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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Respect For the Unemployed - End the 'Politics of Fear' Scotland Vote Yes

Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants says: End the 'Politics of Fear' Vote Yes in the Scottish Referendum.

The politics of fear is when leaders of political parties & the ruling establishment use fear as a driving or motivating factor for the people, to get them to vote a particular way, allow excesses in spending, or accept policies they might otherwise abhor. It's banking on the fact that presenting people with an alleged threat to their well-being will elicit a powerful emotional response that can override reason and prevent a critical assessment of these policies.

All three leaders David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and the Business elite continue to use the politics of fear as a campaigning tool to incite fear into the mindset of the people. They continue to deceive the electorate regarding the continuation of the United Kingdom being the only alternative - rejecting the Scottish Independence alternative as reckless.

The people of Scotland need to reject the politics of fear being peddled and think of their hopes and dreams for the future. We must ensure a nation that values its people and treats the unemployed, the disabled, the elderly, our younger generation, those who are sick and vulnerable with dignity and respect. An independent Scotland more prosperous, more economically active, with a fairer society where the young, old and disabled are protected and looked after.

September 18 is a vote to end the stagnation of the union, a vote to end the 'Politics of Fear', for the freedom to decide what government it wants.

The Scottish Government had set up an expert working group on welfare reform that has published its second report on what the benefits system could look like in an independent Scotland. The report contained 40 recommendations, aimed at ensuring a future Scottish welfare system that is "fair, personal and simple".

Immediate recommendations include:
  • raising the minimum wage to equal the living wage, for public sector workers by the end of the first independent parliament
  • abolition of the bedroom tax
  • re-establishing the link between benefits and the cost of living, with benefits and tax credits being increased each year by the Consumer Prices Index of inflation
  • introduction of a new Social Security Allowance, which would bring together existing benefits into a single payment
  • an increase in the Carer’s Allowance so that it’s paid at the same rate as the Jobseeker’s Allowance. This would entitle over 100,000 carers to an extra £575 a year
  • replacement of the Work Programme with new initiatives to help people find, and stay in, employment
  • scrapping of the current Work Capability Assessment, with the replacement assessment to be carried out by a clinical professional.
Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that, in the event of independence, the current government would implement the recommendations, including those on carers, restoring the cost of living link and abolition the Work Capability Assessment.

September 18 is a vote to ensure the people of Scotland sets the agenda, the people of Scotland to decide welfare policy, an end to the dictatorial style of Westminster imposed agenda on Scotland - On  September 18 >> VOTE YES #indyref

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