Doug Ford and Bonnie Lysyk have become a powerful tag team with a common foe: Rising social assistance costs.

Their shared remedy: Reducing the right of appeal by those claiming disability payments.

Armed with the auditor general’s critiques, the premier is moving fast to disarm the independent Social Benefits Tribunal. Restricting the right of appeal would reduce the number of applicants on the welfare rolls — allowing Ford’s Tories to lower costs without having to pay a political price for redesigning the program or redefining eligibility.