This time, the DWP is after their mobility aids. When will this government start picking on someone its own size, say, Google? After all, France has managed to make Google pay 3 times more taxes than the UK. Punishing individuals who are already dealing with disabilities isn't going to improve the economy.
The DWP knows a good day to bury bad news. Veiled under the New Year holiday – in a consultation set to close next week – the government is quietly examining how to cut eligibility for its disability benefit, personal independence payment (PIP), which is also a passport to other benefits, such as carer’s allowance. To grasp how this fits into austerity’s bigger picture, it’s worth going back to when the Conservatives began to sell the myth that Britain was filled with hordes of scrounging disabled people lining up to milk the state. Midway through the coalition government, Iain Duncan Smith’s DWP proudly began to scrap the disability living allowance (DLA) – which had, as of 2012, helped 3.2 million disabled people to pay for their additional care or mobility needs – and replace it with PIP.