Westminster Austerity & Bad Policy Damage

Austerity Is About Putting The Poor In Their Place

Do we need any more evidence that even in times of austerity money is no object to the government when it comes to keeping the poor in their place? If so, we had a textbook example at the end of August as it was revealed that £200 million had been spent defending sickness and disability benefit appeals in the last five years.

Austerity Economics Is Lunacy

If we look on the optimistic side and say from our current trade deficit of £47 billion, the Westminster government’s wonderful fiscal programme of sweeping austerity results in a surplus of £10 billion per anum, (we're already stretching credibility to it's limits here), then it will take 180 years to pay off the National Debt. Put another way, that is six generations of humanity, all beavering away in support of a failed political ideal.

May's Chequers Brexit Plan Will Cost Hundreds Per Person

Theresa May’s ‘Chequers Plan’ would cost every person in the country up to £800 more than even a so-called ‘Soft’ Brexit, economists have said. According to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research [NIESR], the PM’s plan would cost each person a minimum of £500 extra compared to a Soft Brexit, with the figure rising to £800 in the event of no deal.

38 Children A Day Made Homeless In 2017-18

New research has found that 38 children a day were made homeless over the last fiscal year across Scotland. The analysis published by Shelter Scotland found that in 2017-2018, just over 14,000 children were living in temporary accommodation – equivalent to six or seven children in every school across Scotland. The analysis released by the housing charity showed that homeless families with children were likely to spend more than 25 per cent longer in temporary accommodation than those families without children – 201 days compared to 161, with 13 per cent of households spending more than a year in temporary housing. But this is the direct result of tory austerity. There is a limit to what any devolved government can do to mitigate it.