GMB Magazine GMB25 Fusion Summer 2016 - Page 26
GMB fights fo
it’s get nder
worse u s
The government is treating the poor with contempt,
says GMB regional equalities officer Lisa Ryan
26 FUSION – GMB North West and Irish
The number of rough sleepers
This inequality follows poorer
he UK has the fifth largest
in the UK has more than doubled
children as they grow up,
economy in the world, yet
since 2010 as more and more
and they are more likely
according to recent statistics one
families break up due to
to go into either low-paid
in five of the population struggles
financial pressures. It is clear
or physically demanding
to meet their daily essential living needs.
that the pain of George
jobs. Low-cost, unsuitable
Parents of young children have to skip
Osborne’s repeated cuts is
housing simply continues
meals in order to feed and clothe their
now being felt by those that can
this cycle for their own
children, and elderly people are making the
least afford them.
children… and so on.
choice between heating their homes and
The Tories keep telling us that
Austerity measures put in place
eating each winter day.
unemployment is going down and omit
to compensate for the financial crisis caused
According to the Poverty and Social
mentioning that this is not due to
by the disgraceful way the banks behaved
Exclusion research project, the number of
government investment, but to the increase
are not felt by those who got us into this
people living in poverty has doubled since
in abhorrent zero hours contracts.
mess in the first place. Still, the Tory
1983. It is estimated there are over 3.5 million
Employees on these contracts have no
children living in poverty in the UK.
financial stability; no guaranteed hours; no
prospect of getting a mortgage. So how can
with cut after cut
we rebalance this?
– cutting our NHS
The obvious answer is that we need to
vote. We need to encourage our friends,
families and neighbours to vote against
these cruel cuts.
When another local service is threatened
impacts on the
or lost, make some noise and don’t sit
and do less well in
quietly by. Stand up and raise awareness.
school. Later on,
Contact your local MP and ask them what
they are less likely
they are going to do for the vulnerable in
to pass exams
Government cuts affect
your community. Together, we
and go on to
the most vulnerable.
can make a difference!
on our health.