Philip Alston, special rapporteur on extreme poverty, travelled across the country to examine the impact of austerity and also came to Newcastle…
This report is a damning condemnation of UK capitalism.
According to his research, 14 million people – a fifth of the population – live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute, unable to afford basics essentials.
Alston interviewed council leaders: “On the local authority budget cuts, Mr Alston told a press conference: “The leader of Newcastle told me ‘we have been reduced to emergency service provision, we don’t have the money to do anything more.
“Yet when I meet the Treasury they say it’s fine, these councils have a lot of money. It is totally an economic analysis that ignores the damage being done to society.”
Nick Forbes, leader of Newcastle City Council, says he hopes the UN report will result in major changes.
He added: “Earlier this month I shared our city’s painful experiences of being a pilot for Universal credit, amid the wider impact of Government-ordered austerity.”
What is missing from the report is the lamentable role of ‘Labour’ councils, in passing on Tory cuts over many years to the people of the North East.
Nick Forbes can can condemn central government all he likes but what has he and the vast majority of ‘Labour’ councils done to fight back against the cuts?
In my home-town 57% voted to leave the EU. Gateshead is a borough where 27% of children are born into and live their lives in poverty.
Liberals, Tories, Blairites and #FBPE fanatics look down their noses at working class people who voted to leave the EU.
The campaign for a so-called #PeoplesVote is merely a continuation of the status quo which has put 14 million in poverty.
What is needed is a GENERAL ELECTION NOW to put a Jeremy Corbyn government In power which will implement policies which will benefit the people whose poverty is outlined in this devastating UN report.