Army vets hit too as 30% of Britons too poor to ‘join in'

Zardoz tony at
Tue May 28 12:44:02 BST 2013

Remember that state money they paid to compensate us for stolen land? 
Well they've decided to cut it off to pay for more murder abroad.
Choice is grinding poverty & starvation for the jobless & disabled ... or we'll have to have our land back then.

One-third of Britons are too poor to `join in with society' 
 Many on lowest incomes cannot buy consumer goods, visit the cinema or go on holiday 
 Andrew Johnson - Monday 27 May 2013 -too-poor-to-join-in-with-society-8633584.html 
 Just under a third of people in Britain are excluded from mainstream society because they cannot afford to join in cultural activities such as going to the cinema, taking a holiday or buying consumer goods......

Revealed: The true size of the British jobs gap -of-the-british-jobs-gap-8633691.html  Some 930,000 new posts needed for employment rate to return to its 2008 level, says think tank 
 Ben Chu -   Tuesday 28 May 2013 
 The jobs market remains weak and is likely to continue to struggle well into the second half of the decade, making this a more severe downturn for employment levels than the two previous recessions, according to the Resolution Foundation think tank. 
 The analysis conflicts with the conventional wisdom that the British employment market has performed remarkably well by historic standards since the 2008 global financial crisis.

Benefits crackdown `humiliates' disabled Army war veterans 
 Terri Judd  ,  Tom Foot    Monday 27 May 2013

Degrading back-to-work welfare assessments that are stripping former soldiers of their benefits have been denounced by leading veterans' charities.

Thousands of ex-servicemen are being pushed to the breadline after being judged fit for work by the government-appointed company Atos. Severely wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, who were once entitled to incapacity benefits, are being told they no longer qualify under new assessments carried out by Atos on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Danny Greeno, chief executive of the Veterans Charity, said: "It is becoming an unbearable situation. It should not be happening to people who have served their country. The people doing these assessments need to be properly qualified."

Lance-Corporal Mark Dryden, 35, who lost his right arm when a roadside bomb went off in Iraq, was awarded incapacity benefit in 2008 but had it withdrawn this year under the new system. He described the assessment, in which he was asked by Atos whether he was right-handed, as "totally and utterly degrading."

Mr Greeno added: "Many of these people are already on the breadline. The majority are suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. All they want to do is work but they cannot. The challenges they are facing are completely different to other people who are out of work and they need a lot more support."

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