The determination of Conservative Government ministers to hurt UK citizens is breathtaking – literally, in the case of the many who have died as a result of Tory policies.
Having been put off cutting tax credits and raiding Universal Credit, Osborne is now said to be considering another attack on Housing Benefit. He just won’t give up, will he?
Meanwhile, Iain Duncan Smith’s supporters are claiming the latest climbdown means the Gentleman Ranker’s position is secure. The secretary-in-a-state over work and pensions had threatened to resign if Osborne had gone through with his plan to increase the Universal Credit ‘taper’ rate.
And there’s nothing more disgusting than smug Tories celebrating.
Mark these words: Whatever happens, ordinary people will suffer because that is what Tories enjoy.
George Osborne is said to be plotting cuts to target housing benefit to pay for his climb down on tax credits.
The Chancellor is desperately looking for welfare cuts elsewhere after being forced to rethink the £4.4billion cuts to working tax credits .
Allies of Iain Duncan Smith claim they have seen off an attempt by the Treasury to raid the universal credit to cover the cost.
The Work and Pensions Secretary had indicated he would resign if Mr Osborne targeted his flagship universal credit scheme.
The Chancellor is said to have backed off from the plan which would have seen the amount of each pound claimants could earn on top of their benefits cut from 35p to 25p – a taper rate of 75p.
He is now reported to be planning deeper cuts to housing benefit to pay for his £12billion welfare cuts.
Allies of Mr Duncan Smith claimed he had “won the day.”
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