NAMED: The 177 MPs who voted YES to the Bedroom Tax after claiming up to £25K EACH in accommodation expenses.

COOKING ON A BOOTSTRAP

BY JACK MONROE.

177 of the MPs that voted YES to the Bedroom Tax on Tuesday evening, claimed up to £25k EACH in their own “spare bedroom” expenses.

One of the highest claims, Nigel Adams whopping £25k in 2012-13, could pay the Bedroom Tax for up to 30 families in his constituency for a whole year.

Richard Bacon’s constituency is a three hour commute from the House of Commons, yet his accommodation expenses bill averages £450 a week.

Stephen Barclay’s constituency in Cambridgeshire is less than two hours away – and he has the fifth highest claim on the list at over £24,000 last year.

THE WORST OFFENDERS:

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Nigel Adams (CON, Selby and Ainsty). Claimed £25,309 in accommodation expenses. Voted YES to the Bedroom Tax.

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Richard Bacon (CON, South Norfolk). Claimed £25,094 in accommodation expenses. Voted FOR the bedroom tax.

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Karen Bradley (CON, Staffordshire Moorlands). Claimed £24,849 in accommodation expenses…

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Families With Disabled Children Facing ‘Heat Or Eat’ Choice Because Of Benefit Cuts Finds Study

Same Difference

Soaring numbers of families with disabled children are being forced to go without food or heating because they can no longer afford the basics, a major study shows.

Changes to benefits and the rising cost of living are forcing many of the country’s most vulnerable families to cut back on essentials, according to research from Contact A Family. The situation is having a direct impact on their health in what campaigners dubbed “a national scandal”.

Overall, 83 per cent of parents with disabled children say the family is now having to go without. Of these, almost a quarter say their child’s health has worsened as a result, and more than two thirds suffered ill health themselves.

Welfare reform has come at a time when rising food and energy bills have pushed the finances of many families to the limit. For those with disabled children it is even more difficult because…

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Granny – aged 90 – told to attend job centre interview

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s social security today!)

If you want an illustration of the mess created by Iain Duncan Smith in our social security system and the incompetence of the present government, you only need to see this letter from the DWP to a 90-year-old woman ordering her to attend a job related interview which was posted online by her grandson:

dwp letter to gran

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Or maybe it’s not a mistake at all.

Work till we drop?

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People starving to death in the UK – on David Cameron’s doorstep

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 (not satire – it’s the UK today!)

Austerity kills. It killed Mark Wood and it killed David Clapson. Both starved to death as a direct consequence of the coalition government’s austerity programme. Both were vulnerable adults who starved alone, bewildered at being punished by those they thought were helping them.

The two people closest to these victims will share a platform on 27 November in Witney, David Cameron’s constituency. Cathie Wood, the sister of Mark Wood, and Gill Thompson, the sister of David Clapson, will demand to know why their brothers died at the hands of the state. They are determined that other vulnerable people should not share their brothers’ fate, victims of an inhuman political ideology.

“We are sticking to the task. But that doesn’t just mean making difficult decisions on public spending. It also means something more profound. It means building a leaner, more efficient state. We need…

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A Letter A Day To No 10 #CameronMustGo

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A letter a day to number 10. No 925
Monday 24 November 2014. Newspeak – Government priorities – wholesale destruction.

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Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs, the text for your own letter.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
News from the BBC, ‘A Department of Health spokesman said mental health was a “priority” for the government’.
I am getting to grips with this government Newspeak malarkey as according to the The Royal College of Nursing there are 3,300 fewer posts in mental health nursing, and 1,500 fewer beds, than in 2010.
Your priorities are very wide ranging, austerity, young…

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Why I’m not brimming with confidence over Theresa May’s plans to criminalise emotional abuse

Another angry woman

Content note: This post discusses emotional abuse

In the latest in a string of policies which sound good and are incredibly cheap to implement, Theresa May will announce plans to put emotional abuse on a par with physical domestic violence. This sounds like nothing to object to, a long-awaited recognition of the seriousness of the coercive dynamics which so often sustain abusive relationships and hit survivors hard.

There is a catch, though, and it’s a catch which means I severely doubt that any perpetrators will find themselves prosecuted for something they have blatantly done: the whole thing hinges on telling the police.

The way the police tend to work is through talking about what happened. You list specific incidents. This happened, and then this happened, and then that happened. Imagine having to do this as a survivor of emotional abuse!

The very clever thing about emotional abuse, the thing that really…

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