HomeBlack Triangle NewsMSPs to withhold consent from UK Welfare Reform Bill
  • Joe Kane on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 7:36 am

    A spokeswoman for the UK Department for Work and Pensions said: “We are pleased that the Scottish government recognises the welfare system needs urgent reform so it’s fair, simpler and that work always pays.
    “These reforms will end the cycle of generations of Scots living a life on benefits whilst ensuring that those people who need our help and support get it unconditionally.
    “When one in five Scottish households is workless, something fundamental needs to change.”

    – This is an absolute pack of right-wing lies and propaganda from start to finish. There is no such thing as inter-generational dependency on welfare benefits, unless the DWP is referring to the British royal family of course.
    That a paid civil servant can lie so openly and so brazenly to the taxpaying public, who pays their wages, just shows how utterly corrupt and rotten the DWP is as a department of state.

    Notice the DWP civil servant refers to households as “workless” rather than workers who are unemployed. It’s as if the unemployed are responsible for their unemployment, rather than government neoliberal policies which make them that way. As if “worklessness” is some kind of social moral malady rather than the result of economics and market forces.

    If something fundamental has to change, as far as unemployment is concerned, then the government should change its neoliberal economic policies which are the cause of so much mass unemployment.

  • Wendy MacKenzie on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

    BLOODY GOOD SHOW! Up the Nats! Makes me wish I still lived in Scotland …

  • Douglas Mitchell on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Nicola Sturgeon, you are a hero!!!

  • Maxine Middleton on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I think I should move to Scotland

  • Maxine Middleton on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 9:11 am

    They seem to at least to CARE about the vulnerable of society

  • Bridget Denise Price on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I am in a bit of a weird position with this whole palava! 1 I believe work is good for one- so much so that in spite of having a PhD, since I am too ill to do proper work I am working selling scotch eggs. I have had ME and depression for at least 30 years but last year was the first time I applied for any kind of sickness benefit. 2 Having taught and had a father who taught I also believe (from observation) that there are families who are dependant on the state for generation after generation. The thing is…. I think this government and the last are not bright enough to realize the probable cause, or that the best way to stop benefit dependency is not to force people into non existent jobs! They are putting the cart before the horse as it were. They need a paradigm shift. Stop thinking the disabled or long term unemployed are lazy. Realize that the problem stems from employers. If there are two people of equal ability to do a job and for one a lift has to be put into the building it is obvious the other will get the job. If someone can work brilliantly some days but is randomly and frequently ill a person of lower caliber who is reliable will get the job. Similarly if there are two people of equal ability with regard to a particular post but one of them is confident and eloquent and from a ‘nice’ neibourhood whilst the other is from a big ‘troublesome’ estate we all know who will get the job. Tackling prejudice and seriously working toward providing equal opportunities should have been the first step.

  • Bridget Denise Price on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 9:54 am

    (of course really I know that solving the problem is not truthfully part of government agenda. The actual phenomenon is of finding the most vulnerable scapegoats in an attempt to deflect public gaze from the total bollocking mess the whole capitalist system actually is)

  • Martin Butler on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

    “These reforms will end the cycle of generations of Scots living a life on benefits”….how bloody patronising.!….so the rest of the former UK is to view “feckless Jock” through DWP glasses eh….these people never ever learn do they, I have great respect for Alex Salmond and the SNP, and now they are proving the worth of being a Scottish nationalist, for the same reasons as they I am an English nationalist, if there were an English Govt it would be composed of people of similar mind and these reforms would be over and the authors on trial

  • Mags Kelly on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 11:12 am

    DLA was never a work related benefit… It was given in recognition of need….. that disabled people faced higher costs simply to live and travel (hospital visits, wheelchairs etc)….. Fraud level 0.05%. The Tory’s have allied it to their draconian welfare reform……. Their aim TO SAVE MONEY, regardless of the disastrous effects it will have. This will actually make it impossible for disabled people I know to continue working….. the reverse of what the Tory’s say they want. This is idealogical nothing else.

  • Cait Ni Cadlaig on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Maybe hopeful Not really sure but at least they are doing something

  • Cait Ni Cadlaig on Facebook December 22, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Mags you are completely correct It is ideological and money greedy !!

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