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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: The UK’s poorest people have been utterly abandoned by this ideological chancellor

‘Rishi Sunak seemed taken aback that so many of the questions put to him focused on those who will struggle most to bear the cost of living crisis.’ Photograph: Simon Walker Hm Treasury
‘Riśi Sŭnac sīmd tecn abac ɖt so mni v ɖ qsćnz pt t him foc̣st on ɖoz hu wl strugl most t ber ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis.’ Foṭgraf: Sîmn Wōcr HM Treẓ́ri

Ɖ YC’z purist ppl hv bn utrli abandnd bî ɖs îdịlojicl ćanslr

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 25 March 2022)

H cd hv ʈroun ɖm a lîflîn. Instd, h z pśñ ʈǎzndz mor intu ɖer rancs

Paul Kissack

Pōl Cisac, Frîde, 25 Marć 2022

I  c’nt rcōl a wrs fiscl ivnt ɖn Wnzde’z sprñstetmnt.

It hd nʈñ mīnñfl t se on ɖ big stṛtījic ćaḷnjz ǎr icoṇmi fesz. Acordñ t ɖ prîm̦inistr, leṿlñ p z ɖ dfînñ miśn v ɖs guvnmnt. Ɖ ćanslr cd’nt brñ himslf t īvn mnśn it. Ɖr wz similrli nʈñ t lrn abt net ziro or ɖ YC’z prodctivtićalinj.

It wz fisc̣li inc̣hiṛnt. Īvn ɖ mîld-manrd Insttyt fr Fiscl Studiz wz left śǎtñ “Ǒ fr gdnis sec” at ɖ nyz ɖt Sŭnac z rezñ naśnl inśuṛns ẃl cutñ incmtax, incrisñ taxz on ppl hu wrc t pṛtct ɖ incmz v ɖoz hu ofn d’nt, includñ landlordz n wlʈi pnśnrz.

Az a set-pìs ivnt, it unravld wɖn aurz. Sŭnac wouc on Ʈrzde t a fl spred v hostîl fruntpejz. Jrñ mīdia inṭvyz ɖt mornñ, h bcem incrisñli ratld n teći. H sīmd tecn abac ɖt so mni v ɖ qsćnz pt t him foc̣st on ɖoz hu wl strugl most t ber ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis.

Ɖs śd nt hv cm az a s’prîz. Ɖ rîzñ cost v isnślz afcts s ol, bt nt īqli. Ppl on ɖ lǒist incumz r at gretist risc, bcz un’vôḍbl spendñ on eṇji n fūd tecs p a hayr pṛporśn v ɖer bujit ɖn eni uɖr grūp. Olrdi ɖe hv nʈñ t cut bac on.

Fest wɖ ɖ gretist ʈret t livñstanddz fr jeṇreśnz, it z imposbl t jusṭfî ɖ dsiźn t līv olmst evrwn at ɖ śarp end v ɖ crîsis ǎt in ɖ cold. Rɖr ɖn streñʈn ɖ s’port aveḷbl, h ćouz t cut beṇfits in riyl trmz, līvñ hǎsholdz in poṿti £445 ǎt v pocit fr ɖ yir ahd; 600,000 mor ppl wl b pld intu poṿti bî ɖs dsiźn. Arnd a qortr v ɖm r ćildṛn.

Ɖ ny taxćenjz ɖt wr anǎnst dlivr nʈñ fr ppl hu r unebl t wrc n ɖoz rnñ tù litl t pe tax or naśnl inśuṛns. Mni lo rnrz hu rn jst inuf t gen fṛm ɖ rîz in ɖ naśnl-inśuṛns ʈreśhold wl fînd mor ɖn haf ɖ gen teprd awe ʈru ɖ subsiqnt rdux́n in ɖer yṇvrsl credit.

Ɖ ćanslr’z rspons t ćaḷnjz on hiz lac v ax́n wz ɖt h hd prîoṛtîzd ppl in poṿti in hiz bujit last ōtm. Ɖt, y mt rcōl, wz ẃn h cut yṇvrsl credit bî £20 a wīc, in ɖ fes v wîdspred opziśn, includñ fṛm mni v hiz ǒn bacbnćrz. Sm prîoṛtîześn.

Dīlñ wɖ a cost-v-livñ crîsis v ɖ cuṛnt scel wz nvr gwñ t b an īzi tasc. It cōld fr ɖ bst tūlz aveḷbl. Ɖ adiśnl £500m anǎnst fr ɖ hǎshold-s’port fund z dworft bî ɖ cut t beṇfits n ɖ scel v nīd ɖt caunslz nǎ xpct t si. Īqli fṛstretñ z ɖ dificlti ppl hv axesñ ẃt litl s’port ɖr z. It mst b sòt ǎt, aplaid fr, n difṛnt crîtiria naṿgetd dpndñ on ɖ locl eria. Mni v ɖoz hu jump ʈru ɖz hūps wl fînd ɖe r ineliɉbl fr eni s’port.

G on ɖ guvnmnt’s ǒn websait n y wl fînd a clu t anɖr tūl aveḷbl. In ansr t ɖ qsćn “ẃt z yṇvrsl credit?” ɖ websait sz it z “a pemnt t hlp wɖ yr livñcosts”. Ɖ guvnmnt spent sevṛl yirz n mni miłnz v pǎndz bildñ ɖ sistm. In ɖ pandemic, it śoud ɖt ɖ guvnmnt riyli wz’nt hlplis in ɖ fes v a crîsis n cd pṛvîd a lîflîn t ɖoz at risc v biyñ dragd intu poṿti. Bt nǎ ɖ ćanslr’z îdịlojicl rzistns t yzñ ɖt tūl mīnz h z cutñ ppl adrift.

Ɖ besic ret v sośl s’kṛti wl sn b at a 35-yir lo. Ɖ impact v ɖs hz bn steḍli growñ clirr. Īvn bfr ɖ pandemic, desttyśn wz rapidli growñ in scel n intnṣti. On ɖ brinc v ɖ pandemic, a larj n incrisñ numbr v ćildṛn wr growñ p in vri dīp poṿti. Ɖ pandemic itslf hd dzastṛs n wel-dokmntd ifcts. Bt most wuriyñ v ol r ɖ pridix́nz fr ɖ yir ahd, az infleśn rīćz a 30-yir hî. Ɖ fact ɖt fūdbancs hv wns agn bn cōld upn t dlivr ɖer vrdict on ɖ ćanslr’z stetmnt śd tel s ol w nīd t nǒ.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: I’ve covered countless Tory mini-budgets. The cruelty of this one shocked even me

‘Surely a chancellor wouldn’t choose to do the wrong things, knowingly, when he has the power to set the country in a better direction?’ Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Reuters
‘Śrli a ćanslr wd’nt ćūz t d ɖ roñ ʈñz, nwñli, ẃn h hz ɖ pǎr t set ɖ cuntri in a betr d’rex́n?’ Foṭgraf: YC Parḷmnt/Jesica Teilr/Rôtrz

I’v cuvrd cǎntlis Tori minibujits. Ɖ cruwlti v ɖs wn śoct īvn m

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 24 March 2022)

Hǎ nîīv I wz t ʈnc ɖt Riśi Sŭnac wd pṛtct ɖ purist fṛm ɖ heviist bloz v ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis

Polly Toynbee

Poli Tônbi, Ʈrzde 24 Marć 2022

Ɖs wz a gret “leṿlñ dǎn”, wɖ tū-ʈrdz v Riśi Sŭnac’s gv’wez in hiz sprñstetmnt gwñ t ɖ top haf v rnrz. At līst ɖ ćanslr hd ɖ gd gres t abandn ɖ wrdz “leṿlñ-up” n “net ziro”, n h bérli īvn mnśnd “pnśnrz” az h impoṿriśt ɖ olrdi pur ẃl gvñ a litl boṇs t gas-guẓlñ SYV drîvrz.

Ẃ b śoct? God nz hǎ mni Tori bujits n minibujits I hv cuvrd in a lîftîm mostli rūld bî Tori guvnmnts, yt stl, smhǎ, I cn b tecn bî s’prîz. Ɖ śir necid vīnaḷti stl tecs mî breʈ awe. Śrli a ćanslr wd’nt ćūz t d ɖ roñ ʈñz, nwñli, ẃn h hz ɖ pǎr t set ɖ cuntri in a betr d’rex́n?

Hǎ pʈeticli nîīv t ʈnc ɖt Sŭnac wd ćūz t enśur ɖ blo dd’nt agn fōl hardist on ɖ wìcist, az w fes ɖ wrst hit t ǎr livñstanddz in ǎr lîftîmz aftr ɖ tripl bloz v fnanśl craś, pandemic n wor. I dd xpct at līst a tocn jsćr. Aftr ol ɖ yirz v Jorj Ozbōrn bujits, ɖ ifcts v ẃć I cronicld wɖ Devid Wōcr in ǎr bc, Ɖ Lost Deced, ẃt idịsi on mî part t hold on t a s’ntila v b’lif ɖt ɖ Tōriz wd’nt cīp dwñ ɖ sem ʈñ ovr n ovr agn.

“W c’nt d evrʈñ” z ɖ ćanslr’z mantra, t g alñsd blemñ Pūtin fr ol ɖ kḿḷtiv damij dn sins 2010. It sǎndz grounup n rsponsbl, n it’s hǎ Tori ćanslrz hv dsivd ɖ public evr sins Marġrit Ʈaćr cmperd ɖ naśnl icoṇmi t a hǎshold bujit, n Ozbōrn clevrli sd ɖ cuntri hz “maxt ǎt its creditcard”. V cors a ćanslr c’nt d evrʈñ! Let’s līv asd ɖ macro-ic̣nomic qsćnz v hǎ h cd, v cors, boro mor wɖ a Banc v Ñgḷnd qontittiv-īzñ program ɖt invsts in evrʈñ ɖt wd dlivr grīn groʈ. Bt wɖn hiz slf-impozd limits, ɖ ćôsz h md r obsin, az wr Ozbōrn’z. Fūdbancs r fludd wɖ faṃliz in nīd fr ɖ frst tîm; cortpṛsidñz t ivict tennts in Ñgḷnd dy t rent dfōlt r p bî 43%; n ɖ maṇjñd’rectr v Îsḷnd sz fūdbanc yzrz r trnñ dǎn rw fūd sins ɖe hv no muni t pe fr ɖ eṇji t cc it.

Ɖ ćanslr’z ǒn Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti spelt ǎt t him wɖ brūtl oṇsti hǎ mć wrs ʈñz wl gt ɖs yir. Bt stl ɖ purist fifʈ v hǎsholdz r set t rsiv jst £120, wɖ ɖ rićist poc̣tñ £480.

Hiz dsrepytbl prîoṛti z t staś most caś in a priilex́n wor ćst – swītnrz n brîbz t win anɖr trm ɖt wd agn rword ɖ havz n noc bac ɖ hv-nots. Hvr, mbi ɖt’s nt gwñ tù wel ɖs tîm jujñ bî ɖ rspons fṛm ɖ yẓ́li sic̣fantic Tori pres. Īvn ɖ Xpres fruntpej on Ʈrzde splaśt, “Ɖ fgotn miłnz se: ẃt abt s?”, pṛtstñ at les ɖn nʈñ fr ɖ old, huz stetpnśnz wl incris bî onli 3.1% dspt infleśn pridictd t rīć 8%, ol ẃl fesñ sōrñ eṇji n fūd bílz. Ɖt’s od, bcz ɖ Tōriz rlî abṣlutli on ɖ pnśnrvot. No dǎt ɖ’l gt ɖer buñ in ilex́nyir – bt wl ɖe b tù dsgruntld bî ɖen?

Ɖ Teḷgraf blasts, “Ɖ bigist fōl in livñstanddz on record” n īvn ɖ Meil struglz t fînd poẓtivz, its fruntpej dmandñ, “Nǎ slaś taxz īvn frɖr” – angri ɖt Sŭnac disrispctd its campen t “spîc ɖ hîc” in naśnl inśuṛns. It dz fînd a nrs hu sz ɖ incmtax rdux́n, ẃć dz’nt cic in untl 2024, z “briłnt”. Ś sz, “It’s a gd sîn n śd impruv ʈñz.” Ś me b wrcñ tù hard cīpñ ɖ NHS gwñ t spend mć tîm on ɖ smōl print, or ś’d si hr pe fōlñ wel bhnd prîsz, wɖ eni rîz ś gts tecn fṛm hr locl NHS fundñ, huz valy, az wɖ ol public srṿsz, wl olso dclîn in ɖs infleṣ́nri yir.

Ɖ ppćl puzl z ẃ so mni vot fr ɖs parti ɖt cnsistntli dz ɖm dǎn n rwordz ɖ wlʈịr? I cd le ǎt ɖ yźl list v rīznz faund in poulñ n foc̣s grūps: it’s nt onli ɖ icoṇmi, stypid. Ɖ Tōriz cīp tugñ on ɖ Brexit rop, a petrịtizm̦īm, wɖ Jonsn dsgustñli cmperñ Britn’z “frīdm” fṛm ɖ YY wɖ Ycreńnz fîtñ fr ɖer cuntri – Sŭnac tugd at ɖ wor in a dsonist plô in hiz spīć yesṭde.

Hvr, ɖs śemfl, śemlis minibujit me marc anɖr stepñston alñ ɖ we t trnñ ǎt ɖz rogz, hu ɖz dez bérli pritnd t d mor fr ɖ cuntri ɖn trî t clñ t ofis, vayñ fr fyćr līdrśp īvn az ɖe snc in ɖ poulz. Lebr z śipśep, ilectbl n ahd. Ɖ Tōriz wl hv dvîdd n śiprect ɖ cuntri fr loñ inuf bî 2024, ẃn ɖ muni Sŭnac dsgresḟli wɖholdz fṛm yṇvrsl credit n public srṿsz me nt bai inuf vots.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist.

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Fṛm Đ Gardịn: First food banks, now bedding banks: in my time in politics, this is the worst poverty I’ve seen

Lisa Hamilton-North packing bedding at the Big Hoose project, Lochgelly, Fife. Photograph: GMP/The Big Hoose Project
Līsa Hamiltn-Norʈ pacñ bedñ at ɖ Big Hūs project, Loh Geli, Fîf. Foṭgraf: GMP/Ɖ Big Hūs Project

Frst fūdbancs, nǎ bedñbancs: in mî tîm in poḷtics, ɖs z ɖ wrst poṿti I’v sìn

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 1 Marć 2022)

Ɖr r faṃliz hu cn onli trn on ɖer hītñ fr tū aurz a de n yz torćz at nît rɖr ɖn spendñ on ilectric lît

Gordon Brown

Gordn Brǎn, Tyzde, 1 Marć 2022

“Bedñbancs” r abt t tec ɖer ples alñsd fūdbancs, bebibancs n ćildṛn’z cloɖz bancs az ɖ ny fes v ćaṛti. Peṛnts unebl t aford ɖer hītñbilz r nǎ trnñ t blancits, śīts, duvecuvrz n slīpñbagz fr ɖer ćildṛn az ɖer ćīpist aveḷbl pṛtx́n agnst ɖ cold wintrnîts. Ol bcz, no matr hǎ prūdntli ɖe bujit, faṃliz d nt hv ɖ caś t fīd ɖer prīpemnt gas n ilectric mītrz – it z an 18ʈ snć̣ri ansr dspt ɖr biyñ a 21st snć̣ri s’lūśn.

In ol mî tîm in poḷtics I hv nvr witnist so mć poṿti n hardśp. In Circōldi n Cǎdnbīʈ, ɖ cnstitẏnsi I grù p in n reprizntd fr 32 yirz n ẃr I am petṛn v ɖ locl faṃli sntr, ɖr r mor ćildṛn ɖn evr gwñ t scūl il-clad n hungri; despṛt muɖrz fōlñ intu ɖ handz v lounśarcs; n mntl-hlʈ probḷmz esc̣letñ wɖ litl NHS pṛviźn t cǒp.

A fy wīcs ago hundṛdz v añśs muɖrz kd p ǎtsd ɖer locl Coops aftr ɖ faṃlisntr staf rezd fundz t ad a £50 credit t ɖer gas n ilectriṣti prīpemntcardz.

Ɖs z poṿti at its dminñ n dgredñ wrst. Īvn bfr ɖ Epril eṇjiprîs rîzz, I am hírñ storiz I ʈt I wd nvr hír in 2022: v ćildṛn obsesivli ćecñ ɖ ilectriṣtimītr ẃn ɖe wec p in ɖ bitr cold; v faṃliz hu cn onli trn on ɖer hītñ fr tū aurz a de n yz torćz at nît rɖr ɖn spendñ on ilectric lît; n v muɖrz unebl t hîd ɖer tirz ẃn ɖe canot pṛvîd ɖer ćildṛn wɖ îɖr wintrcloɖz n śuz or besic wormʈ.

Sadli ɖ welférstet seftinet hz bn torn apart. A fy wīcs ago a locl ćaṛti faund ʈri ćildṛn slīpñ on ɖ flor undr jst wn blancit. Fūdbancs r nǎ hlpñ a strīm v muɖrz unebl t aford ccrz t gv ɖer ćildṛn hot fūd īvn wns a wīc. Ɖe r amñ ɖ nirli 4 miłn faṃliz hu r olrdi bhnd wɖ ɖer bilz. Last wīc, bcz v hlp fṛm Aṃzn, ɖ Coop n Scotmid, ɖ Circōldi faṃli sntr wz ebl t aqîr hundṛdz v bedñ îtmz bt nǎ, az ɖe run ǎt agn ẃl ɖ nīd cntinyz t rîz, it hz snt ǎt d’rect apilz t istabliśt bedñ n bedñ-gdz cumṗniz fr eni srpḷs blancits n bedñ.

In 1993, jrñ a prīvịs ic̣nomic crîsis, ɖ ɖen guvnmnt rezd VAT n naśnl inśuṛns dspt ol proṃsz nt t d so n miłnz v ppl peid ɖ prîs az faṃlipoṿti śot p. In ɖ osteṛtiyirz, beṇfits wr cut – frst aftr 2010 n ɖen mor saṿjli aftr 2015. Bt nʈñ in rīsnt yirz cmperz t ẃt’s ahd az simlteńsli fūdcosts rîz 5%, n gas n ilectriṣti prîsz incris az mć az 50%, wɖ beṇfits subjict t onli a 3.1% rîz īvn az infleśn hedz t 7% n ɖ naśnl inśuṛns hîc costs ɖ tipicl faṃli abt £20 a munʈ.

So wɖ onli fîv wīcs t g bfr ɖ bigist hit t livñ standdz fr decedz, it’s tîm t cōl a hōlt t ɖ ic̣nomic madnis v alawñ, at wn n ɖ sem tîm, tax rîzz, fūdprîs hîcs, esc̣letñ hītñbilz n riyl-trmz beṇfit cuts – ɖ qodṛpl ẃami ɖt wl tip olrdi hard-prest faṃliz ovr ɖ éj. It’s tîm fr ministrz t wec p t ɖ pen olrdi biyñ flt in plesz ɖe r unlîcli t evr vizit, n t ɖ suḟrñ v ppl ɖe me nvr si; fr no guvnmnt cn jusṭfî ɖ frɖr depṛveśn biyñ impozd on miłnz v its sitiznz.

Lufbra Yṇvrṣti’z minimm-incm-standd project, léd bî Doṇld Hirsch, hz wrct ǎt ẃt faṃliz nīd az a beslîn incm, drw̃ on rsrć intu ẃt ɖ jenṛl public cnsidrz “isnśl” xpndćrz. Last yir a cupl wɖ tū ćildṛn, ejd ʈri n sevn, nīdd £482 a wīc aftr peyñ rent, caunsltax n ćîldcer. Infleśn, Hirsch tlz m, hz olrdi pśt ɖs p bî 6% t £511. Yt cm Epril, beṇfits fr a faṃli lîc ɖs wl rîz bî onli £8 a wīc – mīnñ ɖe wd hv onli £274 a wīc in aveḷbl incm wns ɖ contṛbyśn t caunsltax z peid. Ɖe hv olrdi lost ɖ £20 uplift in yṇvrsl credit ɖt wz cruwli rmuvd last Octobr n, wɖ ɖer incm nǎ bérli cuṿrñ haf (54%) ẃt ɖe nīd, ɖe r mć wrs of ɖn last yir.

Ɖs z ẃ, t enśur ɖer ćildṛn hv fūd n uɖr isnślz, peṛnts ofn g wɖt nseṣtiz ɖmslvz. Acordñ t ɖ minimm-incm standd, ɖ fl cost v fūd, gas, ilectriṣti, wōtr n hom inśuṛns fr ǎr faṃli v for z £153 a wīc, līvñ onli £4.30 a de p’ prsn t cuvr evrʈñ els – fṛm cloɖz, mobîlz n lōndri t bedñ, tôḷtrolz n uɖr sanitri gdz.

Ẃn asct, Boris Jonsn rfyzd t ansr f h cd liv on yṇvrsl credit. N no wundr: ɖ wīcli prsnl alawns fr cuplz ovr 18 wd totl £121 fṛm Epril, onli a £3.60 rîz; n ɖ sngl prsn’z ret fr ɖoz ovr 25 wl b £77 – jst a £2.30 rîz ɖt wl nvr cuvr ɖ rîzñ fūdprîsz n record hītñbilz, īvn aftr ɖ £200 loun hǎsholdz wl hv t pe bac ovr ɖ nxt fîv yirz. Hǎ cn a sngl wmn, lcñ fr wrc, mc endz mīt ẃn ɖ mobîl fon, brōdband n busférz ɖt ś nīdz fr jobhuntñ cd ć cost abt £10 a wīc n ẃn, lîc ʈǎzndz, ś hz t cntribyt twdz hr caunsltax n rent n rpe a loun? Eni ʈt v cloɖz or īvn lōndri or tôḷtriz z ǎt, n ɖ onli we £77 cn cuvr hr bilz z bî cutñ bac on mīlz n wormʈ. Ɖs z ẃ, īvn bfr its ic̣nomic stetmnt on 23 Marć, ministrz mst – az ɖ Ćîldpoṿti-Ax́n Grūp n uɖrz hv cnsistntli dmandd – rvrs ɖ £1,000 a yir cut in yṇvrsl credit n d mor t hlp wɖ hītñ n beṇfits az wel az psponñ ɖ naśnl-inśuṛns rîz.

It z ofn sd ɖt tru līdrśp z līdñ bî xampl. Ol v s wl fōl śort, n Partiget z an ispeṣ́li śemfl n penfl episod ɖt hz dstrest miłnz hu md ɖ sacṛfîsz ɖt ɖer līdrz wr nt priperd t mc ɖmslvz. Poṿtiget, ɖo, plúmz ny depʈs: līdrz r nwñli impozñ hardśp ɖe wl nt xpirịns ɖmslvz on ɖoz olrdi tù pur t pṛtct ɖer faṃliz. N unlîc Partiget, poṿti dz nt end, bt gz on de aftr de, hartbrecñ n cruwl īvn bynd osteṛti. No guvnmnt śd b alaud t gt awe wɖ it.

• Gordn Brǎn z ɖ Wrld Hlʈ Orġnîześn ambasdr fr globl hlʈ fînansñ, n wz YC prîm̦inistr fṛm 2007 t 2010

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