Brexit - Britain's Working Poor Are Falling Further Behind


The economic effects of Brexit have been predicted by just about every expert in every field. And it's happening now - before we even leave.

Yet those effects are still denied and decried by every Brexit-voting amateur economist, who once read a copy of the Spectator and think they know better than the 'experts' because Michael Gove says so. And Jacob Rees-Mogg says so. And Nigel Farage says so.

But as leaving the EU becomes a political obsession, Britain’s working poor are falling further behind. So much for the new Economic Rennaissance.

While the Tories in-fight over which Brexit deal will work, or be accepted by the Party, or be approved by the DUP, or by the EU, actual policy making on our nations problems is being sidelined.

And it's those IN WORK who are suffering the most, with even NHS nurses having to rely on Food Banks.

Government is paralyzed, unable to address the causes of the disillusionment that led to the Brexit Vote, while eight years and almost £140 billion of spending cuts hit Public Services and Social Aid.

And in London, the wealth of Europe's most global city masks a underclass in jobs that don't pay enough to afford even the basics.

Employment is at a record thanks to flexible work contracts like Gibson’s, the economy is healthy enough for the Bank of England to be raising the cost of borrowing. Yet the recovery in incomes following the Global Financial Crisis has gone into reverse for the poorest 30 percent of families, it said. While London is the wealthiest region in northern Europe, the U.K. is also home to nine of its 10 poorest regions.

Public spending in Britain has fallen to about 38% of GDP from 45% in 2010 when the Tories came to power. And all while the very wealthy (often Tory Donors) get their tax cuts.

Prime Minister Theresa May, meanwhile, is battling daily to hold on to her leadership. Eight members of the government quit since she announced her 'Brexit Road Map' earlier this month. Policy making has become fire-fighting.

Research by charity Shelter found that 55% of homeless families - 33,000 families - in temporary accommodation are working.

Homelessness is now affecting people you'd never think would be a victim. Steven Stuart, who set up the Friends of Essex and London Homeless Charity 18 months ago, said ...
It’s very difficult for us to judge if someone is or isn’t homeless because we’ve had people dressed quite nicely, and they make an effort,” “We think of homelessness as a man sleeping in a doorway under a blanket, but it’s on many levels now.
In London alone, the number of “hidden homeless” could be 13 times greater than the number of people on the street. As many as 12,500 people don’t have a fixed abode in the capital - though they aren't included in statistics.

Others use public transportation. The number of sleepers on night buses more than doubled to 213 by the winter of 2015 and 2016 from the same season in 2012 to 2013, according to the mayor’s office.

Single homeless people often have to rent from private landlords who are more likely to evict tenants that can’t keep up payments. 'Phil', who works full-time, who didn’t want to give his full name, now sleeps in the Westminster underground station, meters away from the Houses of Parliament.
You’re only one paycheck away from being on the streets. A lot of people don’t realize it.


- James Pevensey

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