“This is a government that on immigration combines callousness and incompetence. They don’t show basic humanity and say rescuing drowning people is a “pull factor” for immigration.
But they’re so incompetent that they can’t deliver on their basic promises. The number of asylum applicants awaiting a decision has risen by 70 per cent in the last year, they’ve wasted £1 billion on a failed IT project, and they’ve lost track of 50,000 people.”
–Ed Miliband, Labour Party Leader
Major charities have come together to criticise the inaction and damaging domestic policies of David Cameron and Nick Cleggs Tory-Liberal coalition government.
Over the last year 300,000 more families have fallen into extreme hardship, with their net family income at less than £250 per week or less
Anne Marie Carrie Chief Exec of Barnardo’s said the government was not doing enough to help families ‘at the tipping point between hardship and crisis’, she continued ‘families already budgeting on a shoe string, squeezed by the rising price if essentials and high childcare bills. Tis year many households will be pushed into financial chaos when the cap on benefit increases takes effect, compromising the health and life chances of children.’
Today the Chancellor announced a further increase in the personal tax allowance. He claims helps struggling families. But who benefits most?
This policy does not help those at the bottom much because they either don’t pay tax, or get most of any extra allowance tapered back as their Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit is cut. The regressive nature of the policy is show in this Resolution Foundation chart.