Good luck, England

Duncan Smith said Sunday he was no longer able to support the cuts to disability benefits while taxes for higher earners and companies are being lowered. He denied his decision to quit late Friday as work and pensions secretary had anything to do with his support for leaving the EU in the June 23 referendum, a position in opposition to the prime minister and chancellor…

While Osborne’s Budget initially drew a positive reaction from Tory lawmakers, criticism soon began to surface about the impact of disability-benefit changes, intended to save about 4.4 billion pounds ($6.3 billion) over five years. The government signaled on Friday, before Duncan Smith quit, that it was looking again at the details…

The former Conservative leader quit dramatically on Friday, claiming he had been forced by George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, to implement £4bn of cuts to disability benefits against his will...

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that suicide rates, which had fallen consistently since 1981, have been climbing since 2007 and are now at their highest in over a decade…

The link between benefits issues and increased suicide risk is being highlighted by charities such as Mind. Speaking to the Guardian, Tom Pollard, policy and campaigns manager at Mind, said:

“Pressurising people by threatening to stop their benefits causes a great deal of financial problems and emotional distress, with some people attempting to take their own lives as a result.” …

(5/4/2015) More than 80 suicide cases directly linked to Coalition cuts claim disability campaigners

3 thoughts on “Good luck, England

  1. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland and commented:
    Taking away support from disabled people who desperately need it to boost the coffers of people already well off is immoral and predatory. This is not a government ‘for business’ – it’s a pack of ‘Robber Barons’ screwing the poor until they keel over and die and then kicking them to the kerb like trash (vampire politics).
    If any of them told me it was sunny – I’d go outside to check.
    ‘Compassionate Conservative’ is a sick joke and a glib sound bite – nothing more.
    I feel sorry for those conservatives who must be wondering what has happened to their party. They need to stand up with the rest of us and say no more of this – you have crossed the line and this must stop.

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  2. I’ve read several of the now deceased people’s stories, how their benefit money was cruelly stopped, how they struggled with their disabilities and sickness. 😦 this government is revolting. How they are able to continue baffles me.

    Last year they stopped my benefit for a whole year, I had to go to food bank charities. I would have been homeless and starving if not for my mother. I’m unable to work anymore due to disability and chronic pain.

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