Parliament resumes today for the last week of term before the Easter Recess. Following the dramatic and unexpected resignation of Iain Duncan-Smith on Friday the third day of the budget debate will attract greater media attention than it would otherwise. Inevitably, the resignation will be seen through the prism of the ongoing referendum on the UK’s future membership of the European Union.
Whatever anyone says it will be alleged their view is biased depending on which side of the referendum debate they are on. So, with that been taken as granted, my view is that Iain genuinely did resign because he does not want his welfare reforms to be seen only as part of the need to balance the books. My view is that the welfare reforms have been necessary and I have always defended them. Apart from all those who oppose any form of welfare control the ending of paying housing benefit for unused room and introducing a cap on the amount of welfare a family can claim have been generally widely accepted as being necessary to try and control a welfare budget which was seen as spiralling out of control under Labour. The introduction of Universal Credit and the simplification of the fiendishly complex welfare system must be persevered with. It is because so many politicians over the year have shied away from trying to do this long overdue reform that the system is the way it is today. I hope the new Secretary of State in his understandable desire to impose his own imprint on welfare does not abandon this particular reform.
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Hi David after having read your blog a few times and finding your grammar and spelling seriously wanting it comes as no surprise that you struggled when taking your A levels many years ago. Bury college have part time courses in english, is this something you would consider ?
Hi, apologies for errors. All my own fault. I could blame the failings of a comprehensive education but I won’t. I am in favour of grammar schools. If you are worried about spelling you should see some of the emails I receive! Part of the problem I have is the sheer number of emails I have to deal with and fitting my blog in every day is just something else to squeeze in. On balance most people get the drift of what I post and that is what matters!
David I have reviewed the proposals for changes to the personal independence payments and am surprised at the level of fall out as a result of them. Some of the proposals put forward would have meant the removal of a provision for those who have additional needs with regard to both dressing themselves and going to the toilet.
How would have cutting aid for these reasons have helped anybody at all?
I welcome the news the the proposals will now be scrapped and fully reviewed again, but I’m staggered a government could even suggest the withdrawal of funding based on dressing and toileting needs, and even more staggered that the proposals were even suggested in the first place.
I have to add that while I accept savings do need to be made, are we not targeting the most vulnerable of society whilst tax breaks have been announced for the largest corporations.
May I remind you of Mr Cameron’s pre-election pledge, that “We’re all in it together.” It seems his comments have been ignored since the election, both in terms of the proposals changes to working tax credits, and now personal independence payments. Why have Mr Cameron’s pre-election pledges now been ignored twice when new reforms have been suggested?
Also as a Christian, human, and member of parliament do you agree or disagree that the proposals since last May’s election have been both unchristian and immoral in terms of where they’ll have the worst impact – on the most needy?
What can be done for these most needy? These people simply don’t have a surplus in their monthly budgets to afford to set aside funds in schemes such as the new lifetime ISA proposed, so what are you and your government doing to help these people?
Thank you for cutting through the obfuscation of the media and giving us an honest opinion as an insider who sees it all.
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