Support for those in need
The Chancellor’s announcement that he will no longer cut tax credits is welcome news for the many thousands of families worried about how they would cope with such a dramatic cut in income.
It is clear that the stark analysis of these cuts from the public, media and charities such as ourselves, has made a difference. It has shown that charities continue to play a crucial role as an independent voice, fighting to protect the most vulnerable people in society.
The impact of the proposed reduction to tax credits would have been dire to those on the lowest incomes.
We’ve already heard from a number of people who were desperately worried about how they would afford the basics such as heating and food.
The announcement will ease those concerns for many.
However, whilst the news is positive, there is still an urgent need to let those struggling know what support is available. We recently found that over half of low income workers are struggling to afford their energy costs, with a third skipping meals as a result. Yet only 12 per cent have told their energy supplier about their situation and only five per cent have turned to an advice organisation.
I would urge anyone worried about how they, or a friend or relative, are going to cope with the cost of heating their home this winter to visit turn2us.org.uk/NoColdHomes to see what help could be available.
Bombing isn’t going to work
The Prime Minister is hoping to persuade Parliament to back his policy of increasing our current bombing of Isis forces in Iraq, extended to Syria.
This will somehow reduce terrorist activities in our country.
We bombed Afghanistan at the behest of George Bush, with his claim that Bin Laden could run but not hide.
He hid for ten years, security forces ‘took him out’, not bombs.
Drone strikes and peripheral damage, have, if anything, increased radicalisation, both in this country and abroad.
Although much ridiculed, Jeremy Corbyn makes the point, will this policy improve things or make them worse?
Recall Tony Blair shaking hands with Gaddafi a few years before David Cameron followed his example of the war in Iraq, by a similar policy in Libya.
Can anyone honestly claim that we improved the stability of the Middle East with our interference in their affairs?
I hope the thud of bombs does not turn into the thud of boots of our military personnel, taxed with needless sacrifice.
Talk to your little ones
Kids are draining, especially when they are asking you the same thing over and over again, but they need your time.
I witnessed a little lad on the bus today, when it finally turned up. He was about two, his mum was on the phone, it never left her ear all the journey. He was trying to engage with her, she never spoke back to him, just to say shush. I found it very upsetting. He wanted to speak with his mum, but she was talking about what drink she would bring Friday night.
They don’t stay little for long, before you know it they don’t want to talk to you. We have a voice, use it, talk to your little ones.
Jayne Grayson via email