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Monday, 12 December 2016
The shameful rise of child homelessness in Tory Britain.
The number of homeless children has risen by nearly 60% since the year 2010, when the Tories formed an unholy partnership with Nick Clegg's Liberal Democrats.
When Nick Clegg tells you he was a restraining influence on the Tories and their vicious ideological austerity agenda remind him, and his supporters of one very simple but damning fact. Mr Clegg voted with the Tories a staggering 259 times. Watching him attacking Tory spending plans that took public spending to levels not seen since the 1930's after having signed them off himself, was laughable and shows a complete and utter lack of awareness.
But enough of Clegg, no doubt he will be joining fellow austerity architects Cameron and Osborne on the very lucrative speech circuit any time. Cameron himself was offered a lucrative deal for a speech for a firm called Bain Capital. Some of you may not know who they are but it all starts to make sense when you realise David Cameron sold off our NHS Blood plasma supply units to Bain Capital in 2013.What goes around, comes around.
So, here we are coming towards the end of 2016 and data collated by Department for Communities and Local Government show there are now 114,930 children living in temporary accommodation every night. Homeless charity Shelter say this will be around 120,000 by Christmas Day. Does this not concern you Theresa May? You promised to "end the burning injustices of poverty".
I'll share a secret with you. My 2 children are included in that 120,000.
There's a long story behind it, I would imagine this is the same for most people finding themselves in similar circumstances. But its the children who suffer most, through no fault of their own. They grow up having to live by circumstances that have been forced upon them. It wasn't supposed to be this way for them, or the other 119,998 British children now living in temporary accommodation. But a life-changing illness, losing your house, your job, your friends and a normal standard of living in the space of months can happen to most of us. We all want our children to have the best of everything, or at least the best we can manage, but when your children still go the leafy suburban school where they all have the Nike Air's, the latest iPhone and the Tory-voting parents gather at the school gates comparing 4 x 4's its not easy for them when mum rolls up in the 17 year old Peugeot without any heating. What happened to me and my family is not an isolated case, you find this out when you come up against a system that causes so much suffering. This might give you a bit of an insight in to my motivation in holding this nasty government to account. We've done the ATOS fit-for-work assessment 3 times, we've fought The DWP in court, we all have a right to demand transparency and accountability from the people that are supposed to represent us.
There's so many facts and figures to grasp but some really are quite startling. For example: In just 1 year of a Conservative-led government, children living in poverty increased by 250,000.
Do you think poverty is exclusive to the unemployed? The sick & disabled? No, it really isn't. Work does not provide a guaranteed route out of poverty in the UK. Two-thirds (66%) of children growing up in poverty live in a family where at least one member works. So much for the Tories pledge of rewarding those that work hard, do the right thing, get on in life.
So after 6 Tory years the number of children classed as homeless and living in temporary accommodation is up by a disgraceful 58% .The number of families with children declared homeless are similarly up by 70% with such families now making up two-thirds of homeless cases.
This is what Theresa May said on her first day as Prime Minister:
"That means fighting against the burning injustice that, if you’re born poor, you will die on average 9 years earlier than others.
If you’re young, you’ll find it harder than ever before to own your own home"
Does anybody seriously believe she intends on doing something about this? Does anyone seriously believe Theresa May wants to build a "country that works for everyone"?
If you do then could I interest you in 3 buckets of unicorn poop for £10,000 a bucket?