The leak to the BBC hinting at the scale of the cuts to welfare budgets being modelled by the Department for Work and Pensions has caused consternation. And so it should.
Given that George Osborne has refused to say what he is proposing to cut from welfare spending it was inevitable that any halfway credible information would attract attention. It is frankly outrageous that he is unwilling to be transparent with his plans. But that’s a different issue.
The BBC leak suggests that disabled people, unemployed people and those with caring responsibilities could bear the brunt of reduced spending.
The Conservatives have been quick to deny that the leaked figures represent agreed policy. This is just modelling possible options. Nothing has been decided. This statement is presumably aimed at defusing the row or deflecting attention.
But it shouldn’t. [Read more…]