Originally posted on A New Place Of Exile:

"I love you this much"

“I love you this much”

‘Reintroducing fairness to the welfare system’ – introducing means-testing in order to dismantle the welfare system.

‘Fairness’ – discriminating against people.

‘Creating a system based on fairness’ – ignoring need, in favour of targets.

‘Work experience’ – unpaid labour.

‘Fit to work’ – somebody suffering from an incapacitating condition, whose heart still beats.

‘Tough’ – punitive.

‘Tough but fair’ – punitive and arbitrary.

‘Employment Support Allowance’ – financial support for people incapable of retaining employment due to illness/disability.

‘Unconditional support’ – strictly conditional support.

‘Scrounger’ – somebody who is poor.

‘Hardworking people’ – people on very high salaries, such as company executives.

‘Striver’ – somebody who works for a low salary, and who doesn’t object to a pay cut. Alternatively, somebody who works for a high salary, and who doesn’t object to a pay rise.

‘Skiver’ – somebody who is temporarily too ill to work…

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The BBC is Westminster’s own broad casting station

Originally posted on Vox Political:

The pretext: These are the figures showing the amount of working time lost to companies in the UK because of illness. Remember that these figures have halved in the last decade.

The pretext: These are the figures showing the estimated amount of long-term illness in the UK per year. Remember that these figures have halved in the last decade.

The Department for Work and Pensions is setting up a new “service” offering “advice” to people who are off work with an illness for more than four weeks.

No reference is made to improving people’s health.

It should also be noted that sickness absence in the UK is among the lowest in Europe, and has halved over the past decade.

The announcement was made on the BBC News website shortly after midnight. Nothing has appeared on the Government’s own website so it seems the Corporation has gone back to being Westminster’s poodle again – breaking news for the government in order to give spin doctors time to assess the reaction and then write a press release that is more acceptable to the…

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Folk at the Lake 2013

Sunday 29 December 2013
12 noon – 300pm

Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre
Rakewood Road
OL15 0AQ


Festive fun at Hollingworth Lake Visitor Centre to sup-port Rochdale Foodbank.

Featuring: Rossendale Clog Heritage, Just Poets, That’s All Folk! And more… 

Free entry: Please bring donations of non-perishable food items to support Rochdale Foodbank.


For anyone who hasn’t had chance to join up yet here’s the link to the free membership to the ARVAC site that was mentioned at the recent Edge Hill Training. It’s a straight forward sign up and you’ll get a reply to your e~mail request reasonably which will allow you access to a whole range of research resources .Other Community Champions who have not yet done this training or who are not doing the Group  Reseacrh Projects may well find this a useful site too ?


Please see link at : http://www.arvac.org.uk/contact/request-membership

Age of Austerity – WHAT CAN YOU DO March 22 2014 ~ MANCHESTER

Time: March 22, 2014 from 10:30am to 4pm
Location: Mechanics Institute
Street: 103 Princess Street
City/Town: Manchester
Website or Map: http://www.mechanicsinstitute…
Phone: 161 236 9336
Event Type: conference/workshops
Organized By: NatCAN

Event Description

Discussing What You Can Do

As an Individual

Ruth Stokes

Journalist & Author ‘The Armchair Activist’s Handbook


As a Neighbourhood Group

Kath Godfrey

Greenslate Community Farm


As a Regional Organisation

Philip Duval

Chair – Equality NW.


As a National Organisation

Ben Dyson

Author Modernising Money & Founding Member Positive Money


At the Political Level

Stephen Hall

Founding Member Wigan Green Socialists & Left Unity


Open Discussions with any or all the speakers

Refreshments Provided

Please see link at : http://nationalcan.ning.com/events/age-of-austerity-what-can-you-do


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Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Ellenroad Biomass Launch and Green Fair


GMCVO’s Generating Success project and Ellenroad Steam Engine Museum invite you to attend the official launch of the Museum’s new biomass boiler and heating system. The launch coincides with their steaming day when the mill engines will be fired up. Stall holders will be available to answer your questions on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The event will be open from 11am to 4pm, ribbon cutting at 12.45pm, followed by buffet lunch. There is limited space for stall holders to provide communities with information on energy efficiency and renewable energy, with a particular focus on community projects.

To request a stall, please contact Alison Crush, alison.crush@gmcvo.org.uk, 0161 277 1022.



Sunday, 2 February 2014
Website Link: 

Ellenroad Engine House

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