Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Clutching at Straws

This extract of this morning's Today Programme on Radio 4 makes very interesting listening. It becomes clear by the end that the government has not done an Equality Impact Assessment on the Budget and its cuts, as required by equality law. And in a misrepresentation that's easy to miss if you're not already aware of how DLA works, Mark Hogan appears to claim that the Tory government is reforming Disability Living Allowance so that it's no longer means tested. Um. It never has been.

Oh, and apparently it will help people to have their housing benefit cut because now they'll be able to look for cheaper housing and have more income as a result. Whichever civil servant thought up that argument must have been very drunk at the time.

The Tories: clutching at the most ridiculous straws to prove what can't be proven. The Budget, as the Institute for Fiscal Studies has found, affects the poorest most. It's an unfair Budget, and you can't talk your way out of that.

Thanks to @oxfordbloo for tweeting the link and alerting us to the DLA misrepresentation.

1 comment:

  1. Just wanted to thank you for a great blog - really interesting, especially for an evil-DLA scrounging-economy-wrecking-mental-person such as myself! Keep up the good work and stuff. :)