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expenses row + cruel benefit cuts

Post by bluesheart

while many in the UK have been forced to endure cruel and savage welfare benefit cuts along with other services sufferring our greedy MP's have been living it up and claiming needless expenses.

MPs were accused of claiming expenses for renting and using hotels in London despite owning properties in the capital

Almost 50 MPs were accused last night of claiming hundreds of thousands of pounds in expenses for renting and using hotels in London despite owning properties in the capital.

Many of the 46 MPs are said to have originally purchased the London properties using taxpayer-funded second home mortgages under the expense regime that existed before the 2009 scandal when widespread abuses were exposed.

Mortgage claims were banned after the scandal but some MPs started letting out the London properties and started claiming expenses for rent and hotels, according to Channel 4 News.

while the above has been taking place on the cruel end of the scale conservatives plan more cruel and savage benefit cuts which will include sick and disable along with carers!

The BBC News investigation uncovered several benefits under consideration for change, including:

Carer's Allowance - this could be restricted to those eligible for Universal Credit. Leaked documents suggest about 40% of claimants would lose out. DWP predicted saving - £1bn

The contributory element of Employment and Support Allowance and Job Seekers Allowance - currently claimants who have paid enough National Insurance contributions can get the benefits with little means testing; DWP analysis suggests 30% of claimants, over 300,000 families, would lose about £80 per week. DWP predicted saving - £1.3bn in 2018/19

Disability benefits - Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance (for over 65s who have personal care needs) would no longer be paid tax free. Possible saving - £1.5bn per annum (based on IFS Green Budget calculation )

Industrial Injuries Compensation Scheme - could be replaced by companies providing industrial injury insurance policy for employees. Any that did not would become members of a default national industrial injuries scheme, similar to the programme for asbestos sufferers. DWP predicted saving - £1bn

Council Tax Support - to be incorporated into Universal Credit. Possible saving - not known
Child Benefit - Limiting the benefit to the first two children. Possible saving IFS estimates £1bn saving per annum in the long run but little initially

Regional Benefit Caps - The £23,000 limit would vary in different parts of the country, with for instance Londoners receiving the top amount due to the higher cost of living. Possible saving - not known and dependent on where levels were set

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Post on Tue Apr 07, 2015 12:43 pm by Bramble

i for one won't be voting conservatives even after david cameron and his wife were giving the sob story loosing their disabled son hoping to tug the hearts of voters.

yes it is very sad to loose someone but not one thought was given for all the lives lost through taking and stripping people of their welfare benefits.

5 year have been spent taking from the sick, disabled and poor of our country while those at the top have done nothing but line their own pockets.

Post on Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:56 pm by lawlassy

they seriously need to address assesments, dwp have targets to meet and this is resulting in many assessors creating medical reports full of lies just in order to get a sick person off benefits.

also benefit sanctions are cruel, they should be scrapped, nothing worse than creating something this sick just to get unemployment levels down. then again nothing would surprise me with this sickening conservative lib coalition.

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