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Are you ready for Christmas?

It’s the common question at this time of year; we ask each other if we have secured gifts and/or cards for those who mean the most to us.

And it is a time to let bygones be bygones – to let go of enmities that may have built up during the year.

One body that won’t be observing the spirit of the season is the Conservative government.

I’ve already reported how the Tories have scrapped the Christmas bonus of £10 for benefit claimants – it was never part of Universal Credit; the intention was always to take it away.

But that’s not the only example of Tory meanness we’re seeing in the run-up to Christmas – and the sick and disabled get the brunt of it. Consider:

A benefit assessor visited a grandmother with cancer and said she was “not in enough pain” to receive any payments.

Universal Credit has hit so hard that some claimants are turning to prostitution, while others are eating out of bins.

Food banks like the facility at Euston are preparing for a busy Christmas.

Record success rates at disability benefit appeals are showing the cruel assessment system is unfit for purpose.

A Sussex mother has launched a High Court battle against the government over Universal Credit – saying it left her unable to pay the rent or feed her children.

Millions of people face a miserable Christmas because of the Tories’ hated Universal Credit.

These stories come from just the last few days. Who knows what further tortures may be visited on the poor, sick and vulnerable over the next few?

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