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Ǎr cuntri yrnz fr yṇti – bt Trus’z guvnmnt z mrsilisli dvîdñ it intu rić n pur

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 21 September 2022)

Fr ɖ frst tîm sins ɖ welfér stet wz crietd, ɖ fūdbanc wl b ǎr seftinet n ćaṛti ǎr last lîn v dfns

Gordon Brown

Gordn Brǎn, Wnzde 21 Sptmbr 2022

Hvñ bn promist an eṇjiprîs frīz, miłnz v hard-prest faṃliz wl b śoct n firfl ẃn, on 1 Octobr, ɖe r hit wɖ a 25% rîz in ɖer fylbilz.

Aftr a sumr v dwñ nʈñ, ɖ guvnmnt lct az f it hd dn a lot, bt it hz nt dn enẃr nir inuf. In 10 dez’, ɖ cap on eṇjibilz wl rîz t an unpresdntd £2,500 a yir. Ɖs z an aṿrij incris v £10 a wīc, on top v Epril’z rîz v £14 a wīc. Fylcosts wl, acordñ t Joṇʈn Bradśw n Antońa Kñ at Yorc Yṇvrṣti, cnsym an unpresdntd 20% v ɖ incm v 4.1 miłn faṃliz in Octobr. Bî Me, ɖt figr cd rîz t 7.4 miłn. Fr 2.2 miłn faṃliz, eṇjibilz wl tec p an unpeybl 30% v ɖer incm, n ɖs cd rîz t 3.8 miłn faṃliz bî Me.

Nvr hz fylpoṿti hit so mni ppl so hard, n unls ny hlp z anǎnst fr lo-incm faṃliz on Frîde, Liz Trus’z £150bn eṇjipacij wl rmen so purli tarġtd ɖt it wl nt privnt 5 miłn ćildṛn fōlñ intu poṿti ɖs wintr, n an evr larjr pṛporśn v ǎr neśn fṛm trnñ p at wn v ɖ cuntri’z 3,000 fūdbancs.

Ẃn in Jūn, ɖ ɖen ćanslr, Riśi Sŭnac, wz wîdli aplōdd fr apirñ t solv ɖ hītñcosts crîsis, I rout ɖt it wd nt b inuf t privnt hardśp. Ɖen ɖ cap on aṿrij hītñbilz wz £1,971, hvñ rizn fṛm £1,200. Ɖ Sŭnac pacij gev hǎsholdz on yṇvrsl credit £24 xtra a wīc (£1,200 a yir, f y rsivd a caunsltax rībet). Stl, ɖt sem faṃli z olrdi £20 a wīc wrs of az a rzult v ɖ £1,000 a yir cut last Octobr, n £25 a wīc dǎn bcz beṇfits rouz bî onli 3.1% ẃn infleśn hit 10%. Ẃn ɖ hefti Octobr gas n ilectriṣti incris z add t ɖer bilz, ɖe r, acordñ t updetd figrz on rlịr calkleśnz bî Doṇld Hirsch at Lufḅra Yṇvrṣti, £28 a wīc, or £1,450 a yir, wrs of.

Faṃliz wɖ mor ɖn tū ćildṛn r īvn wrs of, az r dsebld ppl, dspt ɖ £150 ɖe r dy t rsiv fṛm ɖs wīc. Ɖs z bcz ɖ flat-ret pemnt v £13 a wīc (£650 a yir) t ɖoz on beṇfits tecs no acǎnt v faṃlisîz or speśl nīdz, n ofrz onli £2.60 a wīc p’ prsn ẃn spred acrs a cupl n ɖer ʈri ćildṛn, hardli inuf t cuvr ɖ xtra n rîzñ costs v fūd, fyl, travl, teḷcomz, cloɖñ, lōndri n tôḷtriz. Ɖt z ẃ Cir Starmr n Rećl Rīvz hv nt onli pṛpozd a prîscap at ɖ lowr levl v £1,971, bt rdyst prīpemntmītr ćarjz n a mor jenṛs worm-homz dscǎntscīm. Sadli, ɖ guvnmnt sīmz so intnt on śort-ćenjñ lo-incm faṃliz ɖt nt īvn a jenṛs Epril 2023 rîz in beṇfits wl undu ɖ damij nǎ biyñ dn.

N ẃt v ɖ lo-peid hu gt jst £550 in guvnmnt hlp, dspt fesñ ɖs yir’z £1,300 rîz in fylbilz n esc̣letñ fūd n uɖr prîsz? A wejrîz v 5% wl stl līv miłnz fesñ ɖer bigist cut in livñstanddz fr 50 yirz.

Fr ɖ frst tîm sins ɖ welfér stet wz crietd, it z ɖ fūdbanc, nt sośl s’kṛti, ɖt z nǎ ǎr seftinet, n ćaṛti, nt yṇvrsl credit, ɖt z ǎr last lîn v dfns. Yt, jst az nīd rîzz, ǎr cuntri’z voḷntri sectr fîndz itslf az b’līgrd az ɖ ppl it z hlpñ. Cmpaśn z nt runñ ǎt bt caś z. Donrz hu hv a litl n jenṛsli gv t ɖoz hu hv nʈñ wl sn b unebl t gv at ol. Gifts left on sūṗmarcițroliz r dclînñ. Mni ćaṛtiz, lîc a locl welfér fund I nǒ, r flat brouc. Īvn ćrćz, ẃć hv slflisli ofrd ɖer hītd hōlz t hlp eldrli ppl ste worm, fir ɖe wl nǎ strugl t pe ɖer ǒn fylbilz.

Ẃn ɖs ōtm’z flud v nīd trnz intu a wintr tsūnāmi v hardśp, w r lîcli t si ćaṛtiz hv t stop fīdñ ɖ hungri so ɖe cn hlp ɖ starvñ, cut bac on s’port t ɖ purli hǎzd so ɖe cn foc̣s on ɖ fast-rîzñ numbrz v homlis, n gv p on hlpñ ɖ dǎn-at-hìl bcz ɖer prîoṛti hz t b ɖ desttyt. Ɖ scel v ɖ crîsis z olrdi so svir ɖt wn ćaṛti, ɖ Hymn-Rlif Fǎndeśn, ẃć hz spent 30 yirz foc̣st intîrli on foṛn ed t ɖ wrld’z purist cuntriz, hz opnd its ǒn fūdbanc in Brmñm.

It z bcz ɖ ofiśl seftinet z so średd n ćaṛtiz r nǎ so strećt ɖt ćrćz n feʈgrūps, anti-poṿti campenrz n mẹrz n caunslrz r jônñ tgɖr t fors ɖ Trus guvnmnt t wec p t ɖ scel v ɖ poṿticrîsis ahd. Public opińn abt poṿti hz bn śiftñ.

An oṿẃlmñ mjoṛti v ɖ Britiś public – 73%, acordñ t Ipsos – cnsidrz poṿti n sośl iniqoḷti alñsd infleśn az ɖ top iśuz nǎ wuriyñ ɖm n cōzñ slīplis nîts. Wɖ, fr ɖ frst tîm in yirz, poṿti nt jst ingulfñ lo-incm faṃliz bt spredñ t midl-incm faṃliz tù, ɖr z a growñ sns ɖt poṿti z ol ɖ mor un’xptbl bcz it arîzz nt bcz w r a pur cuntri bt bcz w r a rić yt hîli unīql cuntri.

Wɖ Frîde’z anǎnsmnt t rvrs ɖ naśnl-inśuṛns rîz, ẃć gvz £1,800 t ɖ rićist n onli £7.66 a yir t ɖ pur, ɖ gap btwn ɖoz wɖ n ɖoz wɖt wl cntiny t wîdn, wɖ nn v ɖ “tricl dǎn” ifct fṛm rić t pur ɖt niolibṛl îdịlogz promis. N f ɖ guvnmnt’s fiscl stetmnt olso aboliśz ɖ bancrz’ boṇs tax, cuts corṗreśntaxz on sm v ɖ most profitbl cumṗniz, rjcts windfōl taxz on ɖ xes profits v ôlcumṗniz n laviśz biłnz on ɖ olrdi wlʈi at ɖ xpns v ɖ ny pur, it wl hv a ćilñ ifct – mrsilisli n unconśṇbli dvîdñ a cuntri ɖt ovr rīsnt dez hz śoun it yrnz fr yṇti.

Acordñ t rsrć bî Hirsch, bî 55% t 19%, ppl in Ñgḷnd ʈnc ɖ guvnmnt hz nt bn dwñ inuf t tacl poṿti – wɖ īvn mor seyñ so in Scotḷnd n Wêlz. Y canot rlî on a hartlis guvnmnt hvñ a ćenj v hart, bt cnsrtd ax́n bî ɖ public cn fors a ćenj v mînd – n a naśnl campen t ćenj poḷsi z ɖ onli ćôs. Wɖ a cold wintr fast aproćñ, ɖ tîm fr ax́n z nǎ. Ɖ cmñ wor mst b agnst poṿti, nt agnst ɖ pur.

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Gordn Brǎn wz YC prîm̦inistr fṛm 2007 t 2010

Instroduction to Ñspel

22/09/2022

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