Lest We Forget:

Austerity is:

-Voluntary;

-Achieved wholly through spending cuts;

and above all, it is ideologically driven.

This is nothing, but a manifestaion of a cruel and inhumane state. 

UK austerity has inflicted 'great misery' on citizens, UN says

‘The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found…

‘About 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty and 1.5 million are destitute, being unable to afford basic essentials, he said, citing figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He highlighted predictions that child poverty could rise by 7 percentage points between 2015 and 2022, possibly up to a rate of 40%...’ Continue to read

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A Must Read book on Austerity and Pain inflicted on the Innocent by a Mindless, Heartless and Cruel  Government

Crippled: Austerity and the Demonisation of Disabled People by Frances Ryan – review

‘Austerity has been a political choice. Since 2010, social security benefits will have been cut by £35bn a year by the early 2020s. Tax cuts will cost the Treasury £47bn per year by 2021-2; lucky rich.’-Frances Ryan

Austerity is nothing but hitting and punishing the innocents, poor, weak and vulnerable for the crimes of the rich and powerful

Capitalism for the Poor and Socialism for the Rich! 

Rise in hospital admissions for stress is blamed on the recession

Job insecurity a factor as 47 per cent more people seek treatment since credit crunch of 2007

“Rising numbers of people are being admitted to hospital with stress caused by the recession, official figures show. After Olympic cheer provided a brief respite, the statistics reveal the severity of mental problems suffered by Britons at a time of widespread job insecurity.

…Stress is the single biggest cause of sickness in the UK, affecting one in five of the working population and racking up 105 million days lost each year, according to the Health and Safety Executive…

The HCIS figures do not include the millions who visit GPs, A&E departments or alternative practitioners for stress which are also thought to be increasing.

Experts blamed the recession for the rising toll but expressed surprise at the rate of hospitalisation. Stress is normally a trigger for illness, not an illness in itself.

Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology at Lancaster University and an expert on stress, said: "I have never seen figures like this before. Stress is a trigger mechanism for a whole range of conditions, from heart attacks to immune system disorders, mental illness and depression and anxiety.”

Job insecurity a factor as 47 per cent more people seek treatment since credit crunch of 2007

The impact of austerity on schools and children’s education and well-being

Children as young as nine talk about suicide as mental health problems get worse, teachers warn

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The impact of austerity on children’s social care and practice

Impact of austerity on children’s services

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