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During Prime Minister’s Questions, Chi Onwurah (Labour, Newcastle Upon Tyne Central) asked what advice the PM had for a constituent who, having become homeless at 17, has since lived in social housing and is now studying for ‘A’ Levels.
From £57pw benefits he now faces loss of £14 (“Spare Room Tax”) and £3 (reduced Council Tax Benefit). After utilities bills he will have £11 a week to live on.
The multi millionaire Prime Minister ignored the question flat, instead churning out his reasoning for the changes with no regard to the human consequence. Such is the nature of psychopaths.
It’s a reduction in disposable income of over 50% for someone at the bottom of the pile, trying to improve his life in just the way the Tories would lecture him to.
When global charities talk of low incomes in developing countries, a standard figure used is $2 or less a day. This is around the figure we now face regarding lots of people in the UK. That’s a figure for global poverty, disregarding both our status as a top 10 economy and the much lower purchase power of such sums in this country. In real terms we are talking about extreme and absolute poverty in a 21st Century leading economy.
Tories have a habit of lecturing us about “absolute” poverty, as if a hungry and malnourished child in Slough should shut up and be thankful they don’t live in The Sudan. They genuinely can act as if it’s morally wrong to speak up for the poor in this country, as if it would be wrong to complain about being punched in the face 5 times if you could have been punched in the face 10 times. That’s doublethink for you.
But for all that, if they deny that absolute poverty exists in this country, and that their policies are increasing it, they are either lying, deluded or both. The polices are ceaselessly described as “fair”.
This young man is just one of many instances, a number which is set to grow sharply in April. I think he should be brought to meet the Prime Minister to demand an explanation for his plight being so rudely and deliberately ignored, and for him once again to seek advice from Mr Cameron on how to get by on £11 a week.
I have tweeted Chi Onwurah MP and would ask you do the same if possible.
Just cut and paste this, or alter it anyway you like. Many thanks.
@ChiOnwurah Thanks 4 your PMQ about Jordan Kinglsey & £11pw which PM ignored.U should bring JK and press 2 demand an explanation.
The question starts just after 16m 25s