For many the cuts are justified by vague and unsubstantiated talk of “scroungers” and the need for a new contract between those who are only too to keen to opt for life on benefits at the expense of the hard working taxpayer. The fact that there is very little evidence of systematic abuse by DLA claimants is conveniently ignored. As is the fact that many taxpayers also claim benefits, including DLA, and even those that don’t currently claim, could find that they need to rely on benefits at some point in their lives because of redundancy, sickness or disability.
The STUC is holding a rally on welfare reform at the Lib Dem conference on 5 March in Perth. For more information visit: www.thereisabetterway.org