The first secretary of state has been caught exaggerating the government’s spending on disability benefits while standing in for Theresa May at prime minister’s questions.Damian Green (pictured), who was work and pensions secretary until earlier this year, is already facing a Cabinet Office investigation into allegations of sexual impropriety.He was asked by Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, Marsha de Cordova, if the government would finally order an assessment of the cumulative impact of its social security policies on disabled people, to mark the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Sunday (3 December).But he refused to answer that question, instead telling her: “I am sure the honourable lady, who has great expertise in this field, will know that this government are spending £90 billion on disability benefits.”But when Disability News Service questioned this figure with the Cabinet Office, a spokeswoman admitted that the figure was wrong, although she said this was a “genuine error”.She said the government spends more than £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions, a figure which the government has previously made clear includes disability benefits, carers’ benefits and mainstream benefits such as housing benefit paid to disabled people.She said: “This was a genuine error and a written ministerial statement will be laid shortly stating the correct figure.”She said the £90 billion figure refers to total government spending on all people who need support, “including those who are out of work or on a low income”.But it is not the first time Green has been caught out over the £50 billion figure.Last November, when he was work and pensions secretary, he told shadow work and pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams that the government spent £50 billion a year on disability benefits, when the actual figure should have been less than £40 billion.Ministers have repeatedly ridiculed the idea of carrying out a cumulative impact assessment (CIA), ever since disabled campaigners began calling for such research six years ago.But pressure to carry out an assessment has mounted every year, with the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities adding its voice to calls for a CIA in August, following similar calls by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and even the government’s own benefits advice body, the social security advisory committee.And last week, EHRC published the results of its own CIA, which showed that families which include both a disabled adult and a disabled child have lost more than 13 per cent of their income through seven years of government cuts.
Month: July 2019
Easy to beatLeast worstOtherTotal 4. Who are your top three favourite shadow cabinet members?Click to enlarge.Keir Starmer – 53.29% of respondents (2,497 respondents)John McDonnell – 48.51% (2,273)Emily Thornberry – 38.37% (1,798)Tom Watson – 29.96% (1,404)Rebecca Long-Bailey – 26.72% (1,252)Angela Rayner – 18.31% (858)Barry Gardiner – 13.89% (651)Diane Abbott – 13.55% (635)Richard Burgon – 7.3% (342)Shami Chakrabarti – 6.89% (323)Jonathan Ashworth – 6.42% (301)Ian Lavery – 4.8% (225)Dawn Butler – 4.55% (213)Andy McDonald – 3.46% (162)John Healey – 3.24% (152)Nia Griffith – 2.88% (135)Baroness Smith of Basildon – 2.33% (109)Andrew Gwynne – 2.3% (108)Cat Smith – 2.16% (101)Dan Carden – 1.96% (92)Jon Trickett – 1.84% (86)Nick Brown – 1.47% (69)Tony Lloyd – 1% (47)Margaret Greenwood – 0.87% (41)Lord Thomas McAvoy – 0.85% (40)Sue Hayman – 0.75% (35)Peter Dowd – 0.66% (31)Valerie Vaz – 0.6% (28)Barbara Keeley – 0.36% (17)Lesley Laird – 0.36% (17)Christina Rees – 0.34% (16)The survey was open from 12pm on Sunday 16th June until 12pm on Monday 17th June. The results are unweighted and from a self-selected sample of readers. Thank you to all 4,686 who took part.Tags:Shadow cabinet /Weekly Survey /Brexit /Tory leadership contest 2019 /Labour conference 2019 / Total1,4662,5306904,686 Dominic Raab1972835260
SHAUN Magennis has been back at Saints giving the next generation of players a helping hand.The former forward, who retired before the season began, has been taking the Academy for contact, wrestling technique and fitness sessions.Shaun was one of the best at these facets of the game and is keen to pass on his knowledge and expertise to the junior ranks.He will soon move on to help the Scholarship players achieve their goals.“I wanted to stay in touch with the game and this helps,” he said. “It is pleasing to put something back into the same system I came through at the club.”
SAINTS take on Wigan today at 12:15pm aiming to keep up their 100 per cent start to the First Utility Super League season.The sides split their series last year and Wigan recorded a friendly win earlier in the season.Last Ten Meetings:St Helens 22, Wigan 16 (SLR22, 22/7/13)Wigan 28, St Helens 16 (SLR9, 29/3/13)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLR27, 7/9/12)St Helens 16, Wigan 42 (SLR15, 27/5/12) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)Wigan 18, St Helens 4 (CCQF, 12/5/12)St Helens 10, Wigan 28 (SLR10, 6/4/12)St Helens 26, Wigan 18 (SLQSF, 1/10/11)Wigan 18, St Helens 26 (SLQPO, 18/9/11)St Helens 12, Wigan 18 (CCSF, 6/8/11) (at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)St Helens 10, Wigan 32 (SLR18, 17/6/11)Super League Summary:St Helens won 28 (includes win in 2000 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)Wigan won 30 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)4 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)Try-Scoring Runs:Tommy Makinson (1-2-1-2-2-1) has scored tries in Saints’ last six games.First Utility Super League Leading Scorers:(League games only)Tries:1. Tom Makinson (St Helens) 92. Justin Carney (Castleford Tigers) 83. Elliott Whitehead (Catalan Dragons), Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings) & Iain Thornley (Wigan Warriors) 7Goals:1. Luke Walsh (St Helens) 312. Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 293. Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) & Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 265. Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) & Danny Tickle (Widnes Vikings) 24Goals Percentage:1. Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 89.65 (26/29)2. Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 88.88 (24/27)3. Jamie Foster (Bradford Bulls) 86.36 (19/22)4. Luke Walsh (St Helens) 83.78 (31/37)5. Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 80.55 (29/36)Points:1. Luke Walsh (St Helens) 702. Kevin Sinfield (Leeds Rhinos) 663. Jarrod Sammut (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats) 604. Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 565. Marc Sneyd (Castleford Tigers) 53