I am totally unsurprised, albeit perturbed, that the Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury George Osborne, has demonstrated his total lack of understanding of the Welfare Reform Act. In his Conference speech he announced ‘working-age benefits will be frozen for two years after 2015’ with an added proviso that “the elderly and the disabled will be protected”.
He then confirmed Cameron’s statement of yesterday, of a £3,000 reduction in the Benefits Cap; and this is where confusion arises. Despite his promise of protection for disabled people, individuals in receipt of the work-related activity component of ESA will be included in the cap. Clearly Osborne has failed to notice that many disabled people are in receipt of precisely this benefit; and frequently these are the same people awaiting mandatory reconsiderations, and or, Tribunals.
This situation is indicative of a Political Party that has made more blunders in the past 4 years, than I’ve had the proverbial number of hot dinners; but these inaccuracies, whether through oversight or error, create untenable positions for the disabled people who are forced to live with them. How can we as disabled people, or the civil servants expected to deliver the associated policies manage, when the Government of the day has created legislation they themselves fail to comprehend?
This is an impossible place to be in, and if for no other reason, No One in receipt of benefits can Trust the Tories. We owe it to ourselves to do everything we can, to make sure they are not in Government this time next year.