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Cuts in the UK have harmed many of the most disadvantaged, including people who are disabled or low-paid. If a Conservative-led government takes power, further reductions and privatisation are likely to have a harsh impact on middle-income households too.
In May 2010 our economy had bounced back from the banking crisis and was growing well. In May 2015 the economy is fragile and growth is slowing steadily. This would suggest a change of course is necessary, but we are told that no, we must carry on down the austerity path.
The total wealth of Britain’s richest 1000 individuals and families has more than doubled over ten years, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Meanwhile many ordinary people have been badly affected by low pay and cuts.
Many dramas are based on a true story. I never thought I’d see a General Election based on fiction. The three main parties appear to have based their manifestoes on a rewritten version of our own recent history, and the media are going along with it. It is quite bizarre.
In a column in the Telegraph, Fraser Nelson has stated: "David Cameron should not be afraid to talk about food banks. Rather than a sign of social decay, they are a sign of the ‘big society’ in action."
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On 2 April the Learning Disability Alliance is holding a citizen’s jury, where its members – people with learning disabilities and their supporters – will be quizzing members of political parties about their policies.
When George Osborne unveiled his budget last week, he claimed that after five years of the coalition, the economy was improving so much that we could consider the UK ‘comeback country’.
As George Osborne did the rounds of media interviews about the Budget this morning, I read about a 59 year old man, previously a ‘hardworking taxpayer’, unable to walk or talk properly after a stroke, who had been forced to sell his home because the Department for Work and Pensions had removed his Disability Living Allowance.