A Christian charity has been subjected to the usual Tory punishment beating after issuing legal challenges on behalf of vulnerable victims of the Bedroom Tax and disability benefit reforms.
“Our welfare reforms are about transforming lives and I think the public would be surprised to learn how their money is being misspent by these charities.
“Maybe they too should concentrate on transforming lives on the ground instead of using donations to attack government policies.
So Team IDS reckon charities should stick to their knitting and keep out of politics? What a pity the Centre for Social Justice — founded by, errrr, Iain Duncan Smith — didn’t get the memo.
Boasting about how the think tank has “shaped government policy”, including “welfare reforms”, the release contains an offer to put journalists in touch with charities which will support the CSJ line:
“Further to this, the CSJ manages an Alliance of over 300 of the most effective grass roots, poverty-fighting organisations. The CSJ is able to draw upon the expertise and experience of Alliance charities for research work and media inquiries. Journalists wishing to conduct grass-roots research into social problems can be put in touch with front-line charity directors and staff.
Constructive criticism of government policy is an outrageous abuse of charitable funds — unless you’re slagging off the Tories’ opponents, in which case “politicians need to listen to these experts”.