Tag Archives: incapacity benefit

Well, that’s one

FRIENDS of an acclaimed Scottish writer have accused the new government’s crackdown on welfare benefits of being a factor in his suicide. Paul Reekie, who, along with Irvine Welsh, was part of a wave of young Scottish authors who rose to international prominence in the 1990s, killed himself in his Edinburgh home last month. The […]

Mandatory Lourdes trip for DLA claimants

Chancellor George Osborne has outlined plans to cut incapacity benefit, insisting those capable of working should work, citing the example of coma patients who could easily take up gainful employment as draft excluders. His comments come as the government seeks to make further inroads into the £155bn budget deficit, with those on incapacity benefits seen […]

We regret to inform you that the disabled will be mugged by their government (twice)

This is going to be a longer and much sharper post than I had originally intended. What first came to mind was an open letter to the new Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, pointing out a simple £50 million cost saving to the welfare bill, but then yesterday the new coalition government handed […]

I am not an underclass

Disability sucks. I just thought you should know that. It’s sometimes painful, always inconvenient and inclined to bite gaping holes out of your self esteem. Most people are pretty reliable: they get up in the morning, go to work or school during the week and kick back on the weekends doing activities they enjoy once […]

Right Dishonourable Members: Do unto others… not us!

Some MPs are planning to challenge requests they repay money following an independent review of expenses claims. Auditor Sir Thomas Legg has reviewed second homes expenses claims since 2004 and applied new retrospective limits on allowances for gardening and cleaning. Labour’s Martin Salter, who does not claim for a second home, said some MPs were […]