Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Bob Ainsworth is a benefit cutting cunt.

According to this Bob "the knob" Ainsworth is off to Blackpool Pleasure Beach to take questions from the public.

His visit is intended to promote Building Britain's Future, a Government plan unveiled by Gordon Brown to work with the public to "build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous country."

Badly wounded soldiers have had their disability benefits secretly slashed by as much as half by penny-pinching bosses at the Ministry of Defence.

Troops whose working lives are cut short after injuries sustained while fighting will no longer be paid a special £57-a-week allowance.

The move came after the MoD quietly dropped the benefit for new claimants who are too disabled to work.

It means hundreds of troops who have been injured in Afghanistan and in future conflicts will be £3,000-a-year worse off.
Around 12,000 veterans receive the allowance. But from April the rules have been changed so that those whose injuries leave them unable to work are not entitled to the benefit.

Critics called the cuts 'morally indefensible' when combat casualty rates are at a record high, and accused ministers of trying to save cash through 'invisible' cuts targeting hard-up wounded veterans.

Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth already faces fierce criticism for his Appeal Court battle to try to reduce compensation payments to severely wounded troops.

And figures show 279 injured troops and veterans are having to fight legal appeals in the hope of more generous compensation settlements.

The benefit payments at the centre of the latest row are known as the Allowance for Lower Standard of Occupation (ALSO).

The cash helps them pay for basic essentials and stay above the poverty line as they struggle to cope with psychiatric as well as physical wounds.

But with the defence budget in crisis and the number of wounded soldiers rising fast, ministers have decided that anyone injured after April this year and unable to work will be barred from applying.

The MoD was unable to say why the ALSO payments were reduced, or which minister -by the name of Bob "the knob" Ainsworth- was responsible.

A spokesman said: 'The decision to change the eligibility criteria for ALSO was taken after a wide consultation, including with veterans' charities. Anyone who is unhappy with the outcome of a claim has the right to appeal.'

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