Ex soldier left relying on foodbanks slams Cameron & Tories for abandoning war veterans #GE2015

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Infantryman Philip Wesley says the PM was happy to send soldiers into battle but has given them nothing back!

A former soldier has launched a stinging attack on David Cameron for failing to support war veterans.

Infantryman Philip Wesley says the PM was “happy” to send soldiers into battle but has given them “nothing back.”

The father-of-one says his life since leaving the Army has been one of food banks, low-paid work, soaring energy bills and expensive housing.

At every turn he has faced difficulties because of the policies of the Conservative-led government , he reveals.

Mr Wesley, 27, served five years in the Army including two tours of Afghanistan.

He had to leave in 2012 to look after his daughter Violet, now three-and-a-half.

On return to his home city of Birmingham, he found it impossible to get a council house for them to live in.

“I was laughed at. I waited two years for social housing.

“In the end the British Legion gave me the money for a deposit so I could rent privately,” he explains.

The problem was the bedroom tax. So many people hit by the bedroom tax had to move out of three-bedroom homes meaning there were not enough two-bed properties available for people such as Philip.

“To be honest with you I was expecting a lot more. I have had help from the British Legion but absolutely nothing from the MoD.

“The main issue for me was housing. I had nowhere to live and I was still at the very bottom of the list.

“There were no two bed homes that were suitable for me. It was crazy.”

His mother who has severe epilepsy has also been hit by the bedroom tax.

Because his house had no central heating he racked up a £700 electricity bill to heat the home for his daughter.

“I was alright, I put on coats but my daughter was cold,” he says matter of factly.

At one point he had to rely on foodbanks to feed his family.

“And that was when I was working,” he said.

“We are supposed to be one of the most developed countries in the world and we have people having to use foodbanks,” he adds in a video made for the Labour Party.

Mr Wesley is now studying for a computing degree at Birmingham Metropolitan University, even though this will cost him £9,000 a year in tuition fees.

While he is full of praise for the support he received from the British Legion, his verdict on Mr Cameron is damning.

“Whenever I hear David Cameron saying anything it makes my blood boil. The only thing David Cameron sees when he looks at the Armed Forces is money and how much it will cost him. It’s just all numbers to him,” he says.

And he says other veterans have experienced similar problems.

“He’s (Cameron) happy to throw us into these wars but we get nothing back. There are people who have done a hell of a lot for their country and I don’t think it’s been rewarded in the slightest,” he says.

In December, Mr Cameron praised the Armed Forces as Britain marked the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

“Everyone in this country is forever in your debt,” he said.

Labour’s Jack Dromey said: “A war hero who fought for his country has been let down by Cameron’s Britain.

“He thought he was returning to a country fit for heroes but at every turn they have made it more difficult for him and his family.

“Labour will abolish the bedroom tax that has hit Philip’s family hard.

“Labour will cut tuition fees by £3,000 so people like Philip can get on and Labour will never let our Armed Forces veteran down in this way.”

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#DWP #WOW To Use Fraud Staff To Harass People Off #ESA In #Birmingham #IDS

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An informed source within the geographical area of DWP, wherein I used to work, recently informed me that fraud staff were being redeployed to conduct robust interviews with people claiming Employment and Support Allowance.

Yesterday, I was Tweeted a link to this website and specifically this post:

“DWP management target disabled  benefit claimants.

Over the next 24 hours DWP management will ‘invite’ close on 2,000 benefit claimants from Birmingham to attend interviews, with a goal of getting at least 10% off the benefit register.

The group of benefit claimants being targeted are in the majority waiting for assessments to decide if they are able to be deemed ‘fit for work’. (The assessment formerly and controversially run by ATOS). Those waiting assessments are often disabled or vulnerable adults.

The ‘invitation’ letter issued makes no suggestion that the attendance to these interviews is purely voluntary, indeed DWP staff in Birmingham (and Central England) have been advised verbally and by email from management to keep it to themselves that attendance to these interviews is not mandatory. One manager in a city based office was overheard saying that the way to deal with these claimants is to ‘hassle, hassle them off benefit’.

Andrew Lloyd, PCS Midlands regional secretary that represents DWP staff said, “It is outrageous that the DWP are duping the most vulnerable by issuing this letter, and then worse still setting a target to get those off benefits, it could be argued that this approach is unlawful. Our members are totally opposed to this approach but are faced with inferred disciplinary action unless they act upon these targets.”

[Press Release from PCS Union on 14th November 2014]”

Where did I use to work?  Birmingham!

Need 100,000 #WOW Signatures To Make #IDS, #McVey & #DWP #DWProud!

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What are e-petitions?

e-petitions are an easy, personal way for you to influence government and Parliament in the UK.  You can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.  You can find more information about how the House of Commons deals with e-petitions on the Backbench Business Committee website:

1. PIP should be scrapped.  Petition No 61694.  Ends 3/3/15

2. ATOS appeal upheld not go again. Petition No. 59544 191 signatures Ends 22/1/15

3. ATOS & Tribunal Service money to GPs.  Petition No 60046.  Ends 5/2/15

4. DWP show common sense over terminal/degenerate illness.  Petition No 61319.  Ends 24/2/15

5. Disabled people UK Welfare reforms suspended. Petition No 66608.  Ends 20/6/15

6. Make WCA Realistic.  Petition No 66404.  Ends 16/6/15

7. Abolish mandatory reconsideration.  Petition No 57915.  Ends 5/12/14

8. Stop Ian Duncan Smith Rolling out Prepaid Benefit Cards.  Petition No 70218.  Ends 30/3/15

9. Stop charge for Appeals.  Petition No 61504. Signatures 26. Ends 27/2/15

10. Abolish Universal Credit. Petition No 58428. Ends 30/12/14

11. Stop discrimination transfer DLA/PIP.  Petition No 66447.  Ends 16/12/14

12. End JSA Sanctions.  Petition No 57087.  Ends 14/11/14

13. ATOS WCA Abolish.  Petition No 55159.  Ends 23/9/14

14. GP power to veto WCA decision.  Petition No 64071.  Ends 22/4/15

15. Stop abolition assessment rate.  Petition No. 58266.  Ends 13/12/14

16. Benefit sanctions inquiry.  Petition No. 58217.  Ends 13/12/14

17. “Lies, Damn Lies, IDS and The DWP; STOP Spinning Statistics” #ImpeachDWP #NOWPetition