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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

British workers don't want to strike on July 10th - It's about respect & dignity #J10

The July 10th nationwide strike action is about respect & dignity - it's about having a decent wage!

Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants stand shoulder to shoulder'. Real wages not workfare, real hours not Zero Hours.

Nearly Two Million public sector workers are striking for fair pay. Local government workers across the country will be on strike tomorrow - July 10.

Show your support & find out what's happening near you. Unite the unite has provided a comprehensive list of demo's & rallies taking place across Britain tomorrow - show your support.

Now is the time to get behind this campaign as they challenge 10 downing street’s low pay agenda. Working with other unions to take joint action on 10 July will only be the beginning, there will be targeted action and more strike action, as well as a mass TUC-organised protest on 18 October.

Why STRIKE ? Front-line workers explain:

Moya O'Neill, 53, community support worker, Leeds city council

We're on strike because they seem to think we're not worth anything. I've been a support worker for 16 years. I'm still on £8.30 an hour, and we haven't had a pay increase for about four years. I can't afford to do what I used to do, like go out with friends, and go swimming. I only eat meat once a fortnight. Once I had to go to a foodbank. It was very embarrassing – I'm in work, and I should be able to live a decent life.
I look after the elderly and people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. I help with personal care, getting dressed, meals, housekeeping, shopping and staying safe. I love my job – the way people hold your hand and thank you when you leave, when you're the only person they have. But there's only so much we can do. They've asked us to start working more flexibly. I used to do normal hours, but now I have do the morning and evening shifts till 10.30pm on the same day. We bend over backwards for them, and a miserly 1% pay rise is how they're going to repay us.

I'm worth more than that for the work I do. We just want what's rightfully ours. We're downtrodden, and it's time to say enough's enough.

Richard Herrmann, 39 Firefighter, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

No one ever really wants to strike, but now we're left with no option. I earn £28,000 a year, and pay more than £4,000 a year into the pension scheme. Currently I can retire at 55 and withdraw my pension at 60. But if the changes go ahead, I'd have to stay in the service until I'm 60, and withdraw it at 67. Not only will we have to work longer, we'll also have to pay more for the privilege and get less.
Firefighting is arduous and when I'm in my late 50s, I may not pass the fitness tests. If forced to retire, I'd be penalised under the new deal. I could lose half my pension. I probably couldn't afford to stay in the new scheme. I've already had to take on an extra day's work as a safety trainer, on top of my 48-hour week.
I'm not asking for a pay rise, just for the pension I signed up for to be left well alone. I'm not a big union man – some of the pensions changes I actually agree with. There are some hardliners who always want to strike, but there aren't many of them left. The majority of us are realistic.

Mo Lumb, 53, PCS rep and administrative officer, HMRC, Newcastle

I'm striking over pay. I've been working at HM Revenue & Customs for 10 years. I'm one of the horrible people who has to send you letters about your tax self-assessments. I'm on £18,000 a year – and it's gone up by less than £1,000 in a decade.
The cost of living wasn't that bad when I first started, but now it's astronomical. We've gone from shopping at Sainsbury's to shopping at Lidl. I don't buy as much food as I used to, or as many clothes. I can't remember the last time we had a holiday abroad, either. Our car's on its last legs, and we'll be saving a long time for another one.
People who think it's much better in the public sector should come and have a look at my wage slip and my pensions forecast — I think they'd be quite shocked. My wages would need to rise to more than £21,000 a year to keep pace with inflation.
But instead this year I got £180. Overall I'm worse off than I was last year, because they're taking off more in pension contributions. So we've effectively had a pay cut. We'd like private industry to pay their fair share in taxes – companies such as Amazon, Starbucks and Google. We'd like politicians to take cuts as well. We're certainly not "all in it together".

* You can get regular updates from PCS on their live blog.
There are picket lines and rallies across the UK as colleagues from Unite, Unison, FBUGMB, NUT, Nipsa and some RMT members in taking action against attacks on their pay.

Jo Beill, 41, employment solicitor, London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

I have worked in local government since 2008. I earn just over £40,000 a year. I am striking because we have had no pay rise for years. The cost of living keeps rising every year but we have less and less to pay our bills. We are being asked to provide more services with less people.
I used to work in a team of four but now I am the only full-time employment solicitor. And I am now managed by a contract lawyer so I am no longer managed by anyone with employment law experience.
We have to do much of our own administration because quite a lot of our secretarial staff were made redundant last month. I don't like to think about my pension. I am just hoping there will be something there for me when I retire.

Kris Ross-Osborne, 34, administrator, children's services, Somerset county council

We're on the minimum wage, with a 1% pay increase, which we had to fight for. It's ridiculous. They're the people we elected, yet they pay us peanuts. We are some of the lowest-paid council workers.
It's not just about striking, it's about having enough money to live without worrying what I'll have left. As a single mum, I'm struggling to make my pay count until the end of the month. I have to drive to work – a 24-mile round trip, five days a week. I can't use public transport because the service is not very good (I am in a rural area) and the fare is £7.50 a day which is unaffordable. With the cost of petrol, and the rising costs of bills and then my groceries, and all the rest, I've gone from having savings to struggling to cover everyday costs. Some months I barely make it. I'm not going to use payday loans for extra cash because I've been stung by them before.

General Secretary Frances O’Grady
- a mass TUC-organised protest on 18 October.

“Hard-pressed families across the UK must be beginning to wonder when the tough times they are experiencing will ever end. They keep hearing that the economy is growing and learning of yet another bonus extravaganza in the city, yet their own wages never seem to go far enough.
Pictured: TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady

“Worries about money are a big deal for ordinary people. While their household budgets can just about stretch to cover everyday essentials, they are likely to have to load up their credit cards to meet the cost of any unexpected items.
“During the dark days of recession, workers accepted that their pay might have to be frozen or even cut to save jobs, but now the economy is picking up – and many employers can afford to pay their staff more – the time has come for Britain to get a pay rise.”

Show your support & find out what's happening near you. Unite the unite has provided a comprehensive list of demo's & rallies taking place across Britain tomorrow. Join us & show support on TWITTER by using #hashtag #J10 and #WeAllNeedAPayrise

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Queen's Speech, David Cameron & the Peter Principle

Arrival of the Queen's new state coach

Today will be the last Queen's Speech before the General Election in 2015. She will be arriving in the grandiose new coach for the state opening of parliament.

David Cameron the deceptive prime minister has failed to deliver on previous promises to the electorate. His legacy is political failure - a classic example of the Peter Principle

The Peter Principle has applications outside of the business world. If ever there was a perfect example of the Peter Principle, it would be in David Cameron's government. The ConDem government has certainly promoted itself to its level of incompetence.

Take for example the 2010 Welfare Reform bill  - Cameron said he would improve work incentives, but the Universal Credit programme – another failing flagship scheme - has so far seen £40 million of taxpayers’ money written off. In 2012 David Cameron said "we are reforming welfare so that it pays to have a job” - he said something similar in 2013 - but the National Minimum Wage has fallen in real terms under the Tories and there are now over five million people paid less than the Living Wage.

In addition, there has been a staggering 60 per cent increase in working people claiming housing benefit compared with 2010. That’s 400,000 more working people claiming housing benefit every year, costing the taxpayer an estimated extra £4.8bn in housing benefit over the course of this Parliament. The government’s failure to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and build new homes means work doesn't pay for the majority.

In the 2010 Queen’s Speech debate, David Cameron said: "We will get to grips with the unacceptable bonus culture”. In reality, bonuses at the big banks are far higher this year than last: up 10 per cent at Barclays to £2.4bn, up eight per cent at Lloyds to £395m and up six per cent at HSBC to £2.3bn. RBS also announced a bonus pool of £588m this year.

In 2012 David Cameron promised to “make sure that financial services truly serve the economy—not the other way around.” But today Britain has one of the most concentrated banking systems in the world with just four banks controlling 85 per cent of small business lending, which actually fell by £2.3 billion last year. David Cameron has failed to reform the banking sector.

In 2013 Cameron said his Government had "a solid record of being on the side of those who work hard and want to get on”. Tell that to the working people have seen their wages fall by £1,600 since 2010, whilst the top one per cent of earners were given a £3 billion tax break.

David Cameron will be remembered as the deceptive prime minister, he has deceived the electorate. His legacy is political failure - a classic example of the Peter Principle

Oxfam explains A Tale of Two Britains: Inequality in the UK
While austerity measures in Britain continue to hit the poorest families hardest, a wealthy elite has seen their incomes spiral upwards, exacerbating income inequality which has grown under successive governments over the last quarter of a century.

Conclusion: Don't expect much for us ordinary folk in this Queen's Speech !!

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Monday, 26 May 2014

Media Frenzy - This Is Not About UKIP

It is clear to anyone who has been witnessing the media frenzy around UKIP, or has been campaigning on issues of national importance like Fracking and Disabled People’s rights, that there has been a media blackout on progressive voices in society and a strengthening of the voice of reaction.

This can be roughly traced back to the end of the Occupy protests, when after the rise and rise of anti-establishment protest movements, and societal reaction against austerity and police brutality (as in the riots), the new heads of the BBC, (who are Tory peers), aligned with the rightwing press, to avoid discussing progressive politics in totality, even to deride it.

Instead the cultural message propagated across the media has been one of hyperbole around immigration, cultural snobbery, the demonisation of the poor, and some fantastical pummeling of meaningless distraction in the shape of obsequious royal family fanaticism and nationalist celebration of sports and war (though we did enjoy the Olympics).

Reporting social security news becomes even more biased towards 10 Downing Street, head of news at Department for Work and Pensions - DWP joins the BBC

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More friends of the Conservatives take over lead positions within the license funded broadcaster. BBC News communications chief brings in Department for Work and Pensions head of news Jonathan Reed

Reed’s move follows two years at the DWP, including time working as press secretary to Chris Grayling. He joined the department after working as a political reporter for a number of regional titles.

One BBC insider added the move was a part of a broader effort to "sharpen up" the BBC’s operation.

This cannot go on.

This is our first communique/brief on the subject but there will be more to follow. In it, we wish to briefly sketch our hopes for reclamation of the national debate for the people, and of a plan of action to achieve this.

After writing on welfare and issues of economic and social justice over the past 12 months, we believe there is an ongoing war on our minds.

This war of the mind manifests itself in distraction and false debate.  We wish to challenge this paradigm.

We want to talk about aspiration and positivity.  To borrow Plan C’s audacious slogan, we believe in a world of luxury for all.

We live in a world of abundance, of eternal resources of energy from natural sources, to eternal resources of creativity, from the minds of humanity.

Some people are already living the changes we all wish to see in the world.  The changes towards less pointless unfulfilling work, less damage to environment, less violence towards each other and more time and freedom to be the person you want to be.

We wish to hold up these examples, promote them and show that, yes, another world is possible.

We also want to talk about misdirection and reality/rationalism. Not all debate can be rational, or should be. The emotional is valid, even if that manifests itself in scorn and anger at points.

We must recognise that sometimes that the way people feel about something cannot necessarily be reasoned with in pure logic and facts alone.  This is why we need a politics of aspiration.

But it is also why we must change the terms/premise of the debate.  Arguing about racism and immigration, the size of poor people’s TV’s and ASBOs, are the wrong debates.

They are divide and rule tactics by the elite, expressed through the political and media establishments, to distract us from tackling the genuine causes of societal problems.  Those causes almost always have one root, and that is the search for profit.

We need to talk about freedom and liberty. We need to talk about inequality and wealth. We need to talk about the environment and resources. We need to talk about alternatives and achieving them.

To be part of this movement for change, RealFare are undertaking a variety of projects over the next 12 months in the lead up to the 2015 elections – and hopefully beyond.

The first is the Real Tour.  Our intrepid contributor Thomas Barlow is going to bike across Britain for 8 weeks in search of Middle England/Britain. To do this he will be visiting 12 swing constituencies, as well as stopping at key campaign sites like Reclaim the Power, Anti Fracking camps, and festivals like Shambala.

He will conduct interviews with notable campaigners from the area, as well as surveys and vox pops, and he will distribute the soon to be printed RealFare news-sheet.

This will hopefully help us build a network of interested people who will help promote and share news and contributions from RealFare (and other sources).

Following this in early winter there will be Real Talks, a conference with a twist.  We will have big name speakers who will drop their motivating knowledge bombs like all the other conferences. Except these speakers will be in a room with only a camera for company, where their talks will be live streamed and archived for free internet distribution.

This is because the real juice will be in the other activities at the conference.

There will be networking and stalls from a huge array of community and activist groups.

There will be skill-share workshops running concurrently all weekend, to learn about everything from video activism to direct action planning.

There will be live theatre, music and poetry, sometimes intervening directly in unexpected places.

There will be, in short, plenty of fun to be had and connections to be made, as we try to move away from a world of internet networks, to a world of concrete human connections.

Following this we will have a plan of action for all participants to freely engage in, that should be easy to squeeze into the most marvellously crowded of lives.

This will be involve targeting media institutions and putting pressure on them to engage with alternative subjects, and move away from the politics of distraction and divide and rule.

This will culminate in a Spring campaign to target the Daily Mail, surely one of the most spiteful publications in existence, with a number of secret, but developing, actions and stunts that should hopefully give us the energy in the lead up to the elections to get real issues talked about.

This won’t just be about talk, it will be about creating and showcasing alternatives, and about campaigning and working together to create a better world.
Viva la revo-love-tion!


To find out more or to pledge help email and we will keep you updated on our action.

Examples of Media Blackouts:
Bias and the BBC
50-70,000 strong NHS protest in Manchester
Disabled People Against Cuts Protests
Cops Off Campus student protests
Fracking Protests
Workfare Protests
WCA/ATOS Protests

Part Re-blogged from RealFare
More info: from REALFARE

Friday, 16 May 2014

Husband killed no safety net - one year on the nightmare continues

One year on, the misery continues for group member of Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants

An 'Open Letter' to David Cameron - 10 Downing Street
cc Ed Miliband  & Natascha Engel MP

Karen holding a picture of  husband Andrew
I'm writing in a desperate attempt to be heard regarding the situation I find myself in. On the 1st June 2013 my husband Andrew Siddall was killed in an awful road accident along with his best friend. Another biker from Sheffield was also killed in the same accident.

Before his death my husband had been receiving Disability Benefits. In his younger days my husband worked at Bolsover Colliery, after leaving school he went on to work as a builder / roofer. Taking part in the construction of Carsington reservoir dam. He retired early on health grounds. He was a member of Derbyshire Bikers.

I buried my husband on Thursday, June 13.

We informed the benefits office two days after his death. ALL benefits were promptly stopped, leaving our family with no source of income & no explanation as to what we must do or where to turn for help & assistance - we had the 'safety net' removed, in free-fall.

I spent the next few weeks visiting the Benefits Office & making phone calls in a state of pure grief & desperation trying to get help. However, I was passed from one department to the next, each time no one had a clue as to what I was entitled to - they were simply not interested. I was told if I had been 45 years old at the time of my husbands death I would have been able to claim a 'Widows Pension Allowance'. I was 45 on the 2nd August, just two months after his death.   
Jobcentre Plus informed me that the only thing I could do, was to make a claim for Jobseekers Allowance. I pointed out that I thought JSA was for people looking for work - she replied in an irritated voice "Well you are fit for work aren't you" ? I was absolutely shocked & devastated. I was grief stricken, I didn't know what day it was or what planet I was on. I couldn't eat, sleep or function properly - I think its fair to say I was in 'traumatic shock'. I was constantly vomiting & having panic attacks. I had been with my husband since I was 14 years old - I didn't know what to do. I didn't want to live anymore.

With the help of family members, I filled in various forms for benefits. These 'forms' are a 'minefield' in trying to understand & 'overtly complicated' at best. We finally received a letter regarding a claim for Employment Support Allowance. It took them so long in dealing with the claim & after a period of four weeks struggling with no money whatsoever, I was forced to work in the local shop to ensure I could feed the family - working 16 hours a week.

From that point onwards I've had nothing but trouble with North East Derbyshire District Council regarding Housing & Council Tax Benefits. Mistake after mistake & misinformation from the benefits agency. It has resulted in over a hundred letters in nearly a year, informing me what I should be paying. No sooner had one letter been sent out, the council would change its mind yet again - throwing me into financial chaos. They sent letter after letter asking for more information & suspended my claim on numerous occasions - this in turn created huge rent arrears & threats of eviction. Letters sent regarding impending court action seeking to evict us, has caused me to become seriously depressed. I spent days upon days visiting the housing department trying to provide the information they required.

Finally I received a letter stating that my Housing & Council Tax had been reviewed & that I was no longer in arrears. I was  told how much I needed to pay - My relief was instant, it was now February 2014 & this nightmare had been going on for months. I was earning £100 per week working, & receiving child tax credits for my daughter who was doing a childcare course. I was getting tax credits for myself, calculated that I could just about manage to survive & pay the rent, council tax etc - little did I know that my ordeal was far from over .....

I then received a letter from HMRC regarding Tax Credits, asking for more information regarding my daughter (Jade) - I contacted her learning provider (AgeUK) asking for more details regarding the educational course she was on. All the details were was passed onto HMRC - the swift result was .... all tax credits promptly stopped. In a state of panic I rang HMRC to investigate & was told it was because my daughter was doing an 'advanced childcare course', & therefore I wasn't entitled to any tax credits.

HMRC have stated that I'm not entitled to working tax credits because my daughter was classed as a 'non dependent' - they also stated I would have to be working at least 30 hours a week before being entitled. I approached my employer & requested more hours not realising what else I could do. I did managed to increase my hours from 16 to 26. I inform the council of the change in circumstances in work hours & that tax credits had been stopped.

The council reviewed both my Housing & Council Tax benefit twice over a period of weeks with incorrect information. A final review stated that I must pay £96 rent plus council tax & water charges - in total I have less than £40 a week to buy food, gas, electric plus other living expenses. In addition the council have informed me that I now owe over £1,400 in arrears & £322.83 council tax arrears. HMRC are harrassing me for £3,000 in repayment in tax credit.

Nearing the anniversary of my husbands death, it's clear that my nightmare is to continue. There is no safety net for me - there is no social security provision ! I'm at my wits end, not knowing which way to turn. I cannot survive on such a small amount of money & god only knows where the money is going to come from to pay these arrears. I'm sorry to bore those who have taken the time to read my story, but I have not chosen the situation I find myself in - I've fallen on bad times, stuck in quicksand, struggling to get out while people simply walk on by - conclusion ..... #help.

North East Derbyshire District Council have sent a letter addressed to my husband 'Andrew Siddall' a year after his death demanding £1,400 within 14 days - despite being told a thousand times, my husband has died .....  

Finally I urge readers to support & sign the petition calling for a 'Public Inquiry' regarding the systematic abuse of Benefit Claimants >>

yours sincerely

Karen Siddall wife of Andrew

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Who are the parasites in society ?

ProfessorJason Reed Quote: On Parasites and The 1% - became an Internet meme

Professor Read has delivered lectures and written an essay about Occupy Wall St. movement. The source of this particular quote may come as a surprise: from a Facebook status update.

In Britain how hatred towards claimants is circulated - Atos Origin calls disabled 'parasites'

A quotation by the trade unionist and Labour politician, Ernest Bevin, in Francis Williams’ biography of the great man:

Unemployment is not accidental. it is deliberate on the part of the capitalistic system. The one weapon in the hands of the capitalist is starvation, not his brains, ability or managerial capacity, but his ability to hold or withhold the means to life to break you when your children cry for bread. (p. 91).

This is all too true in today's UK - thousands struggle to survive on FoodBank handouts - David Cameron & 10 Downing Street are deliberately enslaving the people in a George Orwell 1984 style of starvation, enslavement & control.

The Libertarians of the Chicago School recommended that there should be a constant unemployment rate of 6 per cent in order to prevent wages rising. And Margaret Thatcher’s administration deliberately destroyed British heavy industries, such as mining and steel, in order to break the unions.

Who are the parasites in society ?

Currently 75% of 'Government Cabinet Ministers' - within parliament are Millionaires. Those that sit in the House of Commons & the House of Lords are Members of Parliament - TOTAL - members 1462 (650 MPs + 812 sit in the House of Lords).

We believe parliament should represent the majority not the minority !! But the reality is - We are governed by MILLIONAIRES.

The majority in Britain are struggling in poverty, unable to pay bills, buy quality food items. Meanwhile the House of Commons & the House of Lords enjoy privilege beyond imagination.

These Lords & MP's hold many assets - (many hidden from public view), including savings & (second income wages). There are Lords & MP's who gain extra payments from industrial lobbyist.

Benefit Claimants are quite rightly 'angry' at those who sit in an 'undemocratic & an unelected House of Lords. Those MP's & those who sit in the Lords firmly believe it's OK to hold two jobs & enjoy a subsidised restaurant & bar.

In contrast benefit claimants are struggling to buy food, pay bills & face benefit sanctions.

We hear Boris Johnson in an online video talk about his second job, writing articles once a week on a Sunday for a staggering £250,000 a year - he calls this amount 'Chickenfeed'

In recent years 
we have witnessed the parliamentary expenses scandal in the House of Commons & it seems acceptable to Fiddle expenses if you sit in the House of Lords.

Our conclusion ...... contemptuous !!!
Ask this question - who are the parasites in society ?

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Friday, 9 May 2014

CPAG in Scotland - ‘Early Warning’ report about sanctions

‘Early Warning’ report about sanctions !

Child Poverty Action Group CPAG in Scotland has set up an ‘Early Warning System’ to identify problems reported by front-line workers in the operation of benefits.  Their first policy briefing is online, giving examples of problems with sanctions.  They give examples of a series of  mistaken decisions:  for example, a sanction for not reporting for the Work Programme while in police custody and benefits were already stopped, and a sanction for turning up for the time on the letter instead of the time the office thought it had sent out.  Part of this, too, is that people who are suffering sanctions then have to go to food banks – a link recently denied by Neil Couling, of the DWP, at a meeting of the Holyrood Welfare Reform Committee.

The Early Warning System (EWS) is a framework which has been developed by CPAG in Scotland to collect case studies and wider evidence about how welfare changes are affecting the health and wellbeing of children. They are currently collecting information and anonymous case studies from 75 frontline workers including welfare rights officers, housing advisers and support workers across Scotland. Please visit the website for more information on the project.

Concerns raised through the Early Warning System Cases collected through the EWS suggest that sanctions are often applied without adequate consideration of claimants’ personal situations, characteristics or the barriers they face - particularly in relation to their ability to comply with the conditions placed upon them. Cases illustrating these concerns include:

* A father with dyslexia, spinal arthritis and COPD was sanctioned for not attending a work-focused interview. He had told the jobcentre in advance that he didn’t have enough money to get to the office, as it was not local to him. He was told to walk to appointment, but was unable to due to health conditions. He was sanctioned for 13 weeks.

*The lone parent of a 5 year old child was sanctioned for 4 weeks for failing to keep an appointment with her careers adviser. This was despite the fact she was in the jobcentre for her first appointment but, due to being misdirected, did not hear them call her name. A new appointment was to be sent by post but the client never received this.

* A client could not sign on because his children were left with him unexpectedly by the parent with care. He was sanctioned and, given that he was not classed as vulnerable, was unable to access hardship payments for 15 days.

* A 56 year old claimant was sanctioned for missing one appointment (he admits the error). As a result of the sanction the claimant had no money to travel 14 miles each way to sign on for his hardship payment. The jobcentre advisor moved his appointment to the middle of the day so he would have time to walk the 28 mile round trip in daylight.

* A client was sanctioned twice for failure to attend work programme appointments. The DWP were aware he could not have attended because he was in police custody (as they stopped his benefits for the period he was detained). DWP did not provide adequate written information to allow him to challenge the sanctions effectively.

* A claimant was given written instruction to attend a jobcentre appointment on Monday – which he did. He was sanctioned for failure to attend on the Friday (despite having no appointment to attend). The sanction was overturned on appeal after 6 weeks, during which time the client had to access a food bank.

The policy briefing can be downloaded by clicking this link : 'Early Warning' impact of Sanctions

These issues raised within the report will be given in-depth consideration at a policy seminar at the Renfield Centre in Glasgow on the 28th May 2014. Please contact or 0141 611 7090 for more information or for details of how to book you place at the Policy Seminar on Wednesday 28th May.

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