Thursday, 8 September 2011

Funds Allocated For Time Limiting ESA Before WRB Is Passed

This from the Disability Alliance shows the utter arrogance of parliament  and our alleged representatives in 2011. Just as NHS reform plans are already going ahead before the vote, so welfare reforms are being pushed through before the democratic process has completed

Welfare Reform Bill (Employment and Support Allowance - Time Limiting - Contingency Fund Advance)

7 September 2011
The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Chris Grayling): As part of his Spending Review announcement, the Chancellor set out his proposal to introduce a time limit of 1 year for those claiming contributory Employment and Support Allowance who are in the Work Related Activity Group. The change will, subject to the passage of the enabling legislation, apply from April 2012. For those in the Work Related Activity Group who have already received a year or more contributory Employment and Support Allowance as at April 2012, entitlement will cease immediately.
In order to avoid delay in implementing this policy the Department for Work and Pensions has obtained approval for an advance from the Contingencies Fund of £2,705,000 to allow for the development of IT, ensure those potentially impacted by the time limit in April 2012 are notified of the change and to deliver the operational support that will be required before Royal Assent of the enabling legislation.
Parliamentary approval for resources of £2,705,000 for this new service will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for the Department of Work and Pensions. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £2,705,000 will be met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund. 
 DA says: this decision will end all out of work benefits for over 400,000 disabled people – including people with cancer. The Government is denying the House of Lords a chance to scrutinise and vote on this proposal in the Welfare Reform Bill before prematurely telling disabled people their support could end in six months.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

On the anniversary of 9/11 we still have the conservatives to get rid of it seams as we in the world get rid of one form of brutality towards vulnerable people we still have a long way to get rid of the worlds underlying cause and that's the conservatives

Throughout the world they undertake extreme measures in keeping certain groups of people poor and under the thumb

From the far east millions of people work in slave labour camps where mothers are to poor to get home to see their children to the venerable groups continually targeted as scroungers and their benefits constantly year on year threatened with their benefits being cut

One would have thought that out of the complete devastation of 9/11 governments would do all they could to protect the sick and disabled at all costs but sad to say that has not happened and that the sick and disabled will continue as throughout history struggle in a world of silent abuse and with no end of this turmoil in sight with many to go to their graves thinking "why me what have i done to deserve this"

When things in life are difficult and all of us will find that to be the case over the coming years i would suggest listening to this bbc broadcast

Soul Music - Series 12 - 4. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind