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A classic satirical take on Iain Duncan Smith – but under his “reforms”, tens of thousands of people DID starve. Many more committed suicide in despair. He has yet to be brought to justice for causing these deaths.

Were you aware that more deaths have been linked to the Department for Work and Pensions and its homicidal “welfare reforms” than to aviation accidents?

One reason for this, according to This Writer’s fellow campaigner against murderous DWP activities, Samuel Miller, is that airlines are regulated by the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that they don’t cut corners and introduce unsafe practices into their business patterns.

The DWP has been merrily inserting unsafe policies into its administration of benefits – but of course it doesn’t have a regulator. Mr Miller says it should have one:

If the DWP were an airline, it would be regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, a watchdog with statutory powers. As it stands, there have been more DWP-linked deaths than airline accident fatalities in the UK—and shockingly, the DWP remains unregulated because the Work and Pensions Select Committee lacks statutory powers.

The DWP is a ‘grave and systematic’ human rights violator and its draconian welfare reforms are prematurely ending the lives of many benefit claimants. We must insist that it be governed by an independent body with statutory powers; otherwise, welfare reform in the UK will remain a ‘human catastrophe’, according to the UN, for sick and disabled Britons.

We should publicly call for the DWP to be regulated by a watchdog. A Private Members Bill (PMB) could help facilitate this, by eliciting discussion of reining in this rogue department, which is gravely and systematically violating human rights. I’m well aware that all Select Committees are devoid of statutory powers and that Private Members Bills have virtually no chance of passing. But it will provoke discussion and that alone is worthwhile.

It’s an interesting idea.

But, as Mr Miller rightly points out, under a Conservative government it would be doomed to failure because Tories don’t want anybody interfering with their genocide of people with disabilities (for one example).

However (again) he is also right that the discussion of such a move would return the issue of the DWP-related deaths to the public eye.

People are still dying because of the DWP’s cruel assessments and sanctions – every day. We need to do all we can to end this and bring those responsible to justice.


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