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Crabb confirms ESA cuts will go ahead

Work and Pensions secretary Stephen Crabb has confirmed that cuts to employment and support allowance (ESA) for new claimants will still go ahead next April, in spite of the climb down over personal independence payment (PIP) cuts.

After a ping-pong battle between the Commons and the Lords, cuts of £30 a week for new claimants in the ESA work-related activity group (WRAG) were passed into law in March of this year. The cuts will affect new claimants from April 2017.

There had been hopes amongst some campaigners that Crabb would reverse these cuts when he became secretary of state.

However, in answer to questions from the work and pensions committee this week, Crabb claimed that benefits cuts are “changing things for the better”.

He told MPs:

“We are a government that has helped deliver the changes that has seen a huge fall in workless household, we’re seeing nearly half a million more children growing up in a home, seeing a mum or dad going up to work.”

“There is no reason to change policies that are changing things for the better for those who have least in our society.”

You can read the full story on the Independent website

Comments  

+7 #6 shell 2016-05-13 10:54
same crap different txxt doing it
+5 #5 caiti 2016-05-12 16:13
Thought Crabb would have made a name for himself but not like this.
+6 #4 angela 2016-05-12 15:54
As i said when this bloke got the job watch this space nothing changes for the better with this goverment
+7 #3 tintack 2016-05-11 19:54
Quote:
“There is no reason to change policies that are changing things for the better for those who have least in our society.”
Except that the ESA cuts haven't started yet, so the cuts themselves actually are a change from what was government policy until just a few weeks ago. And of course, when the cuts do start to hit people, some of those "who have least" will have even less. Which apparently constitutes "changing things for the better".

People like Crabb aren't just on another planet, they're in a completely different galaxy to the rest of us.
+9 #2 Camly91 2016-05-11 18:12
There is no reason to change policies that are changing things for the better for those who have least in our society.”

vile, just utterly repugnant and vile.
+14 #1 Just Me 2016-05-11 14:21
"Changing things for the better" Seriously??!!

What planet is this idiot on! It's only better for those who are wealthily and well. Nobody else.

Disgusting.

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