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Dr Lauren Gavaghan @DancingTheMind
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Dear anyone who thinks they will vote Conservative when we have a #GeneralElection ...please read the below report from UN Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights before you cast your vote.

Let your conscience do the rest.

#ChildrenInNeed #Poverty…
“But through it all, one actor has stubbornly resisted seeing the situation for what it is. The Government has remained determinedly in a state of denial.”

@theresa_may @EstherMcVey1

#UNVisit2018 #poverty
“Even while devolved authorities in Scotland & N Ireland are frantically trying to devise ways to ‘mitigate’, or in other words counteract, at least the worst features of the Government’s benefits policy, Ministers insisted to me that all is well and running acc to plan”
“there has been a determined resistance to change in response to the many problems which so many people at all levels have brought to my attention. The good news is that many of the problems could readily be solved if the Government were to acknowledge the problems”

...”people with disabilities who are being told they need to go back to work or lose support, against their doctor’s orders.”

@EstherMcVey1 - your resignation comes at an interesting time.

#UNVisit2018 #poverty #UniversalCredit
“great misery has also been inflicted unnecessarily, esp on the working poor, on single mothers struggling against mighty odds, on people with disabilities who are already marginalized, and on millions of children who are being locked into a cycle of poverty”

“Universal Credit and the other far-reaching changes to the role of government in supporting people in distress are almost always ‘sold’ as being part of an unavoidable program of fiscal ‘austerity’, needed to save the country from bankruptcy.”

#UNVisit2018 #Poverty
...”however, the reforms have almost certainly cost the country far more than their proponents will admit.”

#UNVisit2018 #austerity #poverty
“British compassion for those who are suffering has been replaced by a punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous approach apparently designed to instill discipline where it is least useful, to impose a rigid order on the lives of those least capable of coping with today’s world”
...”the poor will be substantially less well off than they already are. This could well lead to significant public discontent, further division and even instability, thus underscoring the importance that steps be taken now to avoid such outcomes”

#UNVisit2018 #Poverty #brexit
Universal Credit:
“design/rollout of prog suggested Dept for Work &Pensions more concerned with making economic savings and sending messages about lifestyles than responding to multiple needs of those living with a disability,job loss, housing insecurity,illness..”
Universal Credit/

“When claimants contest assessments that they consider to be wrong, there is a clear sense that the Orwellian named anonymous ‘decision-maker’ rarely varies the approach.”

#UNVisit2018 #poverty
“the Inquiry undertaken by UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities found “evidence of grave and systematic violation of the rights of persons with disabilities,” partly on the basis of the sanctions regime.”

#UniversalCredit #UNVisit2018 #poverty
”to address poverty systematically and effectively it is essential to know its extent and character. Yet the United Kingdom does not have an official measure of poverty”

#poverty #ChildrenInNeed #childreninneed2018 #UNVisit2018
”I also heard story after story from people who considered and even attempted suicide, and spoke with multiple organizations that have instituted suicide prevention training for frontline staff in recent years.”

#UNVisit2018 #poverty #UniversalCredit
🔺In England, homelessness is up 60% since 2010
🔺rough sleeping is up 134%
🔺1.2 million people on social housing waiting list
🔺<6,000 homes built last year.
🔺Food bank use up ~4-fold since 2012
🔺now ~2,000 food banks in UK, up from just 29 at height of financial crisis
🔺England: homelessness up 60% since 2010
🔺rough sleeping up 134%
🔺1.2 mill people on social housing wait list
🔺<6,000 homes built last year
🔺Food bank use up ~4-fold since 2012
🔺now ~2,000 food banks in UK, up from just 29 at height of financial crisis
#poverty #UNVisit2018
“In-work poverty is inc common & almost 60% of those in poverty in UK are in families where someone works. There are 2.8 million people living in poverty in families where all adults work full time.”

#poverty #UniversalCredit #UNVisit2018
””Equality&Human Rights Commission forecasts another 1.5 millionchildren will fall into poverty bet 2010 & 2021/22...almost 1/3rd of children in UK live in poverty. After yrs of progress, child poverty is rising again, and expected to continue increasing sharply”

“The experience of the United Kingdom, especially since 2010, underscores the conclusion that poverty is a political choice.

Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so”

#Poverty #UNVisit2018 #ChildrenInNeed #HumanRights
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