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Shock Tory majority is worst possible news for claimants

The news that, in defiance of all the polls and predictions, the Conservatives have won a majority is the worst possible news for claimants. It means that even the slender hope of the Lib Dems forcing the Tories to back down from their £12 billion in benefits cuts has now gone and the future is looking bleak.

Where the cuts will be made, we don’t yet know. And, if Iain Duncan Smith is to be believed, neither does anyone else. We will have to wait for the results of a government spending review to find out who will be hit.

But the Conservative victory means that the roll-out of personal independence payment will continue, with the transfer of lifetime or indefinite claims due to begin in October of this year.

The bedroom tax will continue unabated.

Nor is there likely to be any slowdown in the rate of sanctions against jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance claimants.

And the roll out of universal credit, with sanctions even for people in work will continue, even if at a snail’s pace.

Meanwhile, another series of Benefits Street is about to begin on Channel 4 on Monday as the media helps the government soften up public opinion for another round of cuts.

The voluntary sector has, with some honourable exceptions, been depressingly quiet over the election period, presumably cowed by the Lobbying Act.

But that excuse has now gone and many will now hope to see see a major campaign by disability and poverty charities to oppose further benefits cuts for sick and disabled claimants.

Meanwhile, Benefits and Work will continue to reveal the truth about the benefits system and help our members to navigate their way through whatever is left of it after another five years of Conservative attacks.

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+1 #70 Chris 2015-05-20 22:21
I have heard some on this forum comparing the tories to NAZI's, and, although I do not agree with this use of comparison, I can not but help do the same. I use a journalistic technique to uncover unscrupulous terminology used by IDS et al, ie, swap a known variable in the speakers dialogue.

" helped so many people back into work" IDS

"giving the opportunity of resettlement" AH


With the benefit of history, we can reflect upon such harrowing speech, but it seems, we have learnt nothing.
+2 #69 johnboy 2015-05-12 10:48
Ditto bill
Some people deserve whats is coming
And angela
If you keep a look out on the little comments coming from the torys you will be able to easily read between the lines. They are not implementing this over months but more like weeks, they have just announced they thinks will be put in place in weeks. They are going full on because the electorate was daft enough to vote and give them the green light to do it.If any changes are going to affect you expect them sooner rather than later because they want the money of us to implement their other plans and give aways
#68 Blackcat 2015-05-12 10:01
My apologies to the moderators! I have Aspergers,what I say isn't always what I mean. I thank you for your intervention.Le t me put it this way,the map is not the territory. In my opinion this is a very positive result for disabled people,and I feel that I will be proved correct when the issues relevant to disabled people are discussed in the select committees. I also feel that progress will be made at Mandatory reconsideration s,these benefits will be will be felt throughout the system.There has been a very satisfactory clearout.
Nothing will happen for at least six months. We just have to be patient.
+1 #67 angela 2015-05-12 08:18
Lets just wait and see what cameron gets up to now he has no clegg to answer to plus all the main party leaders packing in all in the same day must make him feel untouchable
+3 #66 Bill 2015-05-12 06:35
Well said #64 Drizzle.

Isnt it totally amazing that even after all the information we have been given here at this site, some Members still either dont get it, or dont want to get it?

We are in the same boat as you Drizzle so we get it big time.

Shame on all those who did not take the advice given here by voting Labour. And God help all of us who did try to do something to help ourselves because, even though we did try, we now have another 5 years of Iain Duncan Smith to deal with.

Bill
+2 #65 johnboy 2015-05-11 23:07
I don't know if I can think about this much longer.
I feel more ill than before knowing whats to come.
My asthma has worsened to a point I'm worried I will be an emergency case soon.
Its worse because most people you speak to are just calm about it and say it won't be that bad, only we on here that have the need know that axeman smith will be along soon and it will probably be a bloodbath
+3 #64 Drizzle 2015-05-11 16:59
Quoting richj47:
I totally agree with al the sentiments above , what i am not sure about is what labour would have done differently.


There's been plenty of information on Benefits and Work about the differences in the Labour and Tory manifesto with regards to benefits. There was a huge difference - both financial (12bn worth) and in attitude - and that's why all of us here are feeling hopeless at the election result.

I see myself losing my home and most of my financial support, being forced into treatment that's already proven detrimental to my health, and being forced into work-related activites or even looking for work. Sanctions are going to get even more brutal and appeals even more difficult.

I'm in deep despair at the moment, for myself and for everyone who's poor and/or vulnerable in Britain.
#63 richj47 2015-05-11 15:20
I totally agree with al the sentiments above , what i am not sure about is what labour would have done differently.The bedroom tax one of the most unfair pieces of legislation . I not believe that anyone cared apart from those affected .this has always applied in the rental sector.. i asked my MP some time ago ( labour) would they change the welfare reform act his answer ."No its good to work" I posted on a local site concerning the mandatory appeal , and wrote a letter to my MP . he was not even aware of it , and I don't think he cared . Sad yes but to acknowledge the number of ukip votes . the views has proven in the election result speaks volumes about the change in attitudes and concerns of the public at large .. Labour stated the ESA ARTOS and the descriptors . I am not even sure if there would have been more cuts under labour .
+3 #62 angela 2015-05-11 08:08
IDS keeping his seat is the worst news just when i thought it cant get any worse this rat loves to see the sick and the disabled stuggle he must be right up camerons backside
+2 #61 angela 2015-05-11 08:01
Quote:
IDS retains his position at DWP
It cant get any worse now hopeing this b-----d would of gone but he,s got a great big smile on his face this morning
+1 #60 velvetD 2015-05-11 07:03
IDS retains his position at DWP
#59 Eli48 2015-05-11 00:41
Quoting kevjohn:
Quote:
IDS has kept his seat

I feel so sick, like I have been hit by a truck or something, or taken back to the horrible 1980s, but its true, the tories have won the election, everyone I know seems to believe the media machine, I feel so alone, but at least here I can express my feelings, and know that there are other people who feel the same as me, I will fight this rotten government to the bitter end, I say to others don't give up, or they have won.
I think you will find they did not actually win. It was rigged. I like many others were told we could only use pencil not pen at the voting booths. Suspicious for a start. Whole groups not allowed to vote, at least 73 thousand votes went missing. UKIP had the most votes, yet did not win. It stinks on all levels. Something is not right.
+7 #58 buster 2015-05-10 23:46
Firstly, can I just say how sorry I am for all forum members, me included, on hearing the shock General Election result; the outcome was truly shocking and depressing and my mood at the moment is at absolute rock-bottom, It feels like a grieving process right now for me and I'm sure for many others too - even more so than after the 1992 GE result - sorry I can't be a little more upbeat but I am finding it hard.

I now fear even more for the vulnerable in our society (UK); particularly, the sick and disabled who are unable to fend for themselves and who rely on Social Security to survive. I am talking about the weak, the blind, the learning disabled, disadvantaged and deprived children etc, etc, etc.

Labour now have a mountain to climb; I fear the Tories might well be in power for at least the next ten years, unless Labour can reposition itself - in the eyes of general public at least; however, with the biased mass-media including the BBC, ITV and SKY, this is going to be very difficult to achieve due to the negative perceptions so shamelessly pedaled by those bastard "broadcasters".

However, please do not give up hope - please keep the faith, never give up, keep fighting politically for a fairer, more caring and more equal society for all.
+5 #57 johnboy 2015-05-10 17:16
I don't think protests our even riots will have an effect on the tory government although I hope there its some sort of anti government movement. They have the force of the law on their side and will use the police or even the army as thatcher did to quell any rebellion.
There is many in the force that have been unhappy with this government but they will do their job without hesitation if called upon.
Theres plenty in the health service that did a lot of complaining about the coalition but I'm told by a friend that worked in a hospital thats what they do then they go out and vote tory.
They are hypocrites
+7 #56 jen 2015-05-10 15:32
Since the result was made official - 5 years of misery ahead - the overall reaction to it has been very similar to what we all feel here. The vast majority of people in online forums, blogs etc are as sickened and angry as we are. The anger I'm seeing all round speaks volumes. Now the actual facts and figures have become better known proving how out of proportion it all is (like 65% voted against the Tories, yet they get a 51% majority) a great many people have become angry. Yesterdays' demonstrations in London and Cardiff proved that. I think we're in for an uncertain and turbulent 5 years because this has angered people so much. What's been building up over the last 5 years is a time bomb and people have finally woken up and snapped.

We're gonna be seeing a lot more protests, demonstrations and riots against this farce of a government and Cameron is gonna have to be VERY careful because if he dares take one step too far, then I can see all manner of chaos erupting. Of course the Murdoch media and the BBC will be on hand to whitewash the truths to keep the ones who can't be bothered to think for themselves in line and keep up the hate campaign against us to "justify" what nasty surprises they have in store for us, but I take solace in the fact we're far from alone... this result really has not gone down well with more people than you'd imagine.
+5 #55 kevjohn 2015-05-10 15:12
Quote:
IDS has kept his seat
I feel so sick, like I have been hit by a truck or something, or taken back to the horrible 1980s, but its true, the tories have won the election, everyone I know seems to believe the media machine, I feel so alone, but at least here I can express my feelings, and know that there are other people who feel the same as me, I will fight this rotten government to the bitter end, I say to others don't give up, or they have won.
+6 #54 johnboy 2015-05-10 14:40
What worries me is a lot of people will be thinking that with so many SNPs sitting that Cameron will have trouble getting stuff passed.
I think he its going to stitch it up so tight that Scottish Mps won't be able to take part in things to do with england, I think he may pay them off by giving them more control north of the border in return for their compliance. After all the SNP only interest is more for scotland.
Once thats sorted he will have very little oposition in england.
I doubt if the labour party will recover from this for the next election our the one after.
But if people want to be stupid enough to vote the tories in they deserve to suffer with the rest of us.
We could have a one party system now for some time with no credible opposition because of this election by murdock media.
#53 tintack 2015-05-10 14:26
Quoting Blackcat:
What constitutes a defeat? Having people who are in 'Covert Agreement' with the Tories in power. That particular gent has now moved out of politics,and is in a powerful job in the media,and is just as dangerous as Murdoch. As a Minister his office spent more money than most and he was the one who was an architect for the current system,he also was horrible to coal miners. The 'Bigotgate' scandal needs looking at again,and attitudes need adjusting.
The Libdems are now out,go through all the Tory marginals in alphabetical order,and if he starts putting these 'nasties'in place Cameron could well be responsible for constructing his own rebellion. Interesting question can we identify the 'Red Tories' around Parliament. There seems to be a lot of interest in China at the moment!


When you talk about someone who has moved out of politics and is as dangerous as Murdoch, which of the "Red Tories" do you mean?

I'm still sceptical of the claim that not having those who agree with the Tories in power is a breakthrough, when it's the Tories themselves who are in power.
#52 Blackcat 2015-05-10 12:40
What constitutes a defeat? Having people who are in 'Covert Agreement' with the Tories in power. That particular gent has now moved out of politics,and is in a powerful job in the media,and is just as dangerous as Murdoch. As a Minister his office spent more money than most and he was the one who was an architect for the current system,he also was horrible to coal miners. The 'Bigotgate' scandal needs looking at again,and attitudes need adjusting.
The Libdems are now out,go through all the Tory marginals in alphabetical order,and if he starts putting these 'nasties'in place Cameron could well be responsible for constructing his own rebellion. Interesting question can we identify the 'Red Tories' around Parliament. There seems to be a lot of interest in China at the moment!
+3 #51 annken 2015-05-10 11:15
As Alastair Campbell said on Question Time last week ' The Conservatives are ruthless b******s' never a truer word spoken.

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