Imagine that you have both a mental health condition and a physical disability. With government reforms to the benefit system, you lost your claim to assistance. You can no longer afford food, travel, electricity or gas. Finally, one day, your power is cut off and you’re left sitting in the dark by yourself. One benefit claimant, who experienced this, felt so isolated, scared and stressed, that she attempted to take her own life. Many have had similar experiences. Up to 90 people a month die after being declared fit for work. Others are barely able to survive. Roy Bard from campaign group the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) described to Westminster World how disabled people are running short of money half a week before their next payment. “People are often going without electricit
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UK’s tech entrepreneurs remain concerned over Brexit despite the government’s recent investment guaranteed on the Spring Budget. Talent access Jack*, a london-based tech entrepreneur, said that he is to launch a startup company, but is concerned over Brexit. He told Westminster World that he fears the hiring cost of his business would spiral because of a “hard Brexit deal”. The 29-year-old will create a digital publishing platform where consumers could be engaged by various visual content. He said: “Especially for digital startups, their employees have never had to think about residential opportunities here, whether they need visa or not. Even if Brexit is not here yet, for many of them it would make no sense to take jobs in the UK if after a year they will have to apply for certain
An online petition to stop Donald Trump’s state visit has been widely shared and reached over a million signatures over the past few days. The signatures started increasing rapidly after the US President's travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim countries came into effect over the weekend. On average, the petition is currently getting more than 600 signatures every minute. via GIPHY Prime Minister Theresa May announced the visit on her recent US trip, hours before the ban was signed. The petition says: “Donald Trump should be allowed to enter the UK in his capacity as head of the US Government, but he should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen.” In London, young people who signed the pet
London's upcoming mayoral election in May might not be as close-run a thing as first thought, but it could be that football fans will have the final say. Politics and Football: A History Football has long been a bastion of English pride. From celebrities to your average man in the pub, all corners of society gleefully grasp at the pride and respect that supporting a club can bring you. Being a fan means more than just following a team. It is an unequivocal and unwavering belief in seemingly pointless weekly rituals. And it is this faith that makes announcing your allegiance so inviting to politicians. From Tony Blair's love of Newcastle to Alastair Campbell's vociferous following of Burnley, it is hard to resist the temptation football provides. Unfortunately, this desperate need to
Britain's two largest political parties are moving ever further away, when it comes to economic policy. Last week's budget, delivered by Chancellor George Osborne, reflected a continuing Conservative gameplan of public spending cuts until well into the next Parliament. However, over in the Labour Party, following the election of Jeremy Corbyn MP as leader, austerity has never been more unpalatable. George Osborne stood at the dispatch box last week, delivering a budget with forecasts provided by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility, (OBR). They augur badly for his plans for deficit reduction. In the run-up to the budget, David Blanchflower, former member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee told Westminster World that he expected the forecasts to repre...
Reports of sexual harassments on London transport has increased by 40 per cent in the last year. This is an issue that is becoming increasingly important in London’s mayoral election in May. The man in the opposite seat stared at her. He then asked her to sit next to him. He continued to talk to her and she was ignoring him. She knew she had to pass him to leave the crowded train, but she had no choice. When she passed him, she felt a slap on her bottom. Most women have experienced sexual harassment like that described above. “I don’t take the tube anymore, or at least I try to avoid it,” the girl still in her teenage years admits. More analogous episodes are happening daily on crowded London transport. What will London’s upcoming Mayoral candidates do to solve this problem? Vic
Iain Duncan Smith has launched a series of attacks against the government following his resignation as Work and Pensions Secretary. Duncan Smith said that the planned cuts to welfare might risk dividing society, in his first interview since he stepped down last Friday. Duncan Smith resigned in a protest over cuts to disability benefits announced during Wednesday’s Budget. He specifically attacked Osborne’s measures as being "distinctly political rather than in the national economic interest". Former Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb has been appointed as the new Work and Pensions Secretary. During the Interview Mr Duncan Smith denied that his resignation was linked to a cabinet split over the EU referendum vote and the decision was not “personal” against George Osborne. He cri
The number of women arrested for terrorism related crimes arose in 2015 compared to 2014, a government's official statistics says. The survey, released by the Home Office on Thursday, reveals that 44 women were arrested in 2015, showing an increase of 15 compared with previous year. 40 of them were alleged to have links with international terrorist organizations operating mainly in the Middle East. Despite the overall number of arrests by the Metropolitan Police decreased in 2015 in Great Britain (280 arrests, a decrease of 9 compared with 2014), the number of women involved in terrorism related offences is in sharp growth since 9/11. The statistics also refers a new trend: there has been an increase of people aged over 30 involved in those crimes. Youngsters aged 18-20 have ...
Turkish Health Ministry put the death toll at 37. Over a hundred people are injured or reported missing. The explosion that killed several people took place at 18:45pm in the heart of Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Reports state that the deadly explosion took place as the car drove past a bus stop in Kizilay, considered the cities busiest square. Officials reported one female suicide bomber, who is described as being a member of the PKK being amongst those who died. The Kurdish militant organisation PKK is considered responsible for the brutal terror attack. Yesterday, Ankara court imposed an immediate ban on Facebook and Twitter after images from the blast scene were shared on social media platforms. A broadcast ban from the scene was also put in place. Turkish president R...
French President François Hollande has warned Britain that leaving the EU could result with “consequences” for both UK’s economy and immigration matters. President Hollande has highlighted his hopes for Britain to stay in the EU during a summit with PM Cameron. The French president warned that Brexit might mean “consequences” for the UK, including the prospect of a border relocation. Earlier today, French economy minister Emmanuel Marcon threatened that France might be tempted to tear the agreement made with the British border police in the case of a vote to leave during next June's EU referendum. Le Touquet agreement is a bilateral treaty made with France which allows British police to operate on the French side of the border. It is aimed at avoiding immigrants from travelling