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Shock Election Result The Worst One For Claimants

May 8, 2015

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The news that, in defiance of all the polls and predictions, the Conservatives have won a majority is the worst possible news for claimants. It means that even the slender hope of the Lib Dems forcing the Tories to back down from their £12 billion in benefits cuts has now gone and the future is looking bleak.

Where the cuts will be made, we don’t yet know. And, if Iain Duncan Smith is to be believed, neither does anyone else. We will have to wait for the results of a government spending review to find out who will be hit.

But the Conservative victory means that the roll-out of personal independence payment will continue, with the transfer of lifetime or indefinite claims due to begin in October of this year.

The bedroom tax will continue unabated.

Nor is there likely to be any slowdown in the rate of sanctions against jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance claimants.

And the roll out of universal credit, with sanctions even for people in work will continue, even if at a snail’s pace.

Meanwhile, another series of Benefits Street is about to begin on Channel 4 on Monday as the media helps the government soften up public opinion for another round of cuts.

The voluntary sector has, with some honourable exceptions, been depressingly quiet over the election period, presumably cowed by the Lobbying Act.

But that excuse has now gone and many will now hope to see see a major campaign by disability and poverty charities to oppose further benefits cuts for sick and disabled claimants.

 

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  1. May 8, 2015 2:57 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. May 8, 2015 3:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Far be it from me –.

  3. May 8, 2015 3:37 pm

    Am wondering now if I will still be here in a Years time as Cameron and his Nazi Party will attack us more every Month until he has rid the Country of all of us who they Believe are Surplus to Requirements no doubt his next Target will be the Middle Class

    • May 8, 2015 3:41 pm

      And the middle class don’t believe it will happen to them…..what a shock they are in for.

      • Sasson Hann permalink
        May 9, 2015 9:09 am

        Yes, what they really don’t ‘get’ in all of this, as I’ve said many times: if this is how the government treat the poor and vulnerable, what are they going to do to YOU!

        Ironically, the very people who have voted for the tories are those have done so against their own best interests. They didn’t bother to find out the truth about the eCONomy, about how many people suffered: like Katy Hopkins, they just ‘didn’t care’; only concerned with their own lives not the greater good.

        And the sad fact is that there was no need for austerity at all, and as such, it shows what kind of frightening ideology we are facing, not only from the government, but also our peers.

  4. May 9, 2015 1:41 am

    The middle class will be hit by the state pension changes next year, which will wipe out an entire lifetime’s contribution and gain them NIL state pension for life.

    Most people signing my petition just see the headline of women’s raised retirement age from 60 to 66 from 2013. This in itself is hitting around half a million women now, but the raised retirement age is but the start. We don’t have a retirement date til the next parliament 2020 onwards.

    My petition is far more than that and hits older people retiring from next year, and appears to be unique.

    Poorest workers and people early retired in lieu of redundancy under the massive austerity job cuts so far, are the hardest hit.

    See end of my petition why, in my WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT section, at:
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

    Some have already gained forecasts for next year of just £38 per week flat rate state pension after 45 years work.

    The middle class got hit hard by such private pension failures as Equitable Life, so taking that pension away. There have been business failures that took entire works pension away.

    The SERPs opt out will also reduce the amount of works pensions from such as defined benefit pensions from 2016.

    The middle class will have been able to save. Flat rate pension abolishes the savings parts of Pension Credit.

    And what of people paying into SERPs that became the State Second Pension from 2002, less than 35 years needed from 2016, as S2P / SERPs is abolished in 2016, so no further contributions can be made to top up the basic state pension.

    The flat rate pension merges SERPs and National Insurance record for the calculation of years of service to get the flat rate basic state pension.

    Then the middle class are being enticed into spending the lump sum from their works pension, when half of it will go in tax, a lot of the rest in admin charges.

    But even if they spend it all, the DWP will not give them benefit as they will be classed as still having the money.

    Pension Credit – guarantee credit – becomes more complex conditional in 2016, even eventually to the over 75s.

    Universal Credit denies Pension Credit if either of a couple are below the raised retirement age.

    People in their 60s meeting the Jobcentre culture for the first time, with no toilets, water, and all the cruelties of that regime, will not cope.

    Now we know that the Tories will do what they said of taxing at source Disability benefits and Attendance Allowance to the over 65s.

    I am on my own and so my petition crawls along.

    We need to sign each others’ petitions, even if it does not effect us, now, as we need huge numbers of signatures to get any attention at all.

    The flat rate pension will indeed hit the middle class, who will have been hit by many and various tightening of budgets.

    The middle class ignore the flat rate at their peril, because the right wing press were already talking of cutting the current state pension from £113.10 down to £75 per week. Other articles talk of seeing the end of the state pension by 2020.

    All this by the constant propaganda that ALL pensioners are well off, better off, not so badly hit by austerity, and all the rubbish to say that pensioners do not need the state pension nor pension credit.

    40 per cent of the over 50s are disabled / chronic sick, many that were on life awards. My old parents for one, now passed over.

    We know even the terminally ill are being sanctioned off benefit and declared fit for work.

    We are the sole nation in Europe with just foodbanks, with restricted access.

    The EU funds 7 day a week free cafes for the poor, without need of vouchers, accessible to the working poor, poor pensioners as well as the unemployed.

    We know the Tories will try now to wipe out social housing altogether and sell all the housing stock to make money.

    Al this because Labour could not shake off New Labour beliefs in austerity, that has now lost Labour two general elections.

    If the middle class realise the flat rate state pension con, also hits private and works pensions, whilst wiping out also the state pension, they will have a very poor or even penniless starving old age.

    Please share my petition widely, by word of mouth with people of all ages, as we know cannot be part of the ‘divide and conquer’ strategies of the Tories.

    Although the Tories have won, they only have a 12 MP majority and their back benchers are not all rich. When they say see their own family hit by the flat rate pension con, then maybe something might change.

    We might just help each other more now nd realise it is us who are all in the same boat.
    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/state-pension-at-60-now

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