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Key Benefit Cuts this Year. End the Benefit Freeze!

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The Labour Party has been criticised for not campaigning for an end to the Benefit Freeze.

This is the last time it came up, on the 25th of August 2017, “Jeremy Corbyn will today call on the Government to end the benefits freeze – despite failing to contain a similar pledge in Labour’s election manifesto.” (Politics Home).

The Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Debbie Abrahams, has said nothing recently on this burning issue – at least that can be tracked down.

She has however retweeted the following article:

Anybody  worried about fuel bills after the hard winter, and the fact that everytime you go to the supermarket some price seems to go up, not to mention the next round of Council Tax demands (payable up to 20% of the total in some councils even for even those on benefits), would want an answer, beginning with calls to end the benefit freeze.

Today (as in the above Tweet) the Observer publishes a long article, Millions of families on brink face deepest benefit cuts in years by 

He highlights that this is far from a minority concern.

There are four key benefit cuts this year. Working-age benefits will be frozen for a third year, saving £1.9bn and affecting almost 11 million families. The 3% real-terms cut in working-age benefits this year will be by far the biggest of the freeze, set to last four years.

A measure limiting benefit claims to a family’s first two children, costing up to £2,780 for a family having a third child, saves £400m this year and affects 150,000 families.

The withdrawal of the family element of support for new tax credit and universal credit claims from families with children will cost families up to £545. It saves the public purse £200m this year and will affect 400,000 families.

Finally, the rollout of the controversial universal credit system, which combines several benefits into one payment, saves £200m because some claimants have lower entitlements compared with the existing system, especially the long-term sick and working families.

This is particularly striking,

New research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that the decision to press ahead and freeze most working-age benefits and tax credits this year would see a couple with two children left £380 worse off compared with a scenario in which their universal credit claim had increased in line with prices.

Savage says this,

Labour is planning to embarrass the government and Tory MPs on Tuesday by forcing them to have a vote on controversial changes that are set to leave some poor families without free school meals for their children or free childcare.

What we need is an end to the Benefit Freeze!

Written by Andrew Coates

March 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.


    March 11, 2018 at 1:18 pm

  2. Reblogged this on disabledsingleparent.


    March 11, 2018 at 1:39 pm

  3. In Cornwall, the poorest county in the UK with the most expensive utilities, everyone of working age has to pay at least 25% of their council tax. Everyone. Including those struggling to get by on frozen and inadequate benefits.


    March 11, 2018 at 3:51 pm

  4. We have an illegitimate government who are run by an hostile elite, that Hammond bastard couldn’t care less about the poverty and despair people are facing because that’s the point of this austerity to target those very people as planned for agenda21/30!


    March 11, 2018 at 4:58 pm

  5. The Benefits Freeze shows the true ruthless attitudes of this government. It’s nothing more than taking a whip to the unemployed to force them off benefits.

    Jeff Smith

    March 11, 2018 at 5:18 pm

  6. http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKUT/AAC/2017/459.pdf


    page 6 (ii) the Secretary of State is satisfied that the claimant has taken all
    reasonable action for the purpose of obtaining paid work despite the
    number of hours that the claimant spends taking such action being
    lower than the expected number of hours per week; and
    (b) that action gives the claimant the best prospects of obtaining work.’31. Thus regulation 95 does not mean that a failure to engage in work search for 35
    hours a week necessarily leads to a finding that the claimant has failed to comply
    with the work search requirement. Rather, the question is whether the claimant has
    spent time amounting to “the expected number of hours per week minus any relevant deductions” 😉


    March 11, 2018 at 8:26 pm

  7. In August 2016, I e-mailed Jeremy Corbyn urging him to campaign to rescind the ESA WRAG cuts, and possibly take legal action to reverse them. I never received a response from either him or his staff. I asked Tom Watson the same question and his office replied that the Labour party would campaign against them. Well, their campaign has largely been invisible. Labour has ostensibly failed to campaign against these pernicious cuts, or challenge Sarah Newton’s lie:

    New minister for the disabled LIES to Parliament about genocidal cuts to benefits | Vox Political

    Frank Field, MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, was so alarmed by the life-threatening ESA WRAG cuts that he wrote Penny Mordaunt, Sarah Newton’s predecessor https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4DDIATl4FpJWTVmSGZtUTJtcmM/view?usp=sharing

    The ESA WRAG cuts have been in effect since April 3rd; the failure of the Guardian (which publishes articles on disability on an almost daily basis) and the British press to investigate how these new chronically ill and disabled claimants are faring as they struggle to survive on a below subsistence, JSA-level benefit, is a serious dereliction of duty. (See, for instance, ‘Sickness benefits just aren’t enough to live on’ according to family of Parkinson’s sufferer | Gazette http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/15864616._Sickness_benefits_just_aren_t_enough_to_live_on__says_family_of_Parkinson_s_sufferer/ and Majority of disability benefit claimants being left with not enough to live on, campaigners warn | The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/disability-benefit-claimants-insufficient-funds-employment-support-allowance-survey-labour-a8163576.html.)

    The DWP’s disregard for the subsistence needs of new ESA WRAG claimants is shocking. When sick and disabled people don’t have enough money to live on, let’s not pretend that by focusing solely on getting them into work but leaving them still choosing whether to heat or eat, we are actually tackling the disability employment gap.

    If the media blackout on the ESA WRAG cuts persists much longer, the danger is that the DWP ministers will conclude that these vulnerable claimants are adequately coping on a reduced benefit and they’ll promote that false narrative in the right-wing press.

    I have written to both Katharine Viner, Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, and Dr. Francis Ryan, Guardian disability columnist, imploring them to investigate how new claimants in the ESA WRAG are faring. Dr. Ryan responded that she plans to write a piece in April, the anniversary of the cuts.

    Disclosure: I’m a 62 year-old Canadian Disability Studies specialist who since 2012 has been reporting voluntarily to the UN on the welfare crisis impacting Britain’s sick and disabled. I also campaign daily on Twitter.

    Montreal, Canada

    • The UN was set up and the media is owned and/or run by the evil bastards who are inflicting all this misery on the disabled, unemployed, working poor,etc!


      March 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm

  8. Reblogged this on seachranaidhe1.


    March 12, 2018 at 11:39 am

  9. Andrew Coates

    March 12, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    • I don’t mind Abrahams, thought she was doing a pretty decent job as Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and think her side of things is probably true. But it’s academic really because statistically Labour are not making enough headway to win the next general election, whenever that might be. Best we can hope for is another minority Conservative government not led by a cold-blooded reactionary arsehole like Jacob Rees-Moog or some extreme right-winger cut from the same cloth.


      March 12, 2018 at 5:32 pm


    Beware of the self-scan machines in supermarket Lidl. These greedy fuckers are short-changing customers. In any other supermarket (not sure if Aldi have self-scans and they are cut from the same so-called ‘discount’ Teutonic cloth) if there is an error in dispensing change the system will stall with a “System Assistance Required” message allowing the assistant to clear the machine/reimburse you/whatever. Not the case in Lidl. The self-scan tills will short-change you and swiftly move onto the next customer. Let’s be careful out there!

    Sergeant Phil Esterhaus

    March 13, 2018 at 8:21 am

  11. *if there is a GENUINE error

    Sergeant Phil Esterhaus

    March 13, 2018 at 8:22 am

  12. The self-scan tills are either programmed to short-change deliberately or they are programmed keep the money in the event of a dispensing error. It could easily be the latter simply because Lidl (and the other ‘discounter’ like to ‘keep things moving’) and they don’t want to stall the queue by opening the machine, etc.
    In any case of smacks of theft and downright dishonesty! It also needs investigated!

    Sergeant Phil Esterhaus

    March 13, 2018 at 8:29 am

  13. The self-scan tills are either programmed to short-change deliberately or they are programmed keep the money in the event of a dispensing error. It could easily be the latter simply because Lidl (and the other ‘discounter’ like to ‘keep things moving’) and they don’t want to stall the queue by opening the machine, etc.
    In any case of smacks of theft and downright dishonesty! It also needs investigated!! And, this coming from the same supermarket that wrestles ‘shoplifters’ to the ground over a cheap bottle of the cider yet they think it is OK to steal from customers.

    Sergeant Phil Esterhaus

    March 13, 2018 at 8:32 am

    • We usually refused to use self scan tills, I make the people working in the store do it for, I am not employer by the company.


      March 13, 2018 at 9:19 am

  14. “Tory MPs and councillors will pay the price at the ballot box if they vote for take free school meals from children growing up in poverty.

    Carry on Tories and lose!

    Tory council Number of children to lose free school meal eligibility

    Barnet 10,200

    Wandsworth 6,700

    Calderdale 4,800

    Dudley 6,800

    Kirklees 6,400

    Trafford 6,700

    Walsall 620

    Milton Keynes 5,400

    Plymouth 3,900

    Swindon 3,700

    NE Lincolnshire 2,600



    March 13, 2018 at 12:18 pm

  15. ‘Benefit to Society‘

    ‘We’re not scroungers’: Campaign seeks to challenge negative stereotyping of social housing

    Social housing tenants are falsely and unfairly portrayed as ‘benefit scroungers’ in the national media, say campaigners.



    March 13, 2018 at 12:37 pm

  16. “They want us gone”. Good riddance!

    Di Versity

    March 13, 2018 at 3:35 pm

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