Sep 052012
 

New Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey – Maria Miller Mark II?

 

  1. McVey was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Employment Minister Chris Grayling in November 2010 and in this role supported Grayling’s work to get the Welfare Reform Bill made law. At the time McVey said: “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to work within the Department of Work and Pensions alongside Chris Grayling and Iain Duncan Smith to assist in bringing about key changes. The appointment will enable me to give support to the minister and allow me to give vital feed back to the department from the people of Wirral and the wider area, while at the same time pushing for jobseekers to get the best possible help to get jobs as an urgent priority.”

 

  1. According to the blog of Labour MEP Mary Honeyball, McVey is a member of Conservative Way Forward. Its Honorary President is Margaret Thatcher. It was founded in 1991 to “defend and build upon the achievements of the Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher’s leadership, and to adapt the principles of her era in government to modern concerns and challenges”.

 

  1. According to the Wirral Globe, Esther McVey worked from 2003 with Iain Duncan Smith to help establish the Centre for Social Justice. This right-wing think tank heavily influenced the development of the government’s Welfare Reform Act which Duncan Smith steered through Parliament in his role as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with the help of Employment Minister Chris Grayling.

 

  1. On 01 February 2012, McVey voted with the government to defeat the seven amendments agreed by the House of Lords to the Welfare Reform Bill. Before being thrown out, these amendments originally:

 

a)   Protected housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have un-needed spare rooms.

b)   Protected young disabled people’s eligibility for contributory Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

c)    Raised to 24 months the proposed 12-month limit on claiming contributory ESA.

d)   Exempted cancer patients from the contributory ESA limits.

e)   Excluded child benefit from the £26,000 household benefit cap.

f)     Dropped proposal to charge single parents for using the Child Support Agency.

g)   Dropped proposals to cut disability living allowance payments by up to £1,400 a year for around 100,000 children.

 

  1. When McVey spoke in a House of Commons debate on Communities and Local Government on 20 December 2011 she said:

 

“When the coalition came into government, its focus had to be on reducing the UK’s debt and putting the UK economy on a sustainable footing. For too long, the UK had overspent and under-delivered. The Chancellor made it clear that the Government’s economic policy objective is to achieve strong, sustainable and balanced growth that is more evenly shared across the country and between industries, rebalancing the economy by moving from unsustainable public spending and towards exports and investment.”

 

  1. When McVey spoke in a House of Commons debate on Community Cohesion on 26 January 2011 she said:

 

“I believe that our Localism Bill very much embeds all the charities and all the volunteers within what we are trying to do, whether it is HealthWatch, the Work programme, community groups or community centres. The big society is everything that you are talking about, just seen from a different viewpoint, and I have people coming to me locally and saying, ‘Thank goodness we’ve been liberated to go forth and develop what we want, rather than having a top-down state approach.’ “

 

  1. In a political discussion on 29 April 2012 led by Dermot Murnaghan on SKY News, McVey said:

“[David Cameron] he set out what he planned to do for five years, it was a five year agenda, not a two year one, not a three year one and we are in a coalition and not a Conservative government and the first thing we had to do was get the budget under control. When you ain’t got much money there’s not much you can do and when you are saying no to people, we can’t afford, let’s be honest you’re not going to be popular. But he has got to stick to his guns and he really has got to do that, he has got to get that under control and at the same time look what we’re doing with welfare. We have said it has to pay to go to work, we’re very clear there; education, we have to get that under control because we’ve fallen in all the OECD tables therefore that was wrong, so many things. How about exports, what about manufacturing? All these things he’s doing, we’ve got to do and it is a five year plan and we’ve got to stick to it.”

 

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  14 Responses to “More about Esther McVeigh- new minister for disabled people”

  1. WE HAVE HAD DISABLED PEOPLE ON THE PLANT FOR EVER. YET THIS COUNTRY DOES RECOGNISE ALL CREEDS, COLOURS AND RELGIONS YET THE DISABLED PEOPLE IN OUR SOCIETY ARE GLOSSED OVER. IF WE TOOK OUR DISABLED RELATIVES TO THE TOWN HALL OR COUNCIL OFFICES AND WALKED AWAY WE WOULD BRING THIS COUNTRY TO IT’S KNEES. WE ARE THE SILENT ARMY DOING AND CARING AND OUR CARERS ALLOWANCE WORKS OUT AS 35 PENCE PER HOUR. NO ONE IS WANTING OUR ROLE – BUT WE HURT OUR BODIES AND THEN WE HAVE TO PAY FULL FOR MEDICINE, DENTISTRY AND GLASSES AND WE DO NOT GET TEA BREAKS, LUNCH BREAKS, FINISHING TIME OR EVEN WEEKENDS OR HOLIDAY. THEN OUR RETIREMENT IS UNVALUED – AS WE CANNOT HAVE OUR CARERS ALLOWANCE AND STATE PENION – SO THEY TAKE OUR CARERS ALLOWANCES OFF US – EVEN WHEN WE ARE STILL DOING ALL THE CARING WORK. DISGUSTING OR WHAT!!! IT IS A LABOUR OF LOVE AND THIS GOVERNMENT TAKE US FOR A RIDE AND A JOKE. WAKE UP ENGLAND AND RECOGNISE US IN OUR OWN RIGHT. WE ARE NOT EVEN CONSIDERATION IN ORGANISATIONS CONCESSIONARY LISTS FOR DISCOUNTS, TRAINS FARES, CINEMAS ETC. AND WE THE LEAST BENEFIT IN CASH – WHERE IS THE FAIRNEST AND THAT????? PLEASE SEND TO WHOEVER HAD IMPROVE DISABLED AND CARERS LOT????? ANNE CURRY – MOTHER AND CARE EVERYDAY FOR THE LAST 22 YEARS – PLEASE SEND THIS MESSAGE TO THE DISABLED MINISTER TO HELP US – IT IS ABOUT TIME THEY DONE SOMETHING FOR US ALL.

  2. why are disabled people being ask to move to a smaller property if thay cant afford to pay for the extra bedrooms under the new rules in housing benefit.we have just down sized from a 3 bed to a 2 bed and we have spent our life savings on doing the house up.we have been told we wont get our money back and if we cant afford the 9 pds each week for our spare bedroom we have to move.why dont the goverment like us now .i have been signed out work because of my illness but i just cant afford to move again even with the little help that has been offered to me.help.

    • I agree. This is one of the most cruel ridiculous policies this evil government have cooked up. They don’t actually want you to move, that would defeat their objective. they want you to stay and pay the shortfall so they can reduce the housing benefit bill. They fail to point out that private rents cost the tax payer far more than social housing. Try not to panic yet. For one thing there is a fund you can apply to for help called the Discretionary housing payment fund. However this would only be short term. There are people campaiging on this issue and looking at court action so let’s keep our fingers crossed. They really have got a fight on their hands with this one.

  3. Hi, i’ve just signed the petition mentioned my mac above.
    i didn’t know anything about it untill now!

    I am disabled and bed bound.
    I have just had a financial assessment done to see what my financial contribution has to be, to pay for my carers.
    it’s a joke!!
    they don’t take all your outgoings into acccount at all.
    only, the very basics.
    this, definately, needs to be reviewed and updated.
    I am thinking of writing to esther mcvey.
    even though it will probably be pointless!

  4. The tories must have been licking their lips at the prospect of being in power with the powderpuff liberals just at a time when world finances are shot and the majority of people are to scared of losing their jobs if they stand up to them. Cameron and posh pals are doing exactly what they would do even if there were no reccesion and GB was a wealthy country. Profit,profit,profit is all they know regardless of the effects on peoples lives

  5. Dear everyone– Pat’s petition e-petition against Disability Benefits Cuts has only managed 45,000 votes so far — we need 100,000 by 1st November 2012 if this debate is going to have any chance of making it to the House of Commons. I have also noticed the number of signatures dropping by the hour — at this moment, the petition is not even in the top ten, activity-wise.

    Please, please spread the word and ask everyone you know — I believe non-UK residents can also submit a signature. Here’s the e-petition URL again: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/20968

  6. IPSA website is down at the moment, but I recall McVey claims about £1,400 per month housing allowance.

  7. I live in the North West; Mc-the-Knife was previously a local television news presenter; this is a disastrous appointment for us all, as the clips above suggest. The Lib Dems should be totally ashamed of themselves, for supporting, and continuing to support the Conservatives, and enabling them to put their ideologies into practice.

  8. Probably worse than the German Castapo and they need to be stopped now.

  9. Another nail in the coffin for Remploy. The decision to close down Remploy is absolutely disgusting, not to mention moronic. If these people climbed down from their ivory towers and visited the Remploy factories to actually SEE what they do, the valuable contribution these disabled WORKERS actually make towards this so called economy of ours and the confidence and independence they gain from being in a job where they are not discriminated against, we would be in a far better position. Why don’t central Government devolve the Remploy factories in Wales to the Welsh Assembly?? Simple, because they know that they ARE VIABLE, and would be left with egg on their face when the Welsh Assembly makes an even bigger success of them. I may sound biased, but am currently doing training courses in a remploy factory in wales after an accident in work has forced me to retrain, and I can see for myself the pride in the faces of the remploy workers at the end of their working day knowing that they have earned their wages and are contributing financially to this country. Even in the face of losing their job, they keep hoping. My daughter who attends a special needs school is on a work experience placement in remploy and the confidence boost she has gained is phenomenal. If anyone recorded the opening ceremony of the paralympics, listen to what Cameron had to say about disabled people showing what can actually achieve. What an absolute hypocrite, and this cabinet reshuffle is the same old policies with a new face. To coin a phrase, you can polish a turd, but its still a turd, and that’s all this government is, one huge steaming polished turd.

  10. Same old Tory, same old Tory rhetoric, so I don’t see things getting better for Disabled People, rather the opposite, in fact. Reading what is written here the ‘lady ain’t for turning’ either, so I doubt we will see better times ahead, more of the same unfortunately.

  11. McVey’s not Miller mark II, but Tebbit mark II

  12. ” K I I I I I L L L L H E R R R R !

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