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Cameron Refuses To Rule Out Taxing Disability Benefits

March 31, 2015

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

When asked if he would rule out taxing disability benefits in a television interview on BBC breakfast this morning, David Cameron failed to do so, saying only:

“What we’ve done through this parliament is we’ve actually improved the money that goes to the most disabled people in our country. We’ve replaced one benefit – disability living allowance – with a new benefit – personal independence payment – it’s working well, it is also going to lead to some savings over time and we haven’t created that benefit in order to undermine it. We want to enhance it and safeguard it.

“As we look to find those welfare savings, we should apply some very clear principles: one, that work should always pay; two, that the most disabled should always be protected, we look after those in need; and third, people who have paid into the system and look forward to a dignified retirement, we should look after them too”.

The assertion that “the most disabled should always be protected” allows the Conservative party to decide who “the most disabled” are.  It leaves them free to, for example, do away with the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance on the grounds that people in the WRAG are not the most disabled.

The reality is that the majority of disabled people would be astonished to learn that the money they have received has been ‘improved’ under the coalition.

They would not be at all surprised at plans to cut their income via taxation after the next election.

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  1. March 31, 2015 11:03 am

    those in the wrag will lose out on everything as they’ll be classed as fit for work. those like myself in the support group will not be able to leave the house as punishment for getting a benefit

    this is how i see it panning out and we will be watched like a hawk just in case we do leave the house as they will be hotlines set up for neighbors to report on that a neighbor on benefit has left the house which in turn will lead to a compliance officer from the DWP to come round to find out whats going on

  2. Sarah permalink
    March 31, 2015 11:44 am

    They are already taxing those on Contributory ESA in the support group who were on IB, and before that invalidity benefit. Promises that you would not get less money on ESA were not true. DWP gives, HMRC takes a huge chunk back. They kept that quiet!
    Most MPs and Government do not know the true cost of disability. It seems in leaked documents that they will be penalising those who have worked in the past, as well as taking away anything they give in the form of PIP or DLA. Even simple basics like getting to specialist hospital appointments,can cost hundreds of pounds and a wheelchair that is light enough for to prevent harm to the user or carer to lift in and out of a car, and prevent further spinal and shoulder damage cost many thousands. Severely disabled people end up paying as those provided by wheelchair services are too heany. With luck you may get a voucher for a £200. Repairs to wheelchairs not provided by the NHS are the disabled person’s responsibility, Many severely disabled people are not excempt even from prescription charges in England. Taxing or losing DLA / PIP will be the last straw. Back to existing hidden from society dependent on goodwill from others nothing personal or independent when means tested through the back door tax system. IDS has not got a clue how many disabled people struggle just to do a few things others take for granted.

    • March 31, 2015 12:41 pm

      that’s right Sarah i have to pay tax on my Contributory ESA in the support group so in real terms after tax it works out around £100 week net

  3. March 31, 2015 12:23 pm

    THE POOR DISABLED HAVE ALL THE POWER THEY NEED

    Labour alone cannot win and will end up in a Tory / Labour coalition by end of the year from a second general election.

    The poor now vastly outnumber all other voters, and this includes the huge number of poor disabled, especially in Tory and Lib Dem marginals throughout the UK.

    PARTIES OF THE POOR ON THE LEFT
    IGNORED BY BLOGS AND NATIONAL MEDIA ALIKE

    The only way to gain an anti-austerity UK parliament is to gain MPs from the parties of the poor on the left, which is the sole way to gain a majority UK government in a
    multi party coalition.

    Multi party coalitions are the norm throughout Europe, for many years.

    This is the vote or starve election for the poor,
    but the poor are being denied information o
    n the parties that are the sole way to help them.

    NO SUCH THING AS A SMALL PARTY NOW

    The only way to shut out the Tories from power, is to gain an unassailable majority UK parliament that includes MPs from small parties of the left, that are not small, but massive this general election on Thursday 7 May.

    Never again will one party rule the UK parliament.

    Only with MPs from parties of the poor in government, can Labour be changed back to an anti-austerity party.

    In a support and confidence type of coalition (the norm in Europe as well) Labour would have to change.

    DISABLED NEED TO VOTE FOR PARTIES OF THE POOR

    The able bodied earning average wage around £20,000 – £40,000 in work are the voters who will vote Labour.

    The rest of us have other parties to vote for, that is the sole way to get Labour into power in a majority government.

    WHO ARE THE PARTIES OF THE POOR?
    HOW POOR NOW VASTLY OUTNUMBER ALL OTHER VOTERS?

    The poor could unseat the majority of Tory and Lib Dem MPs in marginals or even beyond them throughout the UK.

    Never have the poor had so much power.

    See who the parties of the poor are, and by how much the poor outnumber all other votes at:

    http://www.anastasia-england.me.uk

  4. March 31, 2015 12:39 pm

    Reblogged this on Through My Eyes and commented:
    Oh gosh this is potentially devastating!

  5. March 31, 2015 1:01 pm

    at the end of the day we have only got ourselves to blame. its very complicated to explain but we haven’t always been sick or disabled some of us were fit at one point and i know in looking back when i was fit and knew Mrs thatcher that this country was in deep trouble

    as a young man if was very difficult for me to highlight the severe damage that she was going to cause this country not only at that time but what her Lasting Legacy would be for the future

    i knew it had an evil intent and looking back i should have quit my job and gone into politics my family was very popular at a local level (lewisham)so standing as a mp would have been a breeze

    sadly that never happened but iv’e always known that was a bad error of mine and now years on like many others sick and disabled people we now have to pay the price which means like over the past 5 years death for many

    sadly for me i have to live with this mental turmoil Anne begg has failed miserably in her role as chairman of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. as she lacks the ability to tell it as it is we speak regular and she admits that all the deaths from welfare reform is unsettling

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