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deserving poor to scroungers (26th Nov 12 at 6:55pm UTC)
William Beveridge paved the way for the welfare state 70 years ago. But do people now think more in terms of "scroungers" than the "deserving"? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20431729
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (27th Nov 12 at 7:53pm UTC)
State of Welfare http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01p0fpg/The_State_of_Welfare/ (3 hours long)
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (28th Nov 12 at 4:23pm UTC)
Underemployment affects 10.5% of UK workforce http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20509189
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (29th Nov 12 at 11:26pm UTC)
Why John Lewis offers a model for modern welfare
Receipt of benefits should once again become dependent on a contribution record

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9711718/Why-John-Lewis-offers-a-model-for-modern-welfare.html
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (30th Nov 12 at 10:49pm UTC)
'I don't eat four days a week so my children can,' claims middle-class mother who cannot afford Christmas presents so is rewrapping their old toys

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241079/Mother-Vickie-Robins-Quedgeley-Gloucestershire-starves-visits-Foodbank-ensure-children-eat.html#ixzz2DkVAPnzC

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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (2nd Dec 12 at 7:54pm UTC)

An army of benefit scroungers? The evidence just doesn't stack up

Our research into people on low incomes found little sign of the stereotype of the workshy claimant who doesn't deserve help
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/28/benefit-scroungers-child-poverty-parents
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (12th Jan 13 at 10:36am UTC)
A lifetime's journey from postwar hope to impotent rage
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jan/11/lifetime-postwar-hope-impotent-rage

As a middle-class, white, half-Welsh woman of 92, I was in on the birth of the social contract (Suzanne Moore, G2, 10 January). I am already struggling with impotent rage as I witness its bland destruction. I was a civil servant in London in 1942 when the Beveridge report came out. We read it all avidly as a heartening message of hope for a better future. Bombs had been falling mainly on docks, railways, industrial areas and the poorer parts of many towns. The blitz had revealed dramatically the appalling inequalities in British life. The wartime coalition government laid out the practical ways we should go forward in peace. We all voted in the landslide Labour government of 1945. Admittedly, many people assumed that Churchill would still be prime minister and were surprised that meek Mr Attlee was leading us into our brave new world. But he did.

My husband had survived years in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, so the continuing food rationing seemed a feast to him. We had our first baby the year the wonderful new National Health Service began. I am told by an elderly doctor that we never could have afforded the NHS, we were more bankrupt then than we are now. It always had to be supported strongly by the government and wanted by the people.

I watched Frank Skinner recently on TV say that he thought the NHS was Britain's greatest invention and that was confirmed last summer with Danny Boyle's moving pageant. It seems a wicked irony that our bunch of ignorant millionaires, in two years, have sold off large parts of our dear NHS, not just to Americans, but to those very same rightwing insurance millionaires who fought so hard to prevent Obama's attempts to improve their own health service.

I've spent the last 50 years futilely protesting against nuclear weapons (starting with a small women's march in the rain in May 1957), assuming that our basic social contract was secure under any government, and voting Lib Dem at elections. I was so heartened by Danny Boyle and the 70,000 happy volunteers that I stupidly thought there might be some change of heart in central policies. So, still remembering those hopeful 1950s, where am I to put my failing energies now?
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (12th Jan 13 at 10:30pm UTC)
Life on benefits: The starving of the 11 million
Benefits cuts are threatening to make life harder still for Britain’s lowest paid. Charlie Cooper tries getting by on £175 a week

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/life-on-benefits-the-starving-of-the-11-million-8448685.html
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (23rd Jan 13 at 1:40pm UTC)
Conservative council leader quits over 'lie detector' tests on benefit claimants
Fiona Ferguson resigns saying controversial Voice Risk Analysis software could do enormous damage to Cornwall council

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jan/23/conservative-council-lie-detector-benefits
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (29th Jan 13 at 11:51pm UTC)
'Our parents pay tax so we're entitled to benefits': Couple living off £17k handouts say working for the minimum wage is unfair

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2270247/ITV-This-Morning-Couple-living-17k-handouts-say-working-minimum-wage-unfair.html#ixzz2JPaLPMj2

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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (8th Feb 13 at 10:39pm UTC)
The benefits debate explained. Is it really skivers v strivers?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2013/feb/05/benefits-debate-explained-skiver-striver
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (3rd Mar 13 at 9:30pm UTC)
Government 'misrepresenting' the poor, say churches http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21625446

The lies we tell ourselves
http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Truth-And-Lies-Report-smaller.pdf
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (30th Mar 13 at 1:37am UTC)
Neglect of the weak was not invented with the National Health Service
The Stafford hospital scandal is far from unprecedented. Dickens and Gladstone would have recognised this human weakness

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/mar/29/neglect-national-health-service-dickens-glastone
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (3rd Jul 13 at 1:41pm UTC)
Work minister Lord Freud: Demand for food banks ‘has nothing to do with benefits squeeze’
Astonishing claim from the millionaire welfare minister

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/work-minister-lord-freud-demand-for-food-banks-has-nothing-to-do-with-benefits-squeeze-8684005.html
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (11th Sep 13 at 9:37am UTC)
British Social Attitudes report http://www.bsa-30.natcen.ac.uk/
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (16th Sep 13 at 10:57am UTC)
Who Benefits http://www.whobenefits.org.uk/page/content/front

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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (26th Sep 13 at 11:05am UTC)
Welfare reform: 'A Tsunami of fear'
Debt, hunger, and stress emerge as key themes from the first phase of an ongoing study of the social impact of welfare reform

http://www.theguardian.com/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2013/sep/24/welfare-reform-study-debt-hunger-tsunami-of-fear
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (8th Oct 13 at 6:39pm UTC)
Wonder if Cooper managed {Confused} {Confused}
Also, how did he manage to get more than me {Cry} {Cry}
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (12th Oct 13 at 9:22am UTC)
Exclusive: Red Cross launches emergency food aid plan for UK’s hungry
Welfare cuts and the economic downturn send soaring numbers of people to soup kitchens and food banks across Europe

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-red-cross-launches-emergency-food-aid-plan-for-uks-hungry-8872496.html
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Re: deserving poor to scroungers (17th Oct 13 at 9:17am UTC)
The Nasty Party is back, sneering at food banks and those who use them
First they peddled the Big Society, now the Tories bad-mouth these community projects

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/the-nasty-party-is-back-sneering-at-food-banks-and-those-who-use-them-8884442.html
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