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Justin Tomlinson, Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work was sacked as part of last week’s cabinet reshuffle. He has been replaced by Chloe Smith.

Tomlinson, who few people other than diehard readers of these pages will probably ever have heard of, failed to make much of an impression at the DWP.

His replacement, Chloe Smith, seems unlikely to bring much in the way of support for, or personal knowledge of, the benefits system to her new role.

Wikipedia says that following a comprehensive school education, Smith graduated from York University and joined Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as a management consultant. Smith took the seat of Norwich North in 2009 from Labour MP Ian Gibson, who resigned as a result of the parliamentary expenses scandal.

‘On 14 October 2011, she was appointed Economic Secretary to the Treasury in a ministerial reshuffle, becoming the youngest minister serving in government at that point. According to The Guardian newspaper Smith was appointed to the role because David Cameron wrongly believed she was a trained accountant’.

Smith’s voting record on benefits is much as you might expect from a Conservative loyalist. According to TheyWorkForYou, Smith:

Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability.

Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices

Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits

It seems unlikely that Smith will bring anything to her new role other than a determination to spend as little as possible on the disabled claimants for whom she is now a government minister.

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#4 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-09-22 14:32
I wished they would stop saying that these ministers have been sacked!

They have been demoted that's all, to other cushy jobs, sacked is when they get their p45's, and join the ranks of the dole queue.

Bing demoted is all about reshuffling bad apples into other departments. It's basically a tory parties smoke screen, to make joe public think they are making so-called good new changes.

I can only imagine the tories will be calling an early election prior to the next coming GE. Cunningness followed with callousness, and a lack of empathy for sick ill disabled people must be a political inbred policy, which never ceases. It's also obvious why the new disabled minister got the job. Tomlinson was useless, but during his tenure, he got experience hence, reshuffling / demoting him, and putting in a person with absolute no experience with sick ill disabled people. So when the chloe gets a bit of a grip in her new job, she will be once again demoted. Having a minister for disabled people of Britain is a joke, another political stunt / smoke screen. I've not yet seen, met or known any disabled minister fight tooth and nail for the disabled/ sick / ill people at all.
+1 #3 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2021-09-22 00:19
Mrfibro there all as bad as one another they simply don't care..

This new Minister for disabled Chloe Smith is way out of her depth already with answering other MPs questions regarding her new job?

This is the reply see has posted to all of them all so far is "Answered on 21 September 2021
The Department for Work and Pensions has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available"

These are the same replies to all questions regarding disabled benefits etc?

You can check out all these questions on her Qs and Answers page in Parliament in the link below. It's shows she knows nothing to be in that job roll.

https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions?SearchTerm=&DateFrom=19%2F12%2F2019&DateTo=01%2F04%2F2022&AnsweredFrom=&AnsweredTo=&House=Commons&MemberId=1609&Answered=Any&Expanded=True
+1 #2 mrfibrospondodysthmatic 2021-09-20 22:13
This smith will be another nasty piece of work, whose definitely not going to be there for the disabled people of Britain.


Just look at the track records of these so-called ministers for the disabled. It's just unbelievable. They are put there just as a DWP smokescreen, to make joe public think the government really cares about us. And we all know the truth that they don't.

times are gonna get tougher, than they ever were.
+1 #1 ThisGovernmentsGoneToFar 2021-09-20 14:43
Looks like she will be as bad as all the others before her? The disabled will suffer even more going by this voting record.

Even if she Chloe should do and put a STOP to these pointless assessment providers persecuting the disabled time and time again When the DWP no full well certain disabled claimants won't ever improve.

Justin Tomlinson and Will Quince have now also gone I only see things will only be getting worse as the DWP have now got rid of

@JustinTomlinson


and

@willquince

from their DWP line up. The future really doesn't look very bright for disabled or any claimants in the future. The mind boggles.

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