STOP BEDROOM TAX, ATOS ASSESSMENT AND BENEFIT CAPS
I would like to remind you of something.
Your speech on April 27th 2010.
You said: “ Let’s mend our broken society.”
You said: “ I know I’ve been criticized for saying our society is broken and I know I will again.”
You said: “Something is broken. Society is broken.
The broken society is not one thing alone.
It is not just the crime.
It is a whole stew of violence, anti-social behaviour, debt, addiction, family breakdown, educational failure, poverty and despair.
This is life - or the backdrop of life - for millions of people in this country.
So how should we respond?
The first response - the human response - is to feel unutterably sad at so much waste.
Wasted hopes. Wasted potential. Wasted lives.
But sadness and anger aren’t going to change anything on their own.
Mending the broken society needs head as well as heart.”
You said: “There is, I believe, only one way out of this national crisis - and that is what I have called the Big Society.
A society where we see social responsibility, not state control, as the principal driving force for social progress.
A society where we come together, and work together, to solve problems.
A society where we remember every day that we’re all in this together.
And today, I want to make the case for the values that should drive the creation of the Big Society - and the policy agenda that flows from those values.
It requires, I believe, drawing on the deepest values of Conservatism, giving power to people not the state, strengthening families, encouraging responsibility, common sense and rigour, and applying these values to the key aims of improving the lives of people in our country - especially the very poorest”.
You said: ‘The poorest are getting poorer”.
You said: “We need to move from big government to the Big Society - a society with personal and collective responsibility right at its heart.
To set off on this new course, we will be guided by the philosophy of progressive conservatism.
Progressive - because if the Big Society exists for any reason, it must be to help the most disadvantaged in our country and seek to create a more united and equal place for us all.”
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY YOU SAID: “Above all, we will be the most family-friendly Government you’ve ever seen in this country, because I believe that the family is the crucible of responsibility.
Strong families lead to strong societies.
It’s as simple as that.
We are going to do all that we can to support every family - and every kind of family
Many of our biggest problems start and end with the family - and there can be little progress until we recognise this.”
You were right on one thing.
You will be “criticized for saying our society is broken and I know I will again.”
Because I am criticizing you now.
You talked of a broken society and you acknowledged that : “Many of our biggest problems start and end with the family - and there can be little progress until we recognise this.”
So what do you do, Dave?
You introduce the bedroom tax, abolish council tax benefit and replace it with local schemes forcing local authorities to clean up your mess, and cap benefit payments even though you acknowledge that: “‘the poorest are getting poorer”.
How does this fix our broken society, Dave?
You instruct ATOS to carry out work capacity assessments on your behalf.
So far, Dave, 7,100 people have died after being placed in groups entitled to unconditional support because they were considered to ill or disabled to work.
1,300 people have died after being placed in a work related activity group.
And, 2,200 people have died before their ATOS assessment was even completed.
And, on average, a further 73 people die every week.
So, please Dave.
This is nothing short of the culling of the most desperate and vulnerable members of our society…..I call it : “The Cameron Culling Policy”.
And it doesn’t end there, does it, Dave?
How can you claim: “Above all, we will be the most family-friendly Government you’ve ever seen in this country, because I believe that the family is the crucible of responsibility” and then introduce welfare reforms that could see families forced out of their homes?
Homes where families have been brought up, homes where grand children visit to stay with nanny and grandad for the weekend, homes that people have built up over the years and hold precious memories.
You even target the homes of those out fighting for your country by demanding bedroom tax whilst they are away- men and women risking their lives fighting for YOUR country.
Home is where the heart is Dave.
And you are ripping out what is left of the heart of the already broken society you talk about-and damaging it beyond repair.
So, yes, Dave.
Society is broken.
And YOU broke it.
Haven’t you worked that one out yet?
Tracy Collins and the 4000+ people who have already signed this. Not signed yet? Then please do so and then copy and paste into an email and forward to all of your contacts asking them to do the same. Cameron is caving in under pressure- the exclusions announced today prove that- keep fighting until he crumbles completely.