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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/22/coalition-plans-child-poverty

■ Reducing the typical energy bill by around £50 and extending the warm home discount – currently worth £135 a year and available only to older claimants.

Already exists: http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/consumer_e/consumer_energy_and_water_supply_e/consumer_energy_supply_e/consumer_help_if_youre_older_disabled_or_on_a_low_income_e/extra_help_with_energy_if_youre_vulnerable_or_on_a_low_income_.htm

All the big energy companies offer a scheme to help low income people.

Low income households have to apply by end of January to get cash back.

■ Reducing water costs by capping bills for low-income families who are on a water meter and have three or more children.

Already exists Watersure

■ Reducing food costs through healthy start vouchers for young children and an extension of free school meals.

Already exists - don't kids get free school dinners if they're under 7?

Other measures include the expansion of free school transport, building more affordable houses, promoting credit unions and introducing a cap on payday lending.

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/wales/consumer_w/travel_leisure_and_food_e/consumer_transport_e/consumer_public_transport_e/consumer_concessionary_fares_public_transport/concessionary_fares_for_younger_passengers_ew.htm

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I don't think politicians have much interest in the poor! :blink:

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More? There aren't any, and it's just mentioned as a filler. Is this not the problem and why people cannot afford the other bills?

The problem is it depends on your definition of affordable, the politicians definition of affordable is totally out of sync with the publics.

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The coalition to help the poor is massively outgunned by the coalition to help the rich. You would think that the ongoing spectacle of one regime after another falling to popular revolts might wake these morons up- but no.

Income inequality is at highest level since the 1930s, says report

The growing gulf between Britain's top and bottom earners is exposed in a report tomorrow, which shows that there are now 26,000 Britons taking home more in a month than those on average salaries earn in a year.

The study from the High Pay Centre, a think tank set up in the wake of an inquiry into escalating executive pay, will be published on Monday. It says the nation has returned to levels of income inequality last seen in the 1930s, with the share of the national income going to the top 1 per cent more than doubling since 1979, to 14.5 per cent.

These 26,000 top-earning Britons, who have salaries of more than half a million pounds a year, receive at least £21,500 a month after tax – more than the average annual wage of £20,500. At the other end of the spectrum, there are 6.75 million workers earning less than £800 a month.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/income-inequality-is-at-highest-level-since-the-1930s-says-report-8518073.html

So- in the light of this lets all go after poor people because...well, they're poor and they smell- and not only that, they're poor.

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http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/22/coalition-plans-child-poverty

■ Reducing the typical energy bill by around £50 and extending the warm home discount – currently worth £135 a year and available only to older claimants.

Already exists: http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england/consumer_e/consumer_energy_and_water_supply_e/consumer_energy_supply_e/consumer_help_if_youre_older_disabled_or_on_a_low_income_e/extra_help_with_energy_if_youre_vulnerable_or_on_a_low_income_.htm

All the big energy companies offer a scheme to help low income people.

Low income households have to apply by end of January to get cash back.

■ Reducing water costs by capping bills for low-income families who are on a water meter and have three or more children.

Already exists Watersure

■ Reducing food costs through healthy start vouchers for young children and an extension of free school meals.

Already exists - don't kids get free school dinners if they're under 7?

Other measures include the expansion of free school transport, building more affordable houses, promoting credit unions and introducing a cap on payday lending.

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/wales/consumer_w/travel_leisure_and_food_e/consumer_transport_e/consumer_public_transport_e/consumer_concessionary_fares_public_transport/concessionary_fares_for_younger_passengers_ew.htm

As usual they just announce things that already exist in soem form or that they have already announced but never introduced. They delicately forget that the cost of living/renting/eating or buying anywhere is rising and has cost most people a lot of more per month. Energy bills have just about doubled in 5 yrs. I was paying about £90pm duel fuel in 2009, now £170pm. I won't qualify for any of the sops mentioned in this article. Not voting for Tory or LibDem OR labour who set us up for a deeper mess than we ever needed or deserved.

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