On 7th June, a conference at the Royal Society will bring together those who will play a role in “the biggest shake up of the [welfare] system for 60 years”. In the same week, the Welfare Reform Bill looks set to return to parliament for its third reading.
We’re not fooled by the proposals for “reform”: we know they mean abolishing our rights to welfare.
While the conference may include some speakers who challenge aspects of the government’s plans, its blurb reads like a DWP press release. We’ve helped decode some of the spin below. Come along and help us do the same on the day…
[Spin] “a simplified welfare system that encourages and incentivises people to find work”
[Unspun] Don’t want to work without wage for Primark, Tesco’s, Sainsburys, Poundland or the like? Or be forced to “volunteer” in a charity shop? No benefits for you then.
[Spin] “maintain standards of living”
[Unspun] …for Financial Times readers. If you’re sick or disabled, we’ll ask private company Atos to re-assess you so we can stop your money.
[Spin] “…more affordable”
[Unspun] We’ve heard Primark are delighted they can now get free labour in the UK as well as their sweatshops.
[Spin] “ensure dignity in later life and make increased pension saving a reality”
[Unspun] Did we mention we gave your pension to the bankers?
[Spin] “break the cycle of welfare dependency”
[Unspun] Can’t be dependent if there isn’t any welfare!
Be there from 9am, Tue 7th June, at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG. Directions here.
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