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Sacked Work and Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb: “Plan to Slash Benefits Offends Everyone’s Sense of Social Justice”.

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Crabb: Offended.

Former minister Stephen Crabb: Government plan to slash welfare offends everyone’s sense of social justice.

Reports the Independent, just now. 

Former Conservative cabinet minister has said a plan to slash welfare “offends everyone’s sense of social justice” and called on the Government to help those affected.

Stephen Crabb said Chancellor Philip Hammond should introduce measures to “soften the blow” of cuts to Universal Credit, when he makes his Autumn Statement speech this week.

The former Work and Pensions Secretary also said the Government will have to review the pensions triple lock introduced by David Cameron, which guarantees payments rise each year, if it wants to do more to help working families.

Mr Crabb, who himself presided over cuts to some benefits while pensions secretary, told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour there was a “problem” with plans to reduce the Universal Credit.

He said: “When you look at the distributional impact for the changes from the Budget in March, there is an S-curve on the graph which basically shows that people on the lowest incomes effectively lose money from the changes, people on the highest incomes effectively gain. I think the Chancellor is going to have to have something to say about that.

“I think looking at that graph to see that people on lower incomes will be losing money offends everyone’s sense of social justice. But it doesn’t mean he needs to ‘reverse ferret’ on those proposed cuts. There are other things he can do to soften the impact of that.”

The Huffington Post adds,

Just what, if anything, Hammond will do about welfare cuts this week is a pressing issue. On Radio 4’s Westminster Hour last night, former Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb pointed out the Chancellor will already have to explain where he’s going to find the £4bn lost (but not forgotten) in his own personal independence payment reforms axed after IDS’s departure.

On the vexed topic of Universal Credit cuts – cuts that critics say will hit many ‘just managing’ people in low-income work – Crabb said ‘I think that offends everyone’s sense of justice”. But he suggested Hammond would address it with broader help for people on low incomes rather than by reversing another welfare cut.

Continuing his rational approach to policy, Crabb also became the latest senior Tory politician to suggest that the state pension ‘triple lock’ could end after the next election. It has “served its purpose” and “there will be a case after 2020 to look again at that”. Damian Green has Work and Pensions Questions today – will he offer up similar thoughts?

One Tory MP leading calls for welfare cuts to be eased is Heidi Allen. But on Pienaar’s Politics she went perhaps a step too far for her colleagues. Asked if she’d ‘snog, marry or avoid’ Ed Balls, she replied “Maybe snog…I like a man who can move to music.” Viewers’ votes meant the former Shadow Chancellor survived again on Strictly last night despite the judges’ disdain. Popular with the people, unsupported by the experts…how very 2016.

Former DWP minister Stephen Crabb admits disability benefit test is ‘traumatic’.

Reported the Independent on the 8th of November. 

Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary urges the Government to ‘fix’ the assessment process for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs).

A former Cabinet minister who was responsible for a controversial disability benefit test has admitted it is “traumatic” for applicants.

Stephen Crabb, who was sacked as Work and Pensions Secretary in July, said the Government needed to “fix” the assessment process for Personal Independence Payments (PIPs).

In a TV interview, the former Conservative leadership contender said there had to be system of benefit tests “when you’re giving out taxpayers’ money”.

But he added: “The way it has been done – I see this in my surgeries, every single MP in their surgery sees this – people who felt that the assessment procedure has been traumatic, intrusive, hasn’t been a comfortable experience at all. And that’s what we’ve got to fix.

Stephen Crabb on October the 5th.


Written by Andrew Coates

November 21, 2016 at 3:58 pm

64 Responses

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  1. Andrew

    I have no words to describe this craven Sith Lord, who will sacrifice everyone else for his bid for power…

    This from the man who was championing the cuts whole heartedly…

    I prey Life hands him his just deserts and others of his ilk.


    November 21, 2016 at 4:02 pm

  2. More importantly will Crabb or Hammond be the next to appear on ‘Strictly’?

    Judge Rinder

    November 21, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    • Here. That Oxana is a bit of hot stuff ain’t she yer honour? Blimey! And then some!


      November 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      • If I were a Strictly judge… well, I don’t know about a ten… but I’d certainly like to give her one ant day of the week!.


        November 21, 2016 at 5:16 pm

  3. OT: The True Tory Face of Homelessness

    “Luton homeless rent hike led council to move tenants”

    This and similar stiffing of other renters is what will collapse the housing market in the UK


    November 21, 2016 at 5:10 pm

  4. Andrew Coates

    November 21, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  5. Another one doing the same as IDS. who’s next.

    news seeker

    November 21, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    • Gove?


      November 21, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    • “I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”

      Luke 15:7

      Personally I think that there would be more joy on earth – and probably in heaven too – if supposedly religious and yet complete and utter bastards like Iain Duncan Smith and Stephen Crabb didn’t cause such so misery in the first place, by introducing measures that impoverish, balloon suffering, and hasten the demise of legions of completely innocent men, women and children in the first place.


      November 23, 2016 at 10:36 am

  6. well guess what? i have to go on another course lets see what it says.

    If you have been out of work for some time, this course will help you to think about the skills you have, and how they can be used in different situations. You will consider the value of work (it’s not just about the money), think about personal presentation and how to increase your chances of having a positive impact on others. Boost your confidence and self esteem by working with others in your group.
    2 weeks 4 lessons.

    looks like more nlp bs to me i shall sign nothing tho i shat out on this one could off been good to put that on a cv pmsl.

    Make Your Own Beauty Products
    On this course you will learn how to turn everyday ingredients into health and beauty products. Discover which ingredients you can use to make soap and bath products that make you feel great and save you money.

    and it only takes 6 lessons over 6 weeks what sort of fkn scam is that ffs nothing but scroungers living off the unemployed.


    November 21, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    • Wow. We taught the kids to make bath bombs in under an hour! 6 weeks must be some *potent* gear.


      November 22, 2016 at 9:07 am

    • One of many reports!

      “The responses that you have provided suggest that you are equally as comfortable supporting others, as you are in prioritising your own needs. It’s likely that you understand the importance of supporting others around you, however you may not always feel the need to get involved with them”

      news seeker

      November 22, 2016 at 3:23 pm

  7. superted

    November 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm

  8. please can somebody help me. well my Daughter!! im her DAD. shes 18 never had a job and is currently sick with anxiety and depression. she wanted o claim benefits and was put on universal credit in June 16, which is weird coz her 2 friends claim and are on eSA, but anyway. they have stopped sanctioned her for not going to a appointment at end of june yes i know,she has re complied but its wrong shes sick gotta sick note and shouldnt be made to go to job center searches etc. Anyone give us some HELP its BAD”

    “sorry to say this but sick with anxiety and depression at 18 is somewhat insultive as shes got a long way to go already and theres plenty more times where stress can be worse than what really is

    is there any further info you like to say that could enlighten the reason for the way she feels as we would like a little more info to be able to help

    im sorry but unless theres a good enough reason then everyone should get out of bed and go sign on as its only one day that includes many more

    also plenty more people out there that are in the same situation as her”

    What a joke! Teenagers claiming ESA for “anxiety and depression”. Probably expecting sympathy too but didn’t get it – and quite right too. You really have to draw the line under this crap! Wonder how old her friends who are claiming ESA for no doubt “anxiety and depression”. Goodness knows how they will cope if ESA is slashed by £30 knicker a week 😦 They will barely be able to top-up their smartphone 😀


    November 22, 2016 at 12:16 am

    • Don’t worry DPAC or Black Triangle will be along soon to put up a picture of someone in a wheelchair to falsely give the impression that everyone who claims ESA is confined to a wheelchair and arouse our sympathies: “Please don’t cut our ESA 😦 ” They conveniently ignore these blatant and shocking abuses of the benefits system like this though. Lazy, bone-idle fuckers!

      Just a Hard-working Taxpayer

      November 22, 2016 at 12:37 am

      • For somebody who dislikes the bone-idle you seem to have a lot of free time to play on the Internet – in between the Bookies, the Porn shop and the Pub no doubt.

        Andrew Coates

        November 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    • You know for a father your not as supportive as you should be and im not talking about benefits.

      If you spend your time looking up your daughters mental illness (the name her GP attached to it), your be better informed. Your learn mental illness does not discriminate like you do and is actually more common in women than men.
      Its always easy to imagine when you haven’t suffered yourself (i use to think that way,) that its just a case of “get a grip man, its all in your head” when the topic is depression and anxiety. The truth however is it just isn’t that simple and why would it be when the brain is anything but a simple tool that even now medical science cant fully explain let alone duplicate.

      Now obviously in your mannerism towards your daughter, heavily highlighted in this post, your bond isn’t that great but its never to late to change that. The best way to start is to put your siblings before your thoughts and feelings. Learn to connect with your daughter and hopefully in time your form a bond. If you can get to this point then you may find she will confine in you.

      You see when we talk just anxiety and depression, you’ve got to be able to see the triggers that bring this on. Secondly and this happens quite a bit and ive personally witnessed it myself with someone i know, it needs to be established that the diagnosis is correct as what was originally said to be depression, actually turned out to be bipolar. You see not all mental illnesses are within our control and are things like chemical imbalances that require anything from a years taking of powerful medicine and schemes like CBT to taking them there entire life.

      Now when we consider work, even going and signing on i have found some can do it as it gives them focus and direction, a form of distraction if you like while others it only served to make the situation worse which be very aware can lead to suicidal tenancies, even suicide itself.

      So please concentrate on whats really important as that’s not work or benefits, its your daughters quality of life, her well being.


      November 22, 2016 at 10:18 am

  9. Millions affected by universal credit cuts to be partly compensated by chancellor

    Philip Hammond will attempt in the autumn statement to fulfil PM’s pledge to support families who are ‘just about managing’


    news seeker

    November 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm

  10. Concentrix was wrong to stop tax credits in 90 per cent of appealed cases, figures show

    Appeals have been overwhelmingly succesfull.


    news seeker

    November 22, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  11. Tories have axed more than ONE MILLION public sector jobs since taking power.

    The GMB , Britain’s third largest union, analysed government data to expose the dramatic decline in jobs from local Town Halls to Whitehall civil servants.

    Job losses were most marked in North West England (129,000), South West England (115,000), Yorkshire and the Humber (105,000) and London (100,000) over the last six years.

    Workers ranging from tax inspectors to refuse collectors have been axed as the Tory cuts bit deep into budgets.


    news seeker

    November 22, 2016 at 12:59 pm

  12. The government has scrapped controversial plans to force councils in England to raise rents for social housing tenants on higher incomes.

    The “pay to stay” policy, which was announced by George Osborne last year, would have seen households paying higher rents from next April if they earned above a set threshold.

    The housing minister, Gavin Barwell, said the government had reviewed the policy and decided that it did not meet the aim of supporting working class families and saving money for the taxpayer. As a result, it would no longer be mandatory for councils to introduce it.


    news seeker

    November 22, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    • Note : Councils if able too can if they can find a way of implementing this craziness, do so.

      Totally unworkable: Person earns over threshold, has rent increased. Then losses job. As unable to pay increased rent is made homeless BY the council. You know that they would never lower the amount of rent so that is going to be the inevitable result. This’ll be a fun one for the council to defend in court.


      November 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    • Consultation on funding reform for supported accommodation sector.

      Supported housing, which supports some of the most vulnerable people from across the country, will continue to be exempt from the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) cap until 2019. From then the new funding model will protect the sector from the cap with a top-up of additional ring-fenced funding.

      This will mean Housing Benefit and the housing element of Universal Credit will focus on paying for core housing costs, whilst the new ring-fenced pot of money will give local authorities greater flexibility to commission services in line with local needs.


      news seeker

      November 22, 2016 at 4:47 pm

  13. Why can it take so long before starting your new job?

    The problems many face when trying to get a job, amongst others, discrimination.

    These checks can include criminal record, bankruptcies, credit record, and getting to the bottom of any career gaps in your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.


    news seeker

    November 22, 2016 at 2:08 pm

  14. Making savings costs money. Time to get a firm in to save us money. The culture on contracting out services is how the dictators aka Tory genocide government], the local councils, DWP & Prison Service operate. These corporate companies that are used can see these easy targets a mile off. Easy money !!! So yet again we all need to cut costs like the Corporate slogan of It`s What the uk government can`t do & can do we rip off. These corporate companies run the Government down to the civil service. The point being is that like the Prison Staff who are now employed by Serco & G4S they are no rights & no Union but the Prison workers are moaning that they have deaths threats within the prison. All government or should I say Public Service is operated like a well oil money saving contract. The money saving contract costs a lot more than before you got the firm in. So more cuts & closers – Public Services bankrupt yet £ Billions put through them like a money laundering saving exercise. SLAVERY

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm

  15. OT: Medical Assessments – the truth


    “‘Assessors say my dementia is improving’
    Wendy Mitchell, who has early onset dementia, told the Victoria Derbyshire programme how her benefits have stopped following a reassessment.”

    ME: And here in the full light of day is the fallacy of DWP – Dementia has been scientifically proven to Worsen not improve – it Never Ever improves.

    Yet for the first time in History, uniquely [I suspect not as far as other medical assessments carried out by ATOS/MaxiArse though] in medical science at the say so of DWP this person has made medical history – oh, and as a side note no longer gets benefits.


    November 22, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    • Jobs with Dementia – A job at the DWP would suit people with Dementia.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 22, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      • Human Rights & Equality Laws

        The Right To Live

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 22, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      • The DWP Law

        The Right To Die

        Is That Euthanasia or Assisted or suicide

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm

      • Apparently the DWP now thinks you can get better from degenerative illnesses like dementia, which will be news to the medical and scientific fraternity, and has begun cutting the benefits of people suffering from these progressive degenerative diseases.


        November 23, 2016 at 10:42 am

    • Ive watched one of my family suffer from dementia and am currently around another.The two instances are total alike and infact i used my first experience to prepare the family members of the second and the stages as there known all happened at the same time frame. Its an onslaught illness that knows no such word as relent.


      November 22, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      • Are you the milkman?

        Dee Mented

        November 23, 2016 at 10:18 am

  16. Ok I have fucked off out of society now so I don`t pay income tax – Can`t have your cake & eat it.

    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    • Don`t ask me questions – That makes me back into society.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 22, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      • So the contract still stands then !!!!

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 22, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      • NOTES: Civil Service Memo

        Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

        November 22, 2016 at 2:34 pm

  17. It`s Not What Cancer Can`t Do – It`s What Cancer Can Do

    It`s Not What You Can`t Do – It`s What You Can Do

    It`s Not What ME Can`t Do – It`s What ME Can Do


    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm

  18. It`s Not What Slavery Can`t Do – It`s What Slavery Can Do

    It`s Not What Genocide Can`t Do – It`s What Genocide Can Do

    It`s Not What Disabled Can`t Do – It`s What The Disabled Can Do

    It`s Not What War Can`t Do – It`s What War Can Do

    It`s Not What A Tick Box Can`t Do – It`s What A Tick Box Can Do

    It`s Not What A Fake Medical Can`t Do – It`s What A Fake Medical Can Do

    It`s Not What Publishing Laws Can`t Do – It`s What Publishing Laws Can Do


    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 22, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    • Use that & you are breaking publishing laws – SLOGAN PLC

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 22, 2016 at 2:51 pm


    Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

    November 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    • Reason For The Truth – Then reason with reason the reasoning to the use of English from spoken to written word – Don`t Get It Twisted.

      Stepping Razor Sound Plate System

      November 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm

  20. Violet

    November 22, 2016 at 2:54 pm

  21. Horizon

    November 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm

  22. “WORK FIRST SCOTLAND” – new £14M scheme for disabled people starts April 2017 and will operate without the threat of sanctions:

    “It will be run by disability employment charity THE SHAW TRUST, disability training and rehabilitation organisation MOMENTUM SCOTLAND and REMPLOY, the UK’s largest employer of people with disabilities”.



    November 22, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    • Remploy is actually Maximus who bought them out if any didnt know. Momentum isnt that old so lacks the real experience and basically lives of pushing claimants into NVQs so they can pocket SFC funds not to mention the usual funds and the shaw trust, yet another large rather than an SME’s being given such contracts.

      Now all three rely heavily on European funding so did anyone stop and ask can you support yourself knowing we are leaving the EU.

      In the case of maximus i did warn you after getting my hands on there meeting minutes one of which i once printed on this site, that they were looking to take on and manage the whole disabled and ill side of welfare meaning they could proliferate there own claimant database as it is them deciding who is or is not able to work and we all know how crooked they were going about doing that.

      In short heaven help the Scottish disabled and ill.


      November 22, 2016 at 8:12 pm

  23. Decadence: who really listens to governments and the rule of law anymore ?

    “Landlords and letting agents react with rage to ban on agency fees”


    “Tech firms seek to frustrate internet history log law”


    “Police officers attacked ‘by group of up to 30 schoolchildren”


    “Police officer stabbed in Bow pub attack”.

    Which ever country you reside in, even here, the control governments and enforcement once had is fast diminishing as decadence moves to the forefront alive and well. From tax avoidance to cybercrime there is an endless stream of people defying governments and enforcement globally without a care in the world and for most, there actually getting away with it. People tired of being dictated to, pushed about are turning there smarts and brawn be they rich,poor,young or old.

    It was foretold on this very site was it not that decadence would reign.


    November 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

  24. Who can view my internet history?

    Metropolitan police force
    City of London police force
    Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
    Police Service of Scotland
    Police Service of Northern Ireland
    British Transport Police
    Ministry of Defence Police
    Royal Navy Police
    Royal Military Police
    Royal Air Force Police
    Security Service
    Secret Intelligence Service
    Ministry of Defence
    Department of Health
    Home Office
    Ministry of Justice
    National Crime Agency
    HM Revenue & Customs
    Department for Transport
    Department for Work and Pensions
    NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
    Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
    Competition and Markets Authority
    Criminal Cases Review Commission
    Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
    Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
    Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
    Financial Conduct Authority
    Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
    Food Standards Agency
    Food Standards Scotland
    Gambling Commission
    Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
    Health and Safety Executive
    Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
    Information Commissioner
    NHS Business Services Authority
    Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
    Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
    Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
    Office of Communications
    Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
    Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
    Scottish Ambulance Service Board
    Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
    Serious Fraud Office
    Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust



    No Oppression

    November 23, 2016 at 10:34 am

    • They have to connect you as a person with an IP that you’ve used and it’s very easy to break that connection. For example if you buy an unregistered data SIM and use it in an unregistered modem, topping it up with vouchers bought anonymously from a shop or garage, there is no link between you as a person and the IP addresses your internet provider doles out to you. About the only thing that can happen is for your internet provider to get a rough location for where you connect to their network based on their masts which, as far as I know, they don’t have to provide under the snooper’s charter.


      November 23, 2016 at 10:50 am

      • There is still a connection record though if the coppers or whoever seizes the phone/SIM card. Interestingly, ‘evidence’ from someone’s library internet history (what they had been searching for on gugle) was used in a court case the other day. So don’t think because you use the library computers you are safe 😉

        Do Not Spy On Us

        November 23, 2016 at 11:20 am

      • You know Saul, if people chose there words more carefully (ie,stop spilling there personal guts online and bragging), maybe these people wouldn’t get caught. That said i have no love for people who take money under false pretenses.

        The problem begins however when said laws are abused like in the case of local councils using the terrorist act to try and catch fly tippers. You see anyone can say anything about anyone so where is the line that decides what and what is creditable enough to pursue. Like for instance is the fact you have say an iphone or a new pair of £100 trainers while unemployed grounds enough for suspicion ?

        How about refusing to allow DWP access to your UJM account ?

        Can you see how this can be twisted to get round irksome regulations/laws that government have to adhere to.


        November 23, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      • Yep. Since you have to book a workstation in a public library before you can use it there is a very easy audit trail leading back to you, since all you need to do is match workstation IP with time and user to identify the latter. However, if you’ve got a laptop, preferably a Linux laptop although if you have to use a Windows machine and log on to it using a local account it’ll do at a pinch, there are plenty of free Wi-Fi hotspots you can use for nothing or not much, e.g., buy a cup of coffee and use a cafe’s Wi-Fi, where available, to access the internet for as long as your refreshment lasts. If the staff don’t know you and you’re not videoed by security cameras you’ll not be too easy to trace without a lot of work.


        You’re right of course. If you give anybody an inch they will take a mile. I remember when Labour brought in anti-terrorism legislation that gave all sorts of people the right to put people under surveillance, including local authorities for some reason, who then went on to spy on people for completely non-terrorist related reasons, e.g., tenants under suspicion of co-habiting, people protesting against council policy for all sorts of reasons, and so on and so forth. In the current climate of paranoia I would bet that we’ll see things like this happening more and more in future.


        November 23, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      • The filth abuse the drugs laws in the same way that they abuse the terrorism laws. Say you are a passenger in a car which is pulled over by the cops. If you politely decline their request (refuse) to give them your details, which you are legally entitled to do since only the driver has to give the filth their details, they will bust you under “section 36” which means you will be man-handled and thrown into a meat-wagon and carted down to the local nick to be strip searched.


        November 23, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    • Fucking hell!

      Ant Middleton

      November 23, 2016 at 11:24 am

  25. Cabinet minister Priti Patel faces accusations she is ‘planning to privatise UK’s foreign aid budget’


    Not looking priti at the moment is she, sitting or otherwise.


    November 23, 2016 at 10:39 am

  26. Interesting comments about Remploy and Maximus.

    Here are some even more interesting comments (including video report) about Maximus in Australia (I think this subject has been aired before, a few years ago):



    November 23, 2016 at 10:41 am

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