The Netherlands government plans to slash social care funding and put pressure on frail elderly and other disabled people to do ‘voluntary’ work in return for any help they get, the newspaper Volkskrant reported. Austerity measures have already taken a heavy toll, and are hugely unpopular.
Ekklesia has endorsed the open letter to the UK Prime Ministers and Deputy Prime Minister calling on them to reinstate the use of a 50 metre qualifying distance for the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP Personal Independence Payment) for people wit disabilities.
The electorate was sent a message last week: if you want this government to take you seriously you must get rich, cultivate friends in the Conservative Party, and spend a lot of money on covert lobbying. We may be living in a democracy, but it doesn’t feel that way.
When the Welfare reform Bill passed into law in March 2012, Iain Duncan Smith proclaimed, ‘These are the biggest reforms for 60 years. Michael McMahon MSP recently described it as “a tsunami of change engulfing the world of welfare,” and warned that “the biggest waves are yet to come.”
I was two years old when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and thirteen when she resigned.
Thatcher’s policies led to mass unemployment, leaving my father on the dole for much of my childhood. I started secondary school the year that Section 28 was brought in, banning schools from presenting same-sex relationships as legitimate.