Tories only tell you what to spend if you’re poor – Jayne Linney

Mark Harper the Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions was on Radio4 Today this morning, talking about Cameron’s promise to protect pensions; in his discussion he stated “we can’t tell people how to spend their money“, writes Jayne Linney.

Where then does this leave the vow from IDS that he is “testing prepaid cards, onto which we will make benefit payments, so that the money they receive is spent on the needs of the family”? ‘Given the total contrast between Ministers statements, who can we believe, Harper’s – we trust the public or Ids – the poorest must be told where to shop and what to buy’?

What do you think? Read the rest on Jayne’s blog site.

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5 thoughts on “Tories only tell you what to spend if you’re poor – Jayne Linney

  1. Mr.Angry

    They leave me totally lost for words, just dont know what to say, only the devils work in the making I pray for IDS’s comeuppance.

  2. NMac

    Wouldn’t believe a word of what any of them say. Cameron is a proven liar as is his dishonest henchman Duncan Smith.

  3. Thomas

    Tories are like a spider that will happily feed on flies or moths but leave wasps and hornets well alone.

  4. Chris

    The Tories have put a Lib Dem Mr Steve Webb in front of them as Pensons Minister to be the face of the biggest con in UK history of the flat rate pension coming 2016, to those retiring from next year.

    PENSIONERS RETIRING 2016 – NIL STATE PENSION

    These are older than the men and women denied state pension payout at 60 til 66 from 2013 til 2019-2020 for women, and 1 year and rising for men turned 65.

    THE PUBLIC DO NOT KNOW ABOUT ANY PENSION REFORMS – HOWEVER FAR BACK

    The cashing in of private / works pensions will be yet another mis-selling, as bad as the op out of the State Earnings Related Pension Scheme from 6 April 1978, that continued into contracting out of what SERPs became in 2002 of the State Second Pension in 2002.

    All the complex conditionality next year will give a different rate for individuals for decades to come, according to the Department of Work and Pensions themselves.

    It is the right wing press that is showing all the losses of pensions, because their readers do not depend solely on the state pension for food and fuel money in old age.

    THE AGE GROUP 60-64 – THE LOST GREY VOTERS

    Many benefits end after 64.

    There are 1 million people aged 60-64 on some kind of welfare (source DWP).

    There are 1 million people sanctioned off benefit, that includes people as old as 66, and new Universal Credit rules affects pay out of state pension to a man aged 73.

    WHAT DOES LABOUR OFFER THE PENSIONERS AND NEW PENSIONERS
    AGED 60-66 – 73?

    Recall that Gandhi observed, that People’s Politics Are Their Daily Bread.

    There is a petition on the state pension going to be presented to parliament in
    mid March.

    I await with interest what Mr Miliband and Mr Balls say formally in parliament on the debate on state pensions.

    THE HUNGRY AND COLD POOR PENSIONERS

    Because the grey vote includes the 2.6 million poor pensioners already far below the breadline on just the state pension (Maggie Thatcher I believe took away the link of the annual rises of the state pension to average wages?).

    The flat rate pension abolishes the top up to someone turning 80 in 2016 on a part state pension, called a Category D pension.

    Pension credit savings goes, and guarantee credit becomes far more conditionally complex to current pensioners as well as the new claimants from 2016.

    NEW PENSIONERS FACE THE END OF THE STATE PENSION

    We face new pensioners with nil state pension for life from the Pension Bill 2014.

    The 530,000 women who were denied state pension from 2013, will include women who will have no other pension provision in life and now face nil state pension for life.

    A HUNG PARLIAMENT COULD BE A SHORT LIVED ONE?

    If this problem is not addressed then this lowest voter turnout in UK history that will bring another hung parliament and another coalition, may indeed fall within 6 months or at least after April 2016 when the flat rate pension is shown for the con it is.

    SIGN AGAINST NIL STATE PENSION FOR LIFE COMING IN 2016
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

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