The Tories lied: More cuts to sickness and disability benefits are on the way

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb appears before a Parliamentary committee.

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb appears before a Parliamentary committee.

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.

Source: Further disability benefit cuts on the way, new DWP secretary Stephen Crabb signals | UK Politics | News | The Independent


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17 thoughts on “The Tories lied: More cuts to sickness and disability benefits are on the way

  1. NMac

    Just when you think these corrupt, cheating, fraudulent cretins can’t sink any lower they prove you wrong.

  2. Brian

    While there are undoubtedly “fewer left to resist” The disabled community and other interested parties should not become despondent. Those that have been victims of this system, including those ‘processed’ out of it, need to redouble their effort to establish justice. God knows, it’s easy to give when you feel beaten, but even if it’s based on hate or revenge, beat Crabb at his own game and back every effort to expose these criminals. After all, while Crabb’ crowd will employ “smart strategies” so can his victims. A single life saved is worth the effort.

  3. Nicholas

    Bloody tory bastard I am disabled through no fault of my own and this is yet another parasite that needs a bullet between the eyes ?

  4. Bookworm

    I would hope that all disability charities
    absolutely refuse to have anything to do with any more cuts and instead focus on fighting for the rights of the people they say they represent.

  5. Bill Kruse

    Really, who cares what he thinks? He and every MP in the country are soon going to be overwhelmed, their offices rendered unable to function, by the bombardment of complaints and desperate plees for help from UC users. Let him yap if it makes him feel big and important, empty yapping is all it is.

  6. davidmortimermiltonkeynes

    This Tory Governments inhumane benefit policies seem to be at odds with international laws which are there to keep people out of poverty & when the Government applied the spare room subsidy retrospectively (bedroom tax) it breached the Human Rights of all those effected by that policy who could form a UK class action lawsuit & sue the Government by adjoining cases.

  7. Dora Rose

    I wonder if you would be interested in the following two articles from the disability news service. They aren’t about cuts, but incompetence at the DWP and its suppliers. This information needs a wider audience. Sorry to get in touch this way but there doesn’t seem to be any other way.

  8. Alfred tatlock

    Never ever believe what a politician says. Hypocrites the lot of them, they take whatever they want, maybe hiding the way they do it.

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