'UTTERLY SHOCKING' RESPONSE FROM UK GOVERNMENT ON PIP PAYMENT U-TURN
SNP MP Deidre Brock has said that Tory ministers denying that their welfare policies are causing harm to people is 'utterly shocking' and that the UK government is 'in denial' about the effect of their callous policies.
Deidre Brock's comments follow a question today on the UK government's review of about one and a half million disability benefit claims made over the past four years. This is part of major U-turn that will see an estimated 220,000 claimants eventually receive backdated higher awards.
The review follows a High Court ruling against the UK government – which will not be challenged - and will now involve identifying all claims made for Personal Independent Payments (PIPs) – to help with the added costs of disability.
Deidre Brock MP commented :
"This has been an incredibly embarrassing and potentially very costly exercise for the U.K. Government. It is utterly shocking that the UK government continues to try to deny that their policies are causing harm to people, with such clear evidence about vulnerable people being driven to desperation to the point of taking their own lives. For a Tory Minister to stand in parliament and claim that there is no such evidence – shows they are in denial about their policies.
''There are cases all over the UK that all MPs get informed about regularly – there is simply no excuse for any minister claiming not being aware of them. The case of Paul Reekie in Leith goes back many years to 2010 . His painful last will and testament was letters telling him his benefits were being stopped. Leith GP- Dr Stephen Carty - said that was his 'suicide note' and BMA Scotland said that the benefit reforms are 'inhumane and unreasonable'.
"It's time these awful policies stopped and people in need of some help - start getting treated with some dignity and respect – and in light of the High Court ruling and criticism from the UN, that the U.K. Government reviews PIP and all other disability support benefits as they are failing the very people they are supposed to be helping.''
Read exchange between Deidre Brock and Welfare Minister Sarah Newton here