Press Statement - Wigan Evening Post - Published 17/11/2012

Published on by mikemouldingcommunity-action

Community Action Party calls for the Welfare Reform Act 2012 to be Repealled.
 
Wigan-based Community Action Party is calling for the Welfare Reform Act of 2012 to be repealled. Whilst Labour controlled Wigan Council have brought forward the governments welfare reforms by 6 months, to start in Wigan in April 2013 instead of October 2013, the Community Action Party is calling on Parliament and the government to repeal the Act as a vicious and nasty piece of legislation that disproportionately and unfairly targets benefit claimants.
The Deputy Leader of the Community Action Party Michael Moulding has submitted an epetition on HM Government website which says as follows :-

"Repeal the Welfare Reform Act 2012

Responsible department: Department for Work and Pensions

 

We want Parliament to repeal the Welfare Reform Act of 2012. The Act vindictively targets all benefit claimants disproportionately causing millions of people financial hardship, poverty and at risk of starvation and homelessness.

The Bedroom Tax, the abolition of Disability Living Allowance, changes to Social Fund, ending of Council Tax Benefit, draconian sanctions on those deemed to have not actively sought work and more are all measures that have and will cause severe hardship. The Act, in particularly targets sick and disabled people causing them immense hardship and unnecessary suffering."

 

 

The Leader of the Community Action Party Peter Franzen says "This government has set its stall out to unfairly attack benefit claimants by introducing legislation that is outright nasty. The Welfare Reform Act unfairly punishes sick & disabled people. The introduction of Universal Credit means the "working poor" will be worse off."

 

"The Bedroom Tax means people will not be able to pay their rent and therefore homelessness will increase. The scrapping of Social Fund means families in crisis will struggle to get help."

 

"The ending of Council Tax Benefit means everyone has to pay some Council Tax. The draconian sanctions on Job Seekers Allowance meaning someone could lose all benefit for 3 years if they are not deemed to have adequately sought work, when we all know there is no jobs."

 

"This is a vicious and nasty piece of legislation by a nasty and vindictive government."

To sign the petition click the link - http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41600 "Repeal the Welfare Reform Act 2012"

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