That’s right; after announcing that the government had “no further plans” for benefit cuts in March, Stephen Crabb is going back on his word.
He says “welfare reform” (whatever a Tory thinks that is) shouldn’t come to an end, just because the government has put in place measures that should cut the benefit bill by £12 billion.
If he meant a responsible government should continue to explore changes in approach that would enable fit people without jobs to find gainful employment, support the permanently-ill so they enjoy a high standard of living, and help the temporarily-ill in the best ways possible, This Writer would applaud.
But he doesn’t mean that.
He means he wants to cut funding to the vulnerable and make it more likely they will die, the same as Iain Duncan Smith always meant.
I know some people reading this will feel overwhelmingly weary at the mere thought of having to go through the struggles of the last six years, all over again.
This is a war of attrition; the Tories have already killed off a great many sick and disabled people and hidden the facts, in the opinion of This Writer. That means there are fewer left to resist what may clearly be seen as a genocide.
That’s why fighting these cuts is so vital. Stephen Crabb must not be allowed to think his murderous plan (whatever it is) will be easy to enact.
So let’s get back to the business of blocking him.
A good start would be supporting the suspension of Tory MPs suspected of election expenses fraud…
Further cuts to disability and sickness benefits are in the pipeline, the Work and Pensions Secretary has signalled.
Stephen Crabb said he wanted to go further than the £12 billion welfare cuts set out in the Conservative manifesto and “re-frame discussion” around disability welfare reform.
The surprise announcement comes just under two months since Mr Crabb said the Government had “no further plans” for welfare cuts.
“The measures that have either already been legislated for or announced get us to the £12 billion [welfare cuts planned in the Conservative manifesto],” he said.
“Does that mean welfare reform comes to an end? I would say no. I’ve already pointed to what I see as one of the big challenges of welfare reform – and that’s around work and health.”
Mr Crabb told MPs on Work and Pensions Select Committee that he would deploy “smart strategies” for cutting expenditure on disability and sickness benefits and would hopefully be able to secure the support of disability charities.
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