1 thought on “Disability benefits: beware the cheap moralism of Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’”

  1. Posted 09/01/2017 at 15:31 | Permalink

    The Conservative government which took office in 2015 had as an explicit objective to take £12 billion a year from the non-pension welfare bill (understood as including tax credits) that is £12 billion from the unemployed, the chronic sick and the low paid. That target has been modified a little but its implications continue to constrain policy towards claimants. The harsh measures experienced by many ESA claimants, and which “Daniel Blake” by no means exaggerates, follow from that mean and unfair financial objective. Meanwhile there is generous treatment for the better off – individuals with incomes in excess of £50,000 are promised tax cuts of £1,600 by the end of the parliament.

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