Archive for January 12th, 2012

Baroness Tonge tells BBC Radio 4 – Nick Clegg “isn’t thinking straight” over welfare reform changes

12 January 2012

We covered the details regarding the votes in House of Lords last night here re Welfare Reform. Crack in the wall of silence

Earlier today BBC Radio 4 interviewed Baroness Tonge and you can listen to it again here. Please forward to 17 mins

 Lib Dem peer Baroness Tonge BBC Radio 4 - ” Nick Clegg “isn’t thinking straight” over welfare reform changes”

 

At last – a crack in the wall of silence on benefit cuts‏

12 January 2012

The government was defeated three times in a row in the Lords last night on its proposals to save money be limiting the benefits paid to ill and disabled people who claim Employment Support Allowance. You can read about it here

The three main parties have until now maintained a solid wall of silence acting together on welfare reform to cut and limit benefits to disabled people. Now – at long last it is sensational to see the first crack in this wall of silence.

Lord Patel made a compelling case. ( You can watch in full here , forward to 40mins for the start of the debate ).
 
It was great to hear him spelling out so clearly that people placed in the WRAG group of ESA who are being threatened with these sanctions and time limits are all people who have been assessed under the new tests as people who are not fit to be required to work. So why are these people being time limited and treated as if they are fit to work? As Lord Freud made very clear in the debate – the limits are being put on their benefits only to save money. ( Lords Hansard text here)
 
The deficit cannot be reduced on the backs of people who are assessed as not fit to work – some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the community.
 
More votes including one on DLA are coming up in the next few weeks. Campaigners are working tirelessly lobbying members of the House of Lords and media. Further details can be found here
 
It is even more important now to get the details of Pat’s Petition out to people to give them a chance to register their support for campaigners where the government can see and hear them. Please let people know what is happening and how they can sign Pat’s Petition.
 

Sign Pat’s Petition here

 
More details about the petition and the supporters here
 
See Pat’s Petition on FaceBook
 
and on Twitter
 
Read Resonsible Report ( Spartacus report ) Responsible Reform
 
Listen to Baroness Meacher here
 
Watch video of protest outside Westminster here  

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