DPAC's co-founder called her "nasty".
The co-founder of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) has calleld the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Therese Coffey “nasty”.
Coffey replaced Amber Rudd, who resigned over Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy.
DPAC co-founder Linda Burnip told The Morning Star: “Therese Coffey is just the latest in a long line of nasty DWP ministers who have consistently voted to further impoverish disabled people.”
“She has also suggested that pensioners should be forced to pay national insurance contributions to get their pension.”
The Scottish National Party also criticised Coffey. Their work and pensions spokesperson Neil Gray said:
“The Tory government must rule out any plan to further attack older people’s incomes by forcing pensioners to pay National Insurance.”
“It is deeply worrying that the new Tory Work and Pensions Secretary proposed increasing taxes on pensioners – who are already struggling to get by after a decade of Tory cuts.
“The Tories cannot be trusted on pensions. Under the Tories, pensioners have been pushed into poverty and hardship.”
“The UK now has a higher pension age, the lowest state pension in the developed world, injustice facing WASPI women, and cuts to key benefits like the free TV licence.
Therese Coffey has previously been criticised for supporting gambling industry proposals to remove the limit on the number of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals allowed in a betting shop.
She has since received several hundred pounds worth of hospitality from gambling company Ladbrokes.
Coffey also courted controversy by tweeting support for a weedkilling product called Roundup.
This tweet was the day after a court concluded Roundup was dangerous and its producer Monsanto knew this but did not tell consumers.
After this was pointed out to her, she doubled-down on her tweet, claiming you just had to handle it appropriately to manage the risk.
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