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The UK Government has been accused of “weaponising welfare against those least able to defend themselves”, through the cruel use of benefit sanctions and draconian cuts to social security benefits.

Writing for Left Foot Forward, Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley says he was reduced to tears during a Committee meeting in the House of Commons, as he recited horror stories about the tragic toll cuts had taken on the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society.

“I couldn’t stop the water rolling down my cheeks”, he says. Mr Bartley was reciting stories from disabled people who had been impacted by the Government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund.

He continues: “One spoke about how she was told to wear incontinence pads, because there was no longer funding for someone to support her going to the toilet. Another how she now had to line up six cups of water by her bed before she went to sleep, because she would have to stay there so long before someone came to help her up.”

Mr Bartley slammed the government’s “pernicious ideological assault on our welfare state” for causing disabled people to become prisoners in their own home.

“People are suffering and, in the most horrifying of cases, dying after the support that they once relied upon is being removed through sanctions and draconian cuts at both the national and local level.

“They are being certified as ‘fit for work’ when they clearly aren’t. This government is weaponising welfare against those least able to defend themselves.”

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