Govt defeated on cuts to disabled benefits


8:30 pm - January 11th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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The government tonight lost three key votes on attempts to cut benefits for disabled people, in a massive victory for activists led by Sue Marsh, Bendy Girl, Lisa Egan and others.

They lost votes on:

• Cutting eligibility for ESA for young disabled people who are unable to work

• The government’s proposal that disability claimants be reassesed after 12 months rather than two years, as it currently is.

• Attempts to propose limits to ESA for cancer patients.

The Guardian live-blog has more information.

Some tweets from tonight:

A note of caution however – the government is unlikely to reverse most of the defeats. But the time limiting amendment will be costly and they might push to reverse it in the House of Commons.

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2 Years for ESA time-limiting is far better than 1 year, but still flies in the face of the real nature of disability. My own disability has been slowly progressing for 23 years now, it’s been causing severe limitations on my ability to work for most of that time. Waiting an extra year isn’t going to miraculously enable me to sit at a desk without ending up curled up on the floor in so much pain I can’t think straight, nor is it going to make any difference to many if not most of the 700,000 disabled people it was anticipated will be affected by this measure, it will simply delay it’s onset.

The ultimate cost to disabled people forced to sacrifice their savings and their pension funds, to pauper themselves before being considered worthy of government support, will remain be the same.

2. Leon Wolfeson

So;

Looks like that a Labour MP (Fields) introduced ANOTHER amendment late on, rolling back some of the success.

And the government have indicated they’ll override the Lords by making it a money bill retrospectively. The Coalition has no morals, as usual.

Fields needs to be kicked out the party, and a constitutional stand made. If the Tories and LibDems do this, Labour need to stop cooperating with them in ANY way.

3. Leon Wolfeson

Erm, wrong person. It was a ConDem Lord. Shouldn’t eat and post 🙂

This will not stop this Tory led Coalition from pushing these plans through because they are only interesting in inflicting suffering upon this group of people.

They will definitely do it through the back door and they will succeed, it is only a matter of time.

Makes you sick when you consider that Cameron the evil one had a disabled child and knows what suffering is like first hand. In addition to this Cameron the evil one promised live on television during the final election campaign debate that he would protect not only the sick and disabled but also the poorest people in society.

This Tory led Coalition must be enjoying the fact that they are creating so much stress that will also course long term misery including financial hardship.

Just think that the United KIngdom is suppose to be a civilized society.

It is now clear why the Tory Party had the label the Nasty Party all those years ago. It can now proudly hold the label The Evil Party.

It occurred to me last night that I’m already in my 24th month of claiming ESA, so even the amendment of Time-Limiting to 24 months isn’t going to make any difference. I’ll still be expected to survive without any government support whatsoever, even though the government recognises I’m not fit for work. I’ll be far from the only disabled person in that situation, in fact given it’s over 3 years since ESA was introduced I suspect it will apply to most of the 400,000 disabled people who were expected to be hit immediately under the original DWP Equality Impact Assessment (the one that can be summarized as ‘it’s their fault for being disabled’).


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