Based On These 30 Facts, We Need a Vote of No Confidence in Theresa May’s Government
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This petition is calling for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May’s Government in the UK House of Parliament based on these 30 damning facts and figures about the current state our country is in. From these figures, it is clear that our government fails our country on many accounts.
In our country hit hard by government austerity, these figures show the devastating impact government cuts and policies has had on areas including:
- Poverty & Homelessness
- Our Public Services
- The Economy
- People with Disabilities
Moreover, facts here show the sheer inability of this current government to want to, or be able to, tackle these issues. They show how a new government is needed as soon as possible to stop the decay of our beloved country.
We need change NOW.
The Facts & Figures
1) Britain is now the slowest growing country in terms of economic growth out of the whole of Europe and all of the G7 countries (ONS, 2017).
2) Britain was the fastest growing country out of the G7 countries in 2014, yet is not predicted to be the slowest growing country out of them by 2018 (OECD, 2017).
3) In 2014 it was reported British workers are suffering the worst decline in real wages on record (Evening Standard, 2014). Since then there has been no real changes, with wages showing no signs of recovering soon since the recession. Wages in 2022 are set to be over £20 a week LOWER than they were in 2007 (Resolution Foundation, 2017).
The Truth About Unemployment
4) The Office for National Statistics in 2017 has shown that the real unemployment rate is 14.5%, THREE TIMES what Theresa May’s government would like you to think. This new figure is because it includes inactive workers who want jobs, and people stuck in part-time jobs who want full-time work (ONS, 2017).
Failure of Austerity
5) Theresa May’s government carries on with austerity despite these figures on our failing economy, and despite economists from the International Monetary Fund warning austerity policies do more harm than good, as rising inequality is bad for growth (IMF, 2016).
6) Austerity is literally KILLING PEOPLE, with the British Medical Journal reporting that cuts to the NHS and social care has caused over 120,000 needless deaths since 2010 (British Medical Journal, 2017).
Poverty Is On The Rise
7) Almost 400,000 more UK children and 300,000 more pensioners have been plunged into poverty in the past four years, the first rise in poverty for two decades. This means 16% of pensioners and 30% of children now live in poverty (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2017)
Homelessness Is On The Rise
8) More than 300,000 people, or 1 in every 200, Britons are now homeless or living in temporary housing or B&Bs (Shelter, 2017)
9) Since 2010, there has been a 134% rise in rough sleeping (National Audit Office, 2017).
10) One in five young people in the UK have sofa-surfed in the past year and almost half of them have done so for more than a month (YouGov and ComRes, 2017)
The Police Are In Crisis as Crime Levels Are Rising
11) England and Wales are suffering rising crime levels – a 13% increase this year in all police-recorded offences with the rate even higher for violent offences (Office for National Statistics, 2017).
12) Despite this, the funding for the police Is steadily falling – the police will have £700 million less to spend by 2020 (Emergency Services Watchdog, 2017).
13) Police numbers are also falling, suffering a cut of staff by 2%, losing 3000 extra police officers by 2020 (Guardian, 2017)
NHS in Crisis
14) Nearly 1 in 10 NHS posts are now unfilled, with a 12.2% vacancy rate for Nurses (Independent, 2017).
15) There are also 100,000 GP vacancies (INews, 2017).
16) One in seven patients taken to hospital by ambulance faced a delay of at least 30 minutes in the back of an ambulance before being handed over to A&E (NHS England, 2017).
17) Jeremy Hunt, our Health Secretary, co-wrote a book calling for the NHS to be replaced with private insurance and how to dismantle it (Independent, 2016).
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Rising Numbers Not Getting Support with Mental Health
18) One in four people with severe mental health problems are unable to find the help they need from community mental health services due to cuts, with this figure a rise from one in five in 2014 (Care Quality Commission, 2017).
Schools in Crisis
19) Schools have seen their budgets fall by £2.7bn since 2015 (Labour, 2017).
20) England has one of the largest gaps in education between high and low performing pupils across the developed world (Education Policy Institute & UCL’s Institute of Education, 2017).
21) 130 schools in the UK since 2005 have all failed to ever improve and record a ‘good’ inspection (Chief Inspector of Schools, 2017).
22) Almost a third of teachers quit the state sector within five years of qualifying (Nick Gibb, Schools Minister, 2016)
Social Mobility is Getting Worse
23) The Social Mobility Commission in 2016 reported that “for this generation of young people in particular, it [social mobility] is getting worse not better.” One example given is there is still a clear link between income and academic achievement. (Social Mobility Commission 2016).
24) Theresa May has not made any changes based on this report. With all four members of the Social Mobility Commission quitting in protest in December 2017 in protest at the lack of progress towards a ‘fairer Britain” (BBC News, 2017).
The Government Has Been Violating The Rights of Disabled People
25) The UN’s Committee on the Rights of Disabled People have stated that certain policies and government welfare cuts has caused a “human catastrophe” for disabled people in the UK, meaning the UK has failed to ensure the UN convention on Disabled Peoples’ Rights (CRPD, 2017).
26) One example of this, is 2,390 disabled people died in just over 2 years between the period of December 2011 and February 2014 being declared ‘fit for work’ and having their ESA allowance stopped, equating to 90 people a month (Department for Work and Pensions, 2014).
27) British rail passengers spend six times more on train fares than European counterparts (Independent, 2017), with the cost of a monthly season ticket 14% of their UK salary (Action for Rail)
Failure To Address the HIV&AIDs Epidemic Here and Abroad
28) HIV infections around the world remain stubbornly high, yet the government has cut millions of pounds worth of funding for the HIV/AIDs epidemic, does not have any current strategy for tackling the epidemic, and no DFID minister or civil servant has attended either the 2014 or 2016 International AIDs conferences (STOPAIDs, 2017).
29) Tax avoidance has cost the UK economy more than £12.8 billion in five years since 2010 (Labour, 2017).
30) Theresa May has a clear conflict of interest in wanting to tackle the problem, as Theresa May’s husband is a senior executive at a $1.4tn investment fund that profits from tax avoiding companies (Independent, 2016).
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