U.K. Government Lies about ALL of their Welfare Intentions

The Smoking Gun that shows the Tories lied about ALL of their Welfare intentions

And that’s how it goes folks. Being me these days. Suddenly, out of the blue, someone sends me something so perfect, so shocking, so undeniable that my heart starts to beat faster.

So in an innocent little tweet from someone called Stephe Meloy sent me this wonderful, oh-so-detailed smoking gun.


Entitled “A Contract for Equalities” with (oh delicious irony) a foreword by Theresa May (Yes that’s right, she IS the now Home Secretary who wants to abolish Human Rights) it is a detailed pre-election plan of what the Conservatives will and will not do if they win power in the 2010 election.

Best of all, as @mrsblogs points out on Twitter a link to launch the document urges “if we fail to make progress in these areas & do not deliver on our side of the bargain, then vote us out in five years time”

Theresa May assures us in her intro that

“Just as we are determined to fight poverty, so we are determined to fight prejudice and discrimination wherever it exists
No group, no minority, will be left behind on the road to a better future.”

Which gives you the tone of pure fantasy of the rest of the document.

Initially, we are told, no-one too ill to work should be forced to. 

“Central to our plans is a clear distinction between people who can’t work and those who can. of course, there are some people who due the nature of their disability or illness will not be able to work. These people who cannot work because of a disability or illness should never be forced   to work.”

So far, 22,620 Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants in the 

WRAG  (Work Related Activity Group  – people found to be severely sick or disabled and unfit for immediate work) have been sanctioned – some onto the government’s work programme – under threat of losing their income between 1st June 2010 and 31st May 2012 

“We are very much focused on
helping all who are capable of work, not just
those who are nearest to the job market.”

Recent evidence to parliament’s Work & Pensions committee shows providers ARE favouring those easiest to help

Here’s where it get’s really interesting. They WON’T be scrapping Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

“As disabled people themselves are best placed to judge how to meet their care needs, we will preserve Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance as cash benefits, which can be used to support family care and costs arising from their disability. “
Disability Living Allowance Mobility Component for blind people the current rules for people claiming the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance mean that it is only available to people who are physically unable to walk. This is unfair to visually impaired people as they too face mobility difficulties. While the law has now been altered to enable these rules to be changed, it is still not a reality for people with no useful sight for orientation purposes. We will implement this change to help support people with visual impairments to live more independently”

Expressing the desire to EXTEND a benefit, would certainly imply you had no intention of abolishing it the moment you came to power. The Conservatives announced a new benefit to replace it just weeks later

They go on to say they will “simplify the assessment process for accessing services” for disabled children,

they say they will “increase the number of health visitors by 4,200” and that they won’t abolish Child Trust Funds or the top up payments for disabled children.

But here’s the real killer punch at the end :

Under a section entitled Changing attitudes towards disabled people :

“A Conservative government will tackle the stigma and prejudice that still persists towards disabled people, particularly those with mental ill-health.”

In fact, a misleading scrounger rhetoric, knowingly engineered and sustained by this government, has left millions of disabled people living in fear and allowed the single greatest attacks on disabled people in living memory. Note the HUGE spike in negative language about welfare claimants and the disabled from 2010 when this government came to power.

There are literally countless lies here, and I’ve only focussed on the very narrow subject of welfare reform and adult disability. Other groups are infinitely better qualified than me to discuss the many many other sections to this document. I’m sure they will want to when they see this utter fabrication from our current government.


Source: Diary of a Benefit Scrounger

One response

  1. Corporatism hates humanity and socia

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