Michael Fabricant MP Says Some Disability Benefit Claimants Are Taking The British Taxpayer For A Ride
Shocking comments by Michael Fabricant, Tory MP, in a statement a couple of hours ago.
Mr Fabricant issued his statement in an email sent to the media. This is what he said:
“George Osborne announced in the budget a further billion pounds to be spent on disability benefits – more than ever before. But with the population growing ever more elderly, it is important that benefits are targeted fairly.
“Social media has been rife with comments about changes to disability benefits. One person tweeted on budget day that a “quadriplegic has just written an excellent piece ( via voice automated keyboard)” that their benefits had been cut by the “wicked Tories” because of changes to the allowances.
“This cannot be true, so it really is time for a reality check.
“Firstly, no-one currently on disability benefits will have the amount of money they receive changed.
“And secondly, if after 2017 someone were unfortunately to begin to suffer from a severe disability, they will receive the same benefits and also not be affected by these changes.
“It is really as straightforward as that.
“But I know people, as I am sure you do, who are living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases who want to work to keep busy, are working, and are happy to do so. Despite their problems, they lead full and productive lives.
“There are others who have far less threatening disabilities who work for reduced hours in jobs that accommodate their condition. And good for them for making the best of a difficult situation.
“And then there are others who could work, but because they are receiving benefits, they choose not to. Perhaps you know some of them too. They may not see it this way, but they are taking the British taxpayer for a ride to the tune of over £500 million, and rising, each year. That just can’t be allowed to go on when the money could be better spent on education and the NHS.
“So from 2017, if unfortunately someone becomes disabled, an independent medical team will assess that person. If they believe someone is capable of work, they will receive the same amount of money as Job Seekers Allowance just like everyone else – which is less than full disability benefit – to encourage them to seek work.
“With unemployment in the Lichfield area currently less than 1%, I think that’s only fair to both those in work who pay their income tax to pay for these benefits and, actually, to those who could lead more productive lives.
“Of course, if – once these new provisions come in – anyone feels they have been incorrectly medically assessed, they should write to their own MP. If that MM is me, I will take up their case – as I would always do.”