There has been considerable controversy in the press about who the VAT increase will hit hardest, yet Chancellor George Osborne himself made it clear in his statement defending the rise exactly who the increase is targeted against. Osbourne said:
“I think that a VAT increase is a tough but necessary step to dealing with Britain’s economic problems.
The alternatives are an income tax rise or a national insurance tax rise which is what the Labour Party is proposing today.
I think that would damage working incentives for some low income earners in our country.
We want to get people off welfare into work.”
Or in other words: “I deliberately targeted those people on benefit, because taking money away from them will drive them into work.” Nothing to do with fixing the deficit, everything to do with Tory Ideology.
So, Chancellor, which part of that money you have taken away from disabled people in the ESA Support Group, the group even the harshest ATOS assessment criteria categorise as completely unable to work due to their disabilities, will miraculously lead to them becoming suddenly employable?