Posts under ‘Benefits’

Labour HQ censors 91-year old veteran’s reference to welfare cuts and austerity

by Jon Lansman.

Yesterday, I received an email appearing to come from Andy Burnham about what I’m sure he did describe as “one of the most moving speeches I’ve ever heard“. It deserved strong praise — that’s why we featured 91-year old Harry Leslie Smith’s demand for David Cameron to “keep his mitts off my NHS” on Left Futures last week. It received […]

Iain Duncan Smith and the race to the bottom

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Here we go again. In the topsy turvy Tory world of our beloved Department for Work and Pensions secretary, joblessness is not caused by a lack of jobs but instead “cultures of worklessness“. To his mind, there are millions living it up on the taxpayer dollar – skivers being kept in e-cigs, iPads and Jeremy Kyle appearances. They do […]

Next DWP scam coming: lose your job, wait 5 weeks before any benefit paid

by Michael Meacher.

It is being kept under close wraps by this Tory government that under Universal Credit people who lose their jobs will be made to wait 5 weeks before they get any benefit payment.    Very few people realise this – a poll found this latest ‘welfare reform’ deeply unpopular, with almost 4 to 1 opposed. […]

Detoxifying the Liberal Democrats

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

What are we to make of the LibDem’s about-turn on the bedroom tax? Whole-hearted penance or are more cynical motives at work? I’m sure readers won’t be shocked if the truth lies closer to the latter pole than the former, but it begs the question. With up to two-thirds of the Parliamentary party looking to have an […]

The mentally ill are neglected in the NHS, but tormented by the DWP

by Michael Meacher.

As happens in all authoritarian organisations, the truth is so dreadful that it begins to seep out through leaks, secret briefings, off-the-record briefings that turn out to be recorded, and by other risky but well-intentioned means. It has long happened in the case of disabled resisters determined to fight back against grotesque misjudgements by Atos […]

Government figures show bedroom tax is not working

by Michael Meacher.

As Jo Moore infamously emailed at the time of the 9/11 catastrophe in the US, “now is a good time to release bad news”. The Tory government has clearly taken this to heart. Having built up an enormous fanfare to the elevation of women in the reshuffle which captivated the headlines, the Tories then used […]

Punishing young people financially is the Tory way

by Michael Meacher.

The idea of giving young people aged 18-21 guaranteed access to education or training or help to find work is obviously a good one, but why spoil it by proposing that such persons should receive a means-tested ‘youth allowance’ at a rate perhaps even lower that the current job seeker’s allowance (JSA)? JSA is already paid […]

How did the disgraced Atos get a £184m disability assessment contract?

by Michael Meacher.

It is bizarre that the hated Atos, whose reputation was destroyed by its punitive mishandling of work capability assessments of the disabled, should be awarded a multi-million contract for the new personal independence payments across London and the south of England. In one sense it is not surprising because the Tories, having privatised major public […]

The Tories bring in workfare though they’ve proved it doesn’t even work

by Michael Meacher.

As from this week, if you’ve been out of work for a year, you’re put through the Work Programme for 2 years and then if you emerge with no job, as many do, you’re into workfare disguised by the deceitful title of Help to Work. What this means was spelt out by Osborne at last year’s […]

The targeting, severity and impact of benefit sanctions needs urgent review

by Michael Meacher.

This is the edited text of a speech I made on Thursday in the House of Commons, in a debate I initiated on the many cases of sanctions being wrongfully applied to benefit recipients, calling on the Government to review the targeting, severity and impact of such sanctions. The process of sanctioning benefit recipients is now […]

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