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Tory MP Kris Hopkins: Disabled People ‘Set In Their Ways’ Over Bedroom Tax

February 12, 2014

He must be related to Katie… cause they both talk nonsense.

A Tory MP sparked outrage today after accusing disabled victims of the bedroom tax of being “set in their ways”.

Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said some disabled people were having difficulty adjusting to the “cultural change” of how they spend their money.

His comments to the Work and Pensions Select Committee were branded “shocking” by Labour MPs.

In the Commons, MPs voted by 226 to 1 to back a ten minute rule Bill by Labour MP Ian Lavery calling for the bedroom tax to be abolished.

Tory MP David Nuttall was the sole person to vote against the legislation with the rest of the Coalition abstaining.

Mr Hopkins and Welfare minister Lord Freud rejected calls for the disabled in specially-adapted homes to be exempt from the tax which docks the housing benefit by £14 a week of anyone with a spare bedroom.

Lord Freud revealed that 23,000 disabled people who need to stay in their adapted homes have been hit by the tax.

But Mr Hopkins said some of them were having difficulties with the tax because they were “set in their ways” in relation to their spending.

“There are vulnerable individuals, there are people who are set in their ways about the way that they spend and use their money,” he said to gasps of astonishment from MPs on the committee.

Labour MP Debbie Abrahams said: “To suggest behavioural change will alter a disability is quite shocking.”

She added: “These are some of the most vulnerable people in our society, struggling on a day by day basis. We have constituents in dire circumstances and on top of that they are at risk of losing their home.”

Committee chair Dame Anne Begg said there was “real chaos” at the heart of the bedroom tax.

Turning to Lord Freud, she said he had devised a policy “on a number rather and forgetting there are real people behind those numbers”.

“There’s real chaos at the heart of this policy. You did not seem to realise there were real people behind this who can’t change behaviour because they can’t move as it is incredibly difficult to get an accessible house,” she said.

Introducing his Bill, Mr Lavery said the bedroom tax was “in utter chaos”.

“It doesn’t deal with problem of under-occupation. There isn’t enough smaller properties for people to move into,” he told MPs.

“It has to be scrapped now,” he added.

Although the majority of Tory MPs abstained in the vote, the Bill faces an uphill struggle to become law as it will only get limited Parliamentary time for further debate.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. franklin perrcival permalink
    February 12, 2014 7:54 pm

    Set in their ways like the tory voters in the Thames Valley, who all seem to think that their property being flooded is due to something other than a life-style choice, and that they should be in receipt of compensation.

  2. Barry Davies permalink
    February 13, 2014 11:43 am

    Well lets be honest, just because you are disabled it doesn’t mean that you have needs any different to anyone else. Just because you are disabled you don’t need any help get off your fat arse and go and work, even though the stress could kill you. The disabled are to blame for the economic crisis, The disabled should all go to special work camps with the words work sets you free over the gate where our final solution to this group of undesirables that are pulling the nation down can be instituted.

    It happened with the Germans in the thirties so why not here, the best we can hope for is the Victorian value workhouses if people like Hopkins get their way

    • The Infamous Culex permalink
      April 27, 2015 5:42 pm

      They won’t build workhouses or labour camps, as they’re too cheap and niggardly to divert money from tax breaks for their cronies.

  3. February 13, 2014 2:22 pm

    If this obnoxious excuse for a minister wants to examine people who are set in ways of atrocious financial management, he should look no further than his own Tory colleagues who, in spite of their exorbitant salaries and expenses claims, are never satisfied unless they are finding yet another excuse to bully and take even more away from the poor, the unemployed, the sick, or the disabled. They are a total disgrace to this country, and should all resign.

  4. The Infamous Culex permalink
    April 27, 2015 5:49 pm

    Baron David Fraud has admitted that 23,000 people with disabilities have been discriminated against, and yet he refuses to ameliorate their plight in any way.

    That alone clearly shews how monstrously evil the Tory-led coalition was and how they clearly cared more for the rich than for anyone they considered to be vulnerable.


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