If I was a senior Royal I'm pretty sure I'd hate the fact that the Government was dragging me into its politically motivated culture war. news.sky.com/story/new-roya…
Some prospect this ends up being the most damaging act in generations done by a Government to the legitimacy of the monarchy.
Another British institution caused enormous damage by this most unconservative of Conservative parties...

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5 May
If you’ve followed the #WindrushInjustice, you may know Anthony Williams. Anthony is a former soldier who was found insufficiently British and turfed out of employment. He explains why the Windrush Compensation Scheme is an extension of the hostile environment. [1/7]
He slightly underplays the horror that befell him there: left to languish without a job, access to benefits, or crucially, access to health services, Anthony developed a gum infection which spread. He lost all his teeth. @WindrushLives [2/7]
Anthony’s story hit the media last year. Shortly afterwards, @ukhomeoffice made him his first offer - £18,500. Over the 2nd half of 2020, media interest in his case increased, and in lockstep, the HO made him a higher 2nd offer at the end of the yr. 2 points here: [3/7]
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5 May
🚨 @WindrushLives Thread: The #WindrushInjustice and the Windrush Compensation Scheme 🚨

Between 1948 and 1973 people from all over the Commonwealth were encouraged to come to the UK, their labour needed to rekindle the post-war economy. [1/25]
They became known as the ‘Windrush generation’ after the ship (the Empire Windrush) that brought the first group of 492 people to the UK. They, and those that followed, were British subjects who were entitled to live and work in the UK. [2/25]
However, successive immigration legislation from 1962 onwards (in a context of virulent racism - epitomised by Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech in 1968) restricted the rights of people from certain countries to settle in the UK. [3/25]
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5 May
🚨 Thread: @WindrushLives takeover 🚨

We’re @WindrushLives. We’re taking over Jo's account today to tell you why the Windrush Scandal - we prefer Windrush Injustice - is not over. #WindrushInjustice [1/9]
We’re going to show you that all the government hand-wringing and apologies for the Windrush Injustice ring very hollow when you scrutinise what’s happened since Sajid Javid promised to ‘do right by the Windrush generation’ ukpol.co.uk/sajid-javid-20… [2/9]
The main focus of our ire is the Windrush Compensation Scheme (WCS or Scheme hereafter) which was established by the Javid-led Home Office in 2019 to compensate the 1000s of people who were caught up in the Windrush Injustice. The Scheme, in short, has been shambolic. [3/9]
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30 Apr
The final part of our takeover focuses on Universal Credit.

Many disabled people are financially worse off on Universal Credit due to the removal of the Disability Premia - which have been the subject of judicial review. They would lose over £2,000 a year.

@Dis_PPL_Protest 👇
We @Dis_PPL_Protest believe that UC has too many flaws to be simply paused and fixed – it must be stopped and scrapped. UC is rotten to the core.

Universal Credit is the punishing regime due to be more widely imposed on people with low incomes both those in and out of work.
Universal Credit replaces six benefits – Child Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance and Working Tax Credit.
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30 Apr
Many disabled people on Employment and Support Allowance only get £74 a week to live off - even though their costs have risen massively during the pandemic. THREAD dpac.uk.net/2021/03/20more… @Dis_PPL_Protest #20More4All
We @Dis_PPL_Protest and @Z2K_trust say all legacy benefits like Employment and Support Allowance need to be increased by £20 a week.

2.5 million people are on these still. Please sign this petition: petition.parliament.uk/petitions/5721…
A survey of disabled people on legacy benefits conducted by the Disability Benefits Consortium found that two thirds have had to go without essentials like food, heating or medication as a result of increased costs since the pandemic started. mirror.co.uk/news/politics/…
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30 Apr
Social care is not free for disabled people. Many people pay as much as £100 a week towards social care and are left with very little money for other needs. THREAD 👇

#EndTaxOnBeingDisabled @Dis_PPL_Protest
Government give some disabled people money to meet extra costs of being disabled in Personal Independence Payments but now local councils are taking that to pay for care. # EndTaxOnBeingDisabled
Social care must be free at point of need. We @Dis_PPL_Protest want an end to care charging now. #EndTaxOnBeingDisabled dpac.uk.net/2021/03/end-th…
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