Cracks are appearing at the very top of Government. Yesterday’s Guardian has reported that Iain Duncan Smith, has been warned by his own advisers that a vital element of his flagship bill to simplify the benefits system is “unworkable and unfair”.
I have collated a string of such media examples proving that campaigners against the welfare reforms are beginning to force our message up the media agenda, which demonstrates the Government is in chaos over Welfare Reform. It has overrun its budget by £100million, delayed by 9 months, and the business case cannot be proven because ministers have refused a freedom of information request.
The worst thing we can do now is to relax. The Welfare Reform bill is an invention of this government cloaked behind a promise to simplify the benefit system by pooling all work related benefits under a new Universal Credit. The repulsive string attached though is a benefit Cap which the government says ensures no one can get more on benefits than at work, thereby, supposedly encouraging being at work instead on benefits. All this strikes a chord with some who are conned by a scrounger mentality.
However at the same time this Government’s extreme austerity policies have made it impossible for the economy to produce the jobs needed to go around to the number of people affected by the bill. To add insult to injury, the Cap targets the Housing element of the benefit, forcing tenants, mainly in the more ‘affluent’ parts of our cities and in the private rented sector, to choose between buying food, or paying the rent instead. This is a repulsive policy hiding a more sinister plan of social cleansing as it targets people with low incomes or those out of work, people who would normally have a tendency to vote for more left leaning political parties.
I urge you now more than ever, if you haven’t already, to please sign my e-petition against the reform. When you have signed it please forward this message to all your contact list, and ask them to do the same. Within this multiple email chain, if we can persuade just 5 people to sign the petition, we could reach the magic 100,000 signatures within 8 months, which is what we need to force a debate in Parliament.
Remember, all e-signatures must be confirmed by clicking on a link in the email you will be sent automatically when you first sign.
Please help make it happen.