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Family with disabled Grandson tells David Cameron: ‘Visit our home and you’ll drop the Bedroom Tax’

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Paul Rutherford with his disabled Grandson, Warren Todd

Paul Rutherford is grandfather to Warren Todd, a 14-year-old boy with a rare genetic disorder, Potocki-Shaffer syndrome.

Paul believes that David Cameron must understand what his family goes through on a daily basis, as David and Samantha Cameron’s son, Ivan, also needed constant care as he had cerebral palsy and a severe form of epilepsy, and died at the age of six in 2009.

Warren also has epilepsy, as well as severe learning disabilities and skeletal problems.

Warren’s grandparents, Paul and Sue, have made a request for David Cameron to visit their home and family, and they make this request without any malevolence, as they can only imagine what the Cameron’s went through when they lost their son.

Paul states: “We want to ask David Cameron to come to our home and visit our family.

“We think if he could see how we live and what we do, and meet Warren, he would change his mind about the Bedroom Tax.”

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Britain’s Richest 1% as Wealthy as Poorest 55% of Population

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According to a new analysis from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Britain’s richest 1% have as much wealth as the poorest 55% of the population put together. This analysis includes wealth in terms of property, pensions and financial assets.

Inequality between the north-south divide has also worsened, with household wealth in the south-east rising five times faster than the rest of the country. The average wealth of households in the south-east rose 30% from 2006-8 to the end of 2012, whereas the average rise in England was only 6%.

In addition, the north-east was the only region where average household wealth actually fell.

The report states that the situation is likely to have worsened due to an 18% rise in house prices over the past year in the south-east. In addition, a rush to save among richer households during the recession boosted the nation’s total wealth, with the top 10% owning 44% of the household wealth, and the poorest 50% of the country owning only 9%.

A recent report from Oxfam also showed that five billionaire families own the same wealth as 20% of the population. Read the rest of this entry

Labour’s New Party Political Broadcast – The Un-credible Shrinking Man

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This is the new party political broadcast from the Labour Party, named ‘The Un-credible Shrinking Man’.

The black and white video filmed in the style of a Harry Enfield Cholmondley Warner sketch, mocks Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and pokes fun at the way he is downtrodden in the Cabinet by David Cameron.

The video highlights the broken promises made by Clegg in the last election, such as the tuition fees debacle, with Clegg shrinking as Cameron introduces bedroom tax, and tax cuts for millionaires. Read the rest of this entry

Osborne: “Income inequality is at its lowest for 28 years”

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During the tedious half an hour of The Budget I found myself watching on Wednesday, one thing really grabbed my attention.

George Osborne claimed “Inequality is at its lowest level for 28 years”.

Now, writing my dissertation on the ways in which social class influences levels of health, and the vast economic inequalities in society, I was in disbelief at what Osborne had just claimed. Read the rest of this entry