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Iain Duncan Smith Should Resign as Work and Pensions Secretary,

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Demand Iain Duncan Smith resign over lying to public in DWP sanctions leaflets

Demand Iain Duncan Smith resign over lying to public in DWP sanctions leaflets

Petition here.

This is the least we can demand of them:

Thousands of people have signed a petition demanding Iain Duncan Smith resign as Work and Pensions Secretary, it has been revealed.

Reports Welfare Weekly.

The news comes as Labour MP Debbie Abrahams branded the use of ‘fake quotes’ in a DWP sanctions leaflet a “disgrace”, and joined the growing chorus of people calling on Iain Duncan Smith to step down.

Debbie Abrahams said: “This is yet another example of not only his incompetence, but what can only be described as very shady and unscrupulous behaviour not befitting a Member of Parliament let alone a Secretary of State leading a Government Department.

“Once again Duncan Smith is caught trying to paint a particular picture of social security claimants. He is a disgrace and should do the honourable thing and resign.”

Welfare Weekly revealed earlier this week how the DWP had misled the public, by using fabricated quotes in a benefit sanctions information leaflet from claimants that don’t exist.

Now, nearly 22,000 people (correct at the time of publication) have signed a petition, claiming “the Government has lied to the British public” and branding the leaflet “pure lies” and “fantasy”.

The petition, written by Beth G, says: “Stopping people’s benefits such as job seeker’s allowance, known as sanctioning, is driving people to suicide. People are resorting to stealing food in order to not starve.

“Sanctions do not encourage people to get jobs. Sanctions are known to be given to people for extremely minor reasons such as being five minutes late for an appointment.

“If someone has a heart-attack or has to attend a family members’ funeral and misses an appointment – they could be sanctioned and lose their benefits.

It adds: “Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, is ultimitely [sic] responsible for the actions of those in his department, who produced the propaganda leaflet containing lies, presenting a fantasy of positive stories about sanctions. This distorts the truth, which is that people are dying due to sanctions.

“In addition to being responsible for the terrible effects of sanctions on hundreds of thousands of people’s lives, the Department for Work and Pensions lying to the public in this way is not acceptable.”

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Written by Andrew Coates

August 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

11 Responses

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  1. Hope springs eternal, eh!

    jj joop

    August 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm

  2. and unicorns are real

    growls

    August 22, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    • These handsome chaps are living proof that you sceptics are wrong:

      Andrew Coates

      August 22, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      • Sorry which ones are which? Camie? GidIdiot and famous everyman George Smith?

        A Right trio of Rashers I think…

        Gazza

        August 22, 2015 at 10:55 pm

  3. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

    A6er

    August 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

  4. I’m impressed, I must say. Very rarely do I come across a blog that’s both informative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. Your blog is important; the issue is something that not enough people are talking intelligently about.

    Kucing Joget123

    August 23, 2015 at 4:13 pm

  5. !!URGENT!!

    !!VACANCY ALERT!!

    Verification Officer
    Vacancy posted: Tuesday, 11 August 2015
    Ingeus

    Salary: £17,440
    Location: Glasgow

    Closing date: 23 August 2015

    Position Details

    Salary: £17,440 – £20,050 per annum

    Location: Glasgow

    Contract length: 6 month ftc

    Position Title: Verification Officer

    Reports to: Regional Verification Manager

    Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week. Core hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5.30pm. Flexibility is required to work between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday as arranged by the manager, with flexibility to work on a Saturday 9:15am – 1pm to meet business requirements.

    About Ingeus

    Since starting in the UK in 2002, Ingeus UK has grown from a team of three people to become a 1,700-strong leading provider of people-centred services, including employability programmes, skills training and health-related support. We work as one to help people to reach their full potential.

    The Role

    An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Regional Verification Team for a Verification Officer. The core goal of the Verification Officer is to communicate efficiently with employers in a telephone based environment to achieve effective verification of job starts and job outcomes, and the successful payment of all available financial outcomes.

    To be successful in this role you’ll need great communication, both oral and written, the ability to build relationships and rapport easily with a broad range of people, and a great deal of resilience. This role is accountable for liaising with employers, job centre plus, operational colleagues and clients, so to thrive you will need to be confident, courteous and professional, consistently delivering first class service.

    The role will require effective time management, multitasking and prioritisation skills, as well as high levels of attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness in order to efficiently complete a range of verification tasks within stringent compliance guidelines at all times.

    What we’re looking for

    Outbound customer service experience coupled with an excellent telephone manner
    A good level of IT literacy – MS Word, Outlook and Excel at intermediate level or above
    Resilience, determination and the ability to deal with multiple priorities as well as the natural frustrations of the role appropriately
    Excellent oral and written communication skills
    Able to effectively network to build and maintain effective relationships internally and externally
    Attention to detail and an ability to work under pressure

    Application Instructions

    Please could all applicants supply a cover letter detailing the following:

    Evidence of your ability to cover the key elements detailed in the job description
    Key skills that you would bring to the role
    Why you want to work as a verification officer
    Your approach to a targeted role

    Applications in no later than 23rd Aug

    Apply here

    Universal Jobmatch - Vacancy Alert Service

    August 23, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    • The march of the Pimps continues.

      jj joop

      August 24, 2015 at 11:02 am

  6. 1

    August 24, 2015 at 9:54 am

  7. DWP seeks 2,800 short-term staff weeks after shedding thousands of full-timers.

    Union says adverts are for roles similar to those done by 3,824 workers who left two months ago and shows ‘further casualisation’ of department.

    The Department for Work and Pensions has been criticised for advertising nearly 3,000 jobs on short-term contracts less than two months after shedding thousands of permanent staff.

    A total of 3,824 permanent staff members across England, Scotland and Wales left under a voluntary exit scheme in late June. On Thursday, the DWP said it was looking to recruit 2,800 people to work on its “reform programmes”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/23/dwp-seeks-short-term-staff-weeks-after-axing-thousands-of-full-timers

    I don’t like the sound of these “reform programmes”.

    Andrew Coates

    August 24, 2015 at 11:06 am

  8. “reform programmes” – I don’t like the sound of this either. Very Kafkaesque. Sounds like IDS may be deciding to throw more money to the Pimps.

    jj joop

    August 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm


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