Democracy Gone Astray

Democracy, being a human construct, needs to be thought of as directionality rather than an object. As such, to understand it requires not so much a description of existing structures and/or other related phenomena but a declaration of intentionality.
This blog aims at creating labeled lists of published infringements of such intentionality, of points in time where democracy strays from its intended directionality. In addition to outright infringements, this blog also collects important contemporary information and/or discussions that impact our socio-political landscape.

All the posts here were published in the electronic media – main-stream as well as fringe, and maintain links to the original texts.

[NOTE: Due to changes I haven't caught on time in the blogging software, all of the 'Original Article' links were nullified between September 11, 2012 and December 11, 2012. My apologies.]

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Tory MP Attacks Theresa May On Bedroom Tax And Disability Cuts

A Tory MP has attacked Theresa May on the bedroom tax and on proposed cuts to disability benefits.

John Redwood told BBC’s Westminster Hour the Prime Minister should axe the spare room subsidy, which limits housing benefits for those deemed to have spare rooms, and should “look again” at the disability budget.

“I thought there were better ways of ensuring proper allocation of housing without affecting people’s rights that they’ve already got”, he said, adding he “wasn’t comfortable” with the bedroom tax.

The Tory MP also called on the government to rethink disability cuts, saying “I don’t want them taking money away from people currently getting it”.

“I think we can do better by the disabled”.

“I think now the economy is in better shape, I’d like the Government to look at all these areas in the round.

“Mrs May and Mr Hammond have come up with some much better language about how they wish to support people and help people and I hope they will come up with a range of interesting proposals that will be better”, he said.

This comes as filmmaker Ken Loach urged the Chancellor to outlaw cuts to disability support in his autumn statement later this month.

A proposed £30-a-week reduction would affect around half a million recipients of Employment Support Allowance.

The director of the critically acclaimed I, Daniel Blake, said the change “should not happen.”

“It’s meagre anyway. People with disabilities need the barest minimum that they are given at the moment just to survive, just to get by, just to keep going and try and get back into work”, he said.

“To cut that is cutting money from the most vulnerable and poorest people. And Philip Hammond should outlaw that immediately. Don’t cut the disability benefit.”

Original Article
Author: Martha Gill

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