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Our NHS should be free for everyone; countries that charge you for healthcare usually end up spending more and are less efficient. If we could do it after the devastation of World War II, we can do it today.

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(not satire – it’s the corrupt UK today!)

Labour peer Lord Warner – who has written a report released today proposing monthly charges for using the NHS – is personally funded by private companies which will directly benefit from this kind of privatisation of healthcare:

Why Lord Warner really supports NHS reform: he’ll make loads of money from it

Warner wrote the report on behalf of a thinktank called REFORM which claims to be non-party – but which was founded by Tory MP Nick Herbert and former Head of the Political Section of the Conservative Party Research Department Andrew Haldenby.

REFORM itself is funded by many companies which will directly benefit from further privatisation of the NHS:

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A full list of REFORM’S corporate sponsors can be found here – again many of which would directly benefit from these reforms.

COINCIDENCE?

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Birmingham Against The Cuts

bbj bedroom tax logoHated, unjust and unworkable. One year on the Bedroom Tax is still there – but only just. Campaigning locally and nationally has had an effect.

* In Scotland the Tax has been defeated.

* Pressure has meant the Labour Party has promised they will abolish the tax.

* Birmingham City Council has admitted 3000 people in long term tenancies had benefits taken away in error and they will be given a rebate.

*Court cases have ruled in favour of disabled couples having separate rooms if they wish, and in favour of separated parents needing a room for visiting children, and that a room must be in use as a bedroom to count as a bedroom. These cases could see hundreds of thousands given rebates due to unlawfully having their benefit cut

Protest for benefit justice

Saturday 5th April

1:00pm, Waterstones, High St, City Centre

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the void

atos_kills_banner The tragic death of severely unwell Mark Wood, who died of malnutrition just five months after he was found ‘fit for work’ by Atos and the DWP, was not just ‘wrong’ as the Government have today admitted – it was grossly negligent.  Whether this negligence was criminal must be urgently investigated.

Morally, and almost certainly legally, the DWP have a duty of care when making decisions which can potentially devastate the lives of those called  ‘vulnerable adults’ by care professionals.  The Work Capability Assessment, which led to the death of Mark Wood, has already been found unfair for people with mental health conditions in the courts.  Instead of halting the assessments based on this judgement, Iain Duncan Smith has brushed it aside – convinced he knows better than the courts, the medical establishment and the thousands of sick and disabled people themselves driven to despair by the current system.

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Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

While Cameron is congratulating himself on the historic passing of legislation allowing same-sex marriage – it should not be forgotten that more of his fellow Tory MPs voted against marriage equality than voted for it.

134 Conservative MPs voted against gay marriage, 126 supported it and 35 Tories abstained.

Lest we forget.

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Related articles by Tom Pride:

Pro-gay marriage and a Firefox user? You may want to change web browser

Best of Twitter reaction to UKIP councillor’s rant about gay marriage causing floods

UKIP drops opposition to gay marriage after hot weather forecast for UK

Church of England says no to women bishops, knights and rooks

Church of England accused of homophonaphobia

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Birmingham Against The Cuts

Boycott Workfare 3rd March 03Next week sees a week of action against workfare, as the government introduces the harshest forced labour scheme yet seen – “community work placements”. These placements are full time, lasting for 6 months and build upon the failure of the “Community Action Programme” pilot scheme which had no effect on the chances of someone finding work.

Workfare is the system whereby unemployed and disabled people are forced to work for charities, community organisations and companies under threat of having their benefits stopped entirely for up to three years for unemployed people and losing 70% of their benefits indefinitely for disabled people.

The schemes vary from the theoretically voluntary “Work Experience Programme” to the definitely mandatory “Mandatory Work Activity”. The schemes vary in length from 2 weeks to 2 months, but the government has decided this isn’t enough, since none of the schemes are proving to be any…

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(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

Conservative councillors in Tory-controlled Croydon council decided to spend over £140 million on a lavish new HQ for themselves.

No expense has been spared on their cosy new offices – the building comes complete with taps costing £272 each and a £410 umbrella-wrapping machine (I kid you not).

Mind you, at the same time, the council has been telling residents money is so tight that cuts will have to be made to services for the elderly, the disabled, people with mental health problems, youth programmes and children’s care programmes including the axing of school crossing patrols:

Croydon Council’s proposed cuts to hit borough’s most vulnerable

Glad to see Tories getting their priorities right again.

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Croydon Council spends £272 on one tap in £140m new HQ

http://insidecroydon.com/2014/02/25/croydon-council-spends-272-on-one-tap-in-140m-new-hq/

Croydon Council spends £410 on umbrella-wrapping machine for new HQ

http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Croydon-Council-spends-410-umbrella-wrapping/story-20743895-detail/story.html

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