Expected but still disturbing events yesterday at Parliament.
On the 8th January 2013 the government won a vote for a 1% cap on the annual rise of most working-age welfare payments and tax credits. The Bill limits rises in most working-age benefits to 1% in 2014/15 and 2015/2016 instead of linking them to inflation (the Consumer Price Index).
Based on the link to inflation policy it was expected most benefit rates would rise in April 2013 by 2.2% but a similar 1% cap could be applied to them also.
The Benefits affected are:
•Employment and Support Allowance
•Elements of housing benefit
•Sick Pay, Maternity Pay, Paternity Pay, Adoption Pay
•Couple and lone parent elements of working tax credits and the child element of the child tax credit
This legislation must to be approved by the Commons and the Lords to implement it for 2013-2016.
If you’ve not feathered your nest yet you’ve missed the boat as the “have nots” such as disabled people, working people and families on low income will have even less. What an absolute mess this nation is heading towards as the ramifications of welfare reforms and the economic climate begin to bite even harder.
If you feel strongly about some of the effects of the governments welfare reforms there is an online e-petition that is a must for you to sign. please support this as there is little that can seemingly be done to stop the already appalling degradation and treatment of the sick and disabled in the UK.
It calls for:
1. A Cumulative Impact Assessment of all cuts and changes affecting sick & disabled people, their families and carers, and a free vote on repeal of the Welfare Reform Act.
2. An immediate end to the Work Capability Assessment, as voted for by the British Medical Association.
3. Consultation between the Depts of Health & Education to improve support into work for sick & disabled people, and an end to forced work under threat of sanctions for people on disability benefits.
4. An Independent, Committee-Based Inquiry into Welfare Reform, covering but not limited to: (1) Care home admission rises, daycare centres, access to education for people with learning difficulties, universal mental health treatments, Remploy closures; (2) DWP media links, the ATOS contract, IT implementation of Universal Credit; (3) Human rights abuses against disabled people, excess claimant deaths & the disregard of medical evidence in decision making by ATOS, DWP & the Tribunal Service.
Sign the Petition