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From: The Socialist issue 948, 10 May 2017: Tories wrecking our NHS: kick them out!

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What we saw

Richard Graham

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Some permanent degenerative medical conditions "do get better," according to one Tory MP.

Richard Graham sits on parliament's work and pensions committee. A BBC journalist challenged him to explain why people with these permanent conditions face reassessment for their 'personal independence payment' (Pip) disability benefits. That was his explanation.

Amalia of the Socialist Party's disabled people and carers group comments. "This reminds me of Theresa May's claim that there are 'complex reasons' people use food banks.

"Graham should know that his government is taking mobility cars away from people who they later cheer on at the Paralympics exactly because Pip isn't working, but punishing, and because you need to prove you are not a liar throughout.

"Lots of money has been lost since abolition of the old 'disability living allowance' benefit, and the Tories are cutting £30 a week from 'employment and support allowance' benefits - about what former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith was costing us in expenses for his breakfast!

"No wonder the United Nations has found that this government is violating disabled people's human rights."

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