Yet another inquiry is being conducted into the Tories’ harsh benefits regime — with a committee of MPs set to probe whether delays and cock-ups by DWP are driving desperately needy people to food banks.
The UK has become the first country to be investigated by the United Nations for alleged “systematic and grave” violations of disabled people’s human rights. A team of six experts are apparently somewhere in the UK at the moment — carrying out inquiries under seemingly unprecedented secrecy.
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.
DWP has been forced to withdraw a leaflet on benefit sanctions after comments from supposed claimants were revealed to be, errrr, made up and stuff.
NASA spent around £1/2 billion to send its New Horizons spacecraft to Pluto. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reform fiasco on the other hand, will cost the UK taxpayer at least £12.8 billion. Of course, Duncan Smith’s reform project – a car crash known as Universal Credit – isn’t just about […]
With the Tories’ election triumph turning £12 billion in welfare cuts from a coalition bargaining chip into something they are actually committed to deliver, squirming Iain Duncan Smith has had mates brief the Observer on his “confidence” in delivering on their manifesto:
If looks could kill. Esther McVey’s replacement at DWP did not look impressed to be asked about whether she still supports the death penalty:
Having not only failed to deliver one of the Tories’ flagship policies but potentially wasted more than £200 million of taxpayers’ cash on IT systems which may be written off as useless, the Tories couldn’t possibly re-appoint Iain Duncan Smith at DWP? Errrrr …