Hated Tory millionaire Iain Duncan Smith insists his attacks on benefit claimants are about helping them find jobs.
He denies any link between cutting off people’s only income for weeks or months and the growth of food banks.
His actions tell a different story. Duncan Smith has launched a trial run of putting job centre advisors in food banks.
This loveable chap knows what’s best for you !
Some 7,366 people were treated with malnutrition in England in the past year. Charity and church-run food banks have been integrated into the welfare state.
Unemployed, disabled and low-paid benefit claimants can only go with a referral from their GP, social worker or job centre advisor.
The threat of benefit sanctions already forces them to jump through endless hoops for the job centre. It creates stress and depression, but doesn’t help them find non-existent jobs.
Extreme food poverty was the dirty secret that forced claimants to comply. Now Duncan Smith is making it official.
In 1845 the revolutionary Frederick Engels called fear of unemployment the bosses’ “sharpest weapon”.
Those without work faced “starving, or freezing to death”. This horrifying poverty made every worker “the slave” of bosses.
Workers fought for a welfare state to blunt that terror. Duncan Smith is determined to bring it back.
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“Yes, Dunc, your legacy is building nicely”
Cahal Milno writing in The Independent – A coroner concluded for the first time that a man with severe mental illness killed himself as a direct result of being found “fit for work” by the Government’s disability assessors.
Michael O’Sullivan, a 60-year-old father from north London, hung himself after his disability benefits were removed despite the opinion of three doctors that he was suffering from recurrent depression and certified as unable to work by his GP.
Figures released b the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) last month showed that nearly 90 people a month died between 2011 and 2014 after being declared fit for employment following a work capability assessment (WCA).
Ministers insisted the statistics provided no basis for a link to welcome reforms but a coroner has ruled that in the case of Mr O’Sullivan the WCA and anxiety caused to him by its findings were the direct cause of his death. Mary Hassal, senior coroner for Inner London, wrote to the DWP warning that she believed there was a risk of similar future deaths and demanded preventative action.
It’s official – this guy and his cronies destroy lives
It is believed to be the first time that a coroner has explicitly blamed suicide on the welfare reforms being spearheaded by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
Mr O’sullivan died in 2013. In its 16-page response to the coroner, the DWP admitted that its own “clear policy” that further evidence should be sought when claimants mention suicide was “regrettably not followed in this case” and it was issuing a “reminder” to staff about its guidance.
“It would not do for me ! – Judicial Review at least and find a solicitor to take it on. They killed this bloke and you can’t get better legitimate evidence than from a coroner’s investigation into a death. Iain Duncan Smith and his masters and underlings don’t give a damn”