Sunday, 4 May 2014
Who Are The Swans?
During last and this year, the gagging law that ends petitions and charitable campaigns 12 months before an election (there is always some local or national election going on) was a piece of legislation coming into force at an unknown date.
It is believed now the gagging law will come into force in September 2014 (oddly just in time for the Scotland Independence Referendum on 18 September 2014).
What the gagging law means, is that petitions are deemed to be political, even if not done by a political party and just by people.
So I wrote up, as a piece of creative writing, a whole new political party and called it The Swans new party, as a protective 'shell' for my petition: http://theswansnewparty.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/my-story-of-my-38-degrees-petition.html
The Swans new party has no formal sign up with the Electoral Commission and no costs, as you do not need it if you are not going to field candidates for an election.
But The Swans new party also made it possible for me to have a Google Blog as well.
The website 38 Degrees (itself threatened by the gagging law from September) is a petition website, with 2.5 million members.
From blogs / forums came across and signed Anne Keen's petition to revoke the Pension Bill and give women their state pension at 60 and men at 65 now.
As the rise in retirement age effects me, taking my house bills money that now is being paid by fast disappearing little bit of savings, then reading up about pensions was of very great interest me.
I fast realised that revoking the Pension Bill was not enough, although it would have helped the 530,000 women who have lost payout of state pension at 60 from 2013 and to end 2014, like me.
Worse is to come to those women who are not 60 til after April 2016,
As well as women like me those not being paid their state pension from 2013 by the raised retirement age (and men not gaining their state pension at 65 now).
The Flat Rate Pension 2016 and other pension changes, directly effects men and women, meaning many will be left with no money in old age at all.
The Flat Rate Pension is not more pension, but less, even to the only 30 per cent who will get the flat rate of all retiring after April 2016.
The rise in retirement age means those who had been coming up to retirement were pushed past 2016 for state pension payout.
The Flat Rate Pension ends Pension Credit, SERPs and State Second Pension. This is a substantial cut, not a rise in state pension.
You can get your state pension payout without having to retire from work.
The retirement age rise put extra burden on your wages (12 per cent per year National Insurance as well as your 20 per cent tax band) as well as struggling firms in a recession, whilst losing women around £40,000 of state pension payout for 6 years, forever. So paying more, for less.
The raised retirement age saves no money to government at all, because it does not come from general taxation, but from the ring fenced National Insurance Fund that has been well funded for decades.
For many women and a lot of men, the Flat Rate Pension ends the state pension altogether.
Within my petition are many other things other than the Pension Bill and the Flat Rate Pension, important those bills are to ending state pension provision for many.
It includes the loss of women's state pension as housewives, widows or divorcees altogether meaning nil money, as also those with 10 years or less National Insurance credit history will get no state pension at all.
This means also means no Pension Credit or Winter Fuel Allowance either. Nor Cold Weather Payments as these women may not get benefit either.
Artist Beany Mac asked that this poster be shared as much as possible
This is what Austerity means.
England has 80 per cent of Austerity Cuts yet to come.
Even from Labour, as proved by Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor, saying again and again that Labour will just continue Tory spending plans and be even harder on welfare reform than even the Tories, as all mainstream parties have lumped the state pension in with welfare.
Labour sacks Labour councillors if they vote against cuts budgets in a council.
The Greens did Austerity in the one council they rule, Brighton, a town with poor students, working poor and poor pensioners in its centre and in its suburbs.
The Greens are the green taxes that are half your energy bills and 60 per cent of your petrol bill.
As neither Labour and The Greens offer the old anything other than continuing hunger and freezing in our own homes, then looked about me to see other parties that could help all ages.
Because it is the over 60s who shop in town centres, and so the payout of state pension would have contributed to keeping young peoples' jobs in the high street, now more and more just ghost towns.
Labour and The Greens will just continue the meteoric rise in use of UK food banks, themselves a cruel irony of just 3 vouchers in a year, because elsewhere in the world local councils / charities canteens together offer 7 days a week a free cooked meal and hot drink to mostly the working poor and poor pensioners, as well as the far fewer minority of unemployed / homeless of all ages.
And the people going to food banks are not just the mere 3 per cent of the benefits bill that is the unemployed, sanctioned off food money altogether.
The majority of people going to food banks are those in work and poor pensioners, who themselves are within the working poor.
Half women aged 60-66 are within the working poor, losing benefits to top up flat-lined wages back down to levels of 2002 as to cost of living.
The majority of women aged 60-66 who are not in work is due to being disabled / chronic sick and those benefits being lost, just as the state pension was also removed. So what happens to you if accident or illness takes you out of even minimum wage work?
My website seeks socialism to win in 2015 general election, so that hunger ends in England.
And my website promotes a Yes Campaign for a Free Scotland, to also save the Scots, but especially the disabled, chronic sick and the elderly from austerity obsessed London.
Many things we take for granted today and being lost more and more each day now, are down entirely to socialism alone.
As today is May Day in England, here is a reminder on the gratitude we owe socialism and the different real socialist parties available to vote for on May 22, in my blog on what is socialism:
Not least, only socialism gave women the right to be human to the state, instead of having no rights other by permission of men and being sub-human in law.
We can see this prejudice of women still, in a male dominated government, by all the losses in tax and benefit changes that have hit women the most.
See my blog about How Women are Taxed More and Get Less:
Sorry UKIP is on my website but that again is strategic voting, as UKIP is taking Labour voters, which shows how lacking in socialism the Labour party is now. As no real socialist would vote UKIP instead.