IDS and his Welfare Reforms

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Yet again we have a Governmental Minister getting up and giving a speech of how much the government is paying to ‘Problem Families’. Does his SpAd actually have real world experience, have they bothered to look at the real reason these families are so much of a problem, I am someone who looks at the history of people as more often the current problems can be traced back to problems in early life. How many of them have undiagnosed learning issues, i went through both primary, secondary and two different college courses and never once was the fact i am dyslexic got picked up on.

The biggest problem is not the problem families but ministers who are out of touch with reality. I bet IDS or any of the governmental ministers have never spent any length of time living on welfare and trying to make JSA or ESA stretch to cover the costs of living. Every year we hear of price rises in vital services like electric and gas and yet JSA or ESA do not go up by the same amounts.

People like me living on £71 a week find it hard enough to make ends meet even without the massive rises in costs effectively pushing us into debt, and that is without the costs of travel to interviews and getting smart clothes for them. I am not interested in getting into debt, but i am again in hock to Wessex Water which will likely lead to another CCJ against me, screwing up my plans for starting my own business in Graphics Design. (at the bottom is the poster advertising my company)

IDS has said we will help you find work, like how, I am not looking for much, but jobs for people like me are far harder to find than an able bodied person. I am a Male to Female Trans-sexual, suffer from Dyslexia and now have been diagnosed as suffering from MS, so you can see just on that I have a triple problem and that does not even touch on problems of where I live, seeing as I suspect my postcode is blacklist because of the people who also live in the area. I am highly creative, have lots of useful skills in things like carpentry, working software and designing things, but I cannot deal with stress very well. I built using joinery my bed which sits above the door into my living room, i designed it, built it and put it up when i move in over three years ago and it is still there, but i have no qualifications in carpentry. I spent a few years trying to get a degree but my health is more important than a piece of paper and I had to drop out because of exam stress, lack of basic skills uni students need and the help provided to me because i am Dyslexic might have help some, but not me.

IDS and the ministers working in the DWP should try and live on welfare with out their savings or family, to bale them out, behind them and they might discover what the real people have to do everyday to just simply survive.

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Europe, Europe, Europe

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I am not a big supporter or Europe’s Control over our lives her in the UK, especially with at least two daily papers reporting on two different issues but both related to Europe. I will comment on both the two articles.

The first comes from the Independent and centres on their budget. They want to increase it where all the countries are trying to bring their budgets down. From what I understand this request does not come from our elected Reps but from the powers behind the throne. Do they have a budget that will direct their money to where it is needed or is it get the money in and just spend it willy nilly. I hope it is not the latter, but it is more than likely the truth. It is now getting to the point where what is the point of MEPs they do not seem to get a say in how the budget is spent. This goes against the very idea of the MEPs as they should be doing the same job as our politicians discussing issues that matter, the budget is one of the most important matters.

The second article I am going to comment on is the fact it looks like medical implants are coming to the UK shores without the necessary protections to make sure they are safe and will not pose a problem post the implantation. Each country, to my knowledge, has people or organisations that carry out rigorous checks on medical implants to make sure they are safe. If what the Daily Telegraph is saying then it looks like if a company has an implant they want on sale then give the regulators a lump of cash and it joins the list of approved implants what ever the test results. This is yet another example of EU level regulators riding roughshot over  tried and tested checks, just so they can line their pockets.

Both these stories if they are true should be stopped but it looks like Cameron is yet again loosing his nerve and will not use the power he has to veto the budget. In regards to the MEPs, and I know they are also acting in under handed ways in regards their expenses for sitting in the European Parliament, should grow some back bones and say the regulators can not just add medical implants to the list with out proper results being known from proper tests.

The latest deal with the criminal element

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Yet again the ruling power comes out with a lets crack down on offenders and re-offending. Each government has done the same thing come out with let’s gets tough on the criminal element and yet again i predict it will have little effect on the crime figures.

This time the PM’s speech comes at a time when the police numbers are being reduced, which means fewer chances to catch criminals, unless the Cons intend to send us down the route shown in the films ‘Robo-Cop’. It does look like they are trying to quietly bring that in via the back door with all the governmental security contracts going to G4S and the other large security companies.

This is such a bad idea what with the other governmental contracts held and basically badly run and supervised. At least with the government doing what it should and properly fund and run the police and prison service we might get a reduction if the government actually talked to the rank and file rather than not and the entire plan is forgotten about and it like all the others fails to reduce crime.

The incoming police commissioners, the idea on the surface is a great one, but I feel with the lack of knowledge about the elections will badly effect their role as overseers of the police service. One aspect I hope they have is the job of overseeing the private contracts or are they going to be hog-tied by not being able to make sure they are doing just as good a job as the rest of the police.