This week Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for the Department of Work & Pensions, Rachel Reeves in her first DWP questions, criticises government over the implementation of Universal Credit.
She asked these questions on the day after when she made a statement saying Labour will be tougher on welfare.
Therefore, I decided to watch her performance at her first DWP questions.
However, everyone knows this governments welfare reforms are about CUTS. Cutting peoples benefits, stopping their benefits, forcing people who cannot work into work, abolishing disability benefits, stigmatising claimants, abolishing crisis loans, budgeting loans and community care grants and the UK wide explosion in food banks.
We also know this disgusting government have cut Tax Credits and intend to abolish Tax Credits to be replaced by Universal Credit.
Does a single person really believe the abolition of Tax Credits to be replaced by Universal Credit will result in higher incomes for benefit claimants ? The simple answer is no.
A few pointers about Universal credit :-
1) Its replacing six benefits including housing costs.
2) Its sanctions are draconian and long.
3) It is capped.
4) Help with housing costs, in certain circumstances, are time limited.
5) The rules are designed to force recipients into taking on more work or you face sanctions.
6) The anticipated payments will be less than the current payments.
7) Small businesses owners who rely on state assistance can be told to get employed work instead either forcing them off benefit or having to close their business.
Rachel Reeves at DWP questions criticises the government for the possibility that the government may not meet its target of getting claimants onto Universal Credit in the planned timescales by the next general election ie 2014/2015.
Iain Duncan-Smith replies and says Universal Credit will be delivered on budget and on time.
On the 14th October after her DWP Question Rachel Reeves sends the following message on her Twitter account :-
"IDS claims universal credit on budget & on track. Yet £34mn written off & £303mn at risk. A catalogue of errors. We will hold him 2 account."
Therefore, if Labour care about the cost of living crisis and welfare cuts why on earth are they pushing the government to ensure the government delivers Universal Credit on time which will force millions more into a system of cuts and draconian sanctions where many may not even get help to keep a roof over their head ?
I believe Tax Credits were one of Labour's best policies in government.
Rachel Reeves instead of pushing the government to deliver Universal Credit on time should be criticising them for abolishing a system which genuinely helped so many and devising a new system which will make matters worse for so many people.
That's why I joined The Green Party even though I voted Labour in 2010. The Green Party have been consistent in their opposition to the welfare cuts throughout the whole period of this nasty government.
How tougher can you get than this nasty government already ? Very disturbing rhetoric by Rachel Reeves and Labour which is extremely sad.
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