A benefits sanction map of the UK shows how High Peak claimants are being treated with cruelty, according to the charity homeless Crisis – as reported on the BBC News website today.
The High Peak is one of worst areas for these punitive sanctions, with 11.4% of claimants having their payments stopped – the 6th worse in the UK!
The payments – which can be stopped for four weeks, or as much as three years depending on how many times the rules are broken – have contributed to the ever increasing numbers of people relying on foodbanks and presenting to local authorities and charities in crisis, such as Glossopdale’s Bare Necessities foodbank and the Glossopdale Furniture Project.
This simply cannot go on. The High Peak cannot survive another 5 years of Tory-led ideological driven cruelty and cuts.
We need change. We need compassion. We must vote for it on 7th May.
Vote Caitlin Bisknell!
Tory Government cuts have forced the closure of nearly all the High Peak’s police stations, including two in Glossopdale. They are: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Fairfield (Buxton), Whaley Bridge, GAMESLEY and HADFIELD as reported in the Buxton Advisertiser today.
Derbyshire Police’s Chief Constable and Police & Crime Commissioner are saying these “debilitating” funding cuts imposed by the government are going to take the force back to the 1980s. Hitting the community/safer neighbour team policing work hardest!
And whilst his government is slashing money from frontline policing to prop up bureaucracy, the High Peak’s Tory MP Andrew Bingham has the bare faced cheek in his weekly newsletter to pat himself and his colleagues on the back for amongst other things “…freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape…“. You could not make it up. Is he just out of touch or downright delusional?!
One of the last Labour Government greatest achievement was to create, champion and fund community policing. I’ve seen and heard first hand how its transformed policing in our communities and help crime rates fall over the last decade but now that’s now at risk.
There is only one way to stop the rot and that’s to elect a Labour Government with a local Labour MP better able to stand up for our communities in Westminster. There is a lot at stake.
So I say #BootBinghamOut and vote Caitlin Bisknell for High Peak – 2015 in May!