Saturday, 11 February 2006
The SNP believes that anyone fit to work should be actively seeking
employment, although it helps if there are actually real jobs to apply
for. We want to create decent jobs and bring investment into Glasgow
Any benefits system has a few who take advantage which is wrong, but they are the exception, not the rule. But Labour wish to demonise everyone on Incapacity Benefit as workshy or idle. They have set a target to get 80% of claimants benefits cut.
Money saving is the real agenda behind reforms. They even considered giving cash bonuses to GPâ€™s for everyone they â€˜sign offâ€™ Incapacity Benefit - a move which outraged our doctors.
Many decent people in Glasgow are living in fear of having vital money withdrawn from them by the Government. Disability activist Frank Kennedy (pictured) said: â€œI struggle at times to avoid letting my disability be a barrier to me leading a normal life. Incapacity Benefit is my life line.â€