Nadhim Zahawi threatens 20% cuts to NHS and education in wave of Tory leadership austerity – Mirror Online

The multi-millionaire Chancellor said it would fund tax cuts – but Labour said he had exposed the cost of Tory tax jostling will be ‘dramatic cuts to the NHS, policing and schools’



As there is now a new leader of the Conservative Party contest it could well be that Nadhim Zahawi will not be the new Chancellor so his threat of more austerity cuts of 20% to the NHS and Education may not materialise.

However, whoever will be the new Chancellor needs to understand from 2010 to 2020 we already had 10 years of austerity cuts and then additional finance problems due to COVID, hence the state of the UK financially today with many areas in crisis and strikes materialising in virtually every sector.

So the, very last we will want is more austerity cuts, growth is what is required and for workers to have salaries on which they can survive while having services that are desperately needed without more cuts on them.

A reversal of the austerity cuts over the 10 year period is what is required so that Local Authorities, (LAs) have sufficient funds to ensure the cuts in services are also reversed and that their workers have salary income to enable them to live.

Without these reversals we can, effectively, say goodbye to many, if not all LA services which we all rely on, some more than others.

Other workers also need to have salary increases and inflation, which is steeply rising, to also be reversed, it is not going to be easy, but could be achieved by some readjustments in the ever widening of the wealth gap in the UK,.

A possible way is to restrict the income of the top earners in each organisation is to have some factor in which their income is restricted to a certain percentage to that of their lowest paid employees and benefits for the poor, disabled and sick being increased inline with the current inflation rates.

This will need some alteration to rates on businesses in that each organisation pays all the they should be doing, by closing any ‘loopholes’ that are allowing them to reduce the amount of money they pay through the raft of taxes on their businesses and this also applies to the very high earners in all businesses.

There is an urgent need for ‘levelling’  up, which has been promised for sometime, but not delivered.

We all need to pull together, so that we all come through, not just a stated few.


Source: Nadhim Zahawi threatens 20% cuts to NHS and education in wave of Tory leadership austerity – Mirror Online

Austerity hit police’s ability to tackle violence against women, say ex-officers | Police | The Guardian

A man walks past a closed police station in Hackney, east London, in 2018, which has since been redeveloped into a free school. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images



Well it is apparent that something needs to be done and done urgently, but whatever it is it has to be through for there is no time for a second chance and at some times very little time for a first chance. As a first chance should have been done many years ago in all forces.

While the Met is under current scrutiny and has been for some years, there is much evidence that all is not right in virtually every police force.

But we come to the Met and especially, Dame Cressida Rose Dick DBE QPM who has been at the centre of some controversy in her career at the Met, fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes being one, but there have been others, but even though investigated never been officially criticised. But her continued tenure of being Met Commissioner is very much in question. There is a very fine dividing line between supporting your officers and taking appropriate actions. It can be said that maybe she defends her officers too much at the expense of required justice.

By keeping Dick there this is leading to much lack of public support for the Met.


Source: Austerity hit police’s ability to tackle violence against women, say ex-officers | Police | The Guardian

Toilet provision for men and women: call for evidence – GOV.UK

I welcome this consultation for currently I am unaware of any public toilets where I live in Sheffield, except those in some large stores, who are closed due to the lockdown, although there toilets in supermarkets, which in some areas are few and far between, especially in city centres.

Hoping this consultation will change the trend for many years, where public toilets have been closed. Was this down to finance and if so, was this due to the 10 years of austerity cuts imposed on Local Authorities by the past Conservative Governments?

We do have some Changing Places toilets, but again there is an insufficiency, which needs to be rectified.


Source: Toilet provision for men and women: call for evidence – GOV.UK

Austerity ‘ripped resilience out of health and care service’ before Covid-19 crisis hit, says IPPR | Care Industry News

Underinvestment in social and community care left four in five hospitals with ‘dangerously low’ spare beds as crisis hit

Major new analysis of the state of the health and care system in England in the run up to the Covid-19 pandemic today reveals the extent of the crisis that was facing medics and carers even before the crisis hit.

Source: Austerity ‘ripped resilience out of health and care service’ before Covid-19 crisis hit, says IPPR | Care Industry News



UK public-sector workers on COVID-19 frontline to get pay rises – Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Almost one million public-sector workers in Britain are to be given above-inflation pay rises, the government said on Tuesday, to reflect their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Source: UK public-sector workers on COVID-19 frontline to get pay rises – Reuters


Tories announce ‘three-point plan’ for adult social care in election manifesto : Care Home Professional

The Conservative Party has announced a ‘three-point plan’ to find a long-term solution for social care in its election manifesto.

Source: Tories announce ‘three-point plan’ for adult social care in election manifesto : Care Home Professional

A welfare system that drives mothers into prostitution is not a safety net

A David Cameron once said ‘We are in it together’, but in what?

Was it austerity for if it was it was not the poorest and most vulnerable in Society that caused, but they did come off worst.

The persons who caused the Banking Crisis, did not loose their bonus, which it is said they earned during the coming of the crisis, were they in it?

What about the Prime Minister, the Ministers, MPs were they in it? For they ghot their pay package increases when most of the UK workforce did not and these are people who could have substancial income.

Ther persons who were worst off, do, in many instances have to rely on benefits to survive, not because they are unwilling to work. For many persons with disabilities, suffering from sickness and ill health or even on low pay employment. Some will be on Zero Hours contracts where earnings are only paid when work is done, which is only available when the work is offered.

No we were not ‘all in it together’ for the vulnerable, poor, persons in poor health were in it all the time and were the least able deal with it.

Also, the benefits they were relying on, some of which did not have inflationary increases, were being changed. The changes were using systems, which in many instances, were not fit for purpose and left many with no or little income throughout these changes.

In many instances the benefit assessments were not be conducted correctly, in fact, it is obvious that some of the assessors put untruths in the assessments, which then made the claimants ineligible for the benefits, which were then overturned after a very long appeals process.

If persons were on the old benefits were these benefits maintained until the revised decision was made known, no they were not.

The UN even advised the Government that their systems were wrong or wrongly being used, but the Government decided not just ti ignore the UN but advised that the UN was incorrect in their judgements.

This is from a Government where the country, the UK, is supposed to be a supporter of the UN.

Ifthe UK will ignore the UN, I say, What is the point of having the UN.

Is it to keep the peace, well if it is why are there so many violent instances in many countries, all of whom are members of the UN.

Yes, they are doing, just what the UK has and is doing, ignoring the UN.

Was austerity required, we were told it was, but austerity did not cater for equality and many deaths could be attributed to austerity or the Governments forms of austerity.

‘Second-class’ NHS workers struggle as pay gap widens | Society | The Guardian

Tens of thousands of NHS workers are struggling to get by on the minimum wage because their private sector employers are failing to match public sector pay rises.

The estimated 100,000 low-paid cleaners, porters, security guards and catering staff who work for private contractors in hospitals across England are being treated as “second-class employees”, thanks to a growing pay divide between public and private sector workers, according to the country’s leading health union.

Concerns about the pay gap come ahead of tax and benefit changes in the new tax year, starting this weekend, which have fuelled fears of widening inequality, despite claims by the government that the era of austerity is over.

In today’s Observer, Torsten Bell, director of the Resolution Foundation, said that “adding up all the new tax and benefit changes for the year equals an average £280 income boost for the richest fifth of households, but a £100 reduction for the poorest fifth.

“This year’s income tax cuts are bumper ones for higher earners. If you earn £30,000 you’ll be £73 better off, but make that £327 for those of you on £60,000 – over four times as much. Our lowest 40% of earners will gain precisely zero,” Bell adds.

Last year, as part of a three-year deal negotiated by health unions, the lowest-paid workers in the NHS were given a £2,000 pay rise. But the overwhelming majority of health staff employed on private contracts have not received a penny, Unison says.

The union has called on the government to end the pay divide, which it claims is causing outsourced staff to leave in search of better-paid jobs.

The union wants everyone employed within the NHS to be on at least £9.03 an hour. Currently, Unison says, many staff employed by private contractors are on the minimum wage, which is £8.21, equating to an annual salary of £16,052, or £1,600 a year less than what the lowest-paid worker in the public sector is paid.


Source: ‘Second-class’ NHS workers struggle as pay gap widens | Society | The Guardian

Calls to increase pay for care staff-The elephant in the room is that you can be paid more for stacking shelves | Care Industry News

Mr Kreft said the nub of the problem was that the funding formulas of local councils and health boards were predicated on paying low wages to staff and the “minimal differentials” for taking on extra responsibilities – and that had to change.

The call from Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, came after a campaign was launched to attract another 20,000 social care workers in Wales over the next 10 years.

At the moment, he said, the funding formulas of local councils and health boards were predicted on paying low wages to staff.

The number of elderly people over the age of 80 is predicted to increase by 44% in Wales by 2030 and there are currently about 113,000 people in the social care sector.

The ageing population in Wales and relatively older workforce are two factors for the increasing demand for care workers in people’s own homes, workers in residential care and more nurses.

Mr Kreft said: “I can certainly say that this is the most challenging time that social care providers have faced in trying to recruit sufficient workers to actually do the job.


Source: Calls to increase pay for care staff-The elephant in the room is that you can be paid more for stacking shelves | Care Industry News