Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Case #4: The Rationale Of Maria Miller

This can't wait until I've had a few hours sleep.

Today our most magnificent Minister for Disabled People has this letter printed in the Independent in response to an article from yesterday which accidentally reported 95% accurate facts but speculated on the relevant date. She goes:

"The figures you quoted about 200,000 disabled children missing out on DLA top-ups from next April are incorrect (report, 12 December). There are no changes to DLA in April which would cause this to happen.At present the system of disability support is a tangled mess of elements, premiums and add-ons which fail to target support to those most in need, is highly prone to error and baffling for disabled people themselves.Our reforms will create a simpler and fairer system. More importantly there will be no cash losers at the point of transition to Universal Credit, and disabled adults in greatest need and some disabled children will actually receive more support than now.
Maria Miller
Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions"
The figures are correct. Their reporting of the matter is accurate. Maria Miller thinks that just because they speculate about these changes coming in April (which may even turn out to be accurate) then that means she can claim the figures are wrong. She then kicks up the usual dust with the 'targeting most in need' canard where those most in need can mean anything. Miller certainly never specifies who that is and it's the major reason why many disabled people are filled with dread; we just don't know who will win the Coalition's deserving poor lottery. Miller knows exactly what she's doing, so she isn't a bullshitter but an outright liar, again. She's stopped being careful now because it's almost impossible to stop the Welfare Reform Bill at this point.

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  2. Imagine a race where you don't know where the finish line is, so you don't know whether to sprint or pace yourself. Worse still, you are not racing against others but a set time. Do you keep going until you die of exhaustion? Do you go as fast as you can right from the start until you collapse?

    Worse still, how do you know that no matter how many laps you do or how quickly you go, that the finishing line and winning time haven't been revised to make sure you can't win?

    That is how PIP has been made with 'help from disabled people and organisations'. Now we are to find out next month where the Coalition deem to be the winning time and finishing line, but we will never know if that is where they were before.

    Every 'concession' won for PIP is nothing but; the DWP can simply revise the score for any descriptor that has been changed. We'd be none the wiser.

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  10. By my own estimate, I have on previous occasion postulated that working-age DLA claimant growth since 2000 was just 14%. Almost all of this can be attributed to learning difficulties and serious psychiatric conditions: not people that can purchase adaptations and just get on with it or who can always depend on friends and family but people who are either extremely isolated and require daily help with basic things.

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