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IDS plans “dramatic and “life-changing” benefits cuts

Iain Duncan Smith yesterday warned that claimants face “dramatic”, “life-changing” cuts if the Conservatives win the election. He refused to rule out cutting disability benefits and the support group, whilst explaining that the Conservatives “may not decide that it’s relevant” to tell people prior to the election where the cuts will be made.

Chilling warning
In an interview on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday, IDS gave what many sick and disabled claimants will view as a chilling warning that:

“I didn’t come into this job after years looking at this to just make cheese paring cuts.”

Instead, he said, he wanted to do things that will have a “life changing, dramatic effect, and that is about getting people back to work and improving their life chances.”

The ‘back to work’ reference appears to be a clear warning that employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants are in the firing line of any ‘dramatic’ changes.

This is especially the case as Jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) is expected to cost just £2.39 billion in 2016-17, when the cuts come in, compared to £14.47 billion for ESA. So cuts to JSA would go nowhere near meeting the £12 billion in welfare savings the Conservatives have said they will make in just two years.

Disability benefits
But cuts to ESA would still not go far enough and IDS refused to rule out an attack on disability benefits as well. He argued that:

“Throughout all of my changes, we have protected the most disabled, we have kept disability benefits out of the freeze and we’ve supported the support group.”

But when Marr asked: “Will that continue?”

IDS would only respond that:

“Well, as I said, as and when the time is right, we will make it very clear what our position is.”

“When we’re ready”
Unfortunately for voters, IDS repeatedly made it clear that the right time to reveal their plans may not be until after the election, saying that “when we’re right and when we’re ready, we will talk about what we plan to do.”

When specifically asked by Marr:

“Will they know before they vote what you plan to do?”

IDS replied:

“Well you know we may, we may not decide that it’s relevant to put something out there about

some of those changes.”

No decisions made yet
In fact, according to IDS it would be impossible for the Conservatives to reveal their plans to voters because, in spite of warning for two years that they planned to make £12 billion in benefits cuts, no decisions have been made yet about what to cut.

“I can tell you now no decisions have been made. As and when decisions are made, of course we will be very open to the public.”

Improved quality of life
Perhaps the most alarming claim made by IDS was that his time at the DWP has resulted in an improvement in people’s lives:

“And I’ve said that these changes would improve the quality of lives, and I have to tell you right now our welfare reforms have improved the quality of life for the vast majority of the British people and also saving taxpayers’ money – which is the key point.”

Sick and disabled claimants have already been hit by the bedroom tax, the switch from DLA to PIP, the time-limiting of contribution-based ESA, changes to council tax, changes to the way benefits are uprated and more.

The prospect of IDS spending another five years improving their lives may ensure a very high turnout of claimants on May 7th.

You can read the full transcript of the Andrew Marr interview here.

Comments  

#14 angela 2015-04-05 09:32
I and every one esle on any benefit gets a letter when we get an increase and it says the LAW SAYS YOU NEED X NUMBER OF POUNDS TO LIVE ON it does not say that i have to start paying bedroom tax housing benefit,counsil tax out of this cant be right can it
+3 #13 superhoulie 2015-04-03 02:26
i am ashamed that ester mc vey and ids belong to my religion.
how can these people be so cruel in the way demonize the sick and disabled and the poor and helped by thier media friends.
i have been in work since i was 15 years old 40 of those years as a nurse. in 2007 i had a stroke which led to early retirement. since then i have had 2 heart attacks and severe mental depression. so these 2 people really disgust me trying to set the working class at each others throats so that they can live the lifestyles they are acustomed too on milionares row. how dare the both of you condem us to your ss tactics.
+4 #12 angela 2015-04-01 12:45
Seem to me IDS has only one thought and that is to get rid of as many sick and disabled as possible this kind of person should never be able to hold any kind of power as he is just totally evil
+4 #11 Paul Richards 2015-03-31 21:06
Hi all,
shimtoan - yes, - many thanks for your correction.
Jim - Yes, that's very interesting and Just Me - you may well be right with your latest comment. If we pulled out of the EU - then they could then do everything that they want plus more, carte blanche!
Of course, Britain has also signed up the 'Social Chapter' but not the 'Social Charter' which would have given us a lot more protection.
IDS (& Cameron) seems to be breaking every rule in the book - but still (they) get away with it all as regards the European Court of Human Rights.
What further would it take to make the ECHR take any action
to counter what they are doing and to bring them to book??
And I wonder whom could actually 'start the ball rolling'!
Meanwhile - I really wonder if, at least part of the reason that they are keeping it all secret until after the G.E. is perhaps they are also going to really hammer the 'working poor' - perhaps taking away more Working Tax Credits and/or a bigger percentage of Housing
Benefit payments. If they said it now - they could lose votes from these perhaps still very much 'floating' voters.
+5 #10 Just Me 2015-03-31 15:56
Quoting Jim Allison:
He should be prosecuted for discrimination against disabled people,
and the European Court for breaching our human rights.

Article 3 - No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 4 (2) - No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour. ( As many ESA claimants are)

Article 6 - Right to a fair hearing. (e.g by DWP DM's and HCP's)

Article 7 - No punishment without law (e.g. sanctions)

Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life - Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

Article 10 - Freedom of expression (e.g gagging orders)

Article 11 - Freedom of assembly and association.

Article 14 - Prohibition of discrimination.

See:http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/42/schedule/1


Now you can see why Cameron wants out of Europe, and having his hands tied by the European courts, just so he can carry on doing exactly what he wants to. :(
+3 #9 shimtoan 2015-03-31 05:38
Quoting Paul Richards:
Hi all,
With reference to the latest story - i.e funerals - (there is no chance to reply to this one). What an absolute travesty this is - this poor woman, already diagnosed as terminally ill - the DWP, in their 'ultimate certainty' have said to her that she is basically 'breaking the law and that be doing what she has is opening herself up to prosecution'.
She, at the end of the day is attempting to pay for her eventual funeral. If, when actual 'law' was brought into this - surely - if say, her 'payout' of £3000 odd was added to her 'limit' of £6000 Max. -
this would be £9000 - if she 'paid' in advance for her funeral, then this would then take it below this 'limit' and she has had no benefit at all from it (she would be deceased after all!)

as far as I'm aware, £16,000 is the limit for full payment ofmeans-tested benefits
+5 #8 Paul Richards 2015-03-30 22:22
Hi all,
And, one latest thought! - if only Nicola Sturgeon (of the SNP) were the 'Leader' of the Labour Party (and not Miliband) - what a huge difference that would make. David Cameron would then really have someone of true substance to deal with and to go head to head against!
I know who would win - and it would not be Cameron!
+4 #7 Jim Allison 2015-03-30 22:12
He should be prosecuted for discrimination against disabled people,
and the European Court for breaching our human rights.

Article 3 - No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 4 (2) - No one shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour. ( As many ESA claimants are)

Article 6 - Right to a fair hearing. (e.g by DWP DM's and HCP's)

Article 7 - No punishment without law (e.g. sanctions)

Article 8 - Right to respect for private and family life - Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

Article 10 - Freedom of expression (e.g gagging orders)

Article 11 - Freedom of assembly and association.

Article 14 - Prohibition of discrimination.

See:http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/42/schedule/1
+4 #6 Seth Laa 2015-03-30 22:12
IDS claims that he doesn't know where the cuts are coming from, oh I think he does and if the Tories get back in power it will hit us hard and soon
+4 #5 Paul Richards 2015-03-30 21:56
Hi all,
With reference to the latest story - i.e funerals - (there is no chance to reply to this one). What an absolute travesty this is - this poor woman, already diagnosed as terminally ill - the DWP, in their 'ultimate certainty' have said to her that she is basically 'breaking the law and that be doing what she has is opening herself up to prosecution'.
She, at the end of the day is attempting to pay for her eventual funeral. If, when actual 'law' was brought into this - surely - if say, her 'payout' of £3000 odd was added to her 'limit' of £6000 Max. -
this would be £9000 - if she 'paid' in advance for her funeral, then this would then take it below this 'limit' and she has had no benefit at all from it (she would be deceased after all!)
If the DNS had not taken her story up & the DWP had not backed down from this, then I, for one would have definitely fought this one and almost definitely also would have won it!
The 'watchword' on this one (& many others is) - DO NOT sit down and take everything that they throw at you and not respond.
Be positive & be assertive - stand up and fight them and eventually you WILL win.
The DWP positively LOVES soft and unassertive people - after all, they - the DWP will win.
Be hard & be loud if needs be (AND keep copies of everything!) - THEY respect that (because you have done your homework) and you will get the positive result that you expect.
+4 #4 Paul Richards 2015-03-30 19:16
Hi all,
I really wish that there could be some 'life changing' and 'dramatic changes' coming IDS's way! Also, I really worry that if the Tories get in next time, whether this psychopath will again be put in immediately as the Secretary of State for Works & Pensions - he may even demand to Cameron (or whoever is in charge!) to be 'given his old job back again'.
Following today's dissolution of Parliament - they will all be 'going back to their Constituencies to prepare for power' (as another pompous and arrogant politician said years ago!!)
What a rotten shower, what a rotten political system we now have and (naheegan) - yes, you are right - I reckon that many people will be at a loss to know exactly who to vote for. As far as I am personally concerned, almost any of them are better than the Conservatives (and UKIP are only just behind them - THEY are Tories also - hence, why would the Tories Carswell & Reckless defect to them! The United Nations is a very interesting point that you mention - if only they could do something, but they have no 'teeth' and they really can't. As far as I know, they can only 'advise' the incumbent Government to do something re Human Rights - IF ONLY they could take the Government to Court for terrible breaches of human rights towards the sick & disabled of Britain. (Also, as I've said on here before, in many other European countries, this would not be allowed to happen - but Britain, under Herrs Cameron and Ian Duncan Smith - well, that's another story)
If the UN could stop this cruelty in its tracks it would be brilliant!
+5 #3 Just Me 2015-03-30 17:58
“dramatic”, and “life-changing” being an early death for claimants then, because If this foul man gets his way thats what will happen.

This Tory obsession of rushing through the most massive and far reaching changes in how society supports the most vulnerable is absolutely disgusting.
+5 #2 naheegan 2015-03-30 16:43
I certainly don't need or want IDS, DWP or the Tories 'improving' my life for another five years!
I think that there will be massive cuts to all the main benefits except JSA, which will also bear cuts but smaller.
Regards the UN investigating human rights abuses of the disabled in the UK, I wonder if this adamant refusal to be specific about the details of future cuts has been intentional because of that UN investigation.
But Labour has also left out any meaningful, detailed discussion about welfare cuts or better treatment of the disabled and most vulnerable, succinctly stated by Rachel Reeves “We don’t want to be seen, and we’re not, [as]the party to represent those who are out of work.”
I am at a loss as to just who represents us.
+6 #1 b s 2015-03-30 15:58
"Work makes you free"" so says Herr commandant shmitt..

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