringing in mothers and the old will help the economy. All it helps is business make more profit by helping to keep the wage bill down and by helping to reward those who are excellent at their jobs with less pay.

Do we really want this?

From the perspective of the working mums, I have been against putting mothers of young children under pressure to get a job, it is not practicable to tear mothers away from their children and employ child minders instead, at a heavy price, to look after their off-spring.

The dream of the fit old pensions is contradicted by the ever increasing demand of older people to get more health treatment.

Since I turned 60 I was put on a waiting list for 2 operations; so it is a complete joke that DWP makes me apply for jobs when they know perfectly well that I will need to take time off once those day-stay operations have commenced. But for DWP it is just a useful tool to make me go to interviews so the workers in the jobs feel frightened for their livelihood.

TUC says that pay in the UK has shrunk by about 10%. Boris Johnson will help this even further when he replaces train drivers with robots.

To put worker into a permanent fright about their wages is then the real reason why Cameron wants to force pensioners to “volunteer” for their pension, so that employers can tell their workers: “Don’t know why you are asking for more money, we got people doing your job for free”.

People should do anything they can to avoid volunteering.

Yet I have been assured by a Royal London Hospital eye doctor that I cannot claim Support Allowance as it is not considered a formal disability.

Another letter

My local MP Rushanara Ali is now again writing to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) about why I am not getting my Jobseekers Allowance.

It seems that I get a record number of letters to government departments on my behalf. Since I can remember and since I reside in the UK, always government departments have slouched over my claims for benefits.

It does not seem to matter which political party is in government but I always had problems getting essential support to live on.

Germany was much easier for me in that I always got jobs quite quickly and easily. But here in the UK, I not only find it impossible to get work but also living allowances, especially from the DWP are very hard to get for me.

I seem to be able to narrow the problem down to that department as that is chronic that problem with these workers there.

 

Important curb on Human Rights

That you are now getting your Jobseekers Benefit suspended, for further investigations, if you do any type of unpaid, voluntary work in your spare time, is an important breach into the Right to a Private and Family Life.

Especially Neighbourhood Watch is an organisation that forms from residents within a local area who simply want to protect themselves from crime and help the vulnerable neighbours.

That people are now not allowed to go to meetings with local friends and that such activity infringes a right to Jobseekers Allowance is an unlawful breach of an Important Human Right.

Unfortunately I have no energy, money, nor do I get any legal assistance to fight them. But if anybody is interested looking into this it would be good.

At the moment I am scared to go to meetings with neighbours because the DWP is investigating my activities and I have made a claim for Jobseekers Allowance on 15 April 2013 and that is now frozen till 18 June 2013, so that an investigation into the way I spend my time can be carried out.

I apply for about 3 jobs per day, have been to a job interview when asked to, so the DWP cannot accuse me of not following the rules on Unemployment benefit, but regardless they breach all rules just to get permission to snoop into people’s private lives that way.

Previously the DWP only suspended your benefits if you did unpaid voluntary work and refused the work through the Work Program, but I have not even been put on the work program and they already suspend my benefits for going to meetings with neighbours in my spare time for the purpose to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in my area. Neighbourhood Watch works closely with the local police but DWP doesn’t like this.

My whole family now gets terrorised by the DWP, family members get called to their office and threatened with legal action for no reason. Other family members get DWP letters on their birthdays to announce benefit changes. It is quite obvious that we are being stalked by DWP.  Important decisions always fall on birthday dates of family members.

I have not been accused of any law breaches at all, but simply the fact that I am unemployed gives the government the right to suspend my benefits if I go out of my house and do other things than shopping or looking for work.

The treatment we get is worst than being given a curfew or restricted rights via a court order. The DWP just takes over our whole lives.

What also gives them the right to investigate every corner of your life is the fact that you give a data sharing consent as Neighbourhood Watch coordinator. Therefore I withdrew all data sharing consent I gave to Met Police because the combination of Met Police data sharing consent and DWP investigations just about ruins people’s lives.

I hae also been informed by the Chair of the London Association that Human Rights Laws do not apply to Volunteers. So another reason not to volunteer.

A roof over your head

Have you noticed how the sale of tents has become more popular, that people with monkey like feet are likely to start climbing and living in trees again?

A Spanish Mayor has declared that all those who live in his town since 2 years have a right to a home. So far so good. That is not different from our own region. Even here in London, people who live here have a right to a roof over their heads. People are even housed in luxurious hotels at an astonishing cost per night to fulfil the right to a home obligation.

It seems that just the methods are different between the London and Marinaleda town.

In Marinaleda the Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo says “A home should be a right and not a business”. Here in London the right to a home is coupled with the right of making a business out of home provision.

In the Spanish town individual residents are given actual land and bricks and expertise to build their own permanent house on permanent land, whilst here in London the homeless are given temporary accommodation that is making those who own it immense profits. It seems the Spanish solution simply costs the tax payer lots of money. The mayor there has gone so far as to repossess houses from banks who took them of those who failed to keep up with mortgage repayments.

The Secretary-General for Housing in Andalusia, Amanda Meyer, says thousands of families were “tricked” into taking out a mortgage and that their situation is now “hellish”. Of course many here in the Britain, the rest of Europe and anywhere in the world can feel this if they followed advise to purchase their own home and then lost their jobs. With an unemployment rate of 37% it is kind of quite obvious that not all those on the dole can be expected to purchase tents and populate the roads around towns.

Such rural solutions would not be thinkable here in London.Is there any multi-national company that offers to built homes for the homeless unemployed in Spain?

No benefit for the doubt

We heard all these discussions about too many benefits being paid to fraudulent claimants. But to assess whether a claim is fraudulent takes time. Long discussions were held about this. All entitlements to benefits now carry notices, that overpaid benefits can be recouped.

Nowadays it takes at least 8 weeks to get a decision on a claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance. Cases get referred to Decision Makers. Those Decision Makers are most likely highly paid lawyers. Any decisions made by Decision Makers can be appealed. The last time I appealed I won.

It’s very expensive for the government to closely scrutinise each application for Jobseekers Allowance. All these Decision Makers have to be paid. If a case is appealed and goes to a Tribunal, the costs of that have to be paid by the Department for Works and Pensions. The DWP have to employ lawyers to argue their case if it goes that far.

It would be interesting to know what is actually more expensive, to overpay slightly or to underpay claimants and pay expensive lawyers instead.The government allows people to starve whilst they wait for 8 weeks to get a decision on Jobseekers Allowance. Reliance on food banks has  increased dramatically.

The latest situation is that Britain is being dragged before the European Court of Justice because apparently, so I understand it, an EU citizen was denied Jobseekers Allowance, after they worked in the UK and lost their job here.

This fatal obsession with European Negativity costs Britain even more money now in more expensive lawyers. It’s like a huge chip on Britain’s shoulder, to try to avoid European commitment. Britain was always extremely generous to all other nationals who came here to study and sought health treatment or housing, until of course Margaret Thatcher changed a few things around and now foreign students have to pay.  Boris Johnson seeks a Thatcher College in her honour as the good lady was refused a honorary Doctorate by Oxford, and her being the only Prime Minister, and female one at that, being denied it.

Dealing with applications for Jobseeker’s Allowance has now become more expensive for the state. Now we just don’t get the benefit quickly, now we have to wait longer and if we cannot wait we can make an application for quick hardship payments instead. That of course causes another administrative layer of work that needs to be done. Of course that created a few extra jobs.

Don’t volunteer

Department for Works and Pensions now takes the Mickey even more, by taking 8 weeks to decide over a new claim for Unemployment Benefit.

They use any type of voluntary work as an excuse to slow down an application even more. It should be the other way around, they should speed up decisions for voluntary workers as to encourage people to do more voluntary work but instead one gets punished by having to wait extra long instead.

It’s a bit like those who do not commit crime, live in poverty without anything but those who commit crime get cushy jails and all mod cons.

Those who work voluntarily for Neighbourhood Watch get no benefit, those who do not, get their money easier.

This government tries any trick in the book not to spend money and if you are committed to your voluntary cause they just use this as an excuse not to pay you.

Appeals now take around 6 – 9 months to decide. You would have to live on thin air for that amount of time, if you wanted to bring about a benefits appeal. That is unaffordable at least for me and therefore it is easier just not to do any voluntary work, rather than do it and try to help people because the government has this strange way of punishing volunteers.

I would advise anybody not to do any voluntary work when they are on jobseekers unless they are forced into it because that is the only way not to loose out on benefit payments.

The leaflet they publish on the YouGov website is just a lot of nonsense, as in practise it does not work like that. DWP says they have to investigate your volunteering, to see if you get paid and suspend your Jobseekers for that reason.

I was told that Human Rights laws do not apply to volunteers.

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