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Iain Duncan Smith is trying to trick you into thinking he has saved £50 billion because fewer people are claiming benefits.

Apparently this is a good thing despite the massive human cost of his project to push people off-benefit and contract the welfare state – we know that 1.6 million people have stopped claiming, not because they got a job but because they could no longer cope with the abusive behaviour of DWP employees.

We also know that many thousands have died – through suicide or complications of their physical conditions (if claiming incapacity benefits) after receiving decisions that were not only wrong, but may have been fraudulent.

And there’s the Universal Credit fiasco on which this blog reported today (February 4).

Jonathan Portes said delays to ‘reform’ of these benefits was costing the DWP £5 billion per year – that’s £25 billion over the course of the Parliament and this writer is far more likely to believe Mr Portes than the Coward of Caxton House.

Of course, if you would rather believe the Secretary-in-a-State, then this blog has words of advice that are to be taken to heart:

Don’t lose your job.
Don’t contract a long-term illness or disability.
Don’t have an accident at work that harms your general health.

You may not survive the benefit system.

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