The Misanthropy of Esther McVey

16.4.18 Scottish Parliament on restricting child benefit to two children:
“What we’re doing is providing extra help where people have got more children that they couldn’t have planned.” [i.e. women who have been raped] “This could give them an opportunity to talk about, maybe, something that has happened that they never had before so it is potentially double support … them getting the money they need and maybe an outlet which they might possibly need.”
2013 House of Commons debate:
“In the UK it is right that more people are… going to food banks because as times are tough, we are all having to pay back this £1.5 trillion debt personally which spiralled under Labour, we are all trying to live within our means, change the gear and make sure that we pay back all our debt which happened under them.”
2013 Work and Pensions Committee on the withdrawal of unemployment benefits:
“What does a teacher do in a school? A teacher would tell you off or give you lines or whatever it is, detentions, but at the same times they are wanting your best interests at heart. They are teaching you, they are educating you but at the same time they will also have the ability to sanction you.”
April 2013, on the introduction of Personal Independence Payment (PIP):
“Disability Living Allowance is an outdated benefit introduced over twenty years ago and needs reform to better reflect today’s understanding of disability. At the moment the vast majority of claimants get the benefit for life without any systematic reassessments and around 50 per cent of decisions are made on the basis of the claim form alone – without any additional corroborating medical evidence.  The PIP will include a new face-to-face assessment and regular reviews – something missing in the current system. This will ensure the billions we spend give more targeted support to those who need it most.”
Parliamentary voting record:
• Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
• Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
• Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
• Consistently voted against using public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed

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