Obscene wealth and dire poverty – welcome to Tory Britain 2019

As the wealthy wallow in luxury, helped by Conservative tax cuts for the rich – child poverty, homeless deaths, foodbank usage, benefit suicides continue to rise …

List of British billionaires by net worth https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_British_billionaires_by_net_worth

4 Jan 2019  Majority of UK workers don’t get paid overtime, research shows  https://welfareweekly.com/majority-of-uk-workers-dont-get-paid-over-time-research-shows/

4 Jan 2019  FTSE 100 bosses will have earned the average UK salary by lunchtime today  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/fat-cat-friday-ftse-100-bosses-pay-average-remuneration-2019-a8709966.html

2 Jan 2019  Universal Credit: 250,000 parents and workers forced onto benefit WITHOUT full protection   https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/universal-credit-250000-parents-workers-13803710?fbclid=IwAR1Nct2JNqw8460FWbC4v_raa-jUHXGPpSk04CryhVvzEKm33gBhMCjDWcg

24 Dec 2018  As Theresa May pays ‘tribute’ to the UK Armed Forces in her Christmas speech, a former soldier has called for help as he prepares to spend Christmas sleeping rough   pic.twitter.com/NOEtU4fgLv

19 Dec 2018  Austerity results in ‘social murder’ according to new research  http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/austerity-results-in-social-murder-according-to-new-research

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19 Dec 2018  Disabled Universal Credit claimants face ‘miserable hardship’ – and relying on their kids for care  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/disabled-universal-credit-claimants-face-13750423

9 Dec 2018  Pensioner poverty rises as benefits freeze bites  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/09/pensioner-poverty-rises-bnefites-freeze?CMP=share_btn_tw

5 Dec 2018  130,000 homeless children to be in temporary lodgings over Christmas  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/dec/05/130000-homeless-children-to-be-in-temporary-lodgings-over-christmas?CMP=share_btn_tw

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4 Dec 2018  Unacceptable rises in child poverty as more working parents left unable to make ends meet   https://www.jrf.org.uk/press/rises-child-poverty-more-parents-left-unable-make-ends-meet#

3 Dec 2018  How dare these Conservative MPs make festive visits to food-banks?  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/03/tories-festive-food-bank-visits-conservative-policy?CMP=share_btn_tw

30 Nov 2018  Watchdog calls on government to act ‘before it’s too late’ on impact of cuts  https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/watchdog-calls-on-government-to-act-before-its-too-late-on-impact-of-cuts/

24 Nov 2018  One in three Universal Credit applicants have their claims rejected  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/one-third-universal-credit-applicants-13640051

24 Nov 2018  Food banks fear winter crisis as universal credit is rolled out  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/24/food-banks-fear-winter-crisis-universal-credit-rolled-out?CMP=share_btn_tw

24 Nov 2018  Giveaway budget leaves low-paid women worse off  https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/24/giveaway-budget-leaves-low-paid-women-worse-off-ippr-study?CMP=share_btn_tw

24 Nov 2018  Police Scotland link robbery rise with UK benefits changes https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-46327838

23 Nov 2018  Companies running ‘inadequate’ UK care homes make £113m profit https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/23/revealed-companies-running-inadequate-uk-care-homes-make-113m-profit?CMP=share_btn_tw

21 Nov 2018  Arrested and fined for begging in the street in Manchester while homeless   https://www.channel4.com/news/arrested-and-fined-for-begging-in-the-street-in-manchester-while-homeless

21 Nov 2018  Almost 3,000 Ministry of Justice workers paid less than the Real Living Wage  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/almost-3000-ministry-justice-workers-13618872?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

19 Nov 2018  One Twitter post opens the floodgates on the reality of zero-hours contracts in Tory Britain   https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/11/19/one-twitter-post-opens-the-floodgates-on-the-reality-of-zero-hours-contracts-in-tory-britain/

19 Nov 2018  Amber Rudd condemns UN poverty report in combative return to frontline politics   https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/19/amber-rudd-un-poverty-report-return-frontline-politics?CMP=share_btn_tw

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17 Nov 2018  Tories have DELIBERATELY increased poverty in the UK, according to UN inspector  https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2018/11/17/tories-have-deliberately-increased-poverty-in-the-uk-according-to-un-inspector/

16 Nov 2018  Press Conference of the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights – Preliminary findings on the UK  https://www.facebook.com/AlstonUNSR/videos/207369616828528/

16 Nov 1948  UN condemns ‘callous’ UK government in damning poverty report https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/un-report-uk-poverty-austerity-government-cuts-special-rapporteur-benefits-callous-a8636901.html

15 Nov 2018  UN expert tells of disabled people’s ‘horrendous’ evidence on poverty  https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/un-expert-tells-of-disabled-peoples-horrendous-evidence-on-poverty/

15 Nov 2018  Exclusive: universal credit linked to suicide risk, says study https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/15/exclusive-new-study-links-universal-credit-to-increased-suicide-risk?CMP=share_btn_tw

10 Nov 2018  Vulnerable children treated ‘like cattle’ in care home system  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/10/vulnerable-children-treated-like-cattle-in-care-home-system?CMP=share_btn_tw

8 Nov 2018  I’m scared to eat sometimes’: UN envoy meets UK food bank users  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/08/life-on-the-poverty-frontline-un-turns-its-gaze-on-uk?CMP=share_btn_tw

6 Nov 2018  From Universal Credit to food banks: How benefits system change is ‘pitchforking’ people into poverty   https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/universal-credit-people-are-being-pitchforked-into-poverty_uk_5bdc7c7ae4b01ffb1d01f672?ncid=other_twitter_cooo9wqtham&utm_campaign=share_twitter

6 Nov 2018  Universal credit leading to rise in food bank use, charity says  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/06/universal-credit-surge-in-food-bank-use-trussell-trust?CMP=share_btn_tw

6 Nov 2018  MPs warn of the ‘human cost’ of benefit sanctions that don’t even work  https://welfareweekly.com/mps-warn-of-the-human-cost-of-benefit-sanctions-that-dont-even-work/

5 Nov 2018  ‘If you don’t see them, they get tipped in’: rise in rough sleepers using bins for shelter  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/nov/05/if-you-dont-see-them-they-get-tipped-in-rise-in-rough-sleepers-using-bins-for-shelter?CMP=share_btn_tw

2 Nov 2018  Number of UK households in energy debt rises by 300,0000  https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/nov/02/number-of-uk-households-in-energy-debt-rises-by-3000000?CMP=share_btn_tw

30 Oct 2018  Budget 2018 giveaways will benefit rich families 14 TIMES more than the poor  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/budget-2018-giveaways-benefit-rich-13504109

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27 Oct 2018  Thousands of desperate parents relying on “baby banks” to feed children as poverty hits Brit families  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thousands-desperate-parents-relying-baby-13489511?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

27 Oct 2018  More than 6 million UK jobs pay less than ‘real living wage’, new research finds  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/living-wage-uk-employment-jobs-london-foundation-office-national-statistics-research-data-a8603291.html

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26 Oct 2018  Is this the Universal Credit deflection script in action?  https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2018/10/26/is-this-the-universal-credit-deflection-script-in-action/

26 Oct 2018  Rough sleeping up 134 per cent while UK’s richest increase wealth by 183 per cent and developers hog land for 130,000 homes  https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2018/10/26/rough-sleeping-up-134-per-cent-while-uks-richest-increase-wealth-by-183-per-cent-and-developers-hog-land-for-130000-homes/

26 Oct 2018  DWP blasted as ‘a department in denial’ over Universal Credit by Parliament’s public spending watchdog  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/universal-credit-causing-unacceptable-hardship-13480418?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mirror_main&fbclid=IwAR15UqGd6leARIwLT4DLzPNZpoP9RPlQXUWQ99aH0XchYkpkaZHPiRcPOBE

25 Oct 2018  Whistleblower reveals DWP deflection script to get Universal Credit claimants off the phone  https://universalcreditsuffer.com/2018/10/25/whistleblower-reveals-dwp-deflection-script-to-get-universal-credit-claimants-off-the-phone/

25 Oct 2018  26,000 cancer patients put at risk by ‘failing’ Universal Credit system, charity warns  https://welfareweekly.com/26000-cancer-patients-put-at-risk-by-failing-universal-credit-system-charity-warns/

25 Oct 2018  Autistic woman ‘left sick and broken’ by two-year universal credit delay https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/autistic-woman-left-sick-and-broken-by-two-year-universal-credit-delay/

24 Oct 2018  Single mums reveal true horror of Universal Credit in damning testimony to Parliament  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/single-mums-reveal-true-horror-13472913?fbclid=IwAR3IR5KpZKJN9lFs52e8YkmVr_pn9VmevfmHVQgkz9QCrTqyO3zxEtQIKKs

24 Oct 2018  Disadvantaged groups trapped in poverty and excluded from society, human rights watchdog warns  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/poverty-human-rights-society-echr-theresa-may-disadvantaged-equality-commission-a8599306.html

23 Oct 2018  The richest people in the UK have increased their wealth by 183% in 10 years  https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/the-richest-people-in-the-uk-have-increased-their-wealth-by-183-in-10-years/23/10

23 Oct 2018  DWP figures reveal complaints from claimants have skyrocketed  https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/10/23/dwp-figures-reveal-complaints-from-claimants-have-skyrocketed/

19 Oct 2018  Ros Wynne-Jones: ‘Universal Credit claimants want to know why no one listens to them’  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/ros-wynne-jones-universal-credit-13440337

13 Oct 2018  Universal Credit will leave three million households worse off, report says  https://welfareweekly.com/universal-credit-will-leave-three-million-households-worse-off-report-says/

12 Oct 2018  Watch Esther McVey admit Universal Credit will make people ‘worse off’ in car crash interview  https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/watch-esther-mcvey-admit-universal-15271618

11 Oct 2018  ‘Abandon universal credit roll-out or face chaos of poll tax riots’, Gordon Brown warns government https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/universal-credit-gordon-brown-poll-tax-riots-benefits-dwp-roll-out-nationwide-a8576751.html

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10 Oct 2018  Watchdogs’ concern over government refusal to act on UN rights reports https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/watchdogs-concern-over-government-refusal-to-act-on-un-rights-reports/

9 Oct 2018  The DWP is slammed after it’s forced to reveal that 10,000 ESA claimants have died https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/10/09/the-dwp-is-slammed-after-its-forced-to-reveal-that-10000-esa-claimants-have-died/

8 Oct 2018  ‘National disgrace’: At least 449 homeless people died last year, investigation reveals  https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/homeless-death-figures_uk_5bba6a21e4b028e1fe3e9e5d?ncid=other_twitter_cooo9wqtham&utm_campaign=share_twitter

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8 Oct 2018  Thousands of unpaid carers face benefit fraud allegations because of the DWP’s own incompetence  https://welfareweekly.com/thousands-of-unpaid-carers-face-benefit-fraud-allegations-because-of-the-dwps-own-incompetence/

8 Oct 2018  Almost half of disabled people fear being stripped of benefits for being ‘too active’  https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/almost-half-of-disabled-people-fear-being-stripped-of-benefits-for-being-too-active_uk_5bb74be9e4b028e1fe3cd0af?ncid=other_twitter_cooo9wqtham&utm_campaign=share_twitter

6 Oct 2018  Families set to lose £200 a month in Universal Credit changeover https://inews.co.uk/?p=205966

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6 Oct 2018  Chaos at the DWP as leaked comments set fire to Universal Credit https://www.thecanary.co/trending/2018/10/06/chaos-at-the-dwp-as-leaked-comments-set-fire-to-universal-credit/

5 Oct 2018  Trussell Trust says Universal Credit roll-out “could lead to a significant increase in foodbank use”  https://welfareweekly.com/universal-credit-roll-out-could-lead-to-a-significant-increase-in-foodbank-use-charity-warns/

5 Oct 2018  Woman with stage 4 cancer and no hair ‘not sick enough’ for benefits https://inews.co.uk/?p=205368

4 Oct 2018  Sanctioned for being sacked, refusal to help, no disability adviser at Ashton Jobcentre.  Universal Credit isn’t working  https://thepoorsideof.life/2018/10/04/sanctioned-for-being-sacked-refusal-to-help-no-disability-adviser-at-ashton-jobcentre-universal-credit-isnt-working/

4 Oct 2018  Tory conference: Charity’s silence on universal credit deaths, hours after minister announces £51m funding https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/tory-conference-charitys-silence-on-universal-credit-deaths-hours-after-minister-announces-51m-funding/

3 Oct 2018  ‘Compassionate’ Conservatism has led to this: Council must slash £750,000 children’s service bill  https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2018/10/03/compassionate-conservatism-has-led-to-this-council-must-slash-750000-childrens-service-bill/

30 Sep 2018  Personal Independence Payment assessment “sucked the life out of” man with rare lifelong condition  http://a.msn.com/00/en-gb/BBNM6GJ?ocid=st

28 Sep 2018  Fears for single mum fighting cancer after Tories refuse Personal Independence Payment claim   https://voxpoliticalonline.com/2018/09/28/fears-for-single-mum-fighting-cancer-after-tories-refuse-personal-independence-payment-claim/

27 Sep 2018  Many people in North Tyneside claiming Universal Credit are in debt https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/majority-people-north-tyneside-who-15205736?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sharebar

26 Sep  2018  In Britain, Even Children Are Feeling the Effects of Austerity https://nyti.ms/2N4vjGt

24 Sep 2018  Struggling Chesterfield Universal Credit claimants ‘rely on foodbanks’ and ‘left to starve’ says survey https://www.derbyshiretimes.co.uk/news/struggling-chesterfield-universal-credit-claimants-rely-on-foodbanks-and-left-to-starve-says-survey-1-9364875

23 Sep 2018  Powerful stories from Wigan Pier project at Labour Party Conference  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/real-britain-fringe-2017-mirror-13295129

21 Sep 2018  North England councils hit harder by austerity says Labour analysis https://inews.co.uk/?p=200420

20 Sep 2108   DWP’s secret benefit deaths reviews: Investigations into deaths double in two years https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwps-secret-benefit-deaths-reviews-investigations-into-deaths-double-in-two-years/

16 Sep 2018  New study finds 4.5 million UK children living in poverty https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/16/new-study-finds-45-million-uk-children-living-in-poverty?CMP=share_btn_tw

14 Sep 2018  Ombudsman that investigate DWP pay CAPITA £100k a month for IT support despite huge conflict of interest  https://universalcreditsuffer.com/2018/09/14/ombudsman-puse-captia-for-it-despite-conflict/

12 Sep 2018  Almost all cuts to social care in England are in the poorest areas https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/12/almost-all-cuts-to-social-care-in-england-are-in-the-poorest-areas?CMP=share_btn_tw

12 Sep 2018  DWP figures now show why ‘evictions are inevitable’ under Universal Credit https://www.thecanary.co/uk/2018/09/12/dwp-figures-now-show-why-evictions-are-inevitable-under-universal-credit/

12 Sep 2018  Labour-run areas suffer Tory cuts the most. It’s an ignored national scandal https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/sep/12/labour-councils-suffer-tory-cuts-most-ignored-scandal?CMP=share_btn_tw

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8 Sep 2018   A chart that is a national embarrassment for Britain. Just look at the huge difference in wealth per person between the poorest and richest regions compared to other countries. pic.twitter.com/cpQs62hyZK

5 Sep 2018  As the UK’s poverty gap widens, healthy diets have become a luxury millions of families can’t afford  https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/healthy-diets-unaffordable-for-many-families-in-uk_uk_5b8ea3aae4b0cf7b0039f50b

3 Sep 2018  Cancer dad ‘whose benefits were cut because he could make tea’ dies with ‘just £8 in bank account’  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cancer-dad-whose-benefits-were-13184757?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mirror_main

29 Aug 2018  UK’s wealth rises as land values soar by £450bn in a year https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/29/uks-wealth-rises-as-land-values-soar-by-450bn-in-a-year?CMP=share_btn_tw

29 Aug 2018  It’s official. The government is forcing people to choose between eating and paying rent. https://www.thecanary.co/uk/analysis/2018/08/29/its-official-the-government-is-forcing-people-to-choose-between-eating-and-paying-rent/

25 Aug 2018  Number of homeless children in temporary accommodation hits record 123,000 https://welfareweekly.com/number-of-homeless-children-in-temporary-accommodation-hits-record-123000/

24 Aug 2018  ‘If you can walk you’re ok’ told dad with brain tumour denied benefits https://inews.co.uk/?p=190147

22 Aug 2018  Workers worse off than they were a decade ago despite jobs boom, says new report   https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/resolution-foundation-jobs-workers-austerity_uk_5b7c4283e4b0348585fb19d9

21 Aug 2018  Tories spend £200MILLION fighting to stop sick and disabled people getting benefits  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/heartless-tories-spend-200million-fighting-13114513?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=mirror_main

19 Aug 2018  Minimum wage leaves families £49 a week short of providing basic lifestyle – making their lives HELL  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/minimum-wage-leaves-families-49-13106726

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15 Aug 2018  Top pay in UK up by 11% as workers’ wages fail to match inflation https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/15/uk-top-bosses-pay-rise-average-earnings-hit-39m-2017-high-pay-centre?CMP=share_btn_tw

15 Aug 2018  The soaraway super-rich shame British politics – and our politicians https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/15/soaraway-super-rich-shame-british-politics-pay?CMP=share_btn_tw

13 Aug 2018  Aberdeen food banks struggling as ‘parents are choosing between electricity and food’…https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1536909/aberdeen-food-banks-struggling-as-parents-are-choosing-between-electricity-and-food/?utm_source=twitte

12 Aug 2018  ‘Austerity will continue to harm Britain for years to come, and Brexit won’t help matters’ https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/editorials/brexit-britain-austerity-nhs-police-philip-hammond-a8488726.html

11 Aug 2018  Third of UK’s universal credit claimants hit by deductions from payments https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/11/third-of-universal-credit-claimants-face-payment-deductions?CMP=share_btn_tw

9 Aug 2018  Brexit supporting billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe quits UK for tax haven Monaco  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/brexit-supporting-billionaire-sir-jim-13059549

8 Aug 2018  Charities say nearly 60,000 food parcels are given out every year after ‘signposting’. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/foodbanks-records-jobcentre-dwp_uk_5b61c1bde4b0b15aba9ebcc9

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2 Aug 2018  Amazon halved corporation tax bill despite UK profits tripling https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/02/amazon-halved-uk-corporation-tax-bill-to-45m-last-year?CMP=share_btn_tw

24 Jul 2018 Tories have run up debt in spite of austerity cuts while the rich have doubled their wealth https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/opinion/tories-have-run-up-debt-in-spite-of-austerity-cuts-while-rich-have-doubled-their-wealth/24/07/

19 Jul 2018  Revealed: The £271 billion “rape” of the National Insurance Fund that deprived 50s women of their state pension https://davidhencke.com/2018/07/19/revealed-the-271-billion-rape-of-the-national-insurance-fund-that-deprived-50s-women-of-their-state-pension/

15 Jun 2018  ‘Shambolic’ universal credit may never deliver value for money, says damning report https://welfareweekly.com/shambolic-universal-credit-may-never-deliver-value-for-money-says-damning-report/

12 Jun 2018  Adult social care services on brink of collapse, survey shows https://welfareweekly.com/adult-social-care-services-on-brink-of-collapse-survey-shows/

10 Jun 2018  Devon ‘log bank’ set up to help those struggling with fuel poverty https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jun/10/devon-log-bank-fuel-poverty-roresters-food-banks?CMP=share_btn_tw

9 Jun 2018  Fury as billionaire boss of Ineos Jim Ratcliffe made a knight by Queen https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/fury-billionaire-boss-ineos-jim-12670099#ICID=sharebar_twitter

7 Jun 2018  More than 1.5 million Brits are living in destitution https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/more-15-million-brits-living-12658287#ICID=sharebar_twitter

7 Jun 2018  Destitution in the UK 2018  https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/destitution-uk-2018

6 Jun 2018  The UK has 9 out of the 10 poorest regions in northern Europe https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/the-uk-has-9-out-of-the-10-poorest-regions-in-northern-europe/06/06/

6 Jun 2018  Disability benefit delays ‘underline need for devolved welfare powers’ https://welfareweekly.com/disability-benefit-delays-underline-need-for-devolved-welfare-powers/

1 Jun 2018  Millionaires and foodbank users living side-by-side – this is the reality of London in 2018  https://inews.co.uk/?p=160362

29 May 2018  Hundreds losing disability benefits in Personal Independence Payments shake-up  http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/16254931.Hundreds_losing_disability_benefits_in_Personal_Independence_Payments_shake-up/?ref=twtrec

28 May 2018  ‘No woman should have to live in period poverty’  https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/menstrualhygieneday_uk_5b0bd0dae4b0802d69ccf5ce

27 May 2018  Children of Austerity: Poverty in 21st Century Britain (Part 1) https://youtu.be/dSiFAllbXD0

27th May 2018  Multi-millionaire Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘priced out’ of Mayfair as he plays down ambitions of being Prime Minister http://www.itv.com/news/2018-05-27/jacob-rees-mogg-priced-out-of-mayfair-as-he-plays-down-ambitions-of-being-prime-minister/

25 May 2018  Woman jailed for six months after being caught begging for 50p https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/25/woman-jailed-six-months-caught-begging-50p-7577918/?ito=desktop.article.share.top.twitter

Stinking rich list no. 1  Jim Ratcliffe thinks he’s worth £21.05 billion. Chemicals and fracking

24 May 2018 Stop Universal Credit Day of Action

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24 May 2018  Older people at risk of being excluded from vital financial support https://welfareweekly.com/older-people-at-risk-of-being-excluded-from-claiming-vital-benefits/

Greedy salary no. 1: £217 million – Denise Coates, CEO of gambling company Bet365

24 May 2018  Hundreds of deaths of homeless people ‘going unexamined’ https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/24/hundreds-of-deaths-of-homeless-people-going-unexamined?CMP=share_btn_tw

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23 May 2018  City bonuses soar to record £19bn http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-401028/City-bonuses-soar-record-19bn.html

21 May 2018  MPs: UK turning ‘blind eye’ to Russian oligarchs laundering money through London https://www.panorama.am/en/news/2018/05/21/MPs-UK-turning-‘blind-eye’-to-Russian-oligarchs-laundering-money-through-London/1952092#.WwgizdhBkh8.twitter

21 May 2018  ‘It’s terrible’: how Windrush row turned one man’s life upside down https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/21/its-terrible-how-windrush-row-turned-one-mans-life-upside-down?CMP=share_btn_tw

20 May 2018  Boss of taxpayer funded disability scheme who earns over 10 times the Prime Minister’s wages branded ‘totally unacceptable’ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/disability-motability-scheme-taxpayer-million-unacceptable-work-and-pensions-treasury-committee-a8360461.html

19 May 2018  Disabled woman died from ‘massive heart attack’ after she was repeatedly refused benefits https://welfareweekly.com/disabled-woman-died-from-massive-heart-attack-after-repeatedly-refused-benefits-by-private-firm/

18 May 2018  AstraZeneca rocked by shareholder revolt over executive pay https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/may/18/astrazeneca-rocked-by-shareholder-revolt-over-executive-pay?CMP=share_btn_tw

17 May 2018  DWP sanctions claimants ‘by any means necessary’, MPs are told https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dwp-sanctions-claimants-by-any-means-necessary-mps-are-told

16 May 2018  Carillion directors ‘stuffed mouths with gold’ as company collapsed, MPs say https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/16/carillion-directors-stuffed-mouths-gold-company-collapsed-mps-say-7549916/?ito=desktop.article.share.top.twitter

14 May 2018  MP blasts universal credit ‘cruelty’ as terminally ill are forced to fight for benefits https://welfareweekly.com/mp-blasts-universal-credit-cruelty-as-terminally-ill-are-forced-to-fight-for-benefits

Stinking rich list no. 2  Sri and Gopi Hinduja think they’re worth £20.64 billion. Industry and finance

14 May 2018  Unhappy meal: tax avoidance still on the menu at McDonald’s https://www.taxjustice.net/2018/05/14/unhappy-meal-tax-avoidance-still-on-the-menu-at-mcdonalds/

13 May 2018  UK Rich Increase Their Wealth by £274 billion Over Five Years https://shar.es/anr5VV

13 May 2018  Opinion: What the Sunday Times Rich List tells us about trickle-down economics – it’s a big, fat lie http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/sunday-times-rich-list-trickle-down-economics-wealth-inequality-child-poverty-a8349511.html

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11 May 2018  More than half of Britain’s richest hedge fund chiefs have donated to the Tories  https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/business/more-half-britains-richest-hedge-12520481#ICID=sharebar_twitter

10 May 2018  One in nine UK workers are in insecure jobs, says TUC https://welfareweekly.com/one-in-nine-uk-workers-are-in-insecure-jobs-says-tuc/

Greedy salary no. 2: £48.1 million – Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP multinational advertising and public relations company

7 May 2018  One million more children in the UK are growing up in poverty than in 2010 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/child-poverty-increases-benefit-cuts-public-sector-pay-freeze-government-tuc-study-a8337056.html

1 May 2018  Anti-corruption campaigners hail ‘huge win’ as government agrees to end secret hoarding of dirty money in UK tax havens http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/uk-tax-havens-dirty-money-corruption-theresa-may-bvi-cayman-islands-a8331311.html

Vigil outside the high court for Universal Credit court case – 9.30am 1 May 2018

25 Apr 2018  Persimmon shareholders revolt over boss’s £75m bonus  http://citywire.co.uk/money/persimmon-shareholders-revolt-over-bosss-75m-bonus/a1113953

24 Apr 2018  People with ‘nowhere else to turn’ fuel rise in food bank use – study https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/24/food-bank-use-trussell-trust-universal-credit-figures?CMP=share_btn_tw

20 Apr 2018  Tory donor “fraud firm” protected from raids  https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/tory%20donor%20%E2%80%98fraud%20firm%E2%80%99%20protected%20from%20raids

20 Apr 2018  140,000 households cannot afford to top up pre-payment energy meters https://welfareweekly.com/140000-households-cannot-afford-to-top-up-pre-payment-energy-meters

Stinking rich list no. 3  Sir Len Blavatnik thinks he’s worth £15.25 billion. Investment, music and media

19 Apr 2018  DPAC’s universal credit ‘crime scene’ protest is fresh call for action to disabled people https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dpacs-universal-credit-crime-scene-protest-is-fresh-call-for-action-to-disabled-people/

18 Apr 2018 – Jeremy Hunt got ‘bulk discount’ on seven flats from Tory donor https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/apr/18/jeremy-hunt-investigated-breach-money-laundering-rules-luxury-flats?CMP=share_btn_tw

18 Apr 2018  DPAC in Parliament against Universal Credit, 18th April 2018 #StopAndScrapUniversalCredit  https://youtu.be/VqN0jewXW6E

Greedy salary no. 3: £22.4 million – Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival cruise company

18 Apr 2018  Here Are The Shocking Figures Behind the UK’s Homelessness Crisis http://bit.ly/2EVyFrc

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Stinking rich list no. 4  David and Simon Reuben thinks they’re worth £15.09 billion. Property and investment

18 Apr 2018  Researchers say DWP ‘should not impose benefits sanctions’ on injured veterans https://www.salford.ac.uk/news/articles/2018/researchers-say-dwp-should-not-impose-benefits-sanctions-on-injured-veterans

17th April 2018 – Theresa May’s husband’s Investment Firm made a financial killing from the bombing of Syria  https://evolvepolitics.com/theresa-mays-husbands-investment-firm-made-a-financial-killing-from-the-bombing-of-syria/

15 Apr 2018  Child poverty facts and figures  http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/child-poverty-facts-and-figures

Poverty 4

15 Apr 2018  The government may want oligarchs out but it can’t bank on City sanctions https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/apr/15/government-hit-russian-oligarchs-cant-rely-city-sanctions?CMP=share_btn_tw

14 Apr 2018  The highest-paid CEOs at tiny academy trusts  https://schoolsweek.co.uk/ceos-at-tiny-academy-trusts-paid-more-than-big-chain-bosses/

12 Apr 2018  Wealth inequality is soaring – here are the 10 reasons why it’s happening https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/12/wealth-inequality-reasons-richest-global-gap?CMP=share_btn_tw

Greedy salary no. 4: £14.6 million – Rakesh Kapoor, CEO of Beckitt Benckiser Group British multinational consumer goods company

7 Apr 2018  Ministers told to expect backlash as millions lose out from universal credit https://welfareweekly.com/ministers-told-to-expect-backlash-as-millions-lose-out-from-universal-credit/

Stinking rich list no. 5  Lakshmi Mittal and family think they’re worth £14.66 billion. Steel

5 Apr 2018  What has a year of disability cuts done, beyond knowingly starving the sick? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr/05/year-disability-cuts-starving-sick-employment?CMP=share_btn_tw

Greedy salary no. 5: £13.4 million – Pascal Soirot, CEO of AstraZeneca Anglo–Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company

4 Apr 2018  Spending on children’s services plummets by nearly £1bn in only five years https://welfareweekly.com/spending-on-childrens-services-plummets-by-1bn

Stinking rich list no. 6  Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho think they’re worth £11.10 billion. Inheritance, brewing and banking

2 Apr 2018 Teachers warn of growing poverty crisis in British schools https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/apr/02/teachers-warn-of-growing-poverty-crisis-in-british-schools?CMP=share_btn_tw

Greedy salary no. 6: £10.6 million – Erik Engstrom, CEO of RELX British multinational information and analytics company

26 Mar 2018  Children in north ‘face double whammy’ of poverty and bad schools https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/26/northern-children-face-double-whammy-of-poverty-poor-schools-report-childrens-commissioner?CMP=share_btn_tw

24 Mar 2018  Oligarchs and ‘unexplained wealth’: London’s rich Russians  https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/oligarchs-and-unexplained-wealth-london-s-rich-russians-1.3438072

22 Mar 2018  Sharp rise in disability poverty in Wales is ‘very concerning’  https://www.disabledgo.com/blog/2018/03/sharp-rise-in-disability-poverty-in-wales-is-very-concerning/#.WwhcH0gvzIU

Stinking rich list no. 7  Kirsten and Jorn Rausing think they’re worth £10.84 billion. Inheritance and investment

22 Mar 2018  Anger over DWP refusal to repay claimants £150 million from botched reassessments https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/anger-over-dwp-refusal-to-repay-claimants-150-million-from-botched-reassessments/

Greedy salary no. 7: £8.4 million – Bob Dudley, CEO of BP oil and gas companies

22 Mar 2018  CPAG’s response to annual poverty statistics  http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/cpags-response-annual-poverty-statistics

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Stinking rich list no. 8  Alisher Usmanov thinks he’s worth £10.55 billion. Mining and investment

22 Mar 2018  Number of children in poverty surges by 100,000 in one year http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/child-poverty-increase-children-family-benefit-households-a8268191.html

21 Mar 2018  Tory donors among investors in Cambridge Analytica parent firm https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/mar/21/tory-donors-among-investors-in-cambridge-analytica-parent-firm-scl-group?CMP=share_btn_tw

21 Mar 2018  DWP underpaid benefits to 70,000 sick and disabled people, say auditors https://welfareweekly.com/dwp-underpaid-benefits-to-70000-sick-and-disabled-people/

Greedy salary no. 8: £8 million – Albert Manifold, CEO of CRH international group of diversified building materials businesses

18 Mar 2018  Homelessness minister: I don’t know why rough sleeper numbers are up https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/mar/18/homelessness-minister-heather-wheeler-rough-sleeping-housing-first?CMP=share_btn_tw

Stinking rich list no. 9  Guy, George and Galen Jr Weston and family think they’re worth £10.05 billion. Retailing

15 Mar 2018  Protesters spray ‘human rights abuse’ on Stroud Job Centre http://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/16090675.Protesters_spray____human_rights_abuse____on_Stroud_Job_Centre/?ref=twtrec

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Greedy salary no. 9: £7.6 million – Nicandro Durante, CEO of British American Tobacco British multinational tobacco company

15 Mar 2018  Eight years of benefit cuts ‘will cost some disabled lone parents £11,000 a year’ https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/eight-years-of-benefit-cuts-will-cost-some-disabled-lone-parents-11000-a-year

Stinking rich list no. 10  The Duke of Westminster and the Grosvenor family think they’re worth £9.96 billion. Property

15 Mar 2018  Period poverty: The women forced to choose between food and sanitary products http://www.itv.com/news/central/2018-03-15/period-poverty-the-women-forced-to-choose-between-food-and-sanitary-products/

Greedy salary no. 10: £7.5 million – Flemming Ornskov, CEO of Shire global biopharmaceutical company

14 Mar 2018  Cuts to free school meals eligibility go ahead after Tory MPs vote for changes https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/free-school-meal-eligibility-cuts-go-ahead-after-tory-mps-vote-for-universal-credit-changes-dup-childcare-vouchers-six-month-delay_uk_5aa816a4e4b0a09afeae9d85

Stinking rich list no. 11  Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli think they’re worth £9.659 billion. Pharmaceuticals

13 Mar 2018  Spring Statement –  A masterclass in privileged complacency. http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/spring_statement_a_masterclass_in_privileged_complacency?recruiter_id=299022

12 Mar 2018 TUC March

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Greedy salary no. 11: £6.9 million – Ben Van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company

12 Mar 2018  7 ways to tackle period poverty in 2018 https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/how-to-tackle-period-poverty_uk_5aa163c0e4b0d4f5b66e8bba

Stinking rich list no. 12  Sir James Dyson and family think they’re worth £9.5billion. Household appliance manufacturing

12 Mar Online protest for the Chancellor’s Spring Statement  https://dpac.uk.net/2018/03/online-protest-for-the-chancellors-autumn-statement-13-3-18/

11 Mar 2018  Tories will not return £820,000 in Russia-linked donations, Philip Hammond says https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/03/11/tories-will-not-return-820000-russia-linked-donations-philip/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

9 Mar 2018  Tory policy DELIBERATELY shafts HALF A MILLION disabled persons https://speyejoe2.wordpress.com/2018/03/09/tory-policy-deliberately-shafts-half-a-million-disabled-persons/

Greedy salary no. 12: £6.9 million – Mike Wells, CEO of Prudential British multinational life insurance and financial services company

3 Mar 2018  Two homeless men abandoned to die in sub-zero temperatures https://welfareweekly.com/two-homeless-men-abandoned-to-die-in-sub-zero-temperatures/

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Stinking rich list no. 13=  Hans Rausing and family think they’re worth £9.333 billion Packaging

1 Mar 2018  FPA and others discuss freezing conditions on Victoria Derbyshire  https://youtu.be/cY8zRkU0S-k

Greedy salary no. 13: £6.8 million – Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline British pharmaceutical company

10 Mar 2018  Millions of families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/mar/10/poverty-benefits-families-cuts-austerity-hammond-poor-welfare?CMP=share_btn_tw

Stinking rich list no. 13=  Roman Abramovich thinks he’s worth £9.333 billion. Acquired Russian state-owned assets

27 Feb 2018  Disability rights coalition calls for talks with prime minister over ‘human catastrophe’  https://dpac.uk.net/2018/02/disability-rights-coalition-calls-for-talks-with-prime-minister-over-human-catastrophe/

Greedy salary no. 14: £6.7 million – Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever British-Dutch transnational consumer goods company

22 Feb 2018  Benefit sanctions regime discriminates against disabled claimants, new research shows https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/benefit-sanctions-regime-discriminates-against-disabled-claimants-new-research-shows/

Stinking rich list no. 15 Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay think they’re worth £7.4 billion. Real estate and hotel portfolio.

21 Feb 2018  Rise in zero-hours jobs for single parents ‘risks causing child poverty’ https://welfareweekly.com/rise-in-zero-hours-jobs-for-single-parents-risks-causing-child-poverty/

Greedy salary no. 15: £6.3 million – Peter Crook, CEO of Provident Financial British sub-prime lender

21 Feb 2018  Social Workers and Austerity  http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/social_workers_austerity?recruiter_id=299022

Stinking rich list no. 16= Andy Currie thinks he’s worth £7 billion. Chemicals giant Ineos

15 Feb 2018  150,000 extra children of public sector workers pushed into poverty, says TUC  https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/150000-extra-children-public-sector-workers-pushed-poverty-says-tuc

Greedy t salary no. 16: £6.3 million – Peter Harrison, CEO of Schroders British multinational asset management company

14 Feb 2018  Homeless man dies yards from the doors of Parliament https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/man-found-dead-yards-entrance-12023659#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Stinking rich list no. 16= John Reece thinks he’s worth £7 billion. Chemicals giant Ineos

12 Feb 2018  DWP splash out more than £100m trying to deny disabled people vital benefits https://welfareweekly.com/dwp-splash-out-more-than-100m-trying-to-deny-disabled-people-benefits/

7 Feb 2018 – Nothing for sprinklers, but Tories give £10m to Tory donors  https://insidecroydon.com/2018/02/07/nothing-for-sprinklers-but-tories-give-10m-to-tory-donors/

5 Feb 2018  A growing number of refugees and asylum seekers are falling destitute in Britain, figures show http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/number-of-refugees-and-asylum-seekers-falling-into-poverty-soars-in-a-year-show-figures-a8195746.html

Greedy salary no. 17: £5.8 million – Richard Cousins, CEO of Compass Group British multinational contract foodservice company

5 Feb 2018  Save the NHS demonstrations

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5 Feb 2018  Private firms pocket £824m from ‘brutal’ disability benefit assessments https://welfareweekly.com/profiteering-private-firms-pocket-824m-for-brutal-disability-benefit-assessments/

1 Feb 2018  Is this truly Britain – a land that spies on sick and poor people?  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/01/spy-on-your-neighbour-britain-demonisation-benefit-claimants-disabled-people?CMP=share_btn_tw

Stinking rich list no. 18.  Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber and family think they’re worth £6.747 billion. Hotels and resorts

31st Jan 2018  More than 150,000 homes for social rent lost in the last five years https://welfareweekly.com/more-than-150000-homes-for-social-rent-lost-in-the-last-five-years/

Greedy salary no. 18: £5.8 milliion – Simon Borrows, CEO of 3i Group multinational private equity and venture capital company

31 Jan 2018  ‘Anti-homeless’ benches, sprinklers and bike racks latest in ‘hostile architecture’ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/31/anti-homeless-benches-sprinklers-bike-racks-latest-hostile-architecture/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Stinking rich list no. 19:  John Fredriksen and family think they’re worth £6.703 billion. oil and shipping magnate

25 Jan 2018  Dying from fire, dying from cold:  Housing safety post-Grenfell   https://www.fuelpovertyaction.org.uk/uncategorized/dying-from-fire-dying-from-cold-housing-safety-post-grenfell/

24 Jan 2018 – Two Presidents Club trustees are Tory donors – and one recently had dinner with Theresa May  https://politicalscrapbook.net/2018/01/two-presidents-club-trustees-are-tory-donors-and-one-recently-had-dinner-with-theresa-may/

24 Jan 2018  More than half of children now living in poverty in some parts of the UK  http://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2018/january/more-than-half-of-children-now-living-in-poverty/

22 Jan 2018  Who are the Premier League’s top earners? https://www.dailypost.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/who-premier-leagues-top-earners-14187395#ICID=sharebar_twitter

22 Jan 2018  Inequality gap widens as 42 people hold same wealth as 3.7bn poorest https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2018/jan/22/inequality-gap-widens-as-42-people-hold-same-wealth-as-37bn-poorest?CMP=share_btn_tw

22 Jan 2018  More than 220,000 people score ZERO points in disability benefit assessments https://welfareweekly.com/more-than-220000-people-score-zero-points-in-disability-benefit-assessments/

Greedy salary no. 19:  £5.7 million – Xavier Rolet, CEO of London Stock Exchange Group British-based stock exchange and financial information company

20 Jan 2018  Disability rights – Supreme Court bedroom tax winners taken back to court again  https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/supreme-court-bedroom-tax-winners-taken-back-court-again

16 Jan 2018  Anger as Carillion bosses share £4m bonuses despite liquidation  http://www.peoplemanagement.co.uk/news/articles/carillion-bosses-share-bonuses

15 Jan 2018  Destitute UK asylum seekers get 80p rise in subsistence payments https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/15/destitute-uk-asylum-seekers-get-80p-rise-in-subsistence-payments?CMP=share_btn_tw

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14 Jan 2018  BBC should cap salaries at £150,000 following equal pay row, says Culture Secretary http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/matthew-hancock-bbc-salaries-equal-pay-culture-secretary-carrie-gracie-a8158416.html

13 Jan 2018  Rogue landlords making millions out of housing benefits https://welfareweekly.com/rogue-landlords-making-millions-out-of-housing-benefits/

11 Jan 2018  MPs refuse to explain failure to quiz minister on ESA suicide stats https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/mps-refuse-to-explain-failure-to-quiz-minister-on-esa-suicide-stats/

Stinking rich list no. 20:  Earl Cadogan and family think they’re worth £6.7 billion. Landowners in Chelsea etc

11 Jan 2018 DPC position and motion for union branches on Universal Credit  https://dpac.uk.net/2018/01/dpac-position-statement-and-motion-for-union-branches-on-universal-credit

Greedy salary no. 20. £5.7 million – Stuart Gulliver, CEO of HSBC British multinational banking and financial services holding company

8 Jan 2018  Train cuts hit disabled passengers as stations lose accessibility  https://youtu.be/v9JAYdkdBgE

4 Jan 2018  ‘Fat cat Thursday’ as top bosses’ pay overtakes UK workers’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42559224

4 Jan 2018  16,900 people in a week kept in NHS ambulances waiting for hospital care https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/jan/04/16900-people-in-a-week-kept-in-nhs-ambulances-waiting-for-hospital-care?CMP=share_btn_tw

4 Jan 2018  Fat Cat Thursday – UK’s Top Bosses ‘Earn’ 242 times the Minimum Wage Worker’s Annual Salary https://shar.es/anrtZx

4 Jan 2018 – Exposed, how an elite group of men who dine with Theresa May fund the Tory party  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/revealed-how-third-tory-donations-11798246#ICID=sharebar_twitter

2 Jan 2018  The forgotten unemployed: 300,000 jobless Britons not claiming benefits https://welfareweekly.com/the-forgotten-unemployed-300000-jobless-britons-not-claiming-benefits/

Greedy salary no. 21: £5.5 million – Antonio Horta Osorio, CEO of Lloyds Group



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