And there was us thinking we could slip into cosy X Factor Christmas whimsy.
Maria Miller, the disability minister, has launched a consultation on plans to replace disability living allowance with a new benefit. “Disability living allowance has become confusing and complex. The rising caseload and expenditure is unsustainable.”
Which means more cuts, for the most vulnerable whilst the rich stay just as fucking rich. We’re reading it now, can be found at: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2010/dla-reform.shtml
Key points spotted so far:-
Currently individuals on DLA with certain health conditions or impairments are automatically entitled to specific rates of the benefit without a full assessment. We propose that for Personal Independence Payment there are no automatic entitlements, other than the special rules for people who are terminally ill.
Which sounds like benefit cuts on the cards for many already
“We also believe that advice from an independent healthcare professional should be an important part of the new process. In most cases, we envisage that this will involve a face-to-face meeting with an independent healthcare professional, allowing an in-depth analysis of an individual’s circumstances.”
More money for scum like Atos Origin then
“We know that some people’s needs may change over time, and sometimes so gradually that the customer themselves won’t notice. To ensure that everyone continues to receive the correct amount of benefit, we plan to periodically review all awards.”
Even more money for scum like Atos Origin then
“To ensure that support goes to those who face the greatest challenges, the benefit will only be available to people with a long-term health condition or impairment. Individuals will have to qualify for the benefit for a period of six months and be expected to continue to qualify for a further six months before an award can be made.”
By which time hopefully a few will have died off. In poverty.
“Just as we are committed to providing unconditional support to those who are unable to work, we know that work is the best form of welfare for those who are able to do so. That’s why I want as many disabled people as possible to benefit from employment – it is not acceptable for anyone to be trapped in a cycle of dependency.”
And we all know where that’s leading.
Do not let these bastards do this. Organise, protest, occupy, fight. The National Day of Action Against Welfare and Housing Benefits must just be the beginning.
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