"Thieving from the poor while turning them against each other: any response but fury at what this government is doing is inexcusable"
A brilliantly written, fantastically blistering piece from Owen Jones about the Welfare Bill. Read it.
If you’re lacking context, last night the House of Commons voted to give a second reading to a bill which would cap the yearly increase in- and out-of-work benefits by just 1% - this is lower than inflation, so marks a real-terms cut in the amount that people will receive.
The Department for Work and Pensions published their impact assessment of this bill yesterday, of which the key points are as follows:
• The DWP says that nearly 10m households - or 30% of all households - will lose money. On average they will lose £3 a week, but the poorest families will lose the most.
• Lone parents will lose more than other family types
• Women are more likely to be affected than men. Some 33% of women are affected, compared to 29% of men.
• Households with a member who is disabled are more likely to be affected than non-disabled households. That’s because, although the 1% cap does not cover disability benefits, people with a disability are more likely to be receive the benefits that are covered by the bill.
Enough is enough. Something has to be done.