Not fit to be benefits minister let alone in charge of the whole government

As is now known worldwide, the UK will have a new prime minister in a couple of months’ time because David Cameron announced that he will be stepping down in light of the referendum result to leave the European Union. Naturally, there are a few Conservatives with their eyes on the top job but, in … Continue reading Not fit to be benefits minister let alone in charge of the whole government

‘No further plans to cut benefits’ pledge lasts 51 days

Declaration of interest: I have multiple sclerosis and receive both ESA (in the support group) and Disabled Living Allowance (both care and mobility components at the highest rates).   Sneaky, very sneaky and possibly even underhanded, is the only way I can describe how the UK’s work and pensions secretary Stephen Crabb decided to reveal … Continue reading ‘No further plans to cut benefits’ pledge lasts 51 days

Disability benefits: When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

Sadly, the UK government seems hell bent on ignoring the lessons it should have learnt after the events following the chancellor of the exchequer’s budget speech that included an announcement that cuts would be made to the Personal Independence Payment disability benefit which is paid to people with a whole range of disabilities. They include … Continue reading Disability benefits: When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?

‘No further plans’ does NOT mean ‘no further cuts’

Isn’t it wonderful? The UK’s new Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, stood up in parliament and said that the government will not be going ahead with changes to the Personal Independence Payment (PIP). So, that’s all right then. We can all relax, campaigns can stop. The government has seen the error of its ways. … Continue reading ‘No further plans’ does NOT mean ‘no further cuts’

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