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The legacy of Iain Duncan Smith must be remembered for years to come

Some people will say George Osborne is to blame for the Tory treatment of disabled and sick people during his time as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2010 to 2016, and to an extent they’re correct.

However as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions also from 2010 to 2016, Iain Duncan Smith was in charge of the evil schemes created which have been a catastrophe for disabled and sick people.

The Work Capability Assessment was devised by Labour, but it is Duncan Smith who ignored warnings from coroners and rolled it out completely.

 It was therefore no surprise to many what happened next. The DWP deaths rolled in and continue to this day.

Duncan Smith continually denied any correlation between Tory policies and these deaths. As of 2016 three coroners had come out and stated DWP and benefit assessments played a role in the death of their clients.

Is it better for the taxpayer? No – it’s costing more to administer than the benefits it’s replacing.

Is it better For the claimant? The majority of what we’ve read says it’s worse. Only a small amount say it’s better. The complaints continue to roll in.

One case which sticks out is Brian McArdle. He had various health conditions, was paralysed down one side, blind in one eye, he couldn’t speak. He died within hours of being found fit to work leaving behind a thirteen year old son. Iain Duncan Smith sent that boy a letter suggesting he checks his father’s appeal. What good is that? His Dad is dead. Here’s what IDS had to say about it as we nail each lie he spouted.

Again from 2010 we had people being sanctioned for the most ridiculous reasons. Many people appealed and won – and the Tories didn’t like it – so they introduced legislation to delay any appeal with a mandatory reconsideration.  This allowed DWP to sit on cases for an unlimited amount of time – with no payment to the claimant as they waited.  This forced claimants to live on bin contents, steal and beg for food or apply for what was then Jobseekers Allowance. Of course it had the desired effect for the Tories. George Osborne was not responsible for bringing in mandatory reconsideration – that ultimately fell to Iain Duncan Smith.

Tory DWP also brought in emergency legislation to keep money which his department was found to have illegally sanctioned from claimants. Watch Parliament debate it here.

As for Iain Duncan Smith’s true reason for resigning from his department – we may never know. The man is a master of lies and deception. Unless he’s received some kind of knock on the head it is almost certainly not because of Tories mistreating claimants – which he defended since 2010.

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Inspired from a comment on our Facebook page.

Please can everyone ask at least five people to sign this

Please sign and keep sharing this petition for an Independent Inquiry into avoidable DWP deaths.  With 100,000 signatures we can make a difference even if this isn’t debated in Parliament.

We want justice, not apologies.  Time is running out to sign.

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DWP ordered to apologise after it breached rules resulting in disabled mum killing herself

A woman whose disabled daughter killed herself after her benefit payments were stopped has called for officials to be prosecuted over their failings.

Jodey Whiting, 42, of Stockton, Teesside, took her life in 2017 when her payments were halted because she missed a capability assessment.

An independent inquiry has found the Department for Work (DWP) breached its own rules and it has been ordered to apologise and pay £10,000 compensation.

The DWP said it accepted the findings.

Ms Whiting, a mother of nine, suffered multiple physical and mental health issues including curvature of the spine and a brain cyst, and took 23 tablets each day.

She was suffering from pneumonia when she missed her assessment but was then ruled fit to work and had her Employment and Support Allowance halted.

‘Pushed’ to her death

Her mother, Joy Dove, of Norton, said she was “shocked” by the extent of the failings outlined in a letter from the Independent Case Examiner.

She said: “It was awful. There was no need. They pushed her to it.

“How can you cut someone’s money off without seeing them?”

A petition calling for an Independent Inquiry into DWP deaths has been launched.

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81,000 people died in just three years in part due to Tory cuts, fake assessments and sanctions

“A staggering 81,140 people died as a result of benefit cuts and sanctions according to official government documents.

Some 50,580 on ESA had died and the rest is made up of various other benefits people were claiming before they died.”

Among them were people like this…

DWP DEATHS NICK BARKER

DWP DEATHS CECILIA BURNS

DWP DEATHS CHRIS CANN

DWP DEATHS LEANNE CHAMBERS

DWP DEATHS DAVID CLAPSON

DWP DEATHS EDWARD JACQUES

DWP DEATHS BRIAN MCARDLE

DWP DEATHS MARK WOOD

DWP DEATHS LINDA WOOTTON

Read the shocking figures from the Tory Government website or from our backup below when they try to hide them again.

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Probe launched after another DWP death

Young grandmother Jodey Whiting took her own life after her benefits were stopped when she missed appointment despite never seeing letter. The conduct of the DWP before and after the suicide of a tragic mum-of-nine is set to be investigated.

She had been plagued with ill health and the DWP were made aware of those issues by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau a week before she took her own life.  Her health issues, which included a brain cyst and curved spine, meant she could barely make it through the front door of her Stockton home.

The Independent Case Examiner (ICE) – who investigate alleged wrongdoing by the Government department has now accepted the complaint and will investigate.  It will look at five key claims as part of the complaint.

• The Citizen’s Advice Bureau sent a letter to the DWP regarding Jodey’s health issues on February 15, six days before her death, but it failed to act on it until March 23.

• Despite being made aware of her death on February 23 using the ‘tell us once’ system, the DWP issued a claim to Jodey about her Employment Support Allowance claim on February 25.

• The DWP failed to take appropriate action to upgrade their computer systems until March 1.

• The DWP continued to call Jodey’s phone and leave her voicemail messages until May, despite knowing of her death.

• The department failed to respond to Mrs Dove’s letter of April 13, 2017 until June 14, 2017.

Teesside Coroner’s Court heard last year that Jodey had battled with mental and physical health problems during her short life.

A shop assistant, she was forced to retire young due to pain which left her on 23 tablets-a-day, including morphine.

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Fury as UK and Saudi Arabia sign huge arms deal

Should we be surprised?  Saudi Arabia and Britain signed a huge new arms deal on Friday. It comes despite repeated calls for the UK to halt arms sales in light of massive civilian casualties and a humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Someone suggested on our Facebook page this was a good thing as it meant profit for Britain.  We don’t feel profit should come before human life.  Obviously the Tories with their dirty little DWP schemes which have cost people in this country their lives don’t feel the same way.

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Fury as UK and Saudi Arabia sign huge arms deal

Tories: Think of the profit to be made

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Tories spend £100million trying to stop disabled getting help they’re entitled to

DWP spent £108.1 million of taxpayers’ money on appeals against disability benefits in just two years, new figures reveal.

Neil Heslop, chief executive of disability charity Leonard Cheshire, said: “To spend this amount on admin fighting to uphold flawed decisions that shouldn’t have been made in the first place is staggering.

Tory peer Baroness Altmann, a former DWP minister, said the money could be spent on benefits for those who need them, rather than on the costs of fighting claims.

The DWP tried to defend its ludicrous spending by saying a small portion of these decisions were overturned. They are clearly living in fantasy land and do not understand the law. The vast majority of their cases are being thrown out in favour of disabled people.

To make matters even worse it has emerged the DWP kept these figures from the Work and Pensions select Committee.

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Tories spend £100million trying to stop disabled getting help they're entitled to

Another person with terminal cancer dies after being found fit to work by DWP

A man with terminal cancer died before he was able to appeal a ruling by the Department for Work and Pensions which stated he was “fit to work”.

Phillip Balderson, 46, had been working at a hotel in the Lake District but was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2013.

He also had psoriatic arthritis and a number of mental health problems, including anxiety and OCD.

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May threatens to pull plug on United Nations funding unless they see things her way

Theresa May has had enough of the UN breathing down her neck due to these DWP deaths and for violating CRPD laws and has threatened to pull the plug on their funding.

The United Kingdom had signed up to CRPD optional protocols to protect the rights of disabled people.  It’s a checkbox that gives an appearance the Tories respect disabled people.

In reality, the Tories show contempt for the sick, disabled and the poor.  They famously blocked a £3 million fund set up by the EU to help UK’s poor people.

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You can read the full initial UN report here: http://d.pr/f/dob2

TV news has not been completely silent over Tory treatment of disabled people..

Coroners have come out and said the Tories are responsible for deaths

United Nations says Britain is going backwards instead of forwards

The most shocking aspect of the UN report is what it reveals about the UK government’s increasing non-compliance with existing UK legislation. For example, it is obliged by law to carry out impact assessments and gather necessary statistics concerning any policies likely to have a disproportionately negative impact on disabled people. But its replies to UN requests for data repeatedly demonstrated that it is in breach of this public sector equality duty. As a result, the government’s schools green paper, published a year ago, failed to conduct the legally required impact assessment, even though this policy would undoubtedly have affected the life chances of many disabled children.

Tories guilty of systemic violations

Stroke victim told to take fit-to-work test while still in hospital

MP Iain Wright is demanding an investigation after a stroke victim claimed she was told she must undergo a fit-to-work test – while in a hospital stroke unit!

No shame – Maximus admits carrying out ‘under a dozen’ fit-to-work tests in hospitals each year for the DWP.

Take a look at just some of DWP’s victims.

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Stroke victim ‘told to take back-to-work test while still in hospital