Vox Political: Stephen Crabb, IDS’ Replacement, Believes People with Progressive Degenerative Diseases Able to Work

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Mike over at Vox Political has written about how the latest sputtering from the new head of the DWP have effectively ended satire. Stephen Crabb, apparently an expert on such diseases, has declared that sufferers of brain tumours and progressive degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone are able to work. And so, presumably, they should not get any PIP or ESA, but the normal jobseeker’s allowance, until they are eventually sanctioned for not trying hard enough to get a job.

Mike states that this is beyond satire, because he commented in an earlier post about Crabb’s bizarre views on homosexuality. Crabb believed that homosexuality could be cured, and supported CARE, a Christian organisation that claimed it could cure gay people. In fact, gay cures don’t work. There have been a series of scandals in American involving these organisations, as well as concerns in the UK apart the potential harm…

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List of MPs who voted or otherwise to crush disabled people in preparation for tax cuts

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IMG_20160312_123525Like a Robin Hood in reverse, stealing from the poor to give to the rich, the path is now clear for Chancellor George Osborne to share the spoils of these heartless attacks by divvying up the ‘stolen money’ between greedy middle class voters in the comfortably-off Tory heartlands.  And in return, these underdeveloped, amoral human beings will put their ‘x’ in the right box.

There were 16 Tory abstentions:

David Cameron and 15 others (names to follow as I locate them…) Jeremy Lefroy, Gary Streeter, Fiona Bruce, David Amess, Pauline Latham, Andrew Murrison, Helen Grant, Ian Liddell-Grainger, Rebecca Pow, Eleanor Laing, Tracey Crouch, 

26 Labour MPs did their bit to stick the knife in by not voting for whatever reason (names to follow as I locate them…) Gavin Shuker, Stephen Twigg, Kate Green, Albert Owen, Dawn Butler, Mike Gapes, Lindsay Hoyle, Bridget Phillipson, Sadiq Khan (Labour candidate for London Mayor), Barry…

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How the Tories are changing the “lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in society“

Or is it a fool blaming his workmen.

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NASA spent around £0.5 billion to send its New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto.

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform fiasco on the other hand, will cost the UK taxpayer at least £12.8 billion.

Of course, Duncan Smith’s reform project – a car crash known as Universal Credit – isn’t just about wasting lots and lots of taxpayers’ money.

It’s also – in Iain’s own words – about changing the “lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society“.

And by that measure, Iain has certainly been succeeding.

Here are just a few examples of how Duncan Smith’s incompetence has been changing the “lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society“:

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Ian Duncan Smith Whines about Being Blamed for Fitness for Work Tests Deaths

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IDS Death Meme

Yesterday, I blogged on Mike’s piece over at Vox Political on the Gentleman Ranker’s umbrage at the numerous studies linking his welfare to work policies with suicides, death by neglect and starvation, and a massive rise in mental illness. Frank Field had written a letter to him asking about this. AIDS’ response was to splutter about ‘outrageous claims’, and issue a flat-out lie that claimants were treated with sympathy and dignity. They aren’t. Field himself has said that his constituents have told him that DWP staff have asked them when they’re expecting to die if they’re terminally ill. Severely depressed people with thoughts of suicide have even been asked why they haven’t killed themselves. This is vile conduct, and it stems from aIDS and his fellow Tories at the top.

Mike also reproduced the scrawled letter aIDS had written on his blog. It seems that the Minister in Charge of…

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IDS Calls For Another Major ESA Shakeup

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A crackdown on the sick pay culture which costs Britain billions of pounds a year is being ordered by Iain Duncan Smith.

The Work and Pensions Secretary is particularly keen to slash the numbers off work with anxiety and depression.

In what is expected to be the biggest welfare reform of this Parliament, he will call for the shake-up of the ‘fundamentally flawed’ Employment and Support Allowance. Currently the 2.3million claimants on ESA are either assessed as being fit to work or signed off altogether.

A crackdown on the sick pay culture which costs Britain billions of pounds a year is being ordered by Iain Duncan Smith

But under a policy document to be unveiled within weeks, they will instead be tested for what they are able to do – not what they cannot.

They will then be found work for around ten hours a week, or whatever is possible…

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Iain Duncan Smith To Press Ahead With ‘Unjust’ Disability Benefit Cuts

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Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith MP, is to press ahead with plans to slash benefits for hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people, it has been reported today.

Unemployed people in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will see payments cut by £30 a week, to bring the benefit more inline with Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

The move will affect up to 500,000 sick and disabled people, including many with incurable and progressive conditions like Parkinson’s and Motor Neuron Disease, who are unfit for work but whom the DWP believes may be capable of working at some point in the future.

 Benefit payments for those affected by the changes will be slashed from £102.15 to just £73.10 a week, equal to that of JSA.

Opponents argue the changes, which come into forced from April 2017, will worsen people’s health and push them further away from the world of work.

Labour’s shadow disabilities minister, Debbie Abrahams, described the plans to reduce support for people with serious health conditions as “unjust” and urged the Tory Government to scrap the changes.

Debbie Abrahams told the Daily Mirror: “It is deeply worrying that sufferers of progressive conditions such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis or Motor Neurone Disease will be hit by these measures.

She warned that cutting support for these people “risks making peoples’ conditions worse, because they may no longer have the means to live healthier lives”.

Ms Abrahams added: “It is unjust that people with serious health conditions, who have been assessed by the Government’s own Work Capability Assessment process as ‘not fit for work’, should have support cut in this manner.

“These measures also risk making it harder for some disabled people to move back to work, as they will have lost the financial support that helps them secure employment opportunities.

However, Iain Duncan Smith remains cruelly adamant about cutting sickness and disability benefits, even though Ms Abrahams says “disabled people are twice as likely to be living in persistent poverty”.

She added that 300,000 disabled people were pushed into poverty last year, and called on the Government to carry out an impact assessment that “considers the combined cuts to disability benefits”.

A DWP spokesperson insisted the Government is “committed to supporting disabled people and continue to spend around £50bn a year on disabled people and their services”.

They added that the changes would only affect new claims and that those in the Support Group of ESA would continue to receive the same level of benefits.   ……………..’