The glaring omission in columnist’s plea to new DWP chief

The test of Theresa May's government will be whether it delivers social justice or just talks about it. The power is in Damian Green's hands, according to the Mirror.

The test of Theresa May’s government will be whether it delivers social justice or just talks about it. The power is in Damian Green’s hands, according to the Mirror.

Ros Wynne-Jones of the Daily Mirror has done excellent work highlighting the injustices wreaked on the poor people of the UK by an uncaring Conservative (and before that, Conservative-led) government – so This Writer tends to believe the omission was unintentional.

It is this, as fellow campaigner for the rights of people with sickness and disabilities, Samuel Miller, tweeted:

“Ros Wynne-Jones’ open letter to Damian Green fails to request the rescinding of next year’s ESA (WRAG) cuts, which threatens the lives of half a million sick and disabled people.”

Well, Mr Green? How about it? After all, you don’t have to work towards a budget surplus by 2020 any more.

You could end the poverty crisis in this country, dramatically reducing the numbers of families going to food banks and choosing between heating and eating.

You could genuinely support disabled and unemployed people back into work. You could end the brutal tyranny of the sanctions regime, and get benefits paid on time so that people don’t waste months of their lives in hunger, poverty and despair.

You could change the path of reforms on Universal Credit to make them fair and humane. You could stop the cruel madness of the bedroom tax and cuts to Employment Support Allowance. You could end the monstrously immoral current scenario where more money goes to the fat-cat private companies running DWP contracts to take money off poor and disabled people than the amount of savings to the benefit bill. You could stop the pointless waste of life – and loss of life – caused by poor fit-for-work decisions.

Source: Dear Damian Green: A plea to the man Theresa May has put in charge of welfare – Ros Wynne Jones – Mirror Online


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5 thoughts on “The glaring omission in columnist’s plea to new DWP chief

  1. John

    Mike, judging by todays PMQs (and other stuff), I think you’d have to be incredibly naive if you think for a second, that this government is going to be better than the last.

  2. Tim

    And the good news is: Universal Credit’s completion date has slipped yet again to 2022, meaning that the cuts pencilled in by Osborne Tax Credit-wise won’t rob many thousands of families of thousands of pounds as quickly as expected.

    What is Labour’s current position on Universal Credit?

    Has it got one?

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        Supports the principle but accepts that in practise it is rubbish.
        If Labour had won in 2015, Universal Credit would have been reviewed – but who knows what that actually meant?

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