Letter: Beware the IDS of March

This post has been reproduced in part here via Rochdale Online

“Dear Editor 

The fact that Tory Chancellor Osborne is now being portrayed as to the right of Iain Duncan Smith should give no one any comfort. It’s somewhat akin to saying that Burke was slightly nicer than fellow body snatcher Hare.

As the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), one of the largest trade unions in the UK, with about 200,000 members throughout the civil service and government agencies, making it the UK’s largest civil service trade union rightly points out: “Hand-wringing cannot erase from our memories the policies he has relentlessly pursued, including the benefits cap, the bedroom tax and cuts to support for sick and disabled people.

Duncan Smith’s resignation will be almost universally welcomed, particularly by DWP staff and the millions of people who have borne the brunt of his cruel policies.

He presided over years of suffering and surely ranks as the most hated work and pensions secretary in living memory, epitomising Tory arrogance and indifference to the effect of brutal cuts”.

What does appear to be somewhat unusually lacking from the ongoing narrative seems to be the near meltdown of Iain Duncan Smiths flagship Universal Credit project just before his hasty night time scuttle overboard from his role as ship’s captain.

As commentator Bernadette Meaden pointed out at the end of last week online at independent Christian political think tank Ekklesia: “On the day he resigned, the DWP lost a four year legal battle to keep the problems with Universal Credit secret. Mr Duncan Smith’s flagship project is in deep trouble, but until now we haven’t been allowed to know quite how deep. Universal Credit may prove to have been a colossal waste of public money, and if it is abandoned, it would be a humiliation for Iain Duncan Smith. As one commentator pointed out two days ago, ‘the more IDS fights publication, the more it looks as if he has something to hide’.

“He may prefer not to be at the helm if his flagship crashes on to the rocks.”

In addition the day before Mr Duncan Smith’s resignation, Disability News Service revealed evidence that the DWP had dismissed concerns raised by a coroner under Rule 43, the “prevention of future deaths” process.

The letter concerned the death of Stephen Carre, who had taken his own life after losing an appeal against being declared fit for work by the DWP without reference to information from his GP, his psychiatric nurse, or his psychiatrist”…..

…..Read the Full article at this link (Also contains a partial list of MP’s who voted for ESA cuts and are patrons for charities connected to people who rely on those cut benefits)

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