Labour has clarified its position over a contentious Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) policy. But when you check it, it really doesn’t go far enough; potentially leaving millions of people worse off than they should be.
The DWP: freezing all over
In April 2016, the government brought in the benefits freeze. This meant the DWP would not increase the amount paid for some working age benefits until April 2020. It followed a cap on increases at 1% from April 2013. The benefits affected are:
- Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).
- Child Benefit.
- Housing Benefit.
- Tax credits.
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Work-Related Activity Group.
- Universal Credit (not disability elements).
The government said the freeze would save it £3.9bn a year. But now, Labour has moved on the policy.
Labour making moves
As Mirror journalist Dan Bloom tweeted, Labour’s position on the benefits freeze was unclear:
Source: Labour’s new DWP pledge is only a half measure | The Canary
It is shameful, disgusting and deplorable that Department for Work and Pensions minister Ms Newton is imitating an Ostrich, the evidence is there but if you are not prepared to look then you will not see it.
The estimable Peter Stefanovic has suggested that “when Benefit cuts force an incontinent cancer survivor to ‘re-use nappies’ you know the system is failing on an industrial scale”.
This Writer begs to differ.
The system is doing exactly what the Conservatives want.
The lady Mr Field mentions has been targeted very specifically by the Tory-run Department for Work and Pensions.
The idea was to deprive her of her benefits in order to put this lady under increased levels of stress; the hope was that this would push her towards suicide – or simply kill her off by boosting the level of her illness.
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