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Plans to make the medical test for employment and support allowance (ESA) harder to pass and increase the amount of bedroom tax some claimants have to pay have been leaked to the Guardian.

The cuts documents drawn up by civil servants and seen by the Guardian, relate to ways that the benefits bill could be reduced if the government goes over the national spending cap for welfare benefits.

However, sources in the DWP told the Guardian that these are the same options that will be presented to Conservative ministers wanting to cut £12 billion from the benefit bill if they win the election.

The cuts include:

  • Stricter fit for work tests or ‘tighter limits on eligibility’
  • Increasing the bedroom tax on certain categories of renters
  • Stopping under-25s from claiming ESA or housing benefit
  • Freezing all benefits payments

The DWP documents also reveal that IDS has failed to meet his targets for cutting the cost of IB/ESA, DLA/PIP and housing benefit and that ‘welfare reform’ is not saving money. The only way to cut costs now, according to the papers is to make cuts, some of which have been rejected in the past by ministers, which are “very/highly/extremely controversial”.

Little wonder then, that the Conservatives don’t want to reveal them before an election.

You can read more in the Guardian


#12 Clelld69 2015-05-20 18:48
How do the folk commentating on snp being the largest party in Scotland fail to grasp, the Tories are in power. They are still in charge of benefits as these haven't been devolved yet. Unless Cameron fully relinquishes power for all benefits to Scotland, nothing will change.

I am currently awaiting to move from dla to pip and I'm full of fear. My health situation will never change but when gas that mattered to scumbag Ian Duncan smith.
+1 #11 annken 2015-05-10 11:13
As Alister Campbell said on Question time last week 'The Conservatives are ruthless b******s'. Never a truer word spoken.
#10 Bill 2015-05-10 07:49
Comment #9 Carolyn

Well said madam, I agree 100% with your sentiments.

+3 #9 Carolyn 2015-05-09 15:47
So now it's five years of unfettered Tories moving the goalposts and re-defining disability until none of us are actually 'disabled' any more. I would ask how this could happen, but I realise that most people probably don't know anyone affected by this and lack the social conscience or empathy required to care about it.
+2 #8 jez 2015-05-08 11:32
Sad news. Another 5 years of Tory distruction. What bad news for labour. Good job I live in Scotland - I hope the evil Tories all lose their powers to the SNP here.
+2 #7 angel152 2015-05-08 11:17
Can't believe that's they let the Tories back in .thats all I got to say on the matter :sad:
+3 #6 angela 2015-05-08 08:57
So now we know the unempolyed the sick the disabled and the low payed those on zero hour contacts we are now in for the hardest times of our lives let no one tell us any diffent
-4 #5 caiti 2015-05-06 16:13
Whichever way the election turns out, I, for one hope the party that wins will do its best for the whole of the UK and not just for minority groups. Much has been made of the positive news for the economy and some have complained about the constant reference to how well the UK is doing at present. It should be remembered no country can provide for its people unless the economy is doing well...it's basic common sense really.
+1 #4 angel152 2015-05-06 15:58
I am an SNP voter ...here in Scotland we do not want the Tories in either
+2 #3 Drizzle 2015-05-06 12:24
Please everyone reading this get out and vote for your lives tomorrow - and encourage your family and friends to do so too.

The Tories must be kept out at all costs or they'll ruin us all. For anyone still prevaricating - there's a HUGE difference for benefit recipients between Labour and the Tories.

Vote for Labour to keep the evil Tories out!!!!
+5 #2 MarkW 2015-05-06 10:00
Quoting Bill:
Are all you prospective Tory voters out there reading this?

They will know it, and really don't care. Tories are the party of haves, and sod anyone else, especially those horrible poor people who keep wanting a share of what "I was born to have!"
+1 #1 Bill 2015-05-06 07:23
Are all you prospective Tory voters out there reading this?

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