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BRITAIN`S INNER -CITY PROSPERITY IS HIDING SEVERE CHILD POVERTY AND MALNUTRITION , WARNS SENIOR CATHOLIC BISHOP

GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE  `PAYING THE PRICE` FOR AUSTERITY , SAYS CHILDREN`S  COMMISSIONER

CHILDREN GROWING UP IN POVERTY ARE GOING TO SCHOOL HUNGRY EACH DAY ,STRUGGLING TO CONCENTRATE AND FALLING BEHIND IN THEIR LESSONS ,ONE OF BRITAIN`S LEADING CHURCHMEN HAS CLAIMED .

THE PROBLEM IS BEING MASKED BY A `VENEER OF PROSPERITY ` IN REDEVELOPED CITY CENTRES WITH MANY YOUNG PUPILS AND THEIR FAMILIES ASHAMED OF THE STIGMA OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH TO EAT ,HE ADDED .

THE  RT REV MALCOLM MCMAHON ,THE BISHOP OF NOTTINGHAM ,WHO WAS APPOINTED THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHBISHOP BY POPE FRANCIS LAST WEEK ,IS ALSO CHAIRMAN OF THE CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE ,WHICH OVERSEES ONE IN 10 SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND AND WALES ATTENDED BY NEARLY 840,000 PUPILS . HE SAID TEACHERS OBSERVED DEPRIVATION BLIGHTING YOUNG LIVES ON A DAILY BASIS .”THERE IS A POVERTY WHICH WE WITNESS EVERYDAY IN OUR SCHOOLS ” HE SAID .

HIS COMMENTS WERE ECHOED BY THE CHILDRENS COMMISSIONER FOR FOR ENGLAND ,MAGGIE ATKINSON ,WHO IN A SEPERATE INTERVIEW WARNED YOUNG PEOPLE WERE BEING HIT HARDEST BY THE GOVERNMENTS AUSTERITY PROGRAMME .

“THE POOREST FAMILIES ,AND THEREFORE THEIR CHILDREN ,ARE PAYING THE PRICE NOW” WE DID IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS ON THE WELFARE BILL .FAMILIES, PARENTS WITH CHILDREN ,ESPECIALLY WHERE THERE WAS ALREADY ECONOMIC PRESSURE ON THE HOUSEHOLDS ,WOULD BE ILL-SERVED BY THE WELFARE REFORMS “, SHE TOLD TOTAL POLITICS MAGAZINE .

POVERTY BY NUMBERS …………………………..

3.5 M CHILDREN IN THE UK ARE LIVING IN POVERTY WITH THE FIGURE AS HIGH AS SEVEN IN 10 LIVING IN THE MOST DEPRIVED  WARDS .

1 IN SEVEN CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY : 820,000 SCHOOLCHILDREN SKIP BREAKFAST .

8.4 WEEKS LEARNING TIME LOST BY CHILDREN WHO GO TO SCHOOL HUNGRY .

126,889 CHILDREN WERE USING FOODBANKS IN 2013 .

36 PER CENT THE PROPORTION OF PUPILS ENTITLED TO FREE SCHOOL MEALS WHO ACHIEVE 5 GCSE `S AT C OR ABOVE ,INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS .

WITH THANKS TO THE INDEPENDENT i  ON SATURDAY NEWSPAPER AND REPORTER JONATHON  BROWN FOR THE ABOVE EXTRACTS . ISSUE : SATURDAY 29TH MARCH 2014 .

MINISTRY OF WHAT ?

CHRIS GRAYLING IS LORD CHANCELLOR AND SECRETARY OF STATE FOR JUSTICE (BUT NOT A LAWYER )

HE WANTS TO CLOSE DOWN AT LEAST 1,200 FIRMS OF HIGH STREET SOLICITORS

PREVENT LEGAL AID DEFENDANTS FROM CHOOSING THEIR LAWYER

AND PROVIDE A DISGRACED SECURITY FIRM AND A TRUCKING COMPANY

WITH INCENTIVES TO PERSUADE DEFENDANTS TO PLEAD GUILTY

DOES THAT SOUND LIKE  `LEGAL AID `TO YOU ?

IN THE NAME OF AUSTERITY , BID FAREWELL TO JUSTICE .

SIGN THE PETITION . SAVE UK JUSTICE .

WITH THANKS TO POMPEY CHIMES  PARISH NEWS DECEMBER 2013/JANUARY2014 FOR THE FOLLOWING  REPORT .

WELFARE REFORM IS PLUNGING PEOPLE INTO DEBT AND LEAVING DESPARATE PEOPLE WALKING MILES FOR FOOD ,OUR DIOCESAN SYNOD HEARD .

A DEBATE ON THE IMPACT OF FINANCIAL AUSTERITY AND CHANGES IN BENEFITS -AND HOW CREDIT UNIONS COULD HELP THOSE STUCK IN DEBT -HEARD FROM EXPERTS WHO WORK WITH DISADVANTAGED PEOPLE IN THE DIOCESE .

THE FOUR SPEAKERS INCLUDED CAROLE DAMPER ,CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE ROBERTS CENTRE WHICH HELPS FAMILIES IN PORTSMOUTH .SHE  SHARED STATISTICS ,INCLUDING THE FACT THAT PEOPLE LIVING IN THE POOREST AREA OF PORTSMOUTH DIE ON AVERAGE 11 YEARS YOUNGER THAN THOSE IN THE RICHEST AREA OF THE CITY ,AND THAT ONE IN FIVE OF THE CITY`S OLDER PEOPLE LIVE IN POVERTY .

SHE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THE SO CALLED `BEDROOM TAX`,WHICH PENALISES THOSE FOUND TO BE UNDER OCCUPYING THEIR HOMES .

SOME FAMILIES HAD BEEN PLUNGED INTO DEBT FOR THE FIRST TIME ,AND COULD DO NOTHING ABOUT THEIR UNDER -OCCUPANCY AS SMALLER HOMES WEREN`T  AVAILABLE .

AND SHE SAID THAT WHILE FOODBANKS WERE HELPFUL ,PEOPLE JUST BECAME DEPENDENT ON SHORT-TERM HANDOUTS RATHER THAN FINDING A LONG TERM SOLUTION .

NICKY YUERN FROM THE YOU TRUST, WHICH WORKS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ,THE HOMELESS AND PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DIFFICULTIES ,SAID THAT THEY HAD SEEN 11,000 PEOPLE IN 2012 -13 .THIRTY PER CENT OF ENQUIRIES WERE ABOUT  CHANGES IN WELFARE BENEFITS ,MANY WERE DESPERATE .

SOME ARE CONCIDERED FIT FOR WORK DESPITE BEING IN THE FINAL STAGES OF CANCER, SOME HAVEN`T EATEN FOR DAYS ,AND SOME PEOPLE ARE SECTIONED ON THE PREMISES .

SHE WARNED THAT COUNCILS WHICH WANTED TO HELP ,BUT HAD NO RESOURCES TO DO SO ,WOULD RELY INCREASINGLY ON VOLUNTARY GROUPS SUCH AS OUR  GOOD NEIGHBOURS SUPPORT SERVICE.

SAM WILKES -HOLMES OPERATIONS MANAGER AT HAMPSHIRE CREDIT UNION ,EXPLAINED THAT THE CHANGE TO THE UNIVERSAL CREDIT SYSTEM ,AND THE PAYING OF HOUSING COSTS TO A TENANT RATHER THAN A LANDLORD ,MEAN THAT SOMEONE WHO PREVIOUSLY RECIEVED £70 A WEEK IN EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT ALLOWANCE ,MIGHT NOW GET £1,200 A MONTH AND BE EXPECTED TO BUDGET THAT AMOUNT .

HE TOLD THE SYNOD ABOUT THE C U RIGHT LOANS, WHICH WOULD HELP THE CREDIT UNION OFFER INSTANT ,LOWER COST LOANS TO THOSE WHO WOULD BE OTHERWISE TEMPTED TO TRY PAYDAY LOAN COMPANYS .

AND CANON ANTHONY MACROW-WOOD, WHO IS ORGANISING A NEW CHURCHES`MUTUAL CREDIT UNION ,EXPLAINED HOW CHURCHES COULD HELP EXISTING CREDIT UNIONS .HE SAID THAT CHURCH LEADERS SHOULD ASK CREDIT UNIONS WHAT SUPPORT THEY WOULD LIKE.

SOME MIGHT NEED STRATEGIC HELP ,SOME MIGHT WANT WORSHIPPERS TO SAVE WITH THEM OR BORROW FROM THEM ,AND SOME CHURCHES MIGHT BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE TO BECOME SERVICE POINTS FOR CREDIT UNION MEMBERS.

THE CHURCHES` MUTUAL CREDIT UNION WILL START TRADING IN OCTOBER 2014 AND MIGHT PROVIDE A NEW MODEL FOR FUNDING MISSION .

INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE DIOCESE IS DOING TO HELP CREDIT UNIONS AND SOME HELPFUL WEBSITES ON THESE ISSUES ,CAN BE FOUND AT www.portsmouth .anglican .org/creditunions

WITH THANKS TO : THE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER  DECEMBER 22ND 2013

CHARITIES CONDEMN IAIN DUNCAN SMITH FOR FOOD BANK SNUB . BY TOBY HELM POLITICAL EDITOR .

IAIN DUNCAN SMITH ,THE EMBATTLED WORK AND PENSIONS SECRETARY ,IS REFUSING TO MEET WITH LEADERS OF THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING CHRISTIAN CHARITY THAT HAS SET UP MORE THAN 400 FOOD BANKS ACROSS THE UK ,CLAIMING IT IS “SCAREMONGERING ” AND HAS A POLITICAL AGENDA .

THE NEWS WILL FUEL THE GROWING ROW OVER FOOD POVERTY ,AS CHURCH LEADERS AND THE LABOUR PARTY ACCUSE MINISTERS OF FAILING TO RECOGNISE THE GROWING CRISIS HITTING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES WHOSE INCOMES ARE BEING SQUEEZED ,WHILE FOOD PRICES  SOAR .

RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR A MEETING FROM CHRIS MOULD ,CHAIRMAN OF THE TRUSSELL TRUST ,WHICH HAS PROVIDED FOOD SUPPLIES TO MORE THAN 500,000  PEOPLE SINCE APRIL ,DUNCAN SMITH HAS DISMISSED CLAIMS THAT THE PROBLEMS ARE LINKED TO WELFARE REFORMS AND ATTACKED THE CHARITY FOR PUBLICITY -SEEKING .IN HIS MOST RECENT RESPONSE ON 22ND NOVEMBER DUNCAN SMITH MADE IT CLEAR THAT HE HAD RECIEVED ENOUGH LETTERS FROM THE TRUST AND REFERRED  MOULD TO HIS PREVIOUS ANSWERS . HIS DEPUTY ,LORD FREUD ,THE MINISTER FOR WELFARE REFORM ,ALSO EXPLICITLY REJECTED AN INVITATION FOR TALKS ON 30 AUGUST ,TELLING THE TRUST`S  CHAIRPERSON THAT HE WAS “UNABLE TO TAKE UP YOUR OFFER OF A MEETING ”

LAST NIGHT MOULD ,WHOSE ORGANISATION IS STRUGGLING TO KEEP UP WITH EVER INCREASING DEMAND FOR ITS SERVICES ,SAID THAT HE AND HIS ARMY OF OF VOLUNTEERS COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY MINISTERS WERE REFUSING TO LISTEN TO THEIR SUGGESTIONS FOR EASING THE PLIGHT OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN DESPERATE NEED .

“TO THEM ,IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE .IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE TO ME EITHER .WE ARE DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED ,BUT WE ARE AS OPEN AS EVER TO MEET MINISTERS IN THE HOPE THAT PERHAPS THE NEW YEAR WILL BRING A FRESH APPROACH TO WHAT COULD SO EASILY HAVE BEEN A FRUITFUL DIALOGUE ” MOULD ALSO TOLD DUNCAN SMITH HE IS NOT OPPOSED ,FOR POLITICAL REASONS ,TO WELFARE REFORM .

IN 2010 ,THE TRUSSELL TRUST PROVIDED FOOD TO AROUND 41,000 PEOPLE , BUT IN THE PAST EIGHT MONTHS THE NUMBER HAS INCREASED TO MORE THAN HALF A MILLION ,A THIRD OF WHOM ARE CHILDREN . MOULD FIRST WROTE TO DUNCAN SMITH IN JUNE, SAYING THAT MANY OF THE PROBLEMS PEOPLE WERE FACING COULD BE TRACKED BACK TO CHANGES IN THEIR BENEFITS AND TO DELAYS IN THE PAYMENT OF THEM .

TO CONTINUE THIS REPORT GO TO THE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER 22ND DECEMBER 2013 .

 THE SUSSEX DOWSERS /AFFLILIATED TO THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF DOWSERS   .MEETINGS START AT 2PM DOORS OPEN 1-40 PM . INDOOR MEETINGS HELD AT THE BASIL SHIPPAM CENTRE ,TOZER WAY ,ST PANCRAS ,CHICHESTER ,WEST SUSSEX PO19 7LG . £5-00 NON MEMBERS £3-50 MEMBERS

CONTACT : SANDRA MCKENSIE 01329 234398 OR SANDYDOWSER @GMAIL .COM

SUNDAY THE 8TH OF DECEMBER  2013 : THE MYSTERY OF THE BOSNIA PYRAMIDS WITH NIGEL GRACE

THE RECENT DISCOVERY OF ANCIENT PYRAMIDS AND UNDERGROUND LABYRINTHS IN BOSNIA REVEALS PROFOUND TECHNOLOGIES FROM OUR ANCESTORS .THESE ARE THE FIRST PYRAMIDS TO BE FOUND IN EUROPE AND ARE ONE OF THE GREATEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERIES OF THE CENTURY .

NIGEL GRACE HAS BEEN WORKING AND RESEARCHING THERE SINCE 2011 AND WILL DISCUSS WITH US HIS LATEST FINDINGS IN THE PHYSICAL ,ENERGETIC AND SPIRITUAL DIMENSIONS .RECENTLY, NIGEL HAS BEEN STUDYING THE PHENOMENA OF LIGHT AS DISCRIBED BY BREAKTHROUGH THEORIES OF MODERN PHYSICS AND BY DIFFERENT SCHOOLS OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND MYSTICISM .

NIGEL HAS WORKED WITH DR DEEPAK CHOPRA TO ESTABLISH HEALTH CENTRES OF AYURVEDA IN ENGLAND .HE HAS ALSO STUDIED WITH WESTERN MYSTICS AND PHILOSOPHERS .

ALL WELCOME

“I`VE LOST MY SURE START CHILDRENS CENTRE .”

SURE START CHILDREN`S CENTRES PROVIDE YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES WITH VITAL SUPPORT .SINCE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT CAME TO OFFICE IN 2010 HUNDREDS OF SURE START CHILDREN`S CENTRES HAVE BEEN CLOSED .

“I`M WORRIED I`LL LOSE MY SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT .”

THE COALITION GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CHANGE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN) PROVISION FUNDING WILL NO LONGER BE `RING FENCED ` FOR USE ONLY ON PUPILS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS .SCHOOLS MAY USE IT FOR OTHER PURPOSES .

“I VE LOST MY TEACHER BECAUSE OF THE CUTS “

BETWEEN 2000 AND 2010 THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS INCREASED BY OVER 32,000 .SINCE 2010 ,AS A RESULT OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT `S CUTS, THE NUMBER OF TEACHERS HAS ALREADY FALLEN BY OVER 10,000

“I`VE HAD MY ART, MUSIC , RE AND DRAMA LESSONS CUT “.

 IN 2010 THE COALITION GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED THE INTRODUCTION OF AN ENGLISH BACCALAUREATE (EBacc) THIS FOCUSES ON A NARROW RANGE OF SUBJECTS . ONLY EBacc SUBJECTS COUNT TOWARDS SCHOOL PERFORMANCE TABLES .AS A RESULT ,THE TIMETABLED TIME FOR NON-EBacc SUBJECTS SUCH AS ART, MUSIC, PE, RE, DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY ,PSHE, AND DRAMA IS BEING CUT.

“I NO LONGER HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TAUGHT BY A QUALIFIED TEACHER .”

SHORTLY AFTER COMING INTO OFFICE IN 2010 ,THE COALITION GOVERNMENT REMOVED THE REQUIREMENT FOR ACADEMIES AND FREE SCHOOLS TO APPOINT ONLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS . IN JULY 2012 ,THE COALITION GOVERNMENT REMOVED THIS REQUIREMENT FOR ALL SCHOOLS .

“I`VE LOST THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT I NEED TO STAY ON IN EDUCATION .”

THE EDUCATION MAINTENANCE ALLOWANCE (EMA) WAS INTRODUCED IN 2004 TO GIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 16-19 WHOSE FAMILIES HAVE LOW INCOMES .THE COALITION GOVERNMENT ABOLISHED THE EMA ,LEAVING THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE WITHOUT VITAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO REMAIN IN EDUCATION.

“I CAN`T FIND A JOB BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENTS ECONOMIC POLICY .”

SINCE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT TOOK OFFICE YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT HAS RISEN TO OVER A MILLION .HIGH LEVELS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE SERIOUS SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS AND WILL LEAD TO A LOST GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE .

“I CAN`T  AFFORD TO GO TO UNIVERSITY BECAUSE OF INCREASED TUITION FEES”.

BEFORE 2010 THERE WAS A CAP OF £3,000 ON UNIVERSITY FEES . SINCE 2010 THE COALITION GOVERNMENT HAS RAISED THE CAP TO £9,000 PER YEAR . A THREE YEAR DEGREE NOW COSTS AN AVERAGE OF £27,000 FOR THE TUITION FEES .

“I`M  WORRIED THAT MY CHILDHOOD WILL BE SPENT IN POVERTY .”

THE INSTITUTE FOR FISCAL STUDIES (IFS ) ORIGINALLY ESTIMATED THAT 400,000 MORE CHILDREN WOULD BE FORCED INTO POVERTY BETWEEN 2010 AND 2015 ,AS A RESULT OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT`S SOCIAL POLICIES .THE ESTIMATE IS NOW THAT OVER 200,000 MORE CHILDREN WILL BE PLUNGED INTO POVERTY OVER THE NEXT THREE YEARS ,WITH OVER ONE MILLION CHILDREN IN POVERTY BY 2020 ,AS A RESULT OF COALITION GOVERNMENT POLICIES .

THERE IS A DIRECT LINK BETWEEN POVERTY AND LOW EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT .BECAUSE OF THE COALITION GOVERNMENT`S AUSTERITY MEASURES ,THE LIFE CHANCES OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ARE BEING SEVERELY DAMAGED.

EXCERPTS TAKEN FROM THE BOOKLET  : GOVERNMENT  EDUCATION POLICY  :THE IMPACT ON CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE . NASUWT THE TEACHERS UNION  . WEBSITE : WWW.NASUWT .ORG .UK  TELEPHONE : 0121 453 6150  E-MAIL : NASUWT @MAIL NASUWT .ORG. UK

THE BRITISH SOCIETY OF DOWSERS WAS FORMED IN 1933 ,IS THE LEADING ORGANISATION IN THE UK FOR DOWSERS , AND EXISTS  TO ENCOURAGE THE STUDY AND ENHANCE THE KNOWLEDGE OF DOWSING IN ALL ITS FORMS AMONGST MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC .

YOU THE DO NOT HAVE TO BE A DOWSER TO JOIN US .WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS AND ARE KEEN TO HELP YOU DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS .DOWSERS ARE FRIENDLY PEOPLE WHO ARE DELIGHTED TO SHARE THEIR  KNOWLEDGE

OUR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS INCLUDE : ARCHAEOLOGY , HEALTH ,EARTH ENERGIES , WATER AND SITE DOWSING …………………….ANYONE CAN BECOME A DOWSER ,WITH GOOD TUITION AND PRACTICE .

SEE OUR WEBSITE : WWW.BRITISHDOWSERS.ORG  OR  E-MAIL US : INFO@BRITISHDOWSERS.ORG

THE SUSSEX DOWSERS AUTUMN PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS STARTS SUNDAY THE 13TH OF OCTOBER

IMPROVE  THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE : SPEAKER SANDY MCKENZIE 

THE HIGHLIGHT SPEAKER AT THE AMERICAN DOWSING CONVENTION IN 2013 WAS FREDERICO  MARINCOLA FROM ITALY WHO TAUGHT A CLASS ON THE BUSBY METHOD OF CHARGING PEBBLES BY USING DOWSING . CHARGED PEBBLES CAN BE USED TO HELP ELIMINATE PAIN ,RELIEVE CHRONIC CONDITIONS , RELEASE EMOTIONAL TENSIONS .AND TO CONNECT TO A FAVOURITE SITE . BRING YOUR PENDULUM AND SOME PEBBLES .

MEETINGS START AT 2PM . DOORS OPEN 1-40PM

INDOOR MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE BASSIL SHIPPAM CENTRE ,TOZER WAY , ST PANCRAS ,CHICHESTER WEST SUSSEX . £5 NON MEMBERS ,£3-50 MEMBERS .REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE ,AND DOWSING PRACTICE IS AFTER TEA . ALL WELCOME .

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