Terminally ill people warned over possible benefit cut
Thousands of people across the UK that are terminally ill are being sent letters telling them that their benefits may be cut in April, if the changes to legislation are approved byParliament.
A bill is currently being scrutinised by the House of Lords that will affect Contributory Employment Support Allowance, which could be time-limited to 12 months from April 2012. The changes will also be retrospective, meaning that those on CESA for more than twelve months when the rule comes into force will have their benefit cut immediately.
The Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham passed a motion earlier this week demanding that their MPs oppose the arbitrary cut-off limit contained in the Welfare Bill. Equally the plans are likely to face stiff opposition in the Lords.
You will no doubt remember Cameron’s evocative speech on May 3rd last year, just before polling day, when he said “The test of a good society is how do you protect the poorest, the most vulnerable, the elderly, the frail.”
Powerful words rendered meaningless by a morally impotent Prime Minister.
See the earlier article regarding Cameron’s speech: https://gobbledegooked.wordpress.com/2011/07/26/remember-camerons-pledge-to-look-after-the-vulnerable/