Welfare benefit cuts high on anti-austerity agenda

Placards proclaiming 'Cut War Not Welfare'  are held aloft during Saturday's Anti-Austerity protest. Anti-austerity protests and movements have become increasingly popular during the latter half of last year year and again this year. Mass protests have taken place around the world, notably in Greece, Spain, France, Italy, the UK, Canada and the United States’ commonwealth … Continue reading Welfare benefit cuts high on anti-austerity agenda

Don’t be fooled by government’s callous weasel words – disability benefits cuts are still planned

Mystery still surrounds the fate of the threatened cuts to the UK’s Personal Independence Payment paid to people with disabilities. including Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, blindness and mental illnesses. Just look at the timetable: March 11, Justin Tomlinson, Disabilities Minister in the Department of Work and Pensions, officially announced plans to make changes, to make … Continue reading Don’t be fooled by government’s callous weasel words – disability benefits cuts are still planned

Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and government’s benefit cut ‘rethink’ may not change anything

Iain Duncan Smith's resignation from his position as UK's Work and Pensions Secretary gives the government a chance to abandon its planned cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - but don't hold your breath, it probably won't happen. In his resignation letter, Duncan Smith said that while the benefit cuts are "defensible in narrow terms, … Continue reading Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and government’s benefit cut ‘rethink’ may not change anything

Lies, damn lies, and IDS’s statistics

Mired in controversy over his handling of what the Government calls welfare benefit ‘reform’ and critics call ‘cuts’, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith (pictured, above) is now being accused of having ‘lost the plot’ after making an incredible statistical claim that 75% of people who have had their benefits stopped under his department's sanctions … Continue reading Lies, damn lies, and IDS’s statistics

No surprise as Welfare Reform and Work bill’s benefit cuts are restored by House of Commons

UK Government plans to cut welfare benefits still further were, as expected, put back on track last night, Wednesday, when the House of Commons voted 309 to 275 to throw out an amendment passed by the House of Lords last week after an impassioned plea from a well-known former wheelchair athlete. The bill, when it is … Continue reading No surprise as Welfare Reform and Work bill’s benefit cuts are restored by House of Commons