Today started off with prominent Brexiters Boris Johnson and Michael Gove pledging that a vote to leave the EU would result in the VAT on energy bills being scrapped — only to be contradicted by one of their own colleagues.
Today’s urgent session on the Bedroom Tax saw various fiery exchanges across the Commons floor — but the most passionate broadside at Iain Duncan Smith was saved until the very final question.
The chutzpah of Iain Duncan Smith appears to have soared to new heights after posing for a publicity photo at a homeless charity whose services are under threat … thanks to the government.
Iain Duncan Smith is advertising for yet another director general for the failing Universal Credit scheme — meaning the disastrous programme could clock up eight different bosses in a little more than five years.
The Tories’ harsh welfare regime has been dealt yet another blow — with a study linking so-called Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) to hundreds of suicides.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is threatening to resign if George Osborne announces any more cuts to his precious welfare reforms — in particular the ‘Titanic’ disaster that is the government’s plans to introduce Universal Credit for benefits claimants.
David Cameron has backed Iain Duncan Smith in a row over the benefit claimant deaths, refusing to open a Ministerial Code inquiry despite IDS’ failure to give “accurate and truthful information” to parliament.
No double fist pumps today, Iain?
Iain Duncan Smith is to face MPs for the first time since thousands of claimants were revealed to have died within days of being declared fit for work — figures which his department tried to cover-up for two years.
Last night’s vote on the Welfare Bill has renewed interest in Iain Duncan Smith’s plans not only to scrap current child poverty targets but for an Orwellian assault on the Child Poverty Act: renaming it as the ‘Life Chances Act’ and removing the words ‘Child Poverty’ from the name of the relevant quango.