Tag Archives: welfare reform

Fraud, Error & Waste ™

The penny finally dropped over the weekend when I was telling SL about an unseemly exchange on the blog of Conservative MP Nadine Dorries. If you Twitter all day, every day about claiming disability benefit in one tweet whist arranging a night out in the pub in the next. If you tweet about claiming six […]

Give me £10,000 and I will save you £23.7 billion

You’ll have to forgive me for indulging in a little light maths, but as the current coalition partners in Britain have failed to do so, I figure it’s important that someone does. Having been one of the three million-ish disabled people scared sh*tless by their statement on Disability Living Allowance in the emergency budget, I […]

What is “Disabled”?

The definition of disability is changing. In the UK, the already arbitrary standards of Incapacity Benefit and Disability Living Allowance are being tightened even further as part of the coalition government’s economic reforms and roll-out of the new Employment Support Allowance. Chancellor George Osborne wants to cut £18 billion [now £22 billion] from the welfare […]

Computer says “no”

Work and pensions minister Chris Grayling is conducting an urgent review into a new medical test for incapacity benefit after fresh figures showed only 6% of those tested were deemed to be totally incapable of working. The figures, covering all new claims from October 2008 to the end of November 2009, show 39% are being […]

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 […]