I have wanted to blog about the Welfare Reform Bill this week, but my brain has been too foggy. The Responsible Reform report (codename Spartacus Report, Twitter hashtag #SpartacusReport) was delivered to all MPs, and the Lords. It was supported by disabled people and lots of charities and groups. In it, it proved that the government ignored and lied about the consultation it carried about about changing DLA to PIP (nearly everyone opposed it, the government said they supported it). The ESA parts of the Welfare Reform Bill have been debated in the Lords this week, and we won three amendments to make it less sucky for long term ill and disabled people, but Freud sneakily made another amendment to reverse one of these changes after most of the Lords had gone home. Latent Existence has blogged about this.
Also important is pretty much everything that’s been posted at Diary of a Benefit Scrounger and Benefit Scrounging Scum this week. Please do read.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved with the Spartacus Report this week. If you know of any links that I’ve missed, let me know and I’ll add them (I know I’ve forgotten some, but my brain is too foggy to find them right now).