When I saw the new Opposition Shadow Minister for DWP Jonathan Reynolds MP piece in the ‘House ‘ Magazine I was livid like many others, so I immediately hit the PC and typed a letter to get him to acknowledge how disabled people were offended by the article.
Basically a future Labour Government will scrap Universal Credit! They are committed to ensure those currently on Legacy Benefits get the £20 top up in line with UC for furloughed workers and are pushing the government hard on this. They are committed to developing a Social Security System fit for purpose too that’s ‘universal for everyone’.
With regards to his comments on contributory benefits which is why I took to twitter asking for a conversation, the pot is getting less and less as the working poor get poorer and contributions are getting less and less and with the post pandemic and Brexit world ahead and a potentially damaging recession reportedly worse than the great depression 80 years ago in front of us, they are looking at the ways workers contributions are collected and paid out and how those people are brought into a new system which they hope they will achieve once in power. Covid has taught everyone who was closed down, or furloughed a harsh lesson on why we need a safety net of the welfare state for all, and we have to get away from the deserving and non- deserving rhetoric which is eugenic thinking. Lastly He has promised to engage further, so putting aside his past under James Purnell during Blair years which didn’t bode well, I felt it was a good conversation and positive. Jonathan does have a child with disabilities so while he in different position to most he is trying to grasp the nettle he is only one of many in his department so any final policy decision will not be his alone.