My Reply to Marcus Jones MP: Welfare Reform Bill
Dear Mr Jones,
I received your letter today regarding the Welfare Reform Bill that is currently being passed between the House of Lords and the House of Commons.
Your response failed to explained anything I haven’t already read on the DWP website or from listening to interviews from Iain Duncan Smith. You failed to address the majority of the points I raised in my previous letter and as a result I am extremely disappointed.
In case you have forgotten what my original concerns were I shall list them below.
- Monthly payments of ALL benefits
- CSA charges at the point of access and charges on every single payment thereafter
- Abolition of the social fund and non ring fenced funding given to local authorities
- The Benefit Cap which will cause hardship for those in and out of work on benefits
- Changes to the way council tax benefit is paid
- Disabled children not being allowed to build up NI contributions to entitle them to an independent income in adulthood
- Halving the tax credit payments to parents of disabled children who only qualify for the lower rate of DLA
- In-work conditionality
- Lack of clarity regarding help with child care
- Unpaid work experience and The Work Programme in general
- The rhetoric being used that has resulted in increased disability hate crime, suicides and personally, I have regular nightmares that myself and my children are going to find ourselves homeless.
I would appreciate it if you would answer my concerns with some detailed explanation which I haven’t already heard from Iain Duncan Smith or the DWP website.
I wonder how long it will take for him to reply to me this time……