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The local elections across England on May 3 were the first major test of public opinion since prime minister Theresa May lost the Conservatives’ parliamentary majority in 2017’s snap election and returned at the head of a minority government. As then, multiple localised contests defy any single national narrative. As then, the emerging picture is a virtual stalemate between the Conservatives and Labour.

Voters across large swaths of England cast their ballots this year. All the seats in London’s 32 boroughs were up for grabs, as were all the seats in four metropolitan boroughs, seven non-metropolitan districts and one unitary authority. A proportion of seats in 106 other local authorities were also being contested, not to mention five local mayoralities and the new metro mayor for the Sheffield City Region combined authority. If it sounds confusing, it is. Local democracy in England is a kaleidoscopic mess.

Britain has become used to hyper-dramatic elections in recent years. The 2018 contest, by contrast, was much more low key. It was also a mixed night for both the Conservatives and Labour. Overall the Tories have trod water, with no significant changes in their total number of council seats and, at the time of writing, no change in the total number of councils they control. Labour has increased slightly its tally of councillors, but without translating these gains into control of additional councils.

 

 

Source: Local elections 2018: how to understand this messy result : The Conversation

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Govt Newspeak

The Observer view on the government’s punitive and repugnant benefits policy.
From immigration to disability, the Conservatives have sought to draw a line between the deserving and undeserving.

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It was almost two years ago that Theresa May promised, in her first speech as prime minister, to fight against the burning injustices people face as a result of poverty, race or living with a disability. But with every week that passes, it becomes clearer that her political strategy hinges on the exact antithesis of that pledge. Lacking a positive vision or plan, this is a government whose agenda is defined not by finding solutions, but scapegoats.

From immigration to disability to support for low-income families, the government has sought to draw a stark distinction between the deserving and undeserving. It has adopted a classic formula for addressing public concerns about issues such as immigration and housing. Create a…

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Theresa May’s first words as prime minister on the steps of Downing Street signalled that she would put “fighting against burning injustice” at the heart of her political agenda. Highlighting inequalities across the lines of ethnicity, class, gender and age, she set out her “mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone”.

These bold ambitions have been put under scrutiny as details have emerged about the way May’s government has treated people who moved to the UK from the Caribbean between the 1940s and 1970s. The Home Office didn’t keep records for many of those members of the so-called “Windrush generation” and, in 2010, their landing cards were destroyed by the Home Office. Changes to the law subsequently required to them have this paperwork to work, receive benefits, access healthcare and many have been left feeling unwanted and concerned about their futures in the UK. Bureaucracy and paperwork, boring as it may sound, can make a fundamental difference to our lives.

Now some of these same people may also be prompted for paperwork when wanting to exercise their democratic rights. For the first time in British elections, citizens will be asked to prove their identity at the polling station before being able to vote in the 2018 local elections in England. For now, it’s just a pilot and only five authorities will take part. But the government has set a trajectory that will see it steam ahead with expanding this policy. Its 2017 election manifesto vowed to “legislate to ensure that a form of identification must be presented before voting”.

We’ll be monitoring the pilots to see if it does end up limiting the rights of certain groups.

 

Source: Will Windrush citizens also lose their voting rights? Researchers will be watching to find out : The Conversation


The first four members of the ‘Windrush generation’ to ring an emergency government hotline have been issued with proof of their right to live in Britain, the Home Office has disclosed.

Officials have been contacted by more than 230 people over the bureaucratic blunders which resulted in long-term UK residents being wrongly threatened with deportation and denied health care.

The figures emerged as Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd remained under intense pressure over the policy decisions and mistakes which have led to large numbers of people having their immigration status queried.

The Home Office said the hotline, which was only set up on Tuesday, had received 232 calls and officials were still investigating more than 200 cases.

May facing blame

Labour has pinned the blame for the furore on Mrs May, arguing that the tightening of immigration rules in 2014 when she was Home Secretary was responsible for the crisis facing migrants who came to Britain from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1973.

The former head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake, has claimed that some ministers in the former coalition viewed the changes as “almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany”.

Source: Four Windrush migrants issued with papers as number of cases passes 200 : i News


Theresa May is accused today of breaking her promise to champion the life chances of people from poorer backgrounds, after the failure to appoint a chief adviser on the subject for a staggering four months.

The appointment of a new head of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission has been delayed, The Independent has learned, prompting a claim the government wants someone who will not make embarrassing criticisms.

It means the entire commission is still in paralysis – exactly four months after Alan Milburn and his team quit in despair at the lack of policies to create “a fairer Britain”.

 

Source: Theresa May accused of broken promise over failure to appoint social mobility adviser for four months : Independent


It is shameful that Theresa May will not scrap this law and that being so would it be possible to review this Act so that it becomes more relevant to the 21st Century.

This being that now, as it was not so in 1824 there are other means to consider people who are homeless. Rather than criminalise them the Law should be reviewed so that there is a commitment or ‘Duty of Care’ on every Local Authority to do everything possible to minimise homelessness. Many of these homeless persons will be there due to circumstances, which in many ways would be outwith their control and therefore each individual should be considered so that their life could be changed in such a way that they are given choices that are mutually agreed upon and not just dealt with like an object that can be bungled away.

Like everyone these homeless persons also have rights and deserve the choice to lead a reasonable life.

Govt Newspeak

Theresa May refuses to back bid to scrap Dickensian law that criminalises rough sleepers

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran raised the issue at Prime Minister’s Questions

Lib Dem Layla Moran has called for the 1824 Vagrancy Act to be repealed – but the Prime Minister refused to back it. Theresa May has refused to give her backing to a bid to scrap a Dickensian law that criticises homeless people sleeping rough.

Lib Dem MP Layla Moran has called for the “draconian” law to be scrapped, after it was used by local authorities more than 2,000 times last year. Most recently, Windsor council wanted to use it to ensure homeless people were “moved on” ahead of the Royal Wedding.

Conservative Simon Dudley said beggars could present the town in a “sadly unfavourable light” when Prince Harry marries American actress Meghan Markle in May. He drew criticism from figures including Prime Minister Theresa May…

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Christmas messages but do they all practice what they preach and do they truly believe.

Govt Newspeak

In her Christmas message, the prime minister said there is a “confidence… that in Britain you can practice your faith free from question or fear”.

She also praised the emergency services for their Grenfell Tower and Manchester and London terror attacks responses.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s message says people should help those “cut off…

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The Scottish government has announced the extension of a scheme to support disabled people to live independently. It’s in stark contrast to the actions of the UK government. Actions which the UN has previously said amount to “grave” and “systematic” violations of disabled people’s human rights.

Forward thinking?

Nicola Sturgeon’s government has said it will be permanently extending the blue badge parking scheme in Scotland to cover the “carers and relatives” of people who “pose a risk to themselves or others in traffic”. This would cover people living with conditions such as dementia, autism, and Down’s syndrome. The move has come off the back of a pilot scheme launched in April 2016.

Currently in England [pdf], people generally only get a blue badge if they have difficulty walking more than 50m, or if they have other issues with physically getting around. But as Scotland’s Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

It’s so important that people with disabilities, including cognitive impairments, can live a life of equal opportunities.

He said of the pilot scheme and the working group involved with the blue badge reforms:

 

Source: Nicola Sturgeon just shamed the UK government with some great news for disabled people | The Canary


This is not good news for the disabled and others on low incomes and just proves that you can not trust this Government. On coming into office as Prime Minister Theresa May promised that she would ‘place fairness and social justice at the heart of her premiership’. This we now see was an empty promise and further reduces the trust we all have with regards to our politicians.

At a time when Brexit is a major Government priority, social justice should be, at least, an equal footing.

It now appears that the plight of the disabled and others on low incomes will be made even worse than it is now. We have already seen the punitive cuts to welfare benefits and the assessment processes that are ‘not fit for purpose’.

At a time when our trust in politicians and this Government ,in particular, is extremely low, it is now to be reduced even further.

Does this Government really wish to remove disability and others on low incomes by causing their extinction, by creating conditions that will cause situations where their life survival cannot be maintained. Thus removing many from the welfare system, not by improving their quality of life, but by ending their life.

Source: Theresa May faces new crisis after mass walkout over social policy


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