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Poor hit hardest by Tory scum

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2219

Jobless don’t choose poverty

Tory toff George Osborne called unemployment a “­lifestyle choice” as he announced plans to slash another £4 billion from benefits last week.

The chancellor said, “People think it is a lifestyle to sit on out-of-work benefits… That lifestyle choice is going to come to an end. The money will not be there for that lifestyle choice.”

It is an outrage to suggest that the hundreds of thousands already hurled on the dole—and the many more to come—are making a “choice”. Nor do they “sit” voluntarily on benefits.

Some 2.46 million people are currently unemployed, with just 481,000 vacancies.

Of course, there will still be plenty of money for George Osborne’s lifestyle.

Osborne will inherit a big share of his father’s firm—on top of the £4 million fortune he’s already got.

Meanwhile, the hundreds of thousands of workers who have already lost their jobs under the coalition government will be given even less to live on.

Cuts hit poor

The poorest people will be hit 13 times harder by the Tories’ cuts than the richest, new TUC research reveals.

The report shows that the bottom 10 percent of the population will suffer reductions in services equivalent to 20 percent of their household income.

Meanwhile the richest 10 percent will lose the equivalent of just 1.5 percent.

Across the income scale, the poorer the household, the more they will lose.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said, “These cuts will make the poll tax look as if it was dreamed up by Robin Hood.”

Kids miss out

Children from poorer homes will suffer most from the decision to axe the school rebuilding programme, the government has admitted.

The Department for Education’s own assessment concludes that disadvantaged children will be hardest hit by the end of the Building Schools for the Future programme.

The 675 schools where rebuilding was halted have higher proportions of children on free school meals and with special educational needs than the national average.

Some 700,000 children at these schools will have returned to crumbling buildings this term.

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Tue 14 Sep 2010, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2219
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