British pro-poverty minister Iain Duncan Smith’s expenses scandal


This video from Britain says about itself:

6 April 2014

Conservative MP Ian Duncan Smith defends expenses fiddler and fellow Tory Maria Miller.

Recorded from BBC1 HD, Andrew Marr Show, 06 April 2014.

By Luke James in Britain:

Welfare slasher Iain Duncan Smith lived high life on Expenses

Thursday 2nd July 2015

DWP chief had his credit line suspended after splashing out on Commons card

WELFARE cuts cheerleader Iain Duncan Smith had his own MP benefits cut off amid questions about his expenses, records released yesterday reveal.

The Work and Pensions Secretary had his official credit suspended after failing to account for more than £1,000 in taxpayer’s cash he spent.

The disclosure by Parliament’s spending watchdog is more damaging given Mr Duncan Smith’s recent suggestion that benefit claimants should be given pre-paid cards to stop the misuse of public money.

News of his own expenses shenanigans saw him branded a “hypocrite” by Disabled People Against Cuts — but it didn’t stop him announcing plans to dodge inconvenient child poverty figures.

Mr Duncan Smith’s card was blocked after running up a £1,057.28 credit card debt, according to a response to a freedom of information request by the Press Association.

The cards are issued to all MPs by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) to pay for costs such as accommodation and travel.

MPs then have to prove the spending was for parliamentary duties by the end of the month. If they do not, the spending is classed by Ipsa as debt.

The millionaire Tory minister was one of 19 MPs to have had their cards suspended since the beginning of the year because they had not paid off the debt.

Disabled People Against Cuts branded him a “hypocrite” and said that it was another example of his “feckless and unaccountable spending of our money.”

The group pointed out that loaded Mr Smith, who lives for free in one of his father-in-law’s mansions, has previously claimed expenses for laundry and underpants.

Spokeswoman Linda Burnip added: “Our question is should someone with such untrustworthy credentials really be allowed to remain a government minister and have any say in the running of our country?”

Mr Duncan Smith and another 18 MPs who had credit card debt have now paid the outstanding amounts.

Meanwhile, Mr Duncan Smith used the Heathrow expansion row yesterday as cover to scrap a target to abolish child poverty by 2020.

He dropped the internationally accepted measures of child poverty based on parental income, saying the Tories would set their own based on the “the root causes of child poverty.”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This announcement marks the return of the ‘Nasty Party.’

“Abandoning the child poverty targets, instead of delivering fair pay and a decent welfare safety net, is a desperate act from a government that knows its policies will push at least a million more children into poverty.”

Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare reforms are disproportionately hurting women, report finds: here.

Malnutrition and other ‘Victorian’ diseases soaring in England ‘due to food poverty and cuts’. Cases of Victorian-era diseases including scurvy, scarlet fever, cholera and whooping cough have increased since 2010: here.

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    posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain

    New wave of welfare cuts slammed as ‘counter-productive’ by campaigners

    IAIN DUNCAN SMITH’S latest claimed bid to get those with mental health problems into work will only push people further into ill health, campaigners warned yesterday as the Work and Pensions Secretary proposed another shake-up to the sanctions regime.

    He insisted that working was a “health treatment” that could “transform their lives for the better” — especially those with “common mental health problems.”

    He detailed plans to make employment and support allowance (ESA) claimants undergo “proper” work capability assessments to gauge what jobs they could do.

    Mr Duncan Smith — who presides over the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) — said that the current system has to change as it’s too “binary” in either sanctioning people to find employment or ruling that they are “too sick to work.”

    But work capability assessments carried out by privateers have failed in the past, forcing those too ill to earn a wage to go through DWP’s work programme or face losing their benefits.

    Civil Service union PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “The government wants to cut the numbers of people on ESA by at least a million and appears intent on punishing those in need of support in order to meet that target.”

    The DWP’s new punishing “reforms” will be “hugely counter-productive” to people’s well-being and their ability to find and keep a job, said mental health charity Mind.

    Spokesperson Sophie Corlett said: “What people need is support. What they don’t need is more pressure and sanctions.

    “Threatening to punish people by cutting their benefits when they fail to do certain mandatory activities has a negative effect on people’s mental health, and actually pushes people further from work; it is hugely counter-productive.”

    Mind warned the system is currently “failing” mental health sufferers as only about 8 per cent of ESA claimants are being helped by the work programme, Ms Corlett added.

    Labour leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn called for the work capability assessments to be abolished.

    “The work capability assessment has been an unmitigated disaster for disabled people, as well as for the reputation of the DWP, its ministers, and the contractors involved.

    “I share the view of the huge coalition of DWP workers, medical professionals, disabled people’s organisations, the TUC and dozens of MPs who are calling for it to be scrapped.”

    National deaf/blind charity Sense said that Mr Duncan Smith’s plans are a result of “looking at [the issue] from the wrong end of the telescope” and risk “making problems worse for disabled people.”

    Richard Kramer, deputy chief executive, added: “The fault line is often not the benefits system but ensuring that we dismantle the many barriers that prevent people getting opportunities to work in the first place.”

    The obstacles to finding employment vary from bosses’ negative attitudes, failures to make reasonable workplace adjustments, reduced support from Access to Work and inaccessible transport, he continued.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-57d0-Fresh-Attack-will-Damage-Mental-Health#.VdxU5ZdDgdU

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