The shocking facts about ill health & mortality arising from austerity & poverty presented at Taxpayers Against Poverty’s Westminster seminar
Dr Faiza Shaheen spoke about the gender, racial and class impacts of austerity and poverty.
You can listen to it all on the video or you can view each presentation indiviudally on the TAP Facebook page
21:44 Chris Grover, "understanding austerity as structural violence and social murder"
48:38 David Taylor-Robinson from the University of Liverpool."Child health unraveling in the UK"
1:07:42 Danny Dorling, "Beyond reasonable doubt - the deaths and the blame"
The PowerPoint presentations
Professor Danny Dorling -
Dr Chris Grover -
Professor David Taylor-Robinson
The good health and wellbeing of every UK citizen in or out of work must now become a national priority
A decent social security system, built on moral principles shown on the Fabian Society website, would allow people to flourish and reverse the current structural violence and social murder.
Rev Paul Nicolson, founder of Taxpayers Against Poverty, said:
We have now run four seminars – on land, housing, health inequality and social death respectively – with speakers providing the highest-quality information available in the UK.
Land is the connecting link. It is a gift of nature intended for the provision of shelter, food, fuel, water, clothes, health and wellbeing for all. With the young climate protesters, we say, ‘There is no planet B.’
Land in the UK is being grabbed by the national and international wealthy for their private benefit, setting rents so high that low-income tenants are forced into debt, hunger, evictions, and mental and physical illness. An ever-increasing number of families, children and individuals are without a home. They will be the worst affected as the planet warms and the prices of necessities increase. Inequality is soaring and morality is missing when laws that oppress poor people are passed by Parliament.”
Taxpayers Against Poverty proposes
- an increase in the minimum wage and welfare payments both based on minimum-income standards;
- the abolition of council tax and business rates;
- the introduction of rent controls;
- a property tax based on the value of land, thereby taxing wealth not income. If properly implemented the property tax could be lower than the council tax for lower to middle-income home owners owing to the larger tax base.
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