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Norwich: Axe the tax Say No to Bedroom Tax

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Norwich Axe the Tax Say no to Bedroom Tax

Norwich Axe the Tax Say no to Bedroom Tax

Join the Norwich Campaign : Norwich Axe the Tax

Say no to Bedroom Tax

Saturday 30th March @City Hall 1pm

Saturday 30th April @Haymarket 12pm

 

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Joint Statement and Petition by DPAC and Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights on the Labour Party Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax

Unbelievably, the UK Labour Party, currently in opposition, has launched a campaign against the government Bedroom Tax welfare, but bizarrely, this contains an equally  draconian welfare reform.
In the campaign script (page 4) of the document, ‘Labour Party Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax’, issued by the Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, Liam Byrne, we are told:

*“The best way to bring down the benefits bill is to get people into jobs. That’s why Labour is calling for a tough but fair compulsory jobs guarantee. We would offer anyone who has been out of work for more than two years a real job – one that they would be required to take, no ifs and no buts…”

“Britain needs real welfare reform that is tough, fair and that works….”

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED,

Urge all disabled and non-disabled activists campaigning against Tory welfare reform and in particular, the Bedroom Tax, to call on Labour members, constituency parties, plus affiliated and non-affiliated unions and political groups, to:

Challenge the parliamentary Labour Party in the strongest terms, on why it considers compulsory labour necessary to combat the Bedroom Tax.

To start with, they should be told:

1. To use the current protests against the bedroom tax by disabled activists and others as a Trojan horse from which to promote a policy of benefits that is conditional on compulsory work is utterly beyond the pale.

This means that those unemployed and disabled men and women, who campaign against the Bedroom Tax within the Labour Party will, in effect, be campaigning for their own forced labour under a future Labour government.

2. We have to be absolutely clear: There is no such thing as a civilized society that treats people in inhumane and degrading ways.

A welfare ‘safety net’ conditional on exchanging labour for an uncertain standard of material life is a contradiction in terms.

3. No real job is compulsory – does the Labour Party understand the economic meaning of free labour? If not, how can it run any kind of economy, let alone a socially just economy?

A Labour Party welfare policy should support those whose lack of social power has reduced their circumstances, not compete with a Tory-led government to smear them as feckless and undeserving of a living wage.

4. Liam Byrne should immediately strike out all references to work conditionality or compulsory work, attached to the Labour Party Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax.

NO FORCED LABOUR UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AND NO SANCTIONS FOR ANY REASON

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VIGIL to support the ONE BARNET legal challenge: 19 March 9.30am

VIGIL to support the ONE BARNET legal challenge

Tuesday 19th March, 9.30am

Royal Courts of Justice, The Strand, London, WC2A 2ll.

Please join us outside the Royal Courts of Justice to show solidarity and support with disabled Barnet resident Maria Nash who is challenging Barnet Council’s decision to outsource a large group of public services without properly consulting Barnet residents.

Barnet Council is effectively selling off their public services to Capita, a private company in a single contract for a minimum of 10 years, putting the quality of services at risk as profit becomes the over-riding priority. Under the proposals customer services will for example be delivered from call centres in other parts of the UK that won’t have local knowledge or connections. There are many concerns about the impact on the local economy, about risks that the promised savings will not materialise leading to further cuts to services, about the ability of the council to accurately and properly monitor services once outsourced, and about the loss of democracy the entire procedure represents.

We are already seeing the failure of the One Barnet programme as staff working with disabled people through the ‘Your Choice Barnet’ trading company are having their terms and conditions slashed because the enterprise has not delivered the profits it was forecast to. This is what happens when profit is put before people yet Barnet Council is pressing ahead with its plans.

What is happening in Barnet is important to all of us because where Barnet leads in selling off our services other local authorities will follow.

For more information about what is happening in Barnet go to: http://barnetalliance.org/

For information about the vigil please contact: barnetalliance4publicservices@gmail.com 07534-407703

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IMPORTANT Notification: The Benefit Justice Summit this Saturday 9th March has moved to 11am Birkbeck college, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX

Please circulate around your networks
The Benefit Justice Summit this Saturday 9th March opening session has moved:
11am at Birkbeck college, Malet St, London WC1E 7HXNewcastle Tenants Federation, Liverpool and Manchester Anti-Bedroom Group campaigns, the Bakers union (fighting Workfare), Mental Health Resistance Network, barrister Liz Davies, PCS and Unite trade unions are among those speaking and taking part.

The high level of interest and bookings mean we have booked a bigger venue for the opening session.

 
Afternoon workshops from 1.15pm will still be held at ULU, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY.
Due to higher than anticipated interest in the event we have at short notice had to find alternative facilities for the morning session. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we are aware that people are traveling from around the country for the event and we would not want to turn anyone away. We also need to make sure there is enough safe room for manoeuvre for everyone.
The new venue is only a short walk and on the same street as ULU.
If you have any access requirements then please email ellenrclifford@btinternet.com as soon as possible.

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Benefits Justice Campaign: Stop the Benefit Cuts Sat 9th March 11 am, ULU Malet St, London

Stop the benefit cuts

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Stop The Benefit Cuts Stop the Bedroom Tax

Saturday 9th March 11 am

@ULU Malet Street, London WC1E 7HY

Pdf at http://t.co/y4zFO8WS5X

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Disability Income/Expenditure

First posted 2/12/2011 and with many thanks to Multoo

In my last blog I listed the incomes of several major disability charities. This is interesting as it begins to unpack the size of the annual Disability Market.

However it also limited in that it provides only a snapshot – a point in time. From a list of one year’s incomes figures it is impossible to tell whether these figures are unusual, or in line with income for the same organisations from other years.

It can also be interesting to compare the income for an organisation with the expenditure for the same organisation. If one does this for a particular year this provides a snapshot figure – a point in time.

However one can also investigate income/expenditure for one organisation, or for several organisations, over a period of years.

All the figures I will now present, except for the final column in each table, have been gathered from the Charity Commission website –

http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/index.aspx

This is a useful resource. By entering the name, or number, or any particular key words you wish to search for, of any UK charity – large or small, local, regional or national – it is possible to peer through the annual returns for that organisation, including financial details, staff details, governing documents, etc.

The provision of this information to the Charity Commission is a legal duty for all UK registered charities. So there is nothing to hide.

Here are some income, expenditure and differential calculations for a random selection of UK Disability Charities. I have checked my sums, but please feel free to check them again. If you discover any discrepancies between what you find and my figures then do let me know – I admit to being fallible, human, and a bit quick to publish.

Any mistakes are honest mistakes, maybe due to my ham-fistedness with a calculator –

SCOPE

Year

Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)

2007

2008

2009

2010

98.32 m

100.45 m

98.40 m

101.61 m

94.51 m

98.62 m

98.30 m

94.93 m

3.81 m

1.83 m

0.1 m

6.68 m

TOTALS

398.78 M

386.36 M

12.42 M

MENCAP

Year

Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)

2007

2008

2009

2010

177.86 m

183.46 m

189.12 m

194.20 m

172.13 m

176.90 m

186.05 m

188.63 m

5.73 m

6.56 m

3.07 m

5.57 m

TOTALS

744.64 M

723.71 M

20.93 M

RNIB

Year

Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)

2007

2008

2009

2010

107.82 M

98.65 M

96.04 M

135.15 M

91.80 M

100.02 M

105.11 M

130.15 M

16.02 M

-1.37 M

– 9.07 M

5 M

TOTALS

437.66 M

427.08 M

10.58 M

RNID

Year

Income (A)

Expenditure (B)

Difference (A-B)

2007

2008

2009

2010

49.21 m

49.84 m

46.84 m

47.26 m

49.28 m

45.87 m

47.88 m

44.63 m

– 0.07 m

3.97 m

– 1.04 m

2.63 m

TOTALS

193.15 M

187.66 M

5.49 M

If you total up the amount of surplus for each of these 4 organisations the figure is –

£49,420,000

And this is during a recession.

Here are some questions to ponder –

Where is this money? And what is it doing there?

What would the total figure be if we did this same exercise for every UK disability charity?

How many Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) would this surplus fund?

If this money is not doing anything in particular – if it is just lying around somewhere, gathering dust – would these major disability organisations mind donating it to local DPOs? Imagine what a difference this money could make.

Millions of pounds….

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