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David Cameron revealed yesterday that planned cuts to personal independence payment (PIP) will not go ahead ‘in their current form’.

The government had announced plans to cut the number of PIP points available for people who need to use aids or appliances in connection with going to the toilet or dressing and undressing.

The plans caused outrage and a backlash from Conservative backbench MPs and were claimed by IDS as the main reason for his resignation yesterday.

However, in his reply to IDS’ resignation letter, the prime minister writes that he is ‘puzzled and disappointed’ because IDS agreed to the cuts originally and was aware that they had subsequently been shelved.

Cameron wrote:

“That is why we collectively agreed – you, No 10 and the Treasury – proposals which you and your department then announced a week ago. Today we agreed not to proceed with the policies in their current form and instead to work together to get these policies right over the coming months.”

The news that the cuts have been shelved will be welcomed by millions of claimants. The revelation that work will continue to come up with new ways to cut PIP will not.


+1 #21 brainbiter 2016-03-23 13:33
My understanding is that IDS wanted to tax the retired elderly and not people of working age. He claims he was pressured into approving what is just the latest in series of attacks on working age claimants he’s never agreed with. They’ll be back for more you can depend upon it.

Disappointed to see ’Project Fear’ taken up in this week’s newsletter. Lawyers do well out of monolithic bureaucracies but “vote Brexit and resurrect IDS’ career” seems a particularly desperate, shameless effort in my view. It’s quite simple: if Brexit defeats the left-wing, internationalis t establishment a social democratic Tory Party had served for decades and Cameron [who sees himself as ‘heir to Blair’ poor lad] avidly supports it will re-run the vote and keep re-running it until it gets the answer it wants – just like they did in Denmark and Ireland. It's a scam. Even Johnson refers solely to 'getting a better deal'. There isn't a cat in hell's chance of leaving the EU. Once in, you don't get out.
+6 #20 Wilfred Gibson 2016-03-21 13:42
The tories may well decide to tax walking sticks, handrails, bed rails, chairlifts, mobility scooters, bath lifts, prosthetic limbs and uncle tom cobbley and all instead of pip. This space for the tories have no boundaries in which to pay for their wage increases and tax cuts for their rich muckers
+12 #19 shell 2016-03-21 10:06
been strung along seems to come to my mind they will prob slip it in when no one is paying attention
+7 #18 Jim Allison 2016-03-21 00:38
Quoting ben1:
There must be thousands in the same position as me at 68years old With DLA it's not been addressed properly you don't get better as you get older .

Quoting ben1:
There must be thousands in the same position as me at 68years old With DLA it's not been addressed properly you don't get better as you get older .

Sorry,I accidentally gave you a red tick, meant to be green
+5 #17 Master Craftsman Gardener 2016-03-21 00:36
I think Steve Crabbe is brainier than either George Osborne or David Cameron. 'Ant and Dec' are going to have to work together to keep him under control
I quite enjoyed watching IDS on the Andrew Marr show this morning, they must have really wound him up.
I thought his posters in JC+ had been put there by a member of staff with a rebellious sense of humour at first-the ones saying they were grateful for being sanctioned or whatever. Poor judgment by DWP, they had to take them down amid embarrassment.
+2 #16 Jim Allison 2016-03-21 00:24
See my comments in the news item on IDS's resignation which should be of help in this topic also. :zzz
+6 #15 BRASSYLADY 2016-03-21 00:16
The thing that the charities ought to jump on now is the utterly horrendous WCA. Bombard your MP's and do whatever you can to make a noise, keep the momentum going and this pocksy government will be its own undoing. At this moment Piggery Pokery and Orrible Ozzy are floundering and flapping, not knowing which way to turn. Their arrogance and disregard for the 'perceived by them, as the lowly, have been given a lifeline, a voice, make sure they hear it, loud and clear!
+9 #14 lesley 2016-03-20 19:23
The horrid tories (osborne is one of the most nasty and vicious - in it for winning the game only) seem to have a bit of a foothold that they are determined to keep so it's going to be hard work fighting them.
+8 #13 GoingOffMyHeadWithThisGovernment 2016-03-20 16:22
Don't know if this has been posted. They might backdown.. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/work-pensions-secretary-stephen-crabb-says-disability-cuts-will-not-be-going-ahead-1550538 I pray to God that is is dropped...
Can't take much more.
+7 #12 jen 2016-03-20 14:03
Yvette Cooper I believe is the person we have to thank for implementing the WCA and bringing ATOS into this sorry state of affairs. The damning thing was, it set things up perfectly for IDS to expand upon. It was like a nasty creation of his being handed to him on a plate to exploit.

It is utterly bizarre seeing and hearing IDS go on about these proposed cuts being "unfair" and whilst I'm suspicious of his motives and suspect he's up to something else, some of what he's said is very damning towards Cameron and Osborne as he's insistent he was acting upon their constant demands to slash the budgets. Of course IDS is gonna try and save his own neck but ranting on about it all being unfair and that he was constantly demanded to make these cuts by those above him... very damning and damaging!

It's time for the media to start looking into what IDS has done over the last 6 years - the Universal Credit farce which has cost an absolute fortune, and the implementation of sanctions. I'd like to thank Matata2011 for giving us a look at Mr Crabb's scorecard. Not at all encouraging though no real surprise either. With some media scrutiny and looking into how the DWP have been reduced to a shambles of a bullying organisation (many people I know call them "The Gestapo" thanks to the fear they instil and nastiness they inflict) maybe then Cameron, Osborne and Crabb will have to start treading very carefully in future since whatever they decide to do next will get pounced upon. For instance, we knew about the PIP cuts being proposed here thanks to the vigilance of the B+W staff but barely anyone else reported it before the budget... and now it's National news thanks to some Tory rebels lashing out and then IDS resigning.

It's nice to see it has hit a nerve Nationally and showing this government up for what it is... but the fact IDS has lit the torch paper remains bewildering and suspicious.
+7 #11 angela 2016-03-20 09:16
As i said before there is always someone out there worse then the one before as Matata2011 has quoted look at his record
+9 #10 Master Craftsman Gardener 2016-03-20 02:16
I think Jeremy Corbyn is doing brilliantly.
Public opinion is changing in favour of decency and fairness

Wasn't Yvette Cooper in charge when they first brought Atos into it? Harriet Harman as acting leader was supporting austerity.
The PIP U-turn wouldn't have happened before the change of Labour leadership.

My friend on ESA has been saying they're all the same, but I think that old mantra is no longer true,
+9 #9 Matata2011 2016-03-19 23:12
How Stephen Crabb voted on Welfare and Benefits
Consistently voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”)

Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability

Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support

Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

Data from TheyWorkForYou. com
+7 #8 Matata2011 2016-03-19 22:57
stephen-crabb-v oting-record-we lfare our new tormentor :sad:
+4 #7 pauleggy 2016-03-19 20:39
bill24chev you be disabled and see if you like it
+4 #6 ben1 2016-03-19 19:39
There must be thousands in the same position as me at 68years old With DLA it's not been addressed properly you don't get better as you get older .
+4 #5 ben1 2016-03-19 19:35
I am 68years old have DLA indefinite I was born December 1948 why should I have to claim pip when I'm 4 years over the age limit it should be scraped at my age
+3 #4 terry 2016-03-19 19:10
I think that the cut to ESA will be starting in Jan 2017.
+8 #3 carruthers 2016-03-19 18:29
Quoting Cobhireland:
What about ESA cut? Is that still going ahead?

Yes - DC etc have fought the Lords to get the virtual abolition of WRAG through and won't ditch that.

There is still much to worry about - Universal Credit is still on its way, unless the Treasury takes this opportunity to kill it.
+11 #2 Bill24chev 2016-03-19 11:34
Quoting Cobhireland:
What about ESA cut? Is that still going ahead?

Cameron, Osbourne & Crabb need to find £4 billion in cuts from somewhere else now so be afraid be Very afraid!

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