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A report from today's Guardian that dovetails into several other news stories / articles in this section. ... 09#p356500

Falling unemployment is great for the economy? Try telling cleaners like Irene ... an article by Stefan Baskerville.

The latest employment figures may look healthy. But they mask stories of hardship, fear and exploitation in an insecure, unregulated jobs market color]

Worth reading if only to see the parrellels with other articles ... the real impact felt at grass root level and the Government's response ... through their Ministry of Propaganda spokesperson ?

Numerous comments , one in particluar stands out :

There is something inherently wrong with a society in which people can be working full time but still need benefits..

One does not need 1,000 words or a degree to say exactly the same ?

Smoke and .... mirrors ... the British way.
Another article on a recent Government announcement which , when first tested , falls at the very first fence.

Grenfell Tower .... ... y-grenfell

Ministers 'refusing to pay for fire safety measures' after Grenfell.

Councils accuse government of washing its hands of problem after earlier promising that money would be no object.

Councils have said the government is failing to release funds to improve the fire safety of dozens of tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower disaster despite promising that a lack of financial resources should not stand in the way of essential works.

Ministers have said building owners are responsible for funding safety measures, but town hall leaders complain that they are “washing their hands of their responsibilities” and are being “dismissive”, four months after the blaze at the Kensington tower block, which claimed about 80 lives.

The government has said it will consider help “where works are essential”, but has so far resisted bids for support to retrofit sprinklers in towers despite the London fire brigade (LFB) saying this must happen.

The Conservative-run Westminster council is understood to be the latest town hall to have had a request for financial assistance pushed back by ministers. It is removing cladding from six high-rise towers and wants to install sprinklers across other tall council blocks at an estimated cost of £20m.

The housing minister, Alok Sharma, has already declined Nottingham city council’s request for help to install sprinklers inside flats and communal areas in 13 towers at a cost of £6.2m. Sharma told the council: “The fire safety measures you outline are additional rather than essential.”

He has told the London borough of Croydon, which wants to spend £10m on retrofitting sprinklers to 25 tall residential blocks: “It is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure that people are safe.”

Wandsworth wants to spend up to £30m on sprinklers in 100 towers but has been told: “Support will not include general improvement and enhancements to buildings.” All the councils said they had been advised to carry out works by their local fire brigades.

The tension over who should foot the fire safety bill follows a pledge in July by the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, that any lack of financial resources would not prevent necessary works going ahead. However, the government appears determined not to fund or allow additional borrowing for any improvements that go beyond essential safety works. The necessity of sprinklers is proving a key faultline.
Adam Hug, leader of the Labour opposition at Westminster city council, said he had seen correspondence with the government detailing the council’s request for financial aid or better flexibility on borrowing.

“Both were being asked for,” he said. “They were told: only in exceptional circumstances. Yet again it will be council tenants and people who desperately need new homes who are left to pay the price of this Tory government washing their hands of their responsibilities.

Punch and Judy show ?

As children , we found those amusing.

As adults , the political version is NOT ... for some , as we have all seen , maybe the difference between living and dying ?