Tax wealth or lose election, ex-May aide warns Tories : Guardian.

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Will Tanner, formerly a senior adviser to Theresa May, says support for ‘unbridled capitalism’ will cost Tories at the polls
Theresa May on the day after the election in June.
Theresa May on the day after the election in June. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The Tories will lose the next election if they back “unbridled capitalism” and refuse to tax wealth to help the “struggling many”, one of Theresa May’s former advisers has warned.

Higher tax on sales of expensive homes, more rights for workers and curbs on immigration should all be backed by the Tories if they are to reach the voters who feel abandoned by globalisation, according to Will Tanner, the former deputy head of May’s policy unit.

His comments come as other influential Tory figures also express fears that the party’s disastrous election campaign will lead it to abandon May’s early attempts to intervene in broken markets and consider taxes on the wealthy – moves treated with…

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Tax wealth or lose election, ex-May aide warns Tories : Guardian.

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Will Tanner, formerly a senior adviser to Theresa May, says support for ‘unbridled capitalism’ will cost Tories at the polls
Theresa May on the day after the election in June.
Theresa May on the day after the election in June. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

The Tories will lose the next election if they back “unbridled capitalism” and refuse to tax wealth to help the “struggling many”, one of Theresa May’s former advisers has warned.

Higher tax on sales of expensive homes, more rights for workers and curbs on immigration should all be backed by the Tories if they are to reach the voters who feel abandoned by globalisation, according to Will Tanner, the former deputy head of May’s policy unit.

His comments come as other influential Tory figures also express fears that the party’s disastrous election campaign will lead it to abandon May’s early attempts to intervene in broken markets and consider taxes on the wealthy – moves treated with…

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#ToryGlastonbury shows they’ve learned – absolutely nothing

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Fresh from trying to manufacture a grassroots movement aping the pro-Corbyn Momentum with ‘Moggmentum’, the Tories have decided to, er, manufacture a grassroots event, with what has been dubbed the ‘Tory Glastonbury’.

Conservative MP George Freeman has decided to set up a ‘Conservative Ideas Festival”, saying,

Why is it just the left who have all the fun in politics?”

In spite of mainstream and social media dubbing the event – tongue so far in cheek it’s almost a piercing – ‘Tory Glastonbury’, Mr Freeman considers his event to be a

cross between Hay-on-Wye and the Latitude festival.

Of course, it’s highly likely that Freeman was just scrabbling for any comparison that didn’t include “We want to be like Jez at Glasto” (or whatever the Tory equivalent words would be), but his alternatives were not much more appropriate.

Glastonbury is attended by around 175,000 people, Latitude by tens of thousands. Hay…

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Great news for Rachael_Swindon

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rsmaybot.pngLabour – and especially Corbyn – supporters on social media will be aware of the fantastic contribution to Labour campaigning by @Rachael_Swindon, who was prominent in a list of the UK’s most politically-influential women on social media after the recent General Election for the impact of her memes and tweets.

Rachael, who is a mother of two and a full-time carer to a disabled husband, has been under attack from right-wingers, including a malignant and malicious report to the DWP that resulted in the cessation of benefits for a period during which SKWAWKBOX readers came to the rescue.

Now Rachael has some good news. After five years homeless, she and her family now have a permanent home away from the area where she received so much grief and will be moving in in a couple of weeks.

SKWAWKBOX readers will no doubt want to congratulate Rachael. If you would like…

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Thousands of benefit claimants win legal victory over Tory government’s welfare appeals regime : Mirror.

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Top judges ruled a one-month time limit on appealing for benefits is unlawful – meaning people have been wrongly blocked from justice for years.

Theresa May isn’t going to like this (Image: Getty)

Thousands of benefit claimants have won a landmark legal victory over the Tory government’s welfare regime.

Three top judges today ruled a one-month time limit on appealing against a benefits decision is unlawful.

Instead the judges said the time limit should be 13 months after someone’s benefits are rejected.

The Upper Tribunal, which rules in the most serious benefit disputes and includes a High Court judge on its panel, said its decision is likely to affect “many thousands” of cases “at the very least”.

Carla Clarke of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG), which brought the legal challenge, said the result was “fantastic”.

She added: “It stands to provide justice for significant numbers of families wrongly denied…

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A hard morning. A man crying, rain pouring. It’s supposed to be August.

The poor side of life

I’m not going to bother you with talking about the weather, I’ve said it in today’s blog title. It was raining AGAIN. Will we ever get a break, and have some good weather for once? My heart went out to Richard, a homeless chap who I buy a cuppa for most mornings and chat to. We always put the world to rights. He deserves a medal, such a nice man who has unfortunately fallen on hard times.

Gordon, who normally drops the food parcels off is currently unwell, get well soon Gordon! We missed you today! So Roy collected them also. He’s not feeling 100% well either, nor am I but we plod on and thank you so much, Roy, for your help and dedication.

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The food parcels went to people who had no food or very little through no fault of their own. it’s extremely hard to manage on the…

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PIP investigation: 200 cases of dishonesty… and still DWP, Atos and Capita refuse to act

Benefit tales

The government and its private sector contractors are refusing to investigate claims of widespread dishonesty in the benefits assessment industry, despite Disability News Service (DNS) collecting more than 200 such cases.

read more here: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/pip-investigation-200-cases-of-dishonesty-and-still-dwp-atos-and-capita-refuse-to-act/

via PIP investigation: 200 cases of dishonesty… and still DWP, Atos and Capita refuse to act|Disability News Service  — Britain Isn’t Eating

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Government slammed as illegal Tory benefit cap punishes single mums the most : Daily Record.

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Labour call for lift in limit after analysis showed single parent families made up two third of affected Scottish household, and 96 per cent of the single parents were mums.

Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley says government must lift the capScottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley says government must lift the cap (Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire)

Almost two-thirds of Scots hit by the UK Government’s illegal benefit cap are single mums, it has emerged.

A High Court judge last month ruled the cap, which limits the total amount of benefits a family can receive to £20,000, is unlawful and discriminates against single parents with young children.

And now an analysis by Scottish Labour has shown single parent families made up 2397 of the 3642 Scottish households affected by the cap in February this year.

Ninety-six per cent of the single parents were mums.

Scottish Labour deputy leader Alex Rowley said the UK ­Government must lift the cap.

He added: “These…

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