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REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND (COME & GONE), WHAT DID IT REALLY MEAN?

REMEMBRANCE WEEKEND (COME & GONE), WHAT DID IT REALLY MEAN?

11th November every year is a prominent time across the globe, especially in the United Kingdom (UK).

2017 is no different to any other time everyone pledges their gratitude by obtaining a “Poppy” by donating money to the “The British Legion” and everyone stops for a period of time “Before & After” and reflects on the persons who have given their lives for their Country (Members of Parliment).

Today, classified as a “Veteran”, I signed to serve my Queen & Country, was willing to give my life to serve and protect humanity and freedom. Proud to say that, I served my country and crown in conflicts in foreign lands.

However, over the last few years having had time to reflect on life past and present, especially in the United Kingdom, my view has changed slightly.

After attending various remembrance services over the weekend of remembrance. It is saddening to say that one feels let down, the charity that operates the poppy appeal have become a commercial enterprise. As a veteran, I refused to wear a poppy or give a donation to the British Legion, I have my reason which are revealed later on.

rah_32637301428While attending the Royal Albert Hall Remembrance evening it became evident that the Poppy Appeal is just a PR Gimmick and money earner. The organiser and charity actually put on a great event with stories and reminders to promote the Poppy Appeal, the PR is absolutely outstanding and very affective visually.

What is the real cost of this and is this money better spent to help our services personnel past and present. While sitting amongst my brothers / sisters proud to be in their presence of so many great people listening to the stories of past and present. This started to generate overwhelming feelings for me and I wanted to stand up, interrupt the live televised broadcast and speak out.

Actually struggled to fight off the urge that was building inside and speak my mind. This is the first-time that I have ever had this urge and it actually scared me, had no choice but to leave before the end of the show.

Reason for the urge to stand-up and taking this action was the poppy appeal has lost its appeal. It is a PR stunt, we reflect on our brothers / sisters / mothers / fathers / grandfathers / grandmothers and friends who have sacrificed their lives in conflicts or luckily still here today, but are combating with other pains from their times in service. For a very short period of time there is reflection on their lives and a reminder of the reason these sacrifices were taken to protect humanity and the freedom of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth people in World War I & II.

untitledTBWe reflect on the losses in the most recent conflicts in the Middle East. However, we seem to forget a majority of sacrifices in the Middle East were because the Politicians of the time were influenced by America Government to send us to war that was structured and prefabricated by America. This war was on so-called terror and WMD’s, which is far from the truth. Men and women lost their lives, while others returned with serious life changing injuries that they continue to battle with today. Unfortunately no persons or politicians have been held accountable for putting us to war without clarification of the facts. They actually have either become wealthy individuals in the top-tier of society or still in government in influential positions of power, slowly destroying the UK.

organize-and-take-the-big-bagToday 2017, a majority of the people who have sacrificed their lives one way or another would not be happy with how the United Kingdom has turned out. Veterans and active service personnel are not priority or looked after by our government, worse still the people of United Kingdom are divided and while the Elected Government Members protect the wealthy and enhance their revenue the majority of people are continually suffering through the austerity measures that are taken, the world economy suffered a recession in 2008 and have still not recovered. The country is slipping further in to recession but is being flowered up or polished to look as if we are pulling out. Majority of the people of the United Kingdom are treated as 3rd Class Citizens in their own country, as the wealthy are priority, followed by the refugees and asylum seekers.

Refuges, asylum seekers and others from outside the United Kingdom take priority. Our national service systems are at breaking point and the systems are near failure. Majority of the United Kingdom people live in poverty or below the line of poverty.

d216b6c5-17d6-4235-be7f-65d6c38bd8b6-homelessmanWe have veterans, who are fighting their own battles / war after leaving the services. There is an increase of veterans living on the streets, in prison, suffering mental health issues and unfortunately taking their own lives because they cannot continue the fight any longer, without support.

Since 2007 there is 187 Registered Charities that state they are raising funds to support service personnel, families and veterans such as the Royal British Legion that generate large sums of funds through charity, their tag line is

“We help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families all year round. We also campaign to improve their lives, organise the Poppy Appeal and remember the fallen”.

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However, the UK Charity Commission has openly stated that a majority of the Charities hold back up to 80% of the funds.

British Legion itself has sat on funds and has on numerous occasions been contacted by veterans or charities looking for assistance, as they are suffering hard times and need little help. But were turned away as they were not seen as their preferred case study.

People close to a veteran suffering will tell you that they will not ask for help due to pride or until they are pushed. When a veteran ask for help nine of ten times it will be serious, majority of them will not ask due to their level of pride or feel that they will be seen as weak.

Main reason a vast amount of charities (187) have formed since 2007 is they felt that the existing charities were not providing the necessary support.

Having been homeless and reaching out for help by contacting various Military Charities, I was let down by many including the RBL. However, was lucky to be captured and assisted by one great organisation. During my time spent under the support system of the charity, it become evident that there were other veterans that had approached other charities and RBL, but refused support or assistance. Saddening part is that genuine Charities even struggle to secure support from RBL, who is the UK Government elected Charity.

During my time under the support structure of the Charity is that monies is raised from different sources and the Regiment that you served actually provides a portion of the funding as well as the charity.

untitledgtHave actually witnessed many commonwealth brothers and sisters, who have undertaken active service in conflict zones, return home to the country they defended and were willing to give their life. Refused UK Citizenship unless they undertook the citizenship test and paid the relevant fee.

This is ridiculous and should have more entitlement than many others arriving in the UK, as they were willing to give their life for Queen & Country. These individuals should be given exemption from the citizenship test and given a British Passport if they served minimum set time of service or in a conflict zone.

imagesRTLOS1JUActually a former Prime Minister, who has never done anything courageous for the United Kingdom apart from lined his pockets as do many other politicians in the UK failed the Citizenship Test.

 

It is saddening to watch people who have become homeless and actually turned to drugs and alcohol to take away the pain of the cold and embarrassment. It is saddening to see ex-veterans being treated from time to time as a 3rd & 4th class citizen in their own country that they were happy to give their life to defend.

As a veteran we are willing to give our lives to protect the Queen & Country and ensure the freedom and humanity of life or follow orders.

Everyone overtime stated Adolf Hitler was a tyrant, which he was at the end. However, what a lot of people do not know was, that he was employed by the government to infiltrate the German Workers Party and gain intelligence during a time of great depression. He received a copy of his pamphlet My Political Awakening, which contained anti-Semitic, nationalist, anti-capitalist, and anti-Marxist ideas. This become a moment that would change the world forever and turn the once solider into a Political Leader. In 2017, a lot of people could say we are in a similar predicament in the UK and western worlds, due to the actions of our western leaders over the last two decades. The only difference is the Anti-semitic is replaced with Anti-islam.

While serving in a conflict zone in Europe, during a board game of chest with a Yugoslavian gentleman was told the next world war would occur in the Western World (United Kingdom). This was his opinion, his reasoning for this statement was due to people uprising against the governmental way. He openly stated the immigration and policies will lead to the UK Population becoming unhappy and being undervalued, which in turn will cause an uprising.

It is saddening to think that this Old Man’s words may come true in the near future, if the Government continue as there has been discontent shown in the past 12  – 24 months.

People of the United Kingdom and other western countries have come together and raised their concerns regards the decisions and direction their Elected Governments have taken over the last few years. Everyone seems to raise their voices from time to time. It seems it is only a matter of time before an individual or party with the support of the people will throw the UK Politics in to turmoil.

More concerning and saddening part here is the next Tyrant could be bred and born in the United Kingdom. People will clash and the next uprising could lead to a war….

Our Queen and her family need to take a stand for the people of the United Kingdom, as our government seems to be out of touch with the majority of the people suffering day in, day out. Poverty is around the corner for a majority of people, debt continues to grow out of control with bills continuing to grow. Today, the UK People cannot get value for money, with food packaging shrinking and pricing increasing on a weekly and monthly basis.

The one thing with the people of Britain is we will take a lot of crap. But there will be a point when the people will say, enough is enough. Remember, the British people are strong, full of pride and when they bite back it will hurt everyone in position of power or on the other side of the divide. The longer this government and corporate powers continue to treat us as third class citizens the more respect is lost and deeper the bite will be.

We were once known as “Great Britain and United Kingdom” today we are neither as we are not United or Great. Individual’s who we actually remember on the 11th November, who give their lives in past wars and conflict did not fight or give their lives for the citizens of the UK to become a third class citizen. REMEMBER, they fought for freedom, humanity and to bring an end to suffering.

People in power need to stand up and start repairing our country and bring back our values that were the foundation that made us “Great & United”. Our services from emergency, education, housing, health, immigration, border control and armed services are at breaking point with continued influx of people into the country, austerity cuts and giving of relief to the wealthy, corporate organisations and other nations.

WE NEED TO THINK BRITISH FIRST, WE VOTED TO LEAVE THE EU, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE HAD ENOUGH OF PUTTING OTHERS FIRST, it may have been a wrong decision but only time will tell.

Today our active service personnel actually do not know if they have a secure future with the continued cuts.

In all the time the people have suffered the austerity cuts, we have never seen a Member of Parliament, Lords or Banking Industry suffer any financial cuts they have enhanced their levels of wealth, while everyone else suffers cuts.

If you read this blog, thank you. Please understand this is my opinion and everyone has one, some may not like it or agree, but there it is and thnk you again…….

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UK is overspending funds that they have not got, the main reason for continue cuts / measures that have led to austerity

UK is overspending funds that they have not got, the main reason for continue cuts / measures that have led to austerity

Having reviewed the UK Spending over the last few weeks it is alarming to find that the UK Government is running into deficit every year, year on year. Although the figures shown are estimated and the true figures could actually paint a different picture, which could be more alarming.

It is estimated that government will spend £12,138 a year, per person (capita) to run and operate the services across the United Kingdom, this estimated total spends for 2017 is £784.1 Billion. However, the estimated total revenue that the UK will generate is £730.2 billion, this gives the UK a deficit of £54.1 Billion on the total spending for 2017.

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Well how many businesses do you know that actually operates year on year in the red and continues to increase the deficit on a yearly basis. The financial and economic system that was introduced over the last three decades ago has not improved the majority of the UK Population and only worsen their lives. They are working longer hours for wages that are below the rate of inflation. While food products in the supermarkets are being down sized for the same value, the money that many people have is far less value than it was a decade ago.

UK Government continues to allocate finances to different sectors, when it has not got the funds or they could be allocated elsewhere for a period to strengthen the UK Public Service and sectors. Examples of spending:

For decades, the UN has encouraged donor countries to contribute 0.7 per cent of their gross national income to foreign aid. In 2015 it was made a legal requirement by the UK government they actually give an estimated provisional figure of £13.3bn in 2016.

DfID-uk-aid_2526582bIraq are set to receive a loan of £10 Billion from the UK government. As they agreed to finance the loans to support infrastructure projects in Iraq over a period of ten years. The program will exclusively target and benefit British businesses looking to invest in Iraq.

On the 05th December 2016 the UK Government issued a report setting out over £500 billion worth of infrastructure investment published for the future.

  • Government releases details of its £500 billion-plus infrastructure investment projects
  • Projects includes major projects such as the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the rollout of smart meters, and upgrading the A14
  • Providing a single source of data for both government and the private sector, giving greater certainty for investors and suppliers

The government published a new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, setting out over £500 billion worth of planned private and public investment over this Parliament and beyond with more than 40% of the pipeline being delivered thanks to government investment. Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announcement of the new £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund.

This new fund includes infrastructure investments of over £2.6 billion to improve transport networks; a multi-million pound package to accelerate the future of broadband, and £7.2 billion to support the construction of new homes. The government feel investing in better infrastructure is at the heart of the government’s ambitious plans to close the UK’s productivity gap.

The new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline contains:

  • Over £500 billion of planned investment, with over £300 billion of this to be invested by 2020/21
  • Over 720 projects and programmes across transport, housing and digital to fire up the nation’s infrastructure
  • Around 20 new schemes have been added to the pipeline since March 2016, including the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

What is becoming evident by the UK government continuation to invest in infrastructure and new construction projects is that they are investing totally in the wrong areas. The UK Infrastructure and transport links are some of the best in the world and could be delayed and funds used elsewhere. Unfortunately, the housing, health services, education, public services, horticultural, manufacturing, IT Development and border control is where the investment is required, not the transportation and new construction projects.

UK government commit to building and giving monies away, rather than investing in the people that service the population. Majority of food products are imported, while the UK has prime agricultural land and only use a minority of it to produce food sources to sell to the UK Population.

untitledThe UK government needs to sit-up, as it cannot continue to keep going on a spending spree with monies it has not got, the people are suffering today through the cuts and drastic measures taken by the government to balance the revenue and spending sheet. These measures have led to austerity, the trickle-down system is not working for the population and only for the minority. There needs to be change now as the grandchildren of our kids will be in a worse position than we are today with the burden of escalating debit.

The position the government is in today, is not hard to rectify, there must be changes in the policies of the government. Trickle-down will not work in the manner it is being used and only makes the wealth even wealthier. Unfortunately, a fundamental part is missing from the system and was deliberately left out. This system was designed by the minority (wealthy) to benefit the minority, they did not implement the complete system, which would have meant everyone would have benefited, the minority should be taxed at a much higher rate and given potential tax incentives for investments into public projects, businesses etc.

To bring a change one of two things need to happen, either the government makes drastic changes, which include their salaries, perks and policies or an overall of the political system, including its politicians. One must understand that the people holding the power are responsible for the state the UK is in today.

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Some interesting figures (although some Guesstimated) by Christopher Chantrill

http://ukpublicspending.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/how-we-got-spending-data.html

Estimated Spending in 2017 – £784.1 Billion

Estimated Total Revenue 2017 – £730.2 Billion

Estimated UK Population 2017 – 62,500,000

2017 Estimated spending – £12,138 per person

Public Pensions   £2,416 / person

National Health Care   + £2,231 / person

State Education   + £1,314 / person

Defence   + £716 / person

Social Security   + £1,700 / person

State Protection   + £464 / person

Transport   + £448 / person

General Government   + £221 / person

Other Public Services   + £1,824 / person

Public Sector Interest   + £788 / person

2017 Estimated Total spending £784.1 billion  

Pensions £156.9 billion

Health Care £142.7 billion

Education £85.2 billion

Defence £45.6 billion

Remember, 2017 has nearly half a year to continue, the estimated value of spending could pass the £800 billion figure as there are dramatic steps have to be taken following serious events. This could easily raise before 2018.

UK Politics seems to be on its head. Does the Right-hand now what the Left-hand is doing. More games going on in the government than in a casino

UK Politics seems to be on its head. Does the Right-hand now what the Left-hand is doing. More games going on in the government than in a casino

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/series/politics-live-with-andrew-sparrow  

Absolutely brilliant porthole for most up to date information on the happenings in UK Politics – must say thank you to Andrew Sparrow.

Just had to have my say on a few items, sorry:

David Cameron’s – warning in his first post-election interview to the Tories, that they need to inspire more & modernise. Just shows how out of touch these politicians (ex-politicians) are with the people of the United Kingdom. How can he give advice, when he did not inspire or modernise anything when he was in power? When the going got tough, what did he do to inspire the UK Nation, turned on his heels sharpish and run the other way. Is he the type of individual that should be given advice on any matters concerning politics today as he let us down in times of need. In an event of war, he would have been shot by his men for running the other way.

Theresa May – telling her cabinet ministers not to speak to the papers or leak information regards her meetings. Well just shows she is not in-tune with her own cabinet ministers, if she is chairing a meeting and discussing policies etc. Then for cabinet ministers to openly talk about the contents of the meeting only tells us one thing, they are not happy with the way the meetings are run and feel that their voices are not being heard, hence the talking out to media.

TM needs to get a grip of her house and start listening to the cabinet ministers or acting by slapping them down, this sounds more like the meetings are held by dictatorship or people in the cabinet have other agendas. Remember majority of these so-called politicians do not care about their electors and only have one thing on their minds “how much money can I make, while in office” they are driven by greed and have no desire to improve the living of the UK Population by running the country correctly.

Brexit – negotiations should be undertaken by members from every political party this exit / divorce is the UK & Europe. Let’s get selected people from all parties around the table and discuss the terms and agree as one house how we intend to go forward. It seems the right-hand does not know what the left-hand is doing. To date it seems to be a shamble and just hit and hope approach. It will be no surprise if we are bent over the table and shafted by every European member and left with nothing beneficial for the UK. Jeremy Corbyn, Nigel Forage and more

Guy Verhofstadt extract below from the Independent is spot-on the money, this is from the other side, it makes you think if some of the EU Ministers should come over and run our country and we sack the crap we have in office.

“Brexit is about the whole of the UK. It will affect all UK citizens, and EU citizens in the UK. This is much bigger than one political party’s internal divisions or short term electoral positioning. It’s about people’s lives,”.

“I believe the negotiations should involve more people with more diverse opinions. Some recognition that the election result was, in part, a rejection of Theresa May’s vision for a hard Brexit would be welcome.”

Chris Grayling (Transport Secretary), about as much use as a chocolate fire guard promoting HS2 project go-ahead, he should be recommending for it to be put on hold. This is ridiculous considering the overspend this government continues to do year on year. There are more pressing issues that the finances could be directed to other than this HS2 Project. The financial year is only half-way through and the amount of borrowing that this Government must do for 2017 is far beyond, what anyone could imagine following the incidents in the start of the year.

It makes you think, how many backhanders or brown envelopes are being put under the political tables to get this passed. A project that will affect the purse should be put up to the public for a vote. Which could be done with the technology advances today.

UK Government has one chance to get things right and start to bring the country together, however, be prepared for the future, if they continue as they are at the moment the UK will be forced backwards. Poverty is really happening with majority of the UK Population feeling the pressures from the cuts and measures taken by the government to save money and bring down the deficit. Well that what they have you all believe; UK People are living below the rate of inflation. There monies have the same value as they had ten years ago. Supermarkets are either increasing prices on food or changing the packaging sizes and putting less. Food-banks are the normality for some, while others are less than one pay-check from being Homeless.

You may laugh at this, but it is fact, I sit in the parks on benches and watch the world pass by, sometimes lost by the propaganda, fighting between politicians etc. But I am fortunate to be given a gift of life and an insight through my experience to look outside the box. Watching the progressive destruction of individuals and countries by decisions of others. People all over the world are suffering poverty, while others are swimming in wealth bestowed upon them by others. Majority of politicians of the world today have one thing in common, to fulfil their own desire to be wealthy before representing the people that voted for them.

Today’s technology advances, our societies can be self-governed by the people, voting on policies and decisions through the multi-media platforms we have available. There is no need for 650 members of parliament, we should just have an elected party, the MP’s are elected for the positions and then democracy is managed by the population.

 

 

Austerity / capitalism causation of trickle-down economics introduced by world leaders over three decades ago and still being enforced today.

Austerity / capitalism causation of trickle-down economics introduced by world leaders over three decades ago and still being enforced today.

Today in 2017, the UK and the USA have similar economy, which splits the population by favoring the high net-worth individuals. While it deprives everyone else not lucky enough to sit in the high net-worth part of the population and makes them poorer.

The economy scale has tipped in the favor of austerity and capitalism.

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Unfortunately, in the UK this system that lead to the austerity and divide between the population is due to the Members of Parliament continually supporting the system that benefits the high net-worth part of the population and deprives the rest.

This system was introduced in the 1980’s by the relevant leaders, Margaret Thatcher (UK) & Ronald Regan (USA), the system was known as the “Trickle-down Economics System”.

The main foundation of the system was to Trickle-down, which can be (very loosely) characterised as the idea that reducing the tax burden on the high net-worth and wealthy individuals, in the end, is good for everyone.

They felt that the wealthy person’s taxes being reduced will increase their disposable income. This will then enable the wealthy person to spend the extra income on a new mansion, or luxury goods, or lavish holidays. Which in-turn will benefit the estate agent, the luxury manufacturer, tourist resorts and service providers profits increase, this increasing their disposable income and continue the trickle down processes. The profits will also enable the people to invest the profits, expanding their capacity, creating new jobs in the process. That additional investment boosts income and employment. This then will grow the economy, bringing in more tax revenues (more, indeed, than were forgone through the initial tax cut). The size of the state is reduced, the freedom of the population grows and general prosperity is enlarged.

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Although this system / model sounds good, it is fact that it does not work and the only individuals who benefit is the wealthy. As they make the profit and continue to purchase expanding their wealth, the wealthy individuals are owners of the product ranges, estate agents and brands etc. that they initially make their purchases. So the money they spend just keeps going around in circles increasing the wealth dived.

Two well-known former government purse holders from the US & UK have commented on the system and agreed that is failed the majority of the country’s population.  Larry Summers (US Treasury Secretary) and Ed Balls (UK Shadow Chancellor) have stated openly and in reports

“That tax cuts for the rich do not inexorably result in more economic activity, but create a growing income gap between those at the top and those at the bottom. The rich tend to save more of their disposable income and growth slows down.”

An academic and popular economic writer from Cambridge University – Ha-Joon Chang,  states “The trickle-down argument crucially depends on the assumption that, when given a bigger slice of national output, the rich will use it to increase investments”, he has written. He describes this as “an assumption that has not been borne out by reality”, and goes on: “Once you realise that trickle-down economics does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rich as what they are: a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer.”

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Individuals who have worked in high-level positions within the government or who have become experts on the subject. Believe that higher wages for ordinary workers, higher rates of tax on the super-rich and corporations, as well as a co-ordinate international closure of tax loopholes, with the money used to finance more public infrastructure investment.

This trickle down system was introduced over three decades ago, it was not subscribed to by the population and no open discussion or review of the system has been undertaken to establish the areas of failings. Main reason for this is the individuals who introduced the system (Members of Parliament) are actually benefiting from the system, they do not want change as it will affect their wealth.

There is no record of any serious free-market thinker ever outlining that cutting tax rates on high earners is good because it encourages the rich to spend,” argues Ryan Bourne of the Institute of Economic Affairs think tank. “Free-marketers don’t believe in low taxes because of their effect on spending. They believe in low taxes because they provide a strong incentive to earn more income in the first place.”

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Only in the last week Philip Hammond (UK MP & Chancellor of Exchequer) spoke out in cabinet meeting that he felt that Public workers are overpaid. This just strengthens the notion that the only system that is of any interest is the one that protects and enhances his wealth. When considering he and a majority of the MP’s representing the UK Population benefits greatly from the “Trickle-down System”. Philip Hammond, who has an estimated wealth of £8.2 million in 2014. He has previously been caught-out for avoiding tax’s http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/millionaire-tory-philip-hammonds-200-3231876 .

In early 2017, Philip Hammond was challenged by an opposition leader to publicly publish his tax return, but he refused. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jeremy-corbyn-publishes-tax-return-chancellor-philip-hammond_uk_58bc41b7e4b0b998941837c6

He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show he has “no intention” of making public his documents since “my tax affairs are all perfectly regular and up to date”. This just shows that the person to set the UK Budget and control the purse, cannot be open and transparent with his earnings or income. Which are most probably ten to twenty times more than any public worker and only shows his real intentions to enhance his wealth and support the minority of the population. MP’s serve the UK Population and should be accountable to the people, then why are they not showing their annual earnings by issuing the tax return publicly.

Income inequality has reached excessive levels and is now effecting the majority of the UK Population and growth in the public services and economy. Rather than stimulating spending by the wealthy it is doing the opposite, which in-turn is forcing much of the population to enhance their levels of debit.

Remember, majority of the Members of Parliament, who represent the UK People are receiving financial rewards of more than £100k year with salaries and expenses etc. Probably a majority have been fortunate to have generated a wealth through their careers in the government sector and do not feel the effects of austerity or capitalism.

Legal tax avoidance and illegal tax evasion is costing the UK billions a year and effecting the public services and population. Estimated cost in 2014 estimated at

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UK PARLIAMENT VOTED TO CONTINUE WITH ONE PERCENT (1%) CAP ON PUBLIC SERVICES RATHER THAN SCRAP IT OUTRIGHT, BUT THEY CONTINUE TO LINE THEIR POCKETS

UK PARLIAMENT VOTED TO CONTINUE WITH ONE PERCENT (1%) CAP ON PUBLIC SERVICES RATHER THAN SCRAP IT OUTRIGHT, BUT THEY CONTINUE TO LINE THEIR POCKETS

UK PRIME MINISTER makes a deal with DUP to secure her position by offering an increase of £1 billion increase in spending for Northern Ireland for the next two years.

imagesI7HBRZHRHowever, she is reluctant to support our public service workers by lifting the pay cap of one percent that was introduced by Mr. George Osbourne in 2012 for a period of four years, this was extended in the Chancellor Budget until 2019.

On Wednesday evening 29th June 2017, there was a vote called in the House of Commons to bring an end to the cuts to the emergency services and an end the cap of one percent (1%) on pay by make amendments to the Queen Speech. The Members of Parliament (MP’s) showed their true colours and feelings during this vote towards the people that continue to protect and save lives of the people of the United Kingdom. As they voted to continue to keep the cap of one percent, in favour of cap was voted by 323, while against was 309, the government had a majority of 14 votes.

Meanwhile Downing Street signals, The limit on public sector salary rises could be reviewed, after attempts to scrap the 1% cap was defeated in the Parliament vote.

Do NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH!!!!!!!!

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Living standards for many of the public sector workers in the UK have suffered for years with the low or no pay increments. While inflation has continued to raise and is at two point nine percent (2.9%), as of 29th June 2017.

What is saddening part here is that a majority of the public services wages at least one or two times less than the basic wage of a Member of Parliament, which is £74,000 a year. This basic wage for MP’s is just the scratch of the surface as they and entitled to other expenses, see below.

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So, who is the most valued MP’s or Public Sector Personnel / Services. It is absurd that the FAT CATS that sit and argue like school children, rather than professional peers in the House of Commons They were elected to represent the people of the UK, but a majority seem to have no interest in what the people concerns and more interested in implementing further austerity measures that they continue to undertake and the lining of their own pockets, while the working class become poorer.

Unfortunately, class dived in the UK is extremely evident and there is only two classes of citizens, wealthy and working class, which are poor. Over the last month the Members of Government have shown through their lack of action, which they have continued to date, by not pro-actively supporting the working class (poor class) during the horrific incidents.

MP’s basic wages have increased by approximately 117% since 1996 and continues to raise further in the future. Although the previous UK Prime Minister David Cameron, on 24 May 2015 announced that he intended to freeze ministerial pay for the next five years. However, this was implemented as nine days later on the 2 June 2015 ministerial pay was to increase at the same time as MP’s basic pay was increased. Their basic wage can increase dramatically with the other expenses and perks that they are entitled to claim, see below.

Many MPs (ministers, the Speaker, senior opposition leaders, opposition chief whip, etc.) receive a supplementary salary for their specific responsibilities. As of 1 April 2015 these additional entitlements range from £15,025 for Select Committee Chairs, £74,990 for the Prime Minister.

  • Prime Minister’s total salary would therefore increase from £142,500 to £149,440.
  • Cabinet Ministers would increase from £134,565 to £141,505.
  • Total salary for ministers would increase from £89,740 to £96,375.
  • Total salary for parliamentary under-secretaries would increase from £89,435 to £96,375.

Unfortunately the full details of current ministerial pay at all levels have yet to be published on either the UK Parliament website or that of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

Here is a list of other expenses that Member of Parliament are entitled to0:

Office expenses

  • Office running costs
  • Staffing costs
  • Travel: staff
  • Centrally purchased stationery
  • Postage costs
  • Central IT costs
  • Communications Allowance

Expense outside IPSA

MPs are entitled to claim £9,000 a year for postage and stationery (financial year 2015-16). This amount is in addition to any stationery and postage costs which Members may have reimbursed under the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s expenses Scheme.

Housing, second home, and travel

MPs receive allowances towards having somewhere to live in London and in their constituency, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency.

Cost of staying away from main home

  • Travel: car
  • Travel: rail
  • Travel: bike
  • Travel: European

Pension arrangements

Ps will normally receive a pension of either 1/40th or 1/50th of their final pensionable salary for each year of pensionable service depending on the contribution rate they will have chosen. Members who made contributions of 13.75% of their salary gain an accrual rate of 1/40th. State contributions for MPs are more than four times higher than the average paid out by companies for final-salary schemes, but they are not significantly more generous than most public-sector pensions.

If an MP stands down during the course of a Parliament for ill health reasons, an ill health retirement grant is payable, calculated in the same way as the Resettlement Grant (as well as an immediate pension based on the service the MP would have accrued if he or she had continued to serve until age 65)

Resettlement Grant and Winding-up Allowance

On leaving the House of Commons, an MP will be entitled to what is essentially severance pay.

Resettlement Grant

The Resettlement Grant is the name given to the MPs’ severance pay package. It may be claimed to help former MPs with the costs of adjusting to life outside parliament. It is payable to any Member who ceases to be an MP at a General Election. The amount is based on age and length of service, and varies between 50% and 100% of the annual salary payable to a Member of Parliament at the time of the Dissolution.

In the UK the first £30,000 of severance pay is tax free. As stated above, the amount retiring MPs, or those who lose their seats receive, depends on how old they are and how long they have served in the House. For example, an MP who stays in office for one term (say 5 years) and then leaves office will currently receive tax-free severance pay of 50% of his current salary, or £32,383 at current rates – equivalent to an annual salary increment of over £12,000 at current tax rates and pay scales.

For the 2010–15 Parliament, only MPs defeated in their attempt to be re-elected will get one month’s salary for each year served, up to a maximum of six months or over £33,000. From the start of the 2015 Parliament, it will be replaced by a “Loss of Office Payment”, at double the statutory redundancy payment. “For the ‘average’ MP, who leaves office with 11 years’ service, this may lead to a payment of around £14,850.

Winding-up Allowance

There is also up to £42,000 on offer to pay for winding up staff contracts and office rent. An allowance of up to one third of the annual Office Costs Allowance was paid for the reimbursement of the cost of any work on Parliamentary business undertaken on behalf of a deceased, defeated or retiring Member after the date of cessation of Membership. On 5 July 2001 the House agreed to change the allowance to one third of the sum of the staffing provision and Incidental Expenses Allowance in force at the time of cessation of Membership.

Summer Recess

Parliament takes a break of around 45 days for the summer. This is not only for holiday, but so that MPs can spend more time away from Parliament in their constituencies to do work there.

An MP’s term of office can be minimum of five years unless they become ill or do something dramatic that would affect their term. This position is a cash cow and they could earn £500,000 + in a term those take a place in the House of Commons. What becomes evident is that majority of the people who take up the position of Member of Parliament, actually join with the good intentions and have a desire to bring change and work on behalf of the people of the United Kingdom.

However, this soon changes as in every high-wage position, as a majority seem to change after a short period of time, once they realise that they cannot bring change to an institute that is focused on enhancing the wealth of their peers. This causes the new elected MP to become more interested in defending their position and protecting their enhancement of new wealth through their salary increment. Austerity effects the working class people of the UK and these continued measures of keeping budget cuts and caps on pay is in the interest of the UK Government Members of Parliament. Any increase in the taxes of corporations or high-net worth individuals will affect the Members of Parliament. This is why the current government is reluctant to raise taxes of corporates and high net-worth individuals

List of person voted to keep the pay cap, no surprises

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/public-sector-pay-cap-all-mps-vote-against-list-austerity-freeze-labour-jeremy-corbyn-conservatives-a7813706.html