We are "inaccurate". We are "wrong"
Our concerns about Work Capability Assessments are wrong you see, because we're talking about the old assessments. Now that Professor Harrington has reported and the DWP have accepted his recommendations, it's all totally different!
The fact that we have no evidence of improvement yet, and the fact that Harrington hasn't even reported on fluctuating conditions or learning disabilities yet is irrelevant, apparently.
And be very, very careful. They have a new line on DLA. Wait for it. They aren't cutting it at all!! Oh phew, that's OK then!!
Except they are.
The fact that I first heard of this nonsense from the Taxpayers Alliance says it all really, though I have no idea how they saw the details before, erm, the people who will, you know, actually be affected..... Was there a cosy little chat in the House of Commons tea rooms I wonder? Did they call in friends and supporters only? "Here, chaps, we've got a whizzy new line to persuade all those annoyingly vocal sick and disabled people that we aren't cutting DLA at all!!"
Today, the new line comes from Steve Webb, Lib Dem who says :
"On disability benefits, Webb said spending on the personal independent payment at the end of this parliament would be exactly the same as the amount spent on disability living allowance at the beginning of this parliament – £12.3bn."
Erm, that one's really pathetic. Does he imagine that none of us know what inflation is?
I think my 6 year old can do this one....
Inflation = 4.4% over 5 yrs (parliament term) = Oh look!!! 22%!!! Remarkably close to the 20% of claimants who will lose their DLA when they switch to PIP
So be under no illusion, 20% of people currently claiming will lose their DLA. It's just that in 4 years time, 12.3 billion won't be worth nearly as much as it is today.
I told you! Tricksy.
Marks out of 10 for spin? 2 "Must try harder"