Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 November 2010

Don't destroy our sickness benefits

When the Con-Dem government announced its cuts, Steve Spreadborough of Coventry appeared on the BBC News, speaking emotionally of his fears of losing his home and more. Here Steve talks to The Socialist.

I AM a married man with four children. I'll say this the way the Conservatives would: 'Following an accident at work I've been sitting at home, scrounging off the system, letting my children run riot and letting taxpayers bring us up'.

Right, that's the lies out of the way. I now have health problems, but I have not sat on my backside and let my illness dictate to me, as that would send the wrong message to my children.

My eldest daughter works in a home with special needs adults and is on call 24 hours a day. My eldest son has autism and dyspraxia, but is in full time college. The youngest son left school four years ago and has not had a job, though not through lack of trying. But he works in the community doing gardens for the elderly. My youngest daughter has devoted her life to becoming a vet.

I would like to say sorry to all the politicians for taking 4,000 milligrams of painkillers every day, aspirin to keep my heart going, and eight tablets for diabetes. I'd also like to say sorry for the stroke I had four years ago, the three weeks I was in hospital learning to walk and talk again, and the burden I was on the NHS.

During the Labour government a coffin was being built for public services. The Tory-Liberal cuts are an attempt to finish that coffin. You're OK if you're rich but if you're low paid and in the public sector you are about to lose everything unless you go to where the work is. And that means getting on your bike and going to live in India or China because that is where our factories have gone.

It's not easy being on benefits. I've survived on one meal a day for many years. I have served on 30 local and council committees to help people worse off than me. I don't believe in getting something for nothing, so I try to put back what I can.

A big nail in the coffin of our living standards will come in January with the VAT rise.

Today, I live in social housing in Coventry. In a couple of years, because of benefit cuts and rent rises, I could be living on a street or in a field.

So I say to working people when you are facing a decision about whether to fight back against the government onslaught, go home and look at all you have got and think about what you will lose if you don't fight for it.

To trade unions, I say get together and act as one. Don't be blackmailed because politicians are like wolves and they will try to divide and conquer. Probably not one Labour, not one Tory, not one Lib Dem MP will lose their jobs and the bankers will still get their bonuses at the cost of the public sector. We have no option but to fight back.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 3 November 2010:

Anti-cuts campaign

Con-Dems' cuts can be stopped

Anti-cuts movement continues to grow

Model motion for a national demonstration in 2010

Firefighters' strike

Pickets injured: Solidarity with London firefighters

Solidarity with London firefighters


We need jobs, homes and services - not racism

Defend the right to asylum

Socialist Party editorial

Con-Dem shock therapy - midwife to a double dip?

Socialism 2010

Socialism 2010

Fund the fight for socialism

Socialist Party news and analysis

Housing: Rent caps, not benefit caps

India - no voice for Kashmiri struggle

Graduate unemployment: We will not be a lost generation!

News in brief

Cable is a coward!

Don't destroy our sickness benefits

Socialist Party youth and students

100 students march against cuts and fees in Leeds

Students challenge Willetts

Birmingham youth protest

Socialist Party workplace news

Nottingham school staff force council retreat over pay cuts

Tube workers take more action for safety

BBC strike over pensions

UCU: No education cuts, no fees!

National Shop Stewards Network: Anti-cuts conference

International socialist news and analysis

USA elections: What the Tea Party really represents


Home   |   The Socialist 3 November 2010   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

triangleMajor attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

triangleFight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

triangleUN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin


triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now


triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

triangleWho's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing


triangleDon't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

triangleShocking insight into Isis

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns


North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay


Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?



Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni


Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers



Balloting members on the pay cap



'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future



Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison


South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP



Uprising to save the NHS!



Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?


East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!


North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses



Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems



Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now



Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice