Just as public pressure forced the Government to find its heart, albeit a half-hearted version, to the Syrian crisis, there is mounting pressure to face-up to the consequences of tax credit cuts.
See recent news stories here:
Further pressure on tax credit cuts
Liberal Democrat and Labour peers have tabled rival motions to block the Government’s cuts to tax credits. David Cameron described the move as ‘overstepping’ their constitutional rights to challenge the central financial decisions of the Commons. At the same time, speculation has arisen over a split between the Chancellor and the Prime Minister over the tax credit revolt. Figures in Number 10 are signalling to MPs that the government is open to giving additional help to those worst affected by the cuts to tax credits for low-paid workers, as Treasury ministers and aides dig in their heels over the issue. Stephen Glover examines in the Mail how the cuts may negatively affect ordinary working families.
The Times, Page: 4 The Guardian, Page: 15 Daily Mail, Page: 17 Daily Mirror, Page: 5
Benefit cap legal challenge gets under way
The legality of the benefit cap as it applies to many carers of disabled people is now under challenge at the High Court. Test cases are being brought by two families where adults are providing full-time care for elderly and disabled relatives, arguing that the cap is “unfair and unlawful” because of its impact on the vulnerable and those who help them. Solicitor for the families, Rebekah Carrier, said: “My clients have been hit by the benefit cap because they are disabled or they provide essential care to their disabled relatives. They provide full time care and save the state money.”
In a recent Guardian paper, I saw an advert for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. I have mentioned this cause a few times in previous blogs. I have fundraised for them in the past after reading the book about the unimaginable tragedy that hit Bhopal, India in the early 80s when a chemical spill from an American owned factory killed and maimed thousands if not tens of thousands of Local people. The company’s owner was never brought to full justice for this disaster.
Today the factory is still decaying in the Indian countryside and continues to intoxicate and maim the local population, in a similar way to Chernobyl. The company that caused the disaster was bought by Dow – an international company headquartered in the US, which continues to deny any responsibility for clearing up the factory.
Shockingly they were one of the sponsors of the Olympic Games in London.
This is what happens when a humanitarian tragedy is not brought to the attention of the mass of Western society. The perpetrators, harboured in the powerful, rich West, continue to think they can just get away with committing evil acts. The minute they are no longer socially acceptable – that us when the tables turn.
I hope, in Bhopal’s case, tables finally turn and Dow’s crimes against humanity are finally, after many decades, brought to justice.
This blog is for UNICEF.
Thanks for reading.