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Crabb, IDS replacement, clueless about benefits system

Stephen Crabb, the new secretary of state for work and pensions has already proved himself clueless about how employment and support allowance (ESA) works.

Last week, before Crabb replaced IDS, his constituency office was graffitied with the words 'Why do you hate the sick’ after he voted in favour of cuts to ESA.

In a Facebook post responding to the vandalism, Crabb wrote:

“Any disabled person who is unable to work due to ill health or disability is in the Support Group of ESA. They are wholly unaffected by the change, as only those who are fit to work and actively seeking work are included in the Work Related Activity Group.”

The reality, as most Benefits and Work readers could have told Crabb, is that claimants in the work-related activity group (WRAG) have been found to have limited capability for work. If they had been found “fit to work” they would have been refused ESA entirely and have been forced to apply for JSA.

Limited capability for work means that the claimant may be able to undertake some limited training or work and may one day be able to take up full- time work.

But in many cases WRAG claimants will have degenerative conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, and they will never be fit for work again. It’s just that their condition is not yet severe enough to meet the strict criteria for the support group.

The fact that Crabb happily voted for cuts on the basis of his profound ignorance of how ESA actually works is concerning enough.

That he is now in charge of the entire benefits system is terrifying.

Comments  

#9 jackus 2016-04-11 15:53
Crabb is coming into a department that hides the truth and has a total disregard for the well being of the WRAG clients. Remember IDS and Patti inform ministers and like to cover up the truth.

Let us see what Crabb is like after the shadow of IDS had gone. I am not under any illusion Crabb will go against Camaron or Osbourn (that would be very taxing). Ditching money sink holes like UC does put pressure of cuts.
#8 Jim Allison 2016-03-25 00:58
Quote:
Stephen Crabb will be no different to rest he will be told what to do by the dictator camaron
According to 'The Guardian' New DWP secretary Stephen Crabb says no further welfare cuts planned for PIP – as it happened.

he Department for Work and Pensions needs fixing – here’s how to do it
happenedhttp://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2016/mar/21/to-turmoil-cameron-ids-osborne-back-after-ids-resignation-by-backing-compassionate-conservatism-politics-live
+9 #7 angela 2016-03-22 09:01
Stephen Crabb will be no different to rest he will be told what to do by the dictator camaron
+6 #6 jen 2016-03-21 22:19
Unfortunately, the council tax benefit has taken a serious hit this year in my area. The council - thanks to being given ever less cash from Westminster - were forced to slash it down to 77% meaning all on low incomes now have to magically find an extra £110 or more to pay the new bill. I can see a lot of people struggling with that. We seem to now have a regular turnaround of tenants on my street who leave after 6 months because they can't afford it on benefits anymore.

I do remember reading some time ago that the Tories are keen to slash housing benefits and force all claimants to pay 10% of that. I was surprised Osborne didn't try sneaking that in last week. When that happens - and you just know they'll try it sooner or later - the results will be pretty devastating.

That's why right now the charities need to be making as much noise as possible. PIP is just one part of the welfare state... the miseries being inflicted on ESA and JSA claimants need addressing as well as more and more people are being pushed into a debt hole that's pretty hard to get out of.
+3 #5 Eli48 2016-03-21 20:25
Quoting micksville:
Just watching his opening statement in parliament. Rules out pip changes and any further disability cuts in this parliament.However, the welfare cap will "come under review" in the autumn statement.Could disability henefits be included in the welfare cap equation for the first time.He's being very coy about further cuts to disality payments "other than welfare cuts already announced" some weeks ago. Coy on welfare cap equation.


I expect they will lower the cap for housing benefit and council tax so that those with PIP awards will have to use them to pay their rent and council tax.
+8 #4 Katie1964 2016-03-21 19:29
I am not sure what is going on now.The Government has announced the PIP cuts will not go ahead,yet people claiming PIP are saying they are having points taken away for using aids and appliances anyway.So are they saying no cuts but silently implementing them anyway.
If not cuts this parliament to disabled people's benefits will they just do the same trick again next parliament.I am not feeling safe at all now!
+4 #3 pusscatsmum 2016-03-21 19:26
Well it is all a spin on words and statistics.

We can and will see more cuts re PIP/ESA in any guise they may deem financially applicable.

Means testing,reducti on in £'s we receive whether or not they have been there for CB or IR.

It will be more so in place for reducing any CB recipients as this is the easiest route to remove £'s from us sick and disabled regardless of any condescending tenderness towards us.

October, the next Budget will be heartless and financially cruel to those who are sick /disabled.
+4 #2 micksville 2016-03-21 18:36
Just watching his opening statement in parliament. Rules out pip changes and any further disability cuts in this parliament.Howe ver, the welfare cap will "come under review" in the autumn statement.Could disability henefits be included in the welfare cap equation for the first time.He's being very coy about further cuts to disality payments "other than welfare cuts already announced" some weeks ago. Coy on welfare cap equation.
+8 #1 buster 2016-03-21 16:58
Should we be surprised? Not really; nowadays, nearly every time I hear a politician (especially a Tory) talking about social security (benefits), I am more often than not astounded by their lack of knowledge and understanding. This suggests that they have very little interest in the subject matter, considering they can''t even be bothered to read up on things before hand.

Crabb will probably be no different to IDS; he'll almost certainly turn out to be just as equal a complete waste of space as his underhanded and morally reprehensible posh predecessor.

However, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Crabb takes a look at the Universal Credit "books", and then asks Cameron for permission to abandon the entire project due to IDS's abject failure to implement doomed Tory Welfare Reform (right-wing ideological propaganda).

Buster

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