This is from the ‘Benefits and Work’ newsletter.
THE NEW FORCE IN CLAIMANTS RIGHTS
What is particularly notable about these news items is that they were all brought about by tiny, private sector or unfunded groups or individuals.
The ESA death statistics campaign is the work of Vox Political blogger Mike Sivier.
The bogus sanction claimants were revealed by Welfare Weekly – a one-person online news aggregator.
And the UN investigation has come about due to the tireless work of activist group Disabled People Against Cuts.
Add to this the story of the 49 secret DWP investigations into claimant deaths, revealed earlier this year by John Pring’s Disability News Service, and a startling truth emerges.
The DWP is now largely being held to account not by opposition politicians, not by well-funded charities such as Disability Rights UK, but by activists with virtually no income.
One of the main weapons of these new campaigners is the Freedom of Information Act. But we know that the government is already taking steps to try to dramatically curtail the use of the Act.
How long before the government – or its multinational partners – also decide to take action against the campaigners themselves?
Support for ever more harsh benefits cuts depends on people accepting that claimants are bad and the DWP is good. These campaigners are inconveniently proving that the opposite is true.