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UK Government Cuts

April 4, 2013
Ian Duncan Smith is a British Conservative politician. He is the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and was leader of the Conservative Party from September 2001 to October 2003

Ian Duncan Smith
is a British Conservative politician. He is the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and was leader of the Conservative Party from September 2001 to October 2003

In all my adult life, governments of different colors have been reforming welfare. (And the NHS for that matter). There is nothing unusual in reform. There have been hundreds; tax credits, child allowance, job seekers, you name it. The gov has tinkered with it. However IDS’s reforms are a different order of draconian – falling disproportionately and mightily, upon the backs of those with the least capacity to bear the load. Children, the disabled, the sick and those ruined by successive government policies that make it impossible for them to find work. By policies I mean, failure to provide education, failure to provide leadership, failure to provide a local economy to work within, failure to provide/build housing, failure to provide opportunities to improve. The gov has made benefits a game by the poor administration of it.

The real problem is not the welfare system or the welfare bill. If you strip down the numbers so that those with legitimate need get their needs met, you will be lucky to find any further substantial savings from the supposed scroungers. The system simply does not contain those degrees of waste. Just ask ATOS!. In order to make substantial savings, IDS has to cut into the benefits of those with legitimate need which is what these reforms are all about. The savings from these cuts are still minuscule in comparison to the savings that need to be found if the government is to pay off the deficit.

By failing to go after the businesses, elites, tax avoiders, politicians and those that significantly benefited from the corruption in public and banking life during the boom years. This government is making the very poorest and most vulnerable people take the ‘back snapping’ load created by these people.

IDS isn’t creating a fairer system, he’s making the poor the scapegoats for the profligate rich.

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