Re: Dr Boris
According to Theyworkforyou, How Jo Swinson voted on Welfare and Benefits
Almost always voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")
11 votes for, 1 vote against, 6 absences, between 2012–2018
Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013
Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
0 votes for, 7 votes against, between 2011–2012
Consistently voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
4 votes for, 0 votes against, in 2012
Almost always voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
26 votes for, 0 votes against, 5 absences, between 2012–2015
Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
Admitting you made a mistake doesn't undo the continuining harm that she and her colleagues have caused the disabled and others. It didn't apply during the Nuremburg trials so why are people arguing "I was just following orders" nowadays?
On a side note
A friend of mine just got confirmation in writing from the minister in question (Shirley Anne Somerville) that the SNPs replacement for PIP (DAWAP - the stupidest name I've ever heard) will be structurally the same as PIP and will not deviate from whats currently in place, same descriptors, same assesment criteria, same payrates, same "reviews" even for those with degenerative diseases who won't "get better" and worse the only criteria for Social Security Scotland assesors is that they have knowledge of health issues in the public or third sector, so a Drs receptionist could conceivably be doing disability assesments, somewhere not even the DWP stooped so low - so much for compassionate, fairer and fit for purpose. As usual with the SNP, announce one thing, stall for aeons until people start banging the drum about nothing being done, and then do something entirely different to what was announced originally while claiming those criticising it are being "unfair" "doing down Scotland" "we're doing all we can without independence" (its devolved so this DAWAP failure is wholly on them)
So either the dear leader has commanded that they just copy and paste PIP, change the logos, give the wording a tweak and do a find/replace of PIP for DAWAP.
No answer as to what they have been doing the last 2.5 years....whale song mindfulness sessions to devise corporate branding, multiple committees to decide on colour schemes
Yet they claim to be aping or exceeding best practice in Europe, yet they are maintaining the same low rates of payment (some of the lowest in Europe), harsh assessment criteria and denigrating the disabled.
Neither was there an answer in regards to the potential for laid off ATOS/IAS workers to be rehired for Social Security Scotland due to their prior work experience undertaking disability assessments. They refused to put a block on the private sector into the relevant law, so I fully expect that to be snuck in at somepoint soon.
Seems the "Tartan Tories" epithet labour gave them for years ain't far from the truth, proper lot of Blairites or full blown Tories so they are. surprised IDS hasn't been asked to join the SNP yet......