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Iain Duncan Smith Announces Plans for more Misery for Claimants as Mental Health Targeted.

IDS: Having as a Laugh at Claimants’ Expense. 

Iain Duncan Smith is planning a shake-up of the rules on sickness benefit to encourage more people into work.

Announces the BBC.

The work and pensions secretary will argue in a speech that the current system is too “binary” – with claimants deemed either fit or unfit for work.

Instead, claimants should be made to take up any work they can, even if it is just a few hours, he will say.

Labour says cutting benefits for people who are not able to work is punishing the disabled for government failures.

But Mr Duncan Smith insists that the “most vulnerable people in our society” will be protected under his latest reforms.

‘Mental Health’. 

His speech, in London, will not contain any policy announcements but aims instead to start a “conversation” about the next phase of welfare reform, according to DWP officials.

Mr Duncan Smith will be focusing on the Employment Support Allowance, which is paid to those unable to work on health grounds. Those who receive the payment have their fitness to work tested under the Work Capability Assessment.

He believes those assessments should be more personalised, so if someone is able to work for a few hours they are helped to do so.

“It is right that we look at how the system supports people who are sick,” he will say.

Mr Duncan Smith argues that instead of an “either or” assessment, what is needed is “a system focused on what a claimant can do and the support they’ll need, and not just on what they can’t.”

He will add: “Nearly 11 million adults in the UK have a common mental health condition and people are much more likely to fall out of work if they do.

“We also know that being out of work for four weeks or more can actually effect people’s mental health, even if the original reason for ill health was a physical one.”

These, the Independent observes, are 7 ways Iain Duncan Smith has “helped” the disabled so far.

  • Closing Remploy factories
  • Scrapping the Independent Living Fund
  • Cut payments for the disabled Access To Work scheme
  • Cut Employment and Support Allowance
  • Risk homelessness with a sharp increase disability benefit sanctions
  • Sending sick people to work because of broken fitness to work tests
  • The bedroom tax

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  1. So we can project to the final stage?

    Someone who can only work the ‘equivalent’ of two hours a day should only be paid for the hours for which they can work?

    I can hear the statement now – ‘It’s just like piecework, that normal people do’.

    Another move towards reducing the minimum wage for ‘The Disabled’?

    And the organisations FOR Disabled People are still issuing propaganda about how equal and capable we all are….. If we were equally capable we wouldn’t be Disabled!

    I get so tired of all the political correctness and twaddle meaning more than lives and standards of life.


    August 24, 2015 at 11:35 am

  2. Alert Alert New angle on Stripping people of benefits.

    So “George Everyman Smith” wants to get those who he deems can work a few hours [no description of if its a required few hours a day or over a week, no doubt its per day].

    Question: How will the new regulations due in April next year view these types of “Stock” I wonder?

    Answer: Welcome to Sanction land! Can’t work more than 4 hours a day/week? Here take this job for 4 hours a day.

    [Two weeks pass after job start – or knowing DWP, a day after job start].

    Phone call from Crapita on a Saturday to go to meeting at DWP office.

    Work Roach: So hows the job going? Can cope I’m happy to hear that/Can’t Cope, I’m sad to hear that. As a result of the regulations that came in April 2016, you will need to up that to full time hours or loose your benefits. I.e. Win a free trip to Sanction Land.


    August 24, 2015 at 11:38 am

    • Just to add :

      Another ploy in the regulations will be that if you take the couple of hours your benefits won’t drop – if you don’t it will – win win for DWP money wise.

      On leaving the “Job” [it comes to an end/you leave/etc] you will be told as you have now proved that you can work, you are no longer eligible for anything other than JSA benefit.


      August 24, 2015 at 11:49 am

  3. “claimants should be made to take up any work they can”

    Easier said then done,shows how talk is cheap and he’s full of it.


    August 24, 2015 at 2:48 pm

  4. Brave Iain Duncan Smith blames underlings for DWP fake-claimants shambles:

    Duncan Smith says ‘fake claimant’ officials face action.


    Andrew Coates

    August 24, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    • Yeah right – this one is going to fly very very far.

      Anyone remember the shambles concerning the costs for the high speed railway caused by HM Treasury giving the wrong figures?

      Anyone remember how that turned out? Trumpeting of Heads wil roll? Then the concerned individuals [all low ranking staff] called in the union and lawyers? With proof that the higher ups were to blame?

      How the story just died a death?

      Junior Civil Servants if smart will have left a paper trail.

      My guess is we will see a repeat – and more money wasted…


      August 25, 2015 at 2:28 am

      • Oh and as the images used were commercial they will be highlighted in the accounts – so someone high up signed off on that but no heads will roll at that level.


        August 25, 2015 at 2:29 am

  5. milliem

    August 25, 2015 at 3:42 am

    • Obvious need here!

      Andrew Coates

      August 25, 2015 at 10:50 am

    • “You will be required to work locally or nationwide depending on your choice.”

      So that’s cleared that up then.

      I’ve sent off for my application form.

      Another Fine Mess

      August 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  6. It all depends on what IDS means by ‘work’. ‘Good’ work with a decent income is beneficial for mental health; conversely ‘bad’ work with no pay/low pay is bad for mental heath. But we all know that by ‘work’ IDS means doing ‘shitty’ jobs for no pay i.e workfare; being exploited with no reward for your effort is extremely toxic and detrimental to your health.

    Mental Health Professional

    August 25, 2015 at 7:32 am

    • being exploited with no reward for your effort is extremely toxic and detrimental to your mental health.

      Mental Health Professional

      August 25, 2015 at 7:33 am

  7. Tory press cheers Iain Duncan Smith’s plans to force mentally ill people to work
    Series Adam Barnett

    Is there any cruelty the right-wing papers won’t endorse?


    Andrew Coates

    August 25, 2015 at 11:06 am

  8. Frontline staff at the Department for Work and Pensions have been given guidance on how to deal with suicidal benefit claimants, it has been reported.

    The Sunday Herald newspaper says workers have been handed a six-point plan on how to deal with people denied benefits who appear to be suicidal.

    Staff at call centres have been instructed to allow rejected claimants for Universal Credit to talk about their intention to kill themselves.



    August 25, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    • Thanks Enigma, I have now blogged on it – when I saw the details were even worse than I expected!

      Andrew Coates

      August 25, 2015 at 4:37 pm

  9. “This is something that happened in Britain in 2015:”



    August 25, 2015 at 2:18 pm

  10. Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.


    August 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

  11. I love the way he uses inclusive language knowing full well he has no intention of taking the slightest notice of anyone but himself, his backers, and the voices that tell him what he wants to hear.

    ghost whistler

    August 30, 2015 at 1:11 pm

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