“If there’s one group of people that have been repeatedly on the wrong end of the cuts, it’s young people. No more EMA, no more youth service. No more Connexions, no more jobs, no housing benefit and now, you’ll be put on workfare if you can’t find a job that doesn’t exist.” Emsy explains how the Government is blaming young people for a situation it has created.
Choice and cuts
“Who are these people who think a cut of that magnitude could possibly be perceived as “choice”? Corporate drones in cosy offices, I suppose, who use the word “choice” when they want to disguise the word “cuts”.” Sectioned describes the reality of mental health services suddenly taken away under the guise of ‘choice’.Originally posted on Sectioned
The state of greed
“Serving the community and society should be a privilege. But in this country it seems that it has ever been the sole refuge of the privileged.” Ghost Whistler argues that scandals over MP’s second jobs and expenses are only a small part of a bigger problem of privilege in our society.Originally posted on Quacking Plums
What does it feel like to be sanctioned? “There was nothing to live for. No food, heating, electric, hope.”
“How do people cope after being sanctioned? This is the question no one seems to know the answer to.” Natalie Leal tells the story of Jake, sanctioned for not attending appointments with his Work Programme provider, and the impact it has had on his life.Originally posted on Natalie Leal
Why gifting council tenants’ their homes is as wrong as the Right to Buy
“There is a lesson to be learned from previous experience of Right to Buy. Far from the one-for-one replacement of homes that has been assured, hardly any new homes at social rents have been built.” Andy Winter explains what the Right to Buy scheme should tell us about the latest proposal to gift tenants’ their council houses if they hold down a job for a year.Originally posted on Andy Winter's BHT Blog
Champions of serfdom
“David Cameron and his Con Party’s latest wheeze to appease the I’ll-only-pay-for-mine brigade is that the unemployed young ‘should do community work’.” Juli at juxtaposed looks at new proposals from the Conservative’s to require young people to undertake mandatory community work for their benefits.Originally posted on juxtaposed
What is teaching?
“Teaching is not sitting in a room full of other teachers discussing how you got Johnny to memorise the date of some historical event or another. That is something entirely different – and it isn’t teaching.” Miss Smith describes what teaching is (and isn’t).Originally posted on Splogs