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Iain Duncan Smith: No ” Scaring and Frightening People” by Publishing Statistics on Deaths from Benefit Cuts

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Iain Duncan Smith: “Scaring and Frightening People”.

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Mirror

Iain Duncan Smith claims 200,000-strong campaign to reveal Tory benefits deaths is ‘disgraceful’.

He’s fighting a legal battle to keep the figures secret – yet the Work and Pensions Secretary claims Labour MPs are just ‘frightening people’

The Work and Pensions Secretary lashed out after coming under fire over the figures – which his department is waging a legal battle to keep secret.

More than 200,000 people have signed an online petition by ex-welfare advisor Maggie Zolobajluk, 63, calling for the figures to be made public.

But instead of addressing it he’s replied with a furious attack on Labour, two of whose MPs rounded on him in the Commons yesterday.

He accused the opposition of ‘going out every day scaring and frightening people’ and ‘deliberately misrepresenting’ the government’s fit-for-work schemes.

And he attacked Labour because the party introduced the work capability assessment in 2007, before the Coalition expanded it.

MP Marie Rimmer asked him: “May I ask again why the Government are refusing to publish – even though the Information Commissioner has instructed them to do so – the up-to-date statistics relating to the number of people who have died, having been found fit for work at their face-to-face assessment?”

Mr Duncan Smith replied: “I find it absurd that Opposition Members deliberately try to misrepresent what happens under such schemes.

“I remind the honourable lady it was her Government who introduced the employment support allowance and the work capability assessment, and at no stage did they say that that led to people committing suicide.

“People in that situation are often in a very delicate and difficult position, and I find it disgraceful that she is going round making such allegations.”

That made MP Debbie Abrahams thunder: “Does the Secretary of State think that he and his Department are above the law?

“Why does he refuse to publish the details of the number of people who have died within six weeks of their claims for incapacity benefit and employment and support allowance, including those who have been found fit for work?”

But Mr Duncan Smith said: “I find it unbelievable that she, the honourable lady and others have spent all their time trying to make allegations about people going about their work.

“It is a crying shame that Labour members want to go out every day scaring and frightening people. It is no wonder they lost the election.”

He also claimed his department ‘doesn’t collate the numbers’ at all – appearing to fly in the face of his own officials’ advice.

Petition founder Ms Zolobajluk said: “I could see what was happening in the community. It was so predictable. These cuts came in and left people feeling helpless.”

The request to release the figures was made under the Freedom of Information Act by campaigner Mike Sivier.

He asked how many people who died between November 2011 and May 2014 had been found ‘fit for work’, or told they could move towards getting work.

DWP chiefs said they were preparing to publish the information in their own time, and it’d be unfair to rush them – but Information Commissioner Christopher Graham ruled they’d acted unreasonably.

Click here for the full petition.

 

Daily Mail.

You can hardly blame Iain Duncan Smith for occasionally exploding. The Left are extremely irritating when it comes to welfare cuts.

We will therefore forgive him becoming so batey yesterday during his departmental questions that he started sounding like the Mr Angry character who used to pop up on Steve Wright’s BBC radio shows.

Work and Pensions Secretary IDS has spent the last five years trying to wrestle with our nation’s vast and baffling welfare system, trying to reduce its costs and push more welfare claimants into jobs. He has achieved great things yet still the leviathan exists, pumping cash, de-energising, de-incentivising, de-moralising.

This is not just a British madness. Much of the European Union is in the grip of socialist welfarism, often wrecking the chances of the people it affects to help.

Mr Duncan Smith finds himself taking on a continental statist consensus, constructed over decades by pipe-sucking Jean-Paul Sartre intellectuals – and used by Left-wing politicians to create client voters from the millions whose bank accounts are injected with public money.

“….still the leviathan exists….”

I stop there to consult my copy of Sartre’s La Nausée (Nausea) and smoke my pipe.

I see the publisher has been kind enough to put a drawing of my good self on the front.

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  1. Scaring & frightening people, the many news articles regarding the possible upcoming cuts, assessments, and of course all JC’s, the list goes on.

    enigma

    June 23, 2015 at 10:31 am

  2. Yes, this upcoming ‘cuts but we can’t give you any details’ is a complete mindfuck being done on purpose to deliberately cause stress and anxiety. You can bet your last benefits £ that an awful lot of vulnerable people are having very sleepless nights at the moment. All in the fond hope that the distress brings on a fatal heart attack. Well, tell you what Ozzie and IDS – you can fuck right off!!

    Tommy Ticker (Still Beating)

    June 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

    • I imagine a permanent freeze on JSA payment levels is on the cards.

      Just guessing.

      Andrew Coates

      June 23, 2015 at 11:27 am

      • And just maybe every other benefit.

        enigma

        June 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      • Something is planned for whatever council housing stock is left, my mum on the train today overheard what must be an investment advisor for an unknown company. He was visting a few sample councils out of over 200 to see if whatever he was comissioned to do; if the housing stock was going to be worth it for whoever he was working for. He also mentioned about researching Pinnacle, who is involved in housing and the welfare to work industry.

        I don’t know what that means, it sounds like the government is gearing up to sell whatever council housing there is to private companies, also potentially trying to bring in more workfare for a roof over your head. Whatever it is, I don’t think it’s good.

        futureindoubt

        June 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      • The homeless, to start with?

        enigma

        June 23, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      • I mean, no one likes to see homeless people on the street, we’ve seen what is happening around the world regarding the homeless – whom are being removed from towns and cities.

        enigma

        June 23, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      • Workfare, I wonder what’s going to come on that as well.

        Yes, Future, that looks like one area where they’ll try something really unpleasant to benefit their welfare-to-work and Business friends.

        Andrew Coates

        June 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

    • I know what you mean tommy ticker but what I find particularly staggering is that in normal life no member of the public would ever trust any person they didn’t know through and through who said, “cant tell you, just trust me”. Can you imagine telling a policeman that during an interrogation ?

      I tell you what im going to do that at interviews from now on and see what an employer thinks, infact im going to change my notice that replaced my CV and say it. Lets see how many responses I get shall we.

      Gaia

      June 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      • Lets see if what’s good for the goose , is good for the gander ?

        Gaia

        June 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

  3. OT

    Gove tells top lawyers to provide more free legal advice to the poor.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2015/jun/23/politics-live

    enigma

    June 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    • enigma,

      brings to mind – vis a vis Legal Aid:

      bolted… barn door…. horse….

      Stuffed by ConParty

      Gazza

      June 23, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      • This say’s it all really.

        Across our court and tribunal system we need to challenge whether formal hearings are needed at all in many cases, speed up decision making, give all parties the ability to submit and consider information online, and consider simple issues far more proportionately.

        enigma

        June 23, 2015 at 6:06 pm

  4. I wish a disgruntled civil servant would leak this report and its findings.

    Why didn’t labour ask why exactly would it scare people if it proves the opposite or is IDS going to claim its purely coincidental if made to release ?

    Gaia

    June 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    • The report – let’s hope so, we do know why though it is at present a secret.

      enigma

      June 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  5. Can’t believe we’re going to have to endure at least another 5 years of these Bastards!

    paul

    June 23, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    • Could have been labour or UKIP, nothing would have changed because there all to busy hiding the truth that life is anything but rosy in todays global and national climate.

      This is why there throwing muck to misdirect the public and why I posted the story about 100 Britons being arrested in the last year for trying to smuggle immigrants into the UK.

      All any political party has is misdirection but never mind as you can change stats all you like, you can give in one place and take in another as eventually reality will set like concrete.

      Gaia

      June 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      • Do you realise enigma that most of those trucks heading for the UK is only because of our lust for imported goods.

        That if British people backed and bought home grown goods, backed British clothes, British cars, and so forth that this wouldn’t be effecting us as it is.

        Oh wait, we don’t have any such things, there all practically owned by foreign interest.

        So forgive me while I laugh (not at you enigma) but I think its a bit late to pull up the drawbridge as so to speak as we’ve already been invaded.

        Infact I could quite reasonably say without fear that it is not the taxpayer, that technically funds the welfare or NHS, sure its British hands handing it over but its highly unlikely it was the case by whom handed it to them if you know what I mean.

        gaia

        June 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      • Yes, I see what you mean.

        enigma

        June 23, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      • Could be empty trucks going back to collect more goods to export from the UK… 😉

        Lisa the Ice Road Trucker on the Dalton Highway

        June 23, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      • That’s the funniest thing ive heard all morning Lisa.

        gaia

        June 24, 2015 at 10:14 am

  6. You can hardly blame Iain Duncan Smith for occasionally exploding.

    Thats exactly what he does,spoke to someone last year who happened to serve him in a store they didn’t have what he wanted before she could recommend somewhere else he went into one.

    ken

    June 23, 2015 at 2:49 pm

  7. Please remember, when Iain Diseased Shit says “people” he means wealthy Tory voters, his victims are “stock” therefore not actually people. One thing learned from the election is that Tory voters are sensitive, fragile folk who need to be protected in bubble wrap. Potentially shattering these delicate little souls by breaking their frail delusions and showing the world what monsters they really are and the horrors they are complicit in, is of course going to be “frightening”

    futureindoubt

    June 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

  8. ken

    June 23, 2015 at 8:42 pm

  9. There is a war brewing, and it’s an unnecessary war. Those who own everything material are trying to depopulate the Earth.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/letters-control-capitalism-unsustainable/

    enigma

    June 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    • For a start using an image of Che Guevara instantly kills any creditability this article has.

      He was Homophobic and a Racist and not shy at killing anyone who stood in his way.

      The writer speaks of a new capitalism yet waves the flag of Marxism. Well the last time I checked they contradict each other in practice.

      Secondly the writer states its been mentioned that the world is over populated and that this isn’t fact. They then go on to say the world has finite resources and that is fact.

      Well if we are to establish what is overpopulated then surely the marker would be natural resources. This being the case also then means the above sentence is a contradiction.

      I rest my case

      gaia

      June 24, 2015 at 3:53 pm

  10. Insecurity of zero-hours contracts and workplace cuts increase the ill-health of people with a disability, a new study shows

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/23/disabled-workers-forced-take-unfit-jobs

    enigma

    June 23, 2015 at 8:54 pm

  11. Number of vulnerable children in UK rises for fifth successive year.

    Experts see increase in children taken into care or placed on child protection plans as inevitable consequence of longterm austerity and welfare cuts.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/23/vulnerable-children-uk-rises-welfare

    enigma

    June 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm

  12. People do not read newspapers nor watch TV news. After all, they are all involved in poverty porn and incitement to hate the poor, whatever race, whatever age, from babes in wombs to grannies.

    Labour has not been an effective opposition and this was shouted out at Labour supporters during the demo on 20 June in London.

    Til Jeremy Corbyn spoke at the speeches at the end of the protest march in Parliament Square.

    Only Jeremy Corbyn had the guts to stand in the midst of the protestors and talk direct to Sky News.

    If we want an opposition to stand up in parliament and fight the ever increasing starvation and death rate being played out again and again from history against the poor, then we only have Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

    To get him has been people’s petition, not the Labour party, that have sacked councillors out of the Labour party each time they voted against an austerity cuts council budget.

    There is a new peitition, for the people to say that Labour is dead without the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, the sole anti austerity leader contendor.

    PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE WIDELY
    https://www.change.org/p/the-labour-party-elect-jeremy-corbyn-as-leader-ad48c9f1-6e7a-4642-b3c5-9dbc49ba5f2f?

    and sign also the other one on Change.org
    https://www.change.org/p/the-labour-party-elect-jeremy-corbyn-as-leader

    The more the merrier.

    Chris

    June 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm

  13. Hold him accountable, the only thing People are scared and frightened of is his cuts, he should be cut …. Permanently

    mik johnstone

    June 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

  14. But as a JSA recipient, Dean is not classed as “disabled”, as ESA claimants are

    The professionalism/conduct of Jobcentreplus staff does give that impression!

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/23/disabled-workers-forced-take-unfit-jobs

    ken

    June 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm


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