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Working age benefits to be cut by almost a quarter

Benefits for working age claimants will be cut by almost a quarter if the Conservatives win the general election, according to the independent think-tank the Institute for Fiscal studies (IFS).

The IFS found that in spite of all the cuts to benefits already implemented by the Coalition, the total benefits bill is virtually unchanged at £220 billion. This is because the slashing of the working age benefits bill by £7 billion has been offset by increased costs for pensioners. The IFS did also find, however, that without the cuts the cost of benefits would have been £16.7 billion (7%) higher.

The IFS has forecast that £21 billion of welfare savings will need to be made in the next parliament in order for the Conservatives to meet their spending targets. As pensions are largely protected, this will mean a massive 23% cut in payments to working age people.

As yet, the Conservatives have given little indication of how cuts of such a huge magnitude will be achived.

You can download the full IFS Election Briefing Note here.

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+3 #10 netcoaching 2015-02-15 10:28
Does anybody on this site realise that the reason the Tories hit the sick and disabled so hard is because people of working age on benefits DONT VOTE They never have and they never will, so they don't count and are seen as worthless, Cameron knows this as he employs advisors who tell him.
Cameron has a personal hatred against benefit claimants.
LETS ALL VOTE FOR ONCE AND GET HIM OUT.
+2 #9 sammy1653 2015-02-09 21:33
If labour was to win the general election they have said that they would stop the hatred bedroom tax.
+3 #8 Bill 2015-02-04 07:50
Quoting tintack

Quote:
As to whether or not Labour would be any better than the Tories, look at it this way: we know what the Tories will unleash on us if they get back in. That's a certainty. However, it's far from certain that Labour would go down the same road as the Tories.
Well said tintack.

We wholeheartedly agree. This is what we know, and this is the best we can expect, so to at least try to help ourselves we all need to swallow hard and vote to keep the Tories out.

When everything is taken into account, that, sadly in some cases, does mean a vote for Labour.

Mr & Mrs Bill
+3 #7 Bill 2015-02-04 07:43
Quoting Drizzle

Quote:
Also, if lots of benefit recipients were to vote in this election it would almost certainly make politicians sit up and consider how to win our votes next time. Look at the easy ride the pensioners, who vote en masse, are getting. Lets show them that we're no longer apathetic and that our voices count!
Absolutely spot on, excellent point, well made.

Mr & Mrs Bill
+3 #6 Bill 2015-02-04 07:39
Quoting Drizzle


Quote:
Lots of people are moaning about Labour but they're not our enemy, whereas the Tories would be more than happy to see us dead in the gutters.
So sad but so very true. We only hope everyone of us sick and disabled realize this before the Election and vote accordingly.

Mr & Mrs Bill
+5 #5 Drizzle 2015-02-03 17:34
Quoting Bill:
And dont forget everyone, a vote for a minority Party that has no real chance of forming the next Government could easily result in the Tories getting back in........ Could you handle another 5 years of Iain Duncan Smith and his smarmy cohorts?

Will WE, by voting for minority Partys, actually be voting for the Tories?


Well said Bill.

With the other news on Benefits and Work today that the Lobbying Act is gagging charities in the run up to the election, the only people who will speak for us is ourselves. The way we do that is to vote tactically to try to stop Tory candidates winning in our constituencies. Tell everyone you know who has or will be affected by benefit cuts to do the same.

Lots of people are moaning about Labour but they're not our enemy, whereas the Tories would be more than happy to see us dead in the gutters.

The recent interviews given by the party leaders to mark 100 days until the election said it all. Ed Miliband talked about the NHS and putting more money into care for the elderly and David Cameron talked about cutting the welfare cap further. These issues are their first priorities.

Also, if lots of benefit recipients were to vote in this election it would almost certainly make politicians sit up and consider how to win our votes next time. Look at the easy ride the pensioners, who vote en masse, are getting. Lets show them that we're no longer apathetic and that our voices count!
+5 #4 tintack 2015-02-03 16:19
I don't recall the plan to remove the ESA premium, unless it's the story I seem to remember from a few months ago which (if I'm remembering rightly) said that cutting ESA by about £30 a week had been considered but not acted on.

As to whether or not Labour would be any better than the Tories, look at it this way: we know what the Tories will unleash on us if they get back in. That's a certainty. However, it's far from certain that Labour would go down the same road as the Tories. It's possible, but it's also possible that they wouldn't. I don't think everything would be sunlight and daisies for us under Labour, far from it. However, in my view it's highly unlikely they would go anywhere near as far as the Tories, if only because their backbenchers wouldn't stand for it (unlike Tory backbenchers, who clearly support this vile agenda) even if that's what the Labour front bench wanted to do (and it's by no means certain if the front bench does want that). Labour have at least promised to scrap the bedroom tax and committed to serious reform of the WCA. Who knows, maybe they'll break those promises, maybe they'll keep them. But if the Tories get in, the bedroom tax is here to stay and you can forget any meaningful reform of the WCA.
-4 #3 stuart52 2015-02-03 14:27
my god just how much worse can this get? remember too the so-called 'chilling effect' of universal credit, for some reason no matter how hard people try under FOI those papers are never released, lets not forget the proposals to remove the ESA premium, also the very keen sanctions regime, put that all together along with this article it adds up to one thing only...as the film title says THE SUM OF ALL FEARS!, I think that most people now are only too well aware that they want rid of a certain class of society, many are saying vote them out in may, but replace with what? would a labour government be better for us? unlikely.
+5 #2 tintack 2015-02-03 13:46
Osborne said recently that the Tories would cut working age benefits if they got back in. This article backs that up.

This is the sort of thing that convinces me that voting for whichever party has the best chance of beating the Tories in each seat is the only way to go at this election. Ideally I'd like to vote Green, as they're the party whose policies I most agree with, but in my neck of the woods, as in most seats, they have no chance at all.

If the Tories get back in, this article makes it clear that they will intensify their agenda of Social Darwinism. These people are no more than sociopaths, pure and simple. They MUST be stopped at all costs.
+4 #1 Bill 2015-02-03 13:30
Quoting this article:

Quote:
Benefits for working age claimants will be cut by almost a quarter if the Conservatives win the general election, according to the independent think-tank the Institute for Fiscal studies (IFS).


Further proof, if anyone still needs it, that the Tories intend to cane us, and cane us very very hard if WE vote them back in.

Yesterday we heard that the Education Budget is going to be 'ring fenced' and we already knew that other spending has been similarly 'ring fenced' including even the Overseas Aid Budget so where will the cuts fall mainly?

Yes, you guessed it, the working age Welfare Budget.

The Tories are so confident they have the backing of the majority of the people in the Country to bash the sick and disabled that they have once again signaled that they will continue to make our lives harder and harder if WE vote them back in.

And dont forget everyone, a vote for a minority Party that has no real chance of forming the next Government could easily result in the Tories getting back in........ Could you handle another 5 years of Iain Duncan Smith and his smarmy cohorts?

Will WE, by voting for minority Partys, actually be voting for the Tories?

As we said before, that possibility seriously scares us both.

Mr & Mrs Bill

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