Do you really need to be told Esther McVey was lying about Tories and benefit cuts?

Esther McVey: She doesn’t look very healthy herself.

It’s ridiculous, isn’t it?

Esther McVey used her Conservative Party Conference speech – her first as Work and Pensions Secretary – to peddle a ridiculous, thoroughly-debunked lie that her party had not cut benefits.

She said reports of that nature were “fake news”, in an outburst worthy of Donald Trump.

Her claim was that the Tories have increased spending to £50bn a year – £9bn more than in 2010 when the Tories (and Liberal Democrats) took over from Labour.

In fact, they spent £39bn on disability, incapacity and industrial injury benefits in 2017-18. Ms McVey’s £50bn claim includes other benefits and says nothing about how individual people’s entitlements have changed due to Tory alterations to the benefit system.

We can do better, though. For example, the Liverpool Echo states that “most working-age benefits are frozen for four years from 2016/17 to 2019/20 – a cut to families’ real income. The government’s own 2015 Budget said this would cut £4billion a year from the benefits bill.

“Meanwhile, new benefit Universal Credit is widely agreed to be less generous than it was designed to be thanks to cuts by ex-Chancellor George Osborne.

“Its founder, Tory Iain Duncan Smith, said £2billion more must be put in to restore it – while the National Audit Office has cast doubt on its claim to “make work pay”.

“Tories have axed housing benefit for under-22s, only to U-turn and ditch the policy. They’ve introduced a £20,000 cap on household benefits.

“And hundreds of thousands of previous claimants have been denied disability benefits under the new Personal Independence Payment.”

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  1. trev October 2, 2018 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    McVey is a compulsive liar.

  2. jg October 2, 2018 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    i looked out of my window and what did i see a big pink flying pig, well ester if your so cock confident come on and meet me, just me and you, what i do is give you a free load of cases and then you can polish your nails what will i be doing looking at whether there is enough evidence to put you and ids behind bars in the pretty room where you belong

  3. david October 3, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

    I think she may be including Maximus’ £24m profits alongside Capita’s and ATOS’ I’m sure that bumps the bill up especially if you count their overinflated pay at HCP & board level.

  4. nmac064 October 3, 2018 at 8:02 am - Reply

    They don’t even bother to attempt to hide their lies, corruption and fraud any more.

    • Rik October 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      I was thinking the same.. it’s as if they’re “The Untouchables”

      … And now seems as if the CAB
      have been paid off just like Sue Marsh was..

  5. Mr David Anthony Penson October 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    The Very fact that this empty headed Joke of an individual can become a Government Minister, shows me just how low public discourse has sunk in this country and what’s worse she now believes her own lies . David Penson Bracknell.

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