You can’t by any means cut down someone’s benefits in a “One size fits all” scheme because not everyone is the same. If I purchased a dress that said “One size fits all”, normally it would not fit me because my body dimensions are not suitable for “One size fits” all, particularly in European measurements, that would be like a size 14 and, wouldn’t even go over one of my hooters! What I’m getting at, is that everyone has differing needs that need to be addressed individually, not as a whole.
I think you have to humour Iain Duncan Smith and, let him have his enjoyment with his pet projects, or else he will just toss his toys out of his pram like an overindulgent child, although a spoilt child may fling their toys out of their pram, but they don’t so the story goes, murder people with their actions.
Nonetheless, Iain Duncan Smith’s pet enterprise is having grave problems and, Universal Credit that was initially planned for October 2013, has now been postponed until next year.
Although that is no comfort to Kieran McArdle who’s father, stroke victim Brian, 57, passed away a day after his disability benefits were discontinued.
The benefits system may have been shaky previously, but it generally worked for the most part and, unemployment benefit was a necessary payment and, you either got income or contribution based benefit with housing benefit paid and, the benefits may appear complicated, but the previous system was better for both claimants and advisers, with basic payments being additionally increased by premiums.
Nonetheless, Iain Duncan Smith was attacked for sending an offensive letter to a boy who said that the strain of a back-to-work test by Atos put an end to his disabled father’s life.
The letter that was sent to Kieran McArdle was nasty and, which attempted to send the welfare chief’s sympathy, but then attempted to justify the governments exploitation on disabled people, as well as Kieran’s father Brian.
The coldness of the reply to Kieran McArdle from the Tory minister, proposed that Kieran get in touch with the Jobcentre about his dead father’s appeal, but the poor man’s dead and, talk about passing the buck.
The letter was hand-delivered to Iain Duncan Smith’s Whitehall office and, he gave his word of honour that he would correspond to Kieran, aged 13. It took IDS 21 days to respond to Kieran, of Larkhall, Lanarkshire, who felt bitterly let down with the response he received from Iain Duncan Smith.
The letter was machine printed on DWP paper and, the sole sign of humanity was an unreadable scribble, which I presume was Iain Duncan Smith’s signature, but it was so undecipherable; it could have said Joe Bloggs.
Kieran desired at least an expression of regret and, an explanation and justification for his father’s horrific treatment, at least that would have given this young teenager some closure.
His father Brian had been left paralysed (which means loss of muscle function for one or more muscles) from a stroke last year on Boxing Day, yet this man was still ordered to attend an Atos “work capability assessment”. One month later, this person got a letter telling him he would lose his disability benefits, but the day after his benefits were taken away from him, Brian died.
A great deal of people have passed away after their benefits have been taken away from them, it is too much of a coincidence and, the Department of Work and Pensions is withholding to make it public on updates concerning the deaths of people who had been receiving benefit and, that had been taken away.
The thing is, by nature, disability demands for differing methods and, whilst some people will be fit to work, where the company are prepared to hire them; some firms will not.
So, the concept that entitlement for sickness benefit requires recurrent evaluation, which is expensive, particularly where there are appeals, is laughable.
It seems that the DWP will not make available how many people are dying because of this modification in benefits, so what are they hiding?