Latentexistence is a thirty-something who is married, has two cats, lives in a broken body and is stuck in bed a lot. He likes messing around on computers, gaming, and ranting about politics in written form. Latentexistence also occasionally writes for The Pod Delusion and Where's The Benefit? Read More…
June 17, 2013 6 Comments
The Department of Work and Pensions have today announced that they will hold a "further consultation on the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)". This follows the outcry after the threshold to be eligible for the most help with moving around was tightened from fifty metres to twenty metres with no indication during the consultation that this would be the case. Myself and two others had initiated a Judicial Review against the DWP to declare the consultation invalid and force a rethink. The Judicial Review would have taken place at the end of July. The DWP would very much like you to believe that it is holding this new consultation because it is a kind and listening department and their announcement does not mention … [Read More...]
June 6, 2013 3 Comments
Ed Miliband made a speech today setting out how Labour will cut spending on Social Security. He said "Controlling social security spending and putting decent values at the heart of the system are not conflicting priorities." Many of the ideas he set out in the speech seem positive but his language suggested that Labour still have some of the mainstream rhetoric at heart. He said that the system does need reform, and I won't disagree with that, but I differ slightly as to how. "So the four building blocks of a One Nation social security system are: work, rewarding work, investing for the future not paying for failure, and recognising contribution." For the rewarding work part, Miliband noted that work does not pay enough to live on and … [Read More...]
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