European Committee of Social Rights declares levels of benefits in the UK are ‘manifestly inadequate’

January 2014

European Social Charter

European Committee of Social Rights

Conclusions XX

-2 (2013)


17.   Article 12 .Right to social security

Paragraph 1    Existence of a social security system    ……………….

19.     Conclusion

The Committee  concludes that the situation in United Kingdom is not in conformity with Article12§1 of the Charter on the ground that:

the minimum levels of short-term and long-term incapacity benefit is manifestly inadequate;

the minimum level of state pension is manifestly inadequate;

the minimum level of job seeker’s allowance is manifestly inadequate

read the entire report from the European Commission of Social Rights here:

29 page briefing on DWP JSA and ESA sanctions stats of 13 Aug 14

They’re supposed to help us, not break our souls

From the Facebook page ‘Atos Miracles’

“I had my ESA assessment today and I feel totally degraded. I have had them before and they have always been difficult but this particular one was the worse I have ever felt. I understand they have to ask specific questions but when I explained that my meds sometimes it takes me longer to process the question The situation ended up where I felt like she was the judge and jury and I was on trial.

My day to day is so poor because of my mobility and my pain and I always try and stay positive but today broke my spirit and it broke me. I truly understand why people give up and do not have the fight to prove how they need help. I have gone through so much hardship in my life and today A lot of those feelings came rushing back. I literally broke down today and haven’t stopped and that is not me. Assessor are experts to help us not break our souls.”

James is now destitute following a sanction: ‘It’s bully boy tactics’, he says.

Originally posted on Ann McGauran:

James Dearsley, 60, receives a three-month sanction while on the Work Programme

James Dearsley, 60, receives a three-month sanction while on the Work Programme

A vulnerable 60-year-old has been left penniless and dependent on food bank support after his Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was sanctioned at the end of July while on the Work Programme. South-east Londoner James Dearsley received a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (below) telling him that he had been sanctioned from July 29 and that his JSA would not be reinstated until October 29. James, who is already in arrears with his council tax, has spent more than three weeks without social security. This withdrawal of money means that he’s already been forced to use Greenwich food bank twice.

He says the local job centre told him he was being sanctioned because on three consecutive occasions he had failed to turn up for his Work Programme appointment with a Seetec job search support club. The letter…

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Never Forget, It Is David Cameron Who Is Ultimately To Blame For Welfare Reform Deaths

Originally posted on the void:

cameron-black-tie-doneUnderstandably much of the rage aginst the vicious welfare reforms –  which are costing an increasing number of lives – has been aimed at blundering fucking idiot Iain Duncan Smith.

But it is David Cameron who has cheered along whilst the DWP has spent billions driving the poorest people in the country into destitution.  It is David Cameron who has been in charge whilst hundreds of hungry families have queued at foodbanks, or disabled people have been driven from their homes due to the Bedoom Tax.  And it is David Cameron who is ultimately responsible for the deaths of David Clapson, Stephanie Bottrill, Victor CuffJacqueling Harris and all of those driven to ill health and suicide by his Government’s callous devastation of the social security safety net.

David Cameron probably doesn’t even know that money runs out, and that when that happens, even in one of…

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It’s absolute poverty, not “market competition” that has led to a drop in food sales.

Originally posted on Politics and Insights - kittysjones :

Public spending in food stores fell for the first time on record in July this year, putting the UK recovery in doubt after a very worrying, unprecedented record fall in food sales, with many consumers evidently yet to feel the benefit of the so-called recovery.

The price of food  was 0.2% higher than a year ago. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) started collecting the data in 1989.The volume of food sales was also down last month, by 1.5% on an annualised basis.

There was also a marked fall in petrol consumption, and the only prominent area of growth was in spending that entailed use of mail order catalogues, and at market stalls, as people use credit to buy essential items and shop around for cheap alternatives and bargains.

Food manufacturing is the UK’s single largest manufacturing sector. The food and drink supply chain is a major part of the…

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while they decide who to help me I slowly starve to death

This was posted today on the facebook page ‘Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)

<When I was working I honestly believed we looked out for the most sick and vulnerable in our society. Since I have become ill I have seen the truth. Every single department wants to offload your case onto someone else. My social worker has dropped me this morning as I ‘have no needs she can fulfil’ I cannot press the buttons on my PEG feeder, but that is a healthcare issue, the district nurse team won’t do it cause it is a care need, so while they decide who to help me I slowly starve to death.

I am left daily in fear and no one gives a damn.
I have tried to find help, since last May, my husband is away and I am alone and no one wants to help me.
What a truly horrible world we live in.
This country should be ashamed of itself.>