It may be a classic video game but it seems clear the comparison was intended as a vulgar insult – what is the space that ESA claimants are supposed to be invading, anyway?
More disturbing is the tweet by Justin Tomlinson, the minister for people with disabilities, stating: “Definitely right to help sick and disabled into work, but this not presented in best way.”
For what seems like the hundredth time: It is not right to “help” (read “force”) the sick and disabled into work that they are too sick or disabled to carry out.
This is exactly why the Commons vote to cut ESA-WRAG payments by £30 per week is not valid – because Tory MPs thought they were cutting payments for people who are able to work, rather than people who are defined – by their doctors and the government itself – as people who absolutely cannot.
We deserve the facts about this matter – not some wishy-washy niceties from a DWP flunky. Let’s see Cameron answer a question about this on Wednesday.
A Tory minister ordered a Jobcentre to take down a ‘dehumanising’ Space Invaders poster which appeared to target disability benefit claimants.
The huge poster, hung on the wall of a staff office depicts the classic arcade game, with alien enemies being picked off one-by-one by a spaceship, under the heading “Yardley ESA Challenge”.
Disability minister Justin Tomlinson said the poster would be taken down as it’s not “presented in the best way.”
The Department for Work and Pensions today insisted the department do not set targets for getting people off Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
But they were unable to explain what the poster was supposed to represent, or what the ‘Yardley ESA Challenge’ was.
A picture of the poster was tweeted by Labour MP Jess Phillips after it was sent to her by a constituent who took it in her local Job Centre in Yardley, Birmingham.
Mrs Phillips said: “There is a feeling amongst the disabled that they are being dehumanised. Unfortunately this picture proves their point.”