Voting Tory? Then you are voting for a projected cut of £300 million to NHS Kernow

CCG budgetNo this is not scaremongering, this is just how it is so get used to it. But dont take our word for it – see for yourself. Go to:

https://nhscuts.org.uk/kernow/

The website is by Keep Our NHS Public and Outlandish, a specialist digital company. They use government data and they have been careful to fully explain where they get their information sources so the doubters and naysayers can check this for themselves. The explanation they give is technical but it is worth a read – click here to do so. Continue reading “Voting Tory? Then you are voting for a projected cut of £300 million to NHS Kernow”

The Future of the NHS under a Tory government

Prior to 2010 David Cameron repeatedly promised voters there would be “no top-down reorganisation of the NHS”

see New Statesman article 13 Nov 2013

Once in government, what followed was the biggest   reorganisation of the NHS ever – one described as disastrous by the Kings Fund. In its words “the coalition government’s changes had wasted three years, failed patients, caused financial distress and left a strategic vacuum” BBC article

In 2019 Boris Johnson has repeatedly promised voters that  “under no circumstances will we agree to any free-trade deal that puts the NHS on the table. It is not for sale.”

But the official documents  on trade talks between the UK and USA obtained by the Labour party indicate otherwise! Continue reading “The Future of the NHS under a Tory government”

Decline in school funding in your area 2013/14 to 2018/9

Government funding has failed to keep pace with growing classroom size.

The government regularly claims to be spending record amounts on schools. However the increase in school funding has failed to keep pace with classroom size.

For example the government will tell you that the school block allocation has increased by nearly 5% between years 2013/14 to 2018/9 – and technically this is correct! But what really matters is  funding per pupil – and this has seen a significant fall over this period.

In fact Total school spending per pupil  for England has fallen by 8% in real terms between 2009–10 and 2017–18. Continue reading “Decline in school funding in your area 2013/14 to 2018/9”

Roll out of Universal Credit in your area – and increase in foodbank use

Claim: “Universal Credit is so much better than the previous claim systems. It’s the Facebook of the benefits world. It moves it to the 21st century……Universal Credit is about treating people as individuals. There is a big push on compassion. We are here to help people fallen on hard times….” 

quote from Job Centre Manager  and staff in Cornwall in a 2-page spread in The Cornishman Thursday October 17th

Fact: the Advertising Standards Authority has just banned a series of government ads extolling the virtues of universal credit. The ASA have  banned it on the grounds that it is “misleading”. See Guardian article

Continue reading “Roll out of Universal Credit in your area – and increase in foodbank use”

Open letter to Jamie Dean, Customer Service Manager, Job centre Devon and Cornwall district

Dear Jamie Dean

On Thursday October 17th, you were quoted in The Cornishman newspaper as lauding the benefits of Universal Credit. To quote you in The Cornishman:

“Universal Credit is so much better than the previous claim systems. It’s the Facebook of the benefits world. It moves it to the 21st century.”

And to support this positive assertion, the article included a profile of a Universal Job Coach and another of a Universal Credit beneficiary – both containing positive messages about the benefits of Universal Credit such as:

“Universal Credit is about treating people as individuals. There is a big push on compassion. We are here to help people fallen on hard times….” and so on. Continue reading “Open letter to Jamie Dean, Customer Service Manager, Job centre Devon and Cornwall district”

Child poverty in Cornwall

Child poverty figures for Parliamentary constituencies in Cornwall

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Local indicators of Child Poverty 2017-8.
Source: report by Loughborough University
for the Campaign group End Child Poverty

Poverty is defined as household income below 60% of median income.  The campaign group End Child Poverty claims that today’s figures show that the income of the poorest families has hardly risen since the mid-2000s.

Work is not enough to stop children being trapped in poverty

  • 70% of children in poverty come from a working household
  • Of the 4.1 million children in poverty, those in severe poverty rises to 2.8 million
  • Child poverty is projected to rise to around 5 million children by 2020[1]

[1] Figures taken from End Child Poverty using government data http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/make-child-poverty-a-priority/