“What had been our home changed, with no physical rearrangement, into a collection of bricks that we were generously being allowed to remain in at the whim of the Department for Work and Pensions.” Rob G recounts his experience of caring for his wife, the impact of the Bedroom Tax on their lives – and what we can do to abolish it.
Storm in a tea-cup?
“This really is dog whistle politics, and pandering to racism and xenophobia – which is why I was upset in the first place. A storm in a tea cup? Perhaps. But tea cups matter, as do the messages on them.” Paul Bernal provides seven alternative suggestions in place of Labour’s pledge on immigration controls.Originally posted on Paul Bernal's Blog
Housing the homeless
“As long as we continue to build far fewer new homes than are needed it will be harder to prevent people becoming homeless, especially now the biggest cause of homelessness is people losing their private sector tenancy.” Thomas Neumark wonders why increasing homelessness is the invisible issue in the housing debate.Originally posted on Housing Dreams
Accomplices to the crime
“[J]ust about everything do to with our prison system has got much worse since Mr Grayling came into office in 2012. That’s a pretty shocking record by any standards.” Alex Cavendish reflects on the pressures on the prison system as we near the 25th anniversary of the riot at HMP Strangeways.Originally posted on Prison UK: An Insider's View
Tax avoidance ‘at the very core’ of firms bidding for major NHS contracts, Unite reveals
“The research revealed that all ten [private health companies] make use of tax havens and extremely complex corporate structures to lessen their potential tax bill, while only two pay any significant tax in the UK at all.” Durham Community Support Centre looks at how the companies bidding for NHS services are also tax avoiders.Originally posted on Durham Community Support Centre
The week after the week before – should social workers be sent to prison?
“The first thing to say is that shooting from the hip is the very worst way in which to make public policy about child protection. And trying to garner a few extra votes in the forthcoming general election by hitting out at easy targets is a pretty low way to behave.” Chris Mills argues for a just reporting culture in child protection.Originally posted on Chris Mills Child Protection Blog
Labour’s NHS attack ad exemplifies our rotten, uninspiring politics
“Today we saw the publication of the Labour Party’s first election poster of the 2015 campaign, and it is a nasty, negative little piece of work.” Samuel Hooper laments what Labour’s general election advertising says about the lack of positivity and vision in today’s politics generally.Originally posted on Semi-Partisan Sam