From the TUC

No, I support the #spartacusreport

09 Jan 2012, by in Society & Welfare

Responsible Reform is a report launched today about the government’s plans to replace Disability Living Allowance with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment. The report marks a new stage in the campaign against social security cuts.

For decades, disabled people have been campaigning against policies that affect our lives being decided entirely by non-disabled people. Today’s report was entirely written, researched, funded, and supported by sick and disabled people, their friends and carers.

It does a sterling job of taking apart the sham of a consultation exercise that preceded the reform proposals. The consultation did not meet the government’s own code of practice and the report used the Freedom of Information Act to produce an analysis of the responses to the reforms which reveals that

  • 74% of the responses to the consultation were against the plans for PIP,
  • 19% had mixed views, and
  • Only 7% supported it fully.

In particular, 92% opposed the plans to remove the lowest rate of benefit, which will mean that hundreds of thousands of people with less severe impairments will not get any help with the costs of disability. The report shows that the government has over-estimated the increase in DLA claims (by more than 100%) and that disabled people responding to the consultation believed that the plans for Personal Independence Payment were motivated solely by the desire to cut benefit spending.

Today, all around the country hundreds of supporters are tweeting to support lead author Sue Marsh. She has tweeted

I support the #spartacusreport

We are tweeting in response

No, I support the #spartacusreport

The Welfare Reform Bill has almost finished its passage through the House of Lords. This is our last chance to reach the Lib Dem and Crossbench peers who can stop this huge cut in its tracks.

5 Responses to No, I support the #spartacusreport

  1. Pat’s Petition
    Jan 9th 2012, 1:18 pm

    We need all approaches to call for a pause on these changes. We support Kaliya and Sue and the Responsible Reform report.

    There is a grassroots petition, created and supported by disabled people, their carers and allies calling on the government to stop and review the cuts to benefits and services which are falling disproportionately on disabled people, their carers and families.

    This has already reached over 10,000 signatures but it needs many many more.

    Please sign the petition and share it widely – encourage everyone you know, share the link to your networks and newsletters – Link is http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968

    Thank you

  2. Boris is right about this | ToUChstone blog: A public policy blog from the TUC
    Jan 9th 2012, 6:04 pm

    […] plans for Personal Independence Payment, have a look at the Responsible Reform  report (which I posted about earlier today) and sign @patspetition to Stop and review the cuts to benefits and services […]

  3. John
    Jan 9th 2012, 11:09 pm

    At last, some people are taking notice. Brilliant

  4. John
    Jan 9th 2012, 11:09 pm

    At last, some people are taking notice. Brilliant

  5. Why Boris is right about this | Liberal Conspiracy
    Jan 10th 2012, 11:11 am

    […] the plans for Personal Independence Payment, have a look at the Responsible Reform report (which I posted about earlier today) and sign @patspetition. […]