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We find more children are being taken into care with fewer foster carers to look after them as we launch Barnardo’s 10th Annual Fostering Campaign 2019, which are fronted by The Only Way Is Essex Actor Ms Lydia Bright and Ms Debbie Douglas. The fact is this that the number of children in care in England has risen by 27 per cent in the last 10 years, against which we urgently appeal for more people to consider fostering. In the past decade, Barnardo’s foster carers have looked after thousands of children, giving them the best chance to have a happier and positive future.

However, we are concerned that there are not enough suitable foster families to take care of the increasing numbers of vulnerable children in care. Increasing child poverty, a lack of early intervention and support for families before they reach crisis point and a heightened awareness of abuse and neglect are among the complex reasons more and more children and young people are being taken into care. But figures from Ofsted show that the number of approved carers has dropped by 950 in just one year. If, these trends continue it will become, even, more difficult to find good foster placements for vulnerable children. Join In and Support Our Annual Fostering Campaign 2019.

So the First Thing She Must Do Is Recognise the Clear Majority in This House Against Leaving Without a Deal and to Rule Out No Deal: Stop the Colossal Waste of Public Money: So Mr Speaker No More Phoney Talks: Parliament Will Debate and Decide: And This Time the Government Must Listen: Jeremy Corbyn MP

 

 

 

|| January 21: 2019 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, speaking at the House of Commons, responding to Mrs Theresa May’s Statement on Exiting the European Union, today, said, ‘’Mr Speaker, I thank the Prime Minister for an advance copy of her statement. I join the Prime Minister in condemning the car bomb attack we have seen in Londonderry and commend the emergency services and local community for their response. The huge achievement of the Good Friday Agreement in reducing violence in Northern Ireland must never be taken for granted.

The government still appears not to have come to terms with the scale of the defeat in this House last week. The Prime Minister seems to going through the motions of accepting that result but in reality is in deep denial. The logic of that decisive defeat is that the Prime Minister must change her red lines because her current deal is undeliverable. So can she be clear and explicit to the House: which of her red lines is she prepared to move on? The Prime Minister’s invitations to talks have been exposed as a PR sham.

Every opposition party politician came out of those meetings with the same response. Contrary to what the Prime Minister has just said, there was no flexibility; there were no negotiations; nothing had changed. But Mr Speaker, I welcome the commitment that the fee for EU citizens to apply for Settled Status will be waived. Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister was fond of saying: “this is the best possible deal on the table, it is the only possible deal on offer”.

But our EU negotiating partners are clear and I quote: “Unanimously the European Council have always said that if the UK chooses to shift its red lines in the future … and to go beyond a simple free trade agreement, then the EU will be immediately ready to give a favourable response.” This House voted to hold the referendum. It voted to trigger Article 50. There is a clear majority of this House to support a deal in principle and to respect the referendum result.

But it requires the Prime Minister to face reality, and accept her deal has been comprehensively defeated. Instead, we now understand the Prime Minister is going back to Europe to seek concessions on the backstop. Can I ask the Prime Minister, what is the difference between legal assurances and concessions? What makes her think that what she tried to renegotiate in December will succeed in January? This really does feel like Groundhog Day.

So the first thing she must do is recognise the clear majority in this House against leaving without a deal and to rule out ‘no deal’. Stop the colossal waste of public money planning for an outcome. 

Questions too must be asked of the Chancellor. He reassured businesses that ‘no deal’ would be ruled out by the Commons, yet he is sanctioning £04.2 billion to be spent on an option he believes will be ruled out. The Foreign Secretary last week said it was “very unrealistic” to believe that the House of Commons would not find a way to block ‘no deal’.

Mr Speaker, can I ask the Prime Minister to meet first with her Chancellor and Foreign Secretary to see if they can convince her to do what is in her power and rule out ‘no deal’? If she will not do that now, will she confirm to the House that if an amendment passes that rules out ‘no deal’ she will implement that instruction?

The Prime Minister agreed the backstop because of her pledge to the people of Northern Ireland to avoid a hard border. But ‘no deal’ would mean a hard border in Ireland and break the Prime Minister’s commitment. Is she seriously willing to accept a hard border? But today heralds the start of a democratic process, where this House will debate amendments that will determine how we navigate Brexit.

Of course, the government tried to block us ever getting to this stage, they wanted to have no democratic scrutiny whatsoever. Labour has set out and I believe there may be a majority in this House for such a proposal. For a new comprehensive customs union with the EU; a strong single market deal that delivers frictionless trade; and ensures no race to the bottom on workers’ rights.

We will, as we have said consistently from the beginning, back amendments that seek to rule out the disaster of ‘no deal’. And as we have said, we will not rule out the option of a public vote. So Mr Speaker, no more phoney talks. Parliament will debate and decide. And this time the government must listen.’’:::ω.

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Financial Interests of Patient Organisations Involved in Assessing NHS Treatments: New Research Calls for Stronger Policy on Disclosure and Greater Transparency From Patient Organisations and Manufacturers to Reassure the Public That the Healthcare Decisions Are Not Unduly Influenced by the Industry

 

 

|| January 21: 2019: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine News || ά. More than two thirds of patient organisations involved in assessing treatments for the NHS use received funding from the maker:s or a competitor of that treatment, yet, decision makers were aware of less than a quarter of these interests, according to new research published in the BMJ.

The research team, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is calling for stronger policy on disclosure and greater transparency from patient organisations and manufacturers to reassure the public that healthcare decisions are not unduly influenced by industry. Involving patients in decisions on public funding of medicines and treatments is essential to an accurate and fair assessment of the value of new technologies.

At the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence:NICE in England, patient organisations are, often, involved in assessing new and existing medicines and treatments for use by the NHS in England and Wales, known as, technology appraisal. Yet, if, patients’ perspectives are truly given weight by decision makers any potential bias, must, also, be taken into account.

The study team investigated the prevalence of financial interests among patient organisations, contributing to technology appraisals at NICE and the extent to which decision-making committees are aware of these interests.

The researchers assessed 53 patient organisations, contributing to 41 NICE technology appraisals, published in 2015 and 2016, with 117 separate occasions, that a patient organisation contributed to the appraisal of a technology. Pharmaceutical industry funding was determined from manufacturers’ declarations and accounts, annual reports, websites and responses from patient organisations.

They found that 38 of 53, 72% patient organisations held specific interests, funding from manufacturer:s of a technology under appraisal or competitor products in the same year that the patient organisation contributed to the appraisal or the year before.

Specific interests were present on 92 of 117, 79% occasions that organisations contributed to appraisals.

Yet, the results show that NICE’s committees were aware of less than a quarter, 30 of 144; 21% of specific interests. And for nearly two thirds of the specific interests unknown to committees, 71 of 114; 62%, disclosure by patient organisations was not required by NICE’s current policy.

Dr Kate Mandeville, the Lead Author from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said, “It is essential that patients can contribute to decisions over which new drugs should be made available on the NHS. Patients’ perspectives give important information on the impact of the condition and lead to better decisions.

NICE has been a pioneer in involving patients in drug decisions and the high level of contributions from patient organisations seen in our study is an indicator of success. However, we found that NICE’s disclosure policy does not provide decision makers with enough information on funding received by patient organisations from drug manufacturers.

NICE needs to urgently strengthen its disclosure policy for patient organisations to reassure the public that drug decisions are not unduly influenced by industry.”

The authors say that their results provide a valid assessment that financial interests are highly prevalent among patient organisations, contributing to health technology assessment and such interests need to be systematically identified to improve transparency.

Although, the Study was strengthened by using a systematic and comprehensive search for relevant interests of patient organisations, the researchers acknowledge the limitations, including, some incomplete and inconsistent reporting by patient organisations and manufacturers.

The Paper: Financial interests of patient organisations contributing to technology assessment at England’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: policy review: Kate L Mandeville, Rosie Barker, Alice Packham, Charlotte Sowerby, Kielan Yarrow, Hannah Patrick: Published in BMJ:::ω.

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The Labour Party Tables Amendment to Break the Exiting the European Union Deadlock

 

 

|| January 21: 2019 || ά. The Labour Party has today tabled an amendment to last night’s government motion to break the Exiting the EU deadlock and to protect the UK from a No Deal outcome. The amendment would instruct the government to rule out a ‘disastrous No Deal and allow parliament to consider and vote on options to break the impasse.’

That would include a: An alternative exit deal, that protects jobs, living standards and workers’ rights and environmental standards, including, through a comprehensive customs union with a UK say and strong single market deal; b: The option of a public vote on a deal or proposal on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union;

c: The amendment reflects the Labour Party’s existing policy of a Jobs First Exit, along with the unanimously agreed Party Conference policy of keeping all options on the table to avoid a No Deal exit, including, the option of a public vote.

Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, said, “Theresa May has shown today that she has no Plan B after the comprehensive rejection of her botched Brexit deal by MPs last week. The prime minister is both refusing to change her red lines or take the threat of a no deal exit off the table. MPs must now act to break the deadlock.

Our amendment will allow MPs to vote on options to end this Brexit deadlock and prevent the chaos of a No Deal.

It is time for Labour’s alternative plan to take centre stage, while keeping all options on the table, including, the option of a public vote.”:::ω.

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Barnardo’s Launches Its Tenth Annual Fostering Campaign: The Charity Calls for More People to Consider Foster Caring As the Number of Children in Care in England Rises 27% in a Decade

 

 

|| January 20: 2019 || ά. More children are being taken into care with fewer foster carers to look after them, according to Barnardo’s as the Agency launches its 10th annual fostering campaign, fronted by The Only Way Is Essex Actor Ms Lydia Bright and Ms Debbie Douglas. Bernardo’s emphasises the fact that the number of children in care in England has risen by 27 per cent in the last 10 years as the Charity urgently appeals for more people to consider fostering. In the past decade, Barnardo’s foster carers have looked after thousands of children, giving them the best chance to have a happier and positive future.

However, the Charity is concerned that there are not enough suitable foster families to take care of the increasing numbers of vulnerable children in care. Increasing child poverty, a lack of early intervention and support for families before they reach crisis point and a heightened awareness of abuse and neglect are among the complex reasons more and more children and young people are being taken into care. But figures from Ofsted show that the number of approved carers has dropped by 950 in just one year. If, these trends continue it will become, even, more difficult to find good foster placements for vulnerable children.

Now, Barnardo’s is celebrating ten years since its first UK Fostering Campaign and the Charity’s foster carers have welcomed vulnerable children into their families more than 8,288 times across the UK. The Charity’s Fostering Ambassadors Ms Lydia Bright and Ms Debbie Douglas are fronting this year’s campaign, calling for more people to step forward to take on this rewarding role to ensure that vulnerable children have a loving family to support them when they need it.

The mother and daughter have been a fostering family for more than 25 years for more than 250 children.  Ms Douglas said, “Having a safe and caring family is so important when you are growing up. With so many more children coming into care, it’s so crucial that more people become foster carers. Knowing you can provide that loving family for a child when they need it most is so rewarding and can really help to transform their lives  and yours.”

Ms Lydia Bright said, ‘’We have loved having foster children as part of our family; it is incredible to see the difference having a caring, supportive family can make. We are proud to play a part in helping them to have a happy childhood and positive future.”

Mr Javed Khan, the Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, said, “As the number of children in care continues to rise, we need more foster carers than ever before. At Barnardo’s we find loving families for vulnerable children in communities across the UK and we give foster carers the training and support they need.

Being a foster carer can be a challenge but it’s, also, incredibly rewarding and gives children the love, care and life skills they need to build better and brighter futures.  I want to thank all of our amazing foster carers for helping us transform children’s lives. And I would urge anyone considering becoming a foster carer to get in touch to find out more. Incredible things happen when you believe in children.”

Barnardo’s points out these statistics: In England, on March 31, 2008, there were 59,370 children in care, 70 per cent of whom were in foster care. By March 31, 2018, the figure had increased to 75,420, up by 27 per cent in a decade and with 73 per cent of those children living in foster care at that time. The number of children in foster care itself has increased by 31.4 per cent in a decade.

In contrast, the number of approved foster carers is decreasing, with the latest available figures from Ofsted showing that in England, as of March 31, 2017, this number was reduced to 61,415, compared with 62,365 in March 2016. The reasons behind the decrease are complex and can include birth children living at home for longer and rising house prices meaning that prospective carers do not have the required spare room and older foster carers are reaching retirement age while younger families are becoming increasingly responsible for their own parents care as they get older.

A continuation of these trends will mean that it will become more difficult to find the best foster carers for vulnerable children when they most need a loving family. Carers need to have the right training and skills, live in the right location and be available at the right time for a child, who is disabled, are siblings, older children or from a religious or minority ethnic background.

This could mean that children have to wait longer before finding the best match or that they, may, need to be moved to a different family several times because the most appropriate carer is not available, which can have a negative impact on a child.

One Barnardo’s Carer, who knows the difference a safe and stable foster family can make to a child’s life is Ms Helen Elward, 62, from Rugby, who has provided specialist foster care for almost 40 children in the last eight years. They are, often, some of the most vulnerable in the care system, on bail or remand or affected by child sexual exploitation  and stay with Ms Elward for anything from a few days to several months.

Ms Elward said, “Young people sometimes feel society has given up on them, so they give up on themselves. It’s amazing to see the difference you can make in such a short space of time.  We can help them to completely transform their lives. They can talk about their problems, if, they want to and we try to build their self-confidence and enable them to be the person they can be.

They’ve gone on to university, established their own businesses and started families. Sometimes, they just need someone to believe in them; perhaps, they’ve never had that before.”

To find out more about becoming a foster carer or the support Barnardo’s can offer visit  barnardos.org.uk/fostering or call 0800 0277 280.

About Barnardo's: Last year 301,100 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as, young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes. We work to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and every year we help thousands of families to build a better future. But we can not do it without you.

Caption:  Debbie Douglas, Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan and Lydia Bright: Image: Barnardo's:::ω.

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Does Every Little Help: The New Government Scheme Help to Save Account Helps Savers Get a 50% Government Boost to Their Savings: Save £50 a Month for Four Years and Get £1,200 Bonus: 80,000 Have Opened One Depositing 10 Million

 

 

|| January 20: 2019 || ά. A new initiative run by the HMRC is available now, which lets savers set their own savings goals and personal reminders, to keep on track and maximise bonuses. The account offers working people on lower incomes, i.e, on Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit, a 50% bonus, with Help to Save rewarding savers with an extra 50p for every £01 saved.

Over a four-year period a maximum saving of £2,400 would result in an overall bonus of £1,200. The Government hopes that Help to Save is easy to use, flexible and secure and will help those on lower incomes build up a ‘rainy day’ fund and encourage savings behaviours and habits. How much is saved and when is up to the account holder and they don’t need to pay in every month to get a bonus.

Mr John Glen, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said, ‘’The new year is a good time to start getting into the habit of saving and with Help to Save you’ll get a massive 50% boost from the government.

Whether you are saving for a family break, putting money away for a rainy day or, even, saving for next Christmas, Help to Save is designed to make saving as simple as possible.’’

Account holders can save between £01 and £50 every calendar month and accounts last for four years from the date the account is opened. After two years, savers get a 50% tax-free bonus on the highest balance they’ve achieved. If, they continue saving they could receive another 50% tax-free bonus after a further two years.

On maximum savings of £2,400 over four years, the overall bonus would be £1,200.

To Open a Help to Save Account:::ω.

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The Exiting the European Union Deadlock: The Long and Short of It Is Expressed Brilliantly by the Prime Minister in Her Letter to Jeremy Corbyn: It Is Not Within the Government’s Power to Rule Out No Deal: Therefore the United Kingdom Is Shut-Open for Talks: Terms and Conditions Apply: Read the Small Prints

 

 

 

And these small prints are: a: No Deal Is Our Next Best Deal: b: No Customs Union with the European Union: c: No Other Type of Deal Or Neither Norway Nor Canada: d: No General Election: e: No Final Say Referendum: f: Do Not Ask Why But Should You Insist This Is Because the Government Is Kept Under Command by the Eurosceptics and I Want to Remain Prime Minister, Which Is What Is My National Interest Yardstick.

 

 

 

 

 

|| January 17: 2019 || ά. So, the Government survives the No Confidence Motion with only 19 votes and, immediately, went about extending the breathing space for it to hold onto for another few days, this Monday or that or the other, a little block of a few days, at a time, by declaring it was going to now talk with everyone, except, no one should have much to say among all the these-lines and that-lines and there-those-lines and here-these-lines, that the Government must observe. Before going any further on this issue, let us pose this question as to why is it not within the Government’s power to rule out No-Deal? Is it because the Conservative Eurosceptic won’t have it any other way, which, regardless of what the other ways are or are about, they will block as well and the Prime Minister has no power to go against their command in order to remain Prime Minister? Is this not the ultimate truth, which has now been put into words by the Prime Minister herself, which is why this Government has wasted all these times negotiating a deal, that can not be acceptable by the vast majority of the House of Parliament.

The Conservative Party was divided unofficially about Europe, Mr David Cameron officially opened that divide and, during and since the Referendum, the Conservative Party got into two parties on the same platform and it created two government segments both of whose reason detour was to oppose, sabotage and block the other. That is what this Government and their party have been engaged in but in this the Eurosceptic got the power hand by which they dictated Mrs Theresa May to the extent that their lines became her lines and she found the deadest of expression for it: she was to deliver red white and blue exit from the European Union and all that colours, however, made a mess for her in which the Government has become ‘imprisoned’ and ‘powerless’. And this powerlessness disenfranchises the Prime Minister and she becomes as powerless as her Government. But, at least, now the country knows from her own words that that is the case: that the UK now has a Government, that is powerless, even, to stop a No Deal exit, even, though, this goes against any meaning of the national interest and, it is going to cost taxpayers billions of pounds as this powerless Government goes about preparing for a nightmare, that they can, should, ought and must stop but won’t because they have made themselves into a powerless and dysfunctional Government.

In this, the duties, obligations and responsibilities of the State and its Government to always advance and protect the national interest and do all they can to avoid harming that national interest and harming people and their livelihoods and living standards, all are abandoned. It is the most dangerous, most reckless and most wonton dereliction and abandonment of the State and Government’s duties, responsibilities and obligations to the country and to the people. The only organ of the State, the Legislature, the Houses of Parliament, is seeking its hardest to do their duty right. And, now, the Government is to talk and they invited everyone to attend meetings, which are nothing but window dressing because this powerless Government has no power to go against is Eurosceptic, who have their agenda, which do not co-inside with the national interest but their own volition to fulfil their dogmatic stance without regards to reason,  evidence or to common sense.

And these talks, window-dressing, must, remember that this powerless Government has its ‘own values’ under which they must follow the following small prints, that everyone, must, take note of and observe, who are attending these talks. Mr Jeremy Corbyn has refused to attend such talks and the Prime Minister keeps speaking about the national interest, except, to her, this phrase means altogether a different thing: to her ‘national interest’ is by whatever means necessary she must keep at being the Prime Minister. It does not matter what happens to the country and what awaits to befall to all its citizens they, must, carry on in Government, even, though, being powerless, she must remain the Prime Minister. But United Kingdom is a country, a nation and millions of people are part of it and both the country and the people are far bigger than any one person, even, if, this one is a Prime Minister. In the flow of eternal times Prime Ministers come and go and only History books remember their names but the people and the country go on. But they are going to go on a ruinous road and shall continue to face and pay for that ruinous road for generations to come simply because this Prime Minister finds herself leading a powerless Government but she has the duty to herself to remain the Prime Minister regardless of what may come or go.

And these small prints are: a: No Deal Is Our Next Best Deal: b: No Customs Union with the European Union: c: No Other Type of Deal Or Neither Norway Nor Canada: d: No General Election: e: No Final Say Referendum: f: Do Not Ask Why But Should You Insist This Is Because the Government Is Kept Under Command by the Eurosceptics and I Want to Remain Prime Minister, Which Is What Is My National Interest Yardstick.

But Why Is It Not Within the Government’s Power to Rule Out No Deal: Is It Because the Conservative Eurosceptic Won’t Have It and the Prime Minister Has No Power to Go Against Their Command in Order to Remain Prime Minister: This Is the Truth: Therefore, the United Kingdom Is Shut-Open for Talks: Terms and Conditions Apply: Read the Small Prints.:::ω.

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The Government Has Spent £04.8 Billion on Preparing for a No Deal Scenario That Money Should Be Going Instead to Support Our Cash-Starved Public Services: No Deal Would Risk Huge Damage to Our Economy Jobs and Living Standards: I Am Quite Happy to Talk But the Starting Point for Any Talks About Brexit Must Be That the Threat of a Disastrous No Deal Outcome Is Ruled Out: Jeremy Corbyn MP in Hastings

 

 

|| January 17: 2019 || ά. Mr Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Leader of the Labour Party, has delivered a speech in Hastings, today, in which he said: I thank Thelma for coming to Hastings to introduce me today, a head teacher who won her seat in Colne Valley in 2017. I’m also delighted to be alongside my good friend Peter Chowney, Labour’s candidate and the next MP for Hastings and Rye. The sense of hopelessness that so many south coast towns face will be stopped, challenged and changed by a Labour government. The Prime Minister has suffered a devastating defeat on the most important issue facing the country.

The central policy of her government has been decisively rejected. Her deal with the EU is finished. The scale of Tuesday’s vote against it was so great there can now be no question of tweaks or sweeteners from Brussels to bring it back to life. The government’s deal is dead. She put it to parliament and it was emphatically rejected. The Prime Minister seems unable to grasp what has happened. She still seems prepared to send the country hurtling towards the cliff edge. To get a deal that can command a majority in parliament, Theresa May has to ditch the red lines and get serious about proposals for the future. Last night’s offer of talks with party leaders turned out to be simply a stunt, not the serious attempt to engage with the new reality that’s needed.

No sooner had she said the words in parliament than the government confirmed that she would not take No Deal off the table. So I say to the Prime Minister again: I am quite happy to talk. But the starting point for any talks about Brexit must be that the threat of a disastrous No Deal outcome is ruled out.

If she won’t accept the will of parliament and take No Deal off the table, it will show that she simply isn’t serious about reaching a deal. With No Deal still on the table, the prime minister would enter into phoney talks just to run down the clock and try to blackmail MPs to vote through her botched deal on a second attempt by threatening the country with the chaos of No Deal if they resist a second time. Instead, Theresa May should show us that she is serious about getting a deal that parliament supports and that brings the country together, by immediately ending the waste of hundreds of millions of pounds of public money preparing for a No Deal outcome which cannot take place.

The government has spent £4.8 billion on preparing for a No Deal scenario. That money should be going instead to support our cash-starved public services. No Deal would risk huge damage to our economy, jobs and living standards. About that there is no doubt. So Labour is open to discussions. Because we must end the crisis caused by the government’s botched Brexit negotiations and find a solution that meets the needs of the whole country.

We, the Labour Party, have set out our alternative plan, and I have made clear we would support a deal on that basis. The government may have survived a confidence vote, for now. But we have a government in name only. The scale of the defeat on Tuesday has shredded the last vestiges of its authority. If the government had any confidence in itself it would go back to the people for a new mandate.

While Brexit consumes all the government’s energy, the vital issues that affect people most directly – cash-starved schools, the NHS at breaking point, rising bills, unaffordable housing – have all gone to the back of the queue. Two and a half years of Brexit bungling and failure have left parliament in deadlock. Nothing can be decided. Nothing can get done.

We believe that the best outcome for the country remains a general election to break the deadlock and find a solution that works for the whole country. And that is why I tabled a motion of confidence, and we will come back with it again if necessary. In the meantime, all options are on the table. We are serious about finding a way through. Given the severity of the crisis, it would be wrong to rule any of them out. Our first option is the alternative plan we have laid out over the past year.

Labour will put down our own amendment next week, setting out our alternative plan based around a permanent customs union with a British say in future trade deals; a strong single market relationship; and a guarantee at least to keep pace with EU rights at work, environmental protections, and consumer standards. Those three elements provide the essential building blocks of a sensible deal with the clear potential to win majority support in parliament.

And I believe such a deal would help to bring people together and overcome the divisions in our country. But if the government remains intransigent, if support for Labour’s alternative is blocked for party advantage, and the country is facing the potential disaster of No Deal, our duty will then be to look at other options which we’ve set out in our conference motion, including the option of a public vote.

We are in this position because the Conservatives and other parties have deliberately chosen to deepen divisions, setting those who voted leave against those who voted remain. Labour is the only party that has consistently sought to bring people together and find a way through that respects people’s concerns, whichever way they voted in the referendum.

Because I believe that the real divide in our country is not between leave and remain. It’s between the many who do the work, create the wealth and pay their taxes, work in our society, deliver for the rest of us – and those others, those few who set the rules, reap the rewards and dodge their taxes.

On Tuesday, while the country’s attention was fixed on Westminster and the vote that took place, we had yet another demonstration of that harsh reality. The Department of Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd’s department, quietly announced another cut to social security, which according to Age UK could leave some couples up to £7,000 a year worse off.

This latest cut will force yet more people onto the government’s cruel Universal Credit scheme. Couples in which only one spouse is a pensioner will no longer be entitled to Pension Credit. So just imagine this: if you’ve paid into the system all your life, you’ve retired on a low income and now the government decides you’ll be poorer just because your partner is younger than you. That’s disgraceful, that’s wrong. How typical of the Tories.

Whether they voted leave or remain people want an end to these injustices. Remember the vast majority of people don’t think of themselves as ‘Remainers’ or ‘Leavers’, however they’re regarded by the media or the political class. And if we allow people to be permanently divided along artificial lines, it’s only the privileged elite that will benefit – while the majority lose out.:::ω.

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Reform to Two-Child Limit Addresses Retrospection But Does Not Change Long-Run Cut to Support for Big Families

 

 

|| January 14: 2019: Tom Waters: Institute for Fiscal Studies: Writing || ά. Today, January 11, Ms Amber Rudd, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, announced that the ‘two-child limit’ in tax credits and Universal Credit will not apply to children born before April 2017, though it will continue to apply to those born after. This observation summarises the key facts about the two-child limit, today’s change to the way it is planned to be rolled out, and their effects. The two-child limit, first announced at Summer Budget 2015, means that the child element of tax credits and Universal Credit is limited to the first two children in a family, with a small number of exceptions and so families do not see any increase in entitlement for third and subsequent children.

Prior to the two-child limit, a family could receive the child element of child tax credit, currently worth £2,780 per year, for each child, subject to a means test. This is in addition to child benefit, which is currently worth £1,079 per year for the first child and £714 for each subsequent one and which, subject to its own rather different form of means test, continues to be available for all children. In combination this means that, in the absence of the two-child limit, an out-of-work family with three children would be entitled to £10,840 per year from these benefits; one with four children would be entitled to £14,330. Many of these families are also entitled to other benefits, such as housing benefit and Jobseeker’s Allowance. By capping the number of child elements that a family can receive at two, the two-child limit reduces benefit entitlements for the typical affected family by £2,780 for every child they have beyond the second.

The first part of the policy came into effect from April 2017 and applied only to children born after that date. The original plan was, starting next month, to apply the two-child limit to any new claimant of means tested benefits, regardless of when their children were born. Under today’s policy change, the two-child limit will continue to apply only to children born after April 2017. This addresses the issue of ‘retrospection’ that some had objected to – it will no longer be the case that those who had decided to have three or more children before the policy was announced will be affected, apart from in respect to any children they have had since.

Today’s announcement makes no difference to the long-run generosity of the benefit system. Eventually all children will be born after April 2017 and so the two-child limit will apply to all families with more than two children. What this reform does do is to slow down substantially the speed of the rollout of the policy, its long-run impact will now not be fully felt until the mid-2030s.

That long-run impact is the issue we turn to now. Its actual size will be is dependent upon a number of factors, including how many large families there are in the mid-2030s and beyond, what their incomes are, what future reforms are made to the benefit system and so on. If, the population then looks similar to now, and there are no further benefit reforms, around 700,000 families would be entitled to less support than they would have been in the absence of the two-child limit. Of those, around one-third would be lone parent families and around 70% would have at least one adult in paid work. Those affected by the two-child limit would be getting an average of £3,000 per year less than they would have got otherwise, equivalent to 10% of their income on average, and representing a saving to the Exchequer of about £02 billion per year in today’s terms.

We previously estimated that the policy would increase child poverty, on the government’s official measures, and after deducting housing costs, by roughly 300,000, depending on precisely which measure of poverty is used. This is a sizable effect for a policy saving £02 billion, and there are three reasons why it is so big. First, it has a large impact on the incomes of those affected. Second, after adjusting as poverty measures do for the fact that these families have many people to support, the affected families and, bigger families more generally, are relatively likely to be close to the poverty line. 90% of those affected are among the poorest half of families with children, measuring their incomes after adjusting for household size and composition and, 45% are in the poorest quarter. Third, the policy by definition only affects families with three or more children, so the impact on the number of children in poverty is large relative to the number of families affected.

Amber Rudd’s reform announced today certainly addresses the issue of ‘retrospection’ that had attracted criticism. But it does nothing to change the fact that, in the long-run, the two-child limit substantially reduces the extent to which the benefits system supports poorer families with three or more children.:::ω.

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|| April 06: 2018 || ά. The Humanion was first published on September 24, 2015 and has been run, since that day, on a complete voluntary basis without any 'formal' or 'constituted' manner or form and, it was run on as a Human Enterprise, which is an idea of Humanics, in which, ownership is replaced by belongingship and, thus, in a Humanical Society, no one owns anything but everyone belongs to the whole as the whole belongs to everyone lawfully and equally and, it neither believes in nor makes money but human utilities, needs, aspirations, creativity, imagination and dreams are served without money, where everyone works and creates for all others as all others create and work for all others, thus, bringing in meaning and purpose to life along with it come natural justice, equality and liberty, that establish a true civilisation within the Rule of Law. And in one word, this system of human affairs management is called, Humanics and a society that runs itself in humanics is called a humanical society. Today, we have begun the process of 'constituting' this Human Enterprise, which does not exist in the current system, but the next closest thing to it, that exists in the UK Law is Social Enterprise. Therefore, today, Friday, April 06, 2018, we are beginning Regine Humanics Foundation, that is the 'Agency', that will lead, run, manage and develop everything, that The Humanion has been trying to do.

Regine Humanics Foundation is established by the Thinker, Author, Poet, Novelist, Playwright, Editor of The Humanion, Festival Director of London Poetry Festival and a Humanicsxian: hu: maa: neek: tian: One, that believes in, lives and exists by Humanics, Mr Munayem Mayenin, of London, England, United Kingdom. Mr Mayenin says, ''Humanics is a vision; people, may, call it, utopia, we, call it our Humanicsovicsopia; Humanics. Humanics is our philosophy, our faith, our conviction, our resolution, our way of existing, thinking, being and doing: to seek and try to do so in the determination that all we must do and be is to exist to advance the human condition. People, readers and agencies and organisations, from all across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the whole of the United Kingdom and Australasia, Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, from all walks and strata of life, have supported our endeavours, supported The Humanion and The Humanion Team, who volunteered their time to run things, since the beginning of The Humanion and long before that, when other things, that are now part of The Foundation, were developing. Nothing has changed in terms of the nature and value of what we have been seeking to do.''

''But the founding of The Foundation brings it all in a solid foundation so that we can keep on building this 'vision' so that it keeps on going regardless of who come to take the vision-mission of The Foundation forward. The Foundation runs along with time and along with the flowing humanity. This is the dream, this is the vision, this the hope in founding this Foundation. And, in this, we hope and invite all our readers, supporters, well wishers and all agencies and organisations to support our endeavours to build something, a Human Enterprise, which we are in the process of registering as a Social Enterprise, as a Community Interest Company, working for the common good of the one and common humanity. No one makes or takes profit out of The Foundation, which now runs The Humanion and everything else, that is part of it. The Foundation, once registered, will have an Asset Lock, which means that in any event, should The Foundation dissolve itself, all its existing assets shall go to a similar Social Enterprise. Therefore, we invite everyone to support The Foundation, support The Humanion in whatever way they can. And, there are endless number of ways people and organisations can support The Foundation and The Humanion.'' ::: ω.

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The General Election 2017 June Eight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The General Election 2017 June Eight

The Political Philosophy and Political Economics That Say That the Survival of the Fittest or Richest is the Ultimate Aim of Society is a Brutal, Cruel, Ruthless and Inhuman Dictate of a Monstrous Social Jungle Where Neither Civic Nor Community Can Exist: And When Such a Monstrous Social Jungle is Established in a Country It Becomes Worse Than a Jungle and It Becomes Every Citizen's Civic and Moral Duty and an Existential Necessity of Humanity to Do All in Their Democratic Power to Eliminate Such Jungle and Replace It with a Civic Society Where Community, People, Families, Individuals and All Humanity are as Real, as Connected and as Active, Engaged and Creative as the Human Physiology is in All Humans of a Given Society

The Houses of Parliament, October 01, 2015: Image: The Humanion