Cost of living crisis

May 2024 Forums General discussion Cost of living crisis

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  • #240534
    Bijou Drains
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    Looks like there’s a chance of another Union victory to add to the settlement by the Firebrigade’s Union. The UCU have paused action on the University Industrial Action for the next two weeks, following talks with ACAS.

    The UCU have said there is progess on restoring pension benefits whilst securing a reduction in employer payments

    The USS trustees have stated “The latest information provided by the USS Trustee suggests that the forthcoming 2023 valuation is likely to reveal a high probability of being able to improve benefits and reduce contributions. Should this be confirmed, this would allow for a return to a comparable level of future benefits as existed before the April 2022 changes, as well as achieve a
    reduction in costs for members and employers.”

    As well as that the employers are talking to their members of ending the process of non-voluntary zero hours contracts and it also looks like there is progress on an improved pay offer.

    The UCU left (the SWP in a cunning disguise) have been squawking about leadership betrays. The current gen sec was elected on the UCU Left ticket and there solution to the succession of leadership betrayals is, that’s right, you guessed it, better leaders!!!

    #240550

    The current Gen Sec wasn’t elected on a UCU Left (aka SWP) ticket. Their candidate came third in the election. She is ‘left leaning’, yes, but she’s also a bit more of a realist than the SWP squawkers, for whom strike action, whatever the outcome, is a victory in itself.

    #240560
    Bijou Drains
    Participant

    Apologies, she was elected on to the UCU Pensions Committee originally and that was on the UCU Left slate.

    Calling all Conference Delegates in pre-92… USS National Dispute Committee election

    #240577
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    A ballot of more than 45,000 junior doctors closes on Monday, with results expected to be announced later in the day.

    The BMA has warned the government that if its junior doctors’ ballot succeeds, there will be a 72-hour full walkout next month, with action across all NHS services, including emergency care.

    #240675
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Junior Doctors – Return More than three-quarters with 98% voting in favour of action.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-64653488

    Now expected to take part in a 72-hour walkout, possibly as early as mid-March.

    #240858
    alanjjohnstone
    Keymaster

    Junior doctors in England will strike on 13, 14 and 15 March, the British Medical Association has announced.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-64758661

    The three-day strike, starting and finishing at 07:00, will see junior doctors walk out of both routine and emergency care. But by law they they can only withdraw from life-and-limb emergency care if the NHS has found other staff to cover for them.

    The term “junior doctors” covers everyone who has just graduated from medical school through to those with many years’ experience on the front line. Overall, they account for more than 40% of the medical workforce.

    #240862
    Lizzie45
    Participant

    Just received the Alternative Fuels Payment of £200 which is in addition to the monthly discount of £67 payable under the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

    https://www.gov.uk/get-help-energy-bills/alternative-fuels

    #240863
    Ozymandias
    Participant

    Just received the Alternative Fuels Payment of £200 which is in addition to the monthly discount of £67 payable under the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

    https://www.gov.uk/get-help-energy-bills/alternative-fuels

    Just received the Alternative Fuels Payment of £200 which is in addition to the monthly discount of £67 payable under the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

    https://www.gov.uk/get-help-energy-bills/alternative-fuels

    And that makes you happy? Dear God.

    #240881
    Lizzie45
    Participant

    And that makes you happy?

    Too damn right, particularly if those government handouts help to pay other bills, such as my recent flight to Austria and now my car insurance renewal premium. Only a dumbfuck wouldn’t be.

    Dear God.

    I thought you little band of brothers were materialists!

    Plonkers, more like!

    #240889
    chelmsford
    Participant

    You got back from Austria in one piece then. Glad of that. Reports over here said there was no snow. Bags of apres-ski minus the sking then, you old rogue you.

    #241483
    Lizzie45
    Participant

    The Chancellor is expected to extend the Energy Price Guarantee at current levels for a further three months, according to the BBC.

    Typical household energy bills were scheduled to rise to £3,000 a year from April, but calls have been made for the government to retain its current level of support with the cap at £2,500.

    The level of help is now expected to be maintained, but energy firms have been asked to prepare for both scenarios.

    The Treasury declined to comment.

    At the moment, the government is limiting the typical household bill to £2,500 a year, plus a £400 winter discount.

    From 1 April the help is scheduled to be scaled back, and the £400 discount will come to an end, which could push people’s bills up despite the weather getting warmer.

    Fuel poverty campaigners have said the number of households struggling to afford bills could rise from 6.7 million to 8.4 million as a result of the April rise.

    However, industry sources told the BBC that some energy companies have already started amending future bills to reflect that energy help will continue at or very near to current levels beyond 1 April.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-64830701

    #241553
    james19
    Participant

    No Tory money tree….£4bn for the 1%

    #241554
    chelmsford
    Participant

    But is it prudent helping people like your good self who use the dough to go swanning off to Austria drinking schnapps and belting out traditional Austrian folk songs ‘Tie me Kangeroo down sport’ and ‘My boomerang wont come back’.
    It’s folk like you Lee Anderson has in mind when blathering on about the undeserving poor.

    #241715
    Lizzie45
    Participant

    More good news on the cost of living front. My energy bill for the month ending 22 March 2023 would have come to a staggering £307.72 had it not been for government handouts which some of you would rather hand back.

    After taking into account the Energy Price Guarantee and the monthly Energy Bills support scheme together with what was left over from the Alternative Fuels Payment of £200 paid last month, my current bill has been reduced to £57.30!

    Whoopee!!

    #241720
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I don’t think anyone here has suggested that people shouldn’t accept the government handouts. Our view is yes, grab them but don’t jump for joy and say “thank you” like you do. The government is only handing back a little of what the capitalist class stole from the working class in the first place.

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