Poverty kills. It destroys people, physically and mentally, causing depression among ordinary folk just trying to live a decent life.
GMB union regional political officer, Neil Smith, says it is disgraceful that the government can ''watch us clapping, but no pay rise for many of our heroes''.
Food poverty is a Tory inadequacy
There are questions flying about how the country is going to afford paying the bills triggered by the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Furlough costs, spending on support for the NHS and care services and more.
But people seem to forget, we are a rich country. We are not a poor, third world country. The government can access funds through borrowing and diverting spending to meet the imminent needs of our struggling industries and services, if they choose.
WE NEED TO LOOK AFTER OUR SOCIAL CARE PACKAGE, THE PEOPLE WORKING IN SOCIAL CARE AND FUND THEM PROPERLY
We need to look after our social care package. We need to look after people better who are in social care. One of the most important things is to fund them properly.
The NHS is in the public eye like never before and we need to keep it there. This weekend when many people are celebrating the 72nd anniversary of its forming there are so many things that we need to be aware of. Obviously the Coronavirus pandemic has been and is still a major cause for concern.
POLITICAL SUPPORT BEHIND WORKPLACE DISPUTES TO PUT PRESSURE ON INTRANSIGENT EMPLOYERS FIGHTING FOR JOBS
In the last two years our political work has paid dividends in this region with successful campaigns to, save jobs and stop closures such as Bombardier, ABC council and Harland Wolff in Northern Ireland and Cammell Laird on Merseyside to name just a few.
It is now around 100 days since lockdown and the health and safety along with the lives of our members and the public has been the major battle for us. The aftermath in economic terms now needs to be brought into focus as we face a major new challenge. Redundancies.
In tackling the threat of cut backs by employers and government, we need to use all options to try and avoid redundancies at every opportunity.
POVERTY EXTENDS BEYOND MONEY AND INTO EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, POLITICAL PARTICIPATION AND ADVANCEMENT OF YOUR SOCIAL ORGANISATION
Parents going hungry to feed their children and food bank organisers panicking as they see a future which is only going to get worse as companies start to shed jobs.
Poverty is a health hazard. It damages people physically and mentally. It humiliates and causes major stress. Imagine the shame that not being able to feed your family properly would cause, the stress and pain of having to bear public humiliation. This wasn’t unusual, as we also heard that schools who were trying to access the vouchers couldn’t log onto the system and had to tell parents their visit to the supermarket to feed the kids was on hold again. Absolutely unacceptable way for people to be treated in this day and age, in this country.
Frontline. What do we normally envisage when we hear or see that word? Well it is almost certainly different than maybe four months ago. Rather than troops on the frontline of war or terrorism, we now immediately think of Carers.