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The Hardest Hit

The Hardest Hit coalition sent this letter to George Osborne in advance of the Autumn budget statement due on 5th December. It contains a simple message: don’t freeze benefit rates. Already around half of disabled people are living in poverty. Failing to uprate our benefits will just increase hardship.

Rt Hon George Osborne MP
HM Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road
London, SW1A 2HQ

Dear Chancellor,

We are writing to you to express our concern that one of the options being looked at in preparation for next month’s Autumn Statement is a cash freeze for a range of benefits. We are writing on behalf of the Hardest Hit coalition of charities and user-led groups, which brings together over ninety organisations representing disabled people.

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This video from the USA is called Interview with George S. McGovern.

By David E Rosenbaum, The New York Times News Service in the USA:

George McGovern, Unabashed Liberal Voice, Dies

Sunday, 21 October 2012 10:11

George McGovern, the United States senator who won the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 1972 as an opponent of the war in Vietnam and a champion of liberal causes, and who was then trounced by President Richard M. Nixon in the general election, died early Sunday in Sioux Falls, S.D. He was 90.

His death was announced in a statement by the family. He had been moved to hospice care in recent days after being treated for several health problems in the last year. He had a home in Mitchell, S.D., where he had spent his formative years.

“We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and…

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Kuwait police injure protesters

Posted: October 22, 2012 in politics

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This video is called More than 100 hurt in Kuwait protest.

From the BBC:

22 October 2012 Last updated at 00:23 GMT

Kuwait police disperse protesters

Police in Kuwait have used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse large numbers of people demonstrating against an electoral law.

Activists and medical sources said dozens of people had been injured.

There have been protests in Kuwait after the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, dissolved a parliament dominated by opposition groups.

The government called an election for 1 December with a new law that the opposition says will work against them.

Kuwait’s parliament has the most powers of any elected body in the Gulf and opposition members of parliament openly criticise the ruling Sabah family.

However, the Sabahs – who have ruled Kuwait for more than 250 years – retain full control over key government and executive posts.

The 83-year-old emir is…

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The Hardest Hit campaign, organised jointly by the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) and the UK Disabled People’s Council, brings together individuals and organisations to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts now.

Campaign latest

On Saturday 20 October the Hardest Hit will be joining the Trades Union Congress (TUC) A Future That Works march and rally in London and Glasgow; then throughout the following week events, lobbying and campaign action will be taking place around the country.

Home page for Hardest Hit Campaign.

Hammering the poor is no Credit to anyone – certainly not Universal.

For more information on universal credit go to http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/