Saturday, 23 March 2013

The Tory Assault On The Poor - The List Of Shame

I am currently running an online facebook diary of my election campaign (you can follow it if you wish at, but it really is mostly for Aycliffe people).

Anyway, one of the threads I started on it was a list of ways this government has harmed the poor; it got to 40 suggestions within an hour. 

 It is an horrific catalogue of injustices – every one of them directly crafted to damage the income or the rights of the less well-off members of society.

It is a calculated and systematic attack upon the poor, by their own government.

Extensive, deep and rapid
If you believe like me that these local elections will be as much about the record of the government as about local issues, you might be interested in the list we came up with.

Reading the list, you will probably be amazed at how extensively, how deeply, and how quickly the Tories have moved to attack the poor; it perhaps explains why there has not been an outcry – events have simply moved too quickly for ordinary people to keep tabs on the changes, and to take them in.

Writing the list, I decided that we need to become angrier, and nastier; we have simply been too calm and polite in the face of this assault on the poor and the vulnerable.

Note that this list of Tory shame does not include any of the horrors the government have perpetrated upon education or the NHS – it is simply a list of their attacks on the poor. 

What an evil government they are. 

The list of shame
Anyway, here is the list:
  1. ATOS
  2. 'Bedroom tax'
  3. Benefit cap
  4. Changing the link for rises in public sector pensions from RPI to CPI
  5. Civil and public service redundancies; 600,000 jobs lost – more than 80% of workers losing their job in the NHS are women
  6. Closure of all HMRC face-to-face offices
  7. Council tax welfare benefit cut by 10%
  8. Cutting public services 
  9. DWP coercion/ benefit sanctions
  10. EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) for 6th-formers abolished
  11. Equality Impacts Assessments abolished
  12. ESA (Employment and Support Allowance)
  13. Failure to regulate payday loan companies
  14. Freezing of child tax credits and winter fuel payments
  15. Freezing of public sector pay
  16. Full time jobs have been replaced by part time jobs and zero hours contracts
  17. Increases in fuel prices; gas prices up 30%
  18. Increase in youth unemployment
  19. Independent living fund abolished
  20. Legal aid cut
  21. Legislation going through to abolish the right of employees of the proposed National Crime Agency (NSA) to take industrial action
  22. Measures to make it easier for employers to dismiss 'underperforming' workers, including a cap on unfair dismissal payouts
  23. Non-dependent deductions increased
  24. PiP (Personal Independence Payments)
  25. Rail fare increase 20%
  26. Reducing public sector pensions but upping contributions
  27. Reducing the consultation period for redundancies from 90 to 45 days
  28. Reducing Trade Union facility time in the civil service
  29. Removal of 'severe disability premium' on income support
  30. Remploy shut
  31. Scrapping the Agricultural Wages Board
  32. Social Fund abolished – no more crisis loans
  33. State pension age rise
  34. Student fees raised
  35. Tax credits reduced 
  36. The Work Programme has just a 2% success rate
  37. Universal credit
  38. VAT rise
  39. Welfare Benefits Uprating bill caps benefit increases at 1%
  40. Workfare abuses – 250,000 Disabled People have been forced onto Unpaid Workfare
Please add any I have missed in the Comments section below.


  1. John, well this is good and as it happens I am penning a leaflet for no one in particular so can I steal these for my inside page perhaps? This is what people read-lists- they love lists, lists are part of British life, shopping lists, lists of football teams in their positions,timetables for buses and trains, membership lists on and on. This is what is required to show people what is really happening in a simple format well done Mr Clare (by the way at the beginning of sorting another policy event for May.

  2. This is worth a read:

  3. And this: