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.
There can surely be no better marker of the importance of the election than the Tories’ plan to show carers, the severely disabled and terminally ill no mercy in their new round of benefit cuts. But don’t worry — the Labour Party are going to defend the vulnerable by asking the Tories nicely. With sugar on top and everything:
A group of leading Catholics have broken ranks to criticise Tory welfare reforms in a letter to Iain Duncan Smith which begins “We are fellow Catholics”.
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:
With their £5bn Work Programme failing the long-term unemployed, the Tories have announced plans to punish jobseekers by forcing them to cook meals for OAPs or pick up litter. Despite boasting of his two periods of unemployment in the press — leading to ridiculous claims that he was living “on the breadline” seven years after he married into […]