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Religious Tory Councillor hits out at Disabled

Fiona Robson is a Conservative Councillor for Stanwix Urban Ward in Cumbria. You may expect someone who was a former ‘learning assistant’ at the Church of England, Trinity school in Carlisle to be a fairly compassionate person who might understand the hardship that the most vulnerable in society have to go through. 

However on Sunday 5th March Ms Robson decided that instead of getting behind the weekend NHS protesters in their call to save the most loved of public services, perhaps around the world, she would instead use the moment to berate the disabled. She posted the following tweet and it went viral; 

Clearly all disabled who can’t get up early every day, go to work on public transport, do 8 to 10 hour work days and actually hold down a job must stay at home, out of sight of the public and have no life whatsoever, but just like the disability assessments with the DWP if you can raise your hand above your shirt pocket… you must be fit for work. Anything less and you’re a scrounger.. because you know that’s exactly what this Tory Councillor is thinking. 

How dare the unemployed disabled be using a couple of hours of their time to protest. Whatever next?! 

The responses on Twitter came thick and fast. 

Ms Robson did make her apology, 

The film she was referring to was I, Daniel Blake the film depicting the hardship many on benefits can face.

However that wasn’t enough to stop the backlash; 

We wondered if Ms Robson held a Facebook profile and didn’t expect to find any public postings but what we found in some ways confounded the image Ms Robson has now created for herself. 

She had multiple religious postings including a trip to see the Turin Shroud, one of the most visited religious artifacts in the world. Some of her posts give the impression that she is extremely caring, but as we have found in the past, being religious does certainly not make you a caring person. 

We’re not sure her Twitter posting will give any comfort to the disabled or unemployed.

But it was perhaps this public Facebook posting that raised some serious questions. 

Not the only pro Donald TRUMP posting, this shared petition calls for Antifa to be declared a terror organisation. Whilst Antifa does have some questionable tactics and sometimes a questionable moral compass they are, above and beyond anything else, exactly what their title describes. Anti Fascist. To support such a petition does, wether intended or not, give the impression that you’re for fascism. 

If that alone doesn’t give you an impression behind her thinking she certainly has a nationalistic tendency flowing through some of her posts.

She is proud to display her meetings with some famous people including David Cameron and this well known man; 

Perhaps most pertinent to this story however is this shot believed to be taken at the 2016 Conservative Conference.

This is the full sign in the background 

Not ‘everyone’ though, hey Fiona? 

Perhaps the rest of us though should take this advice that one of her posts gave. 

Yes Fiona, and you’re the garbage, so we’ll stop listening now and with some luck so will the locals in her ward.

Vulnerable stung by Tory wage laws and Care Firm price hikes

One of the largest care firms in the South East has stung its clients to pay for a staff wage increase. 

The wage increase though comes in place of a removed bonus. 

SCC Agency Ltd, which trades under the name South Coast Care and has recently failed a Care Quality Commission inspection had been giving its staff a 50p bonus on top of each hour worked at the end of each month but only for hours worked between Monday’s and Friday’s and dependent entirely on if a member of staff had any sick days.

South Coast Care though has moved to stop the end of month bonus and replace it with a 50p an hour wage increment in an effort to comply with the Conservatives new minimum wage laws but to pay for this wage increment they have attacked the most vulnerable by increasing their charges to the clients.

 

David Cameron delivering his speech at the Conservative Conference
 
South Coast Care is to increase its charges to clients, private and through Social Services, by 50p and hour. The exact same amount the staff wages are to be increased. 

 

South Coast Care website front page logo
 
The clients will pay the 50p an hour extra every day of the week but it’s staff will only see their wages increase by 50p an hour Monday to Friday, the same as when it was called a bonus. 

At a time when the most vulnerable in society are being hit by government cuts to benefits and government departments are also being hit by cuts which will be impacted again by these increases it strikes a raw note and will only have a negative affect on clients that already struggle to pay their care costs or on departments that are already facing restricted budgets.

The move appears to almost exclusively be in an effort to comply with the new wage legislation and is perhaps further proof that whilst the Tories are trying to increase wages, unscrupulous companies will only pass these increases on to the public, many of whom are already struggling. 

Workers in the care industry will testify to the working conditions in some care companies from high staff turnover, to low wages, to zero hours contracts or irregular  working hours. With this move by South Coast Care it will likely take away incentive for workers to work harder which is what the Conservatives recently talked about at their Conference and it will mean that they have to face clients that will feel the pinch even more.