The claim that cutting £30 per week from Employment and Support Allowance will encourage claimants to return to work completely misinterprets the meaning of the benefit and the reason people claim it.
It also attempts to treat a symptom, rather than what causes people to claim ESA.
They claim it because they are ill, cannot go to work, and cannot afford to live without it.
Cutting the amount available won’t stop that being true; it will simply make it even harder for claimants to survive than it is already.
Now – this is very important:
The Tories know this.
They know cutting the amount of benefit won’t encourage anybody to sign off, because they know their underlying assumption – that fit people are signing on because they can’t, or won’t, look for work – is wrong.
They don’t care.
They just want to take money away from poor people. They are perverted that way.
Arch-pervert David Freud as good as said so in the debate, when he stated that ESA needed ‘reform’ because only one per cent of claimants in the work-related activity group moved off-benefit every month.
He tried to hide what the government wanted to do by saying the £55 million (per year) saving would be offset by £60 million invested in helping disabled people find work, but here’s the catch:
The disabled would not receive any of the £60 million.
It would go to private contractors working for the Conservative Government.
Once again, we see the Tory plan – to take from the poor and give to their friends.
The government has been defeated in the Lords over plans to cut the benefits of people with illness and disabilities.
Ministers want to cut Employment Support Allowance by £30 a week to spur some new claimants to return to work.
But Labour, Lib Dem and independent peers joined forces to block the move, arguing it would make it harder for those affected to pay for the support that might allow them to find work.
The government may try to overturn it at a later date in the Commons.
Ministers lost the vote on an amendment to the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by 283 votes to 198, a majority of 85.
The vote was welcomed by disability campaigners, who say there is “deep unease” about the cuts to ESA and other benefits.
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