Here’s a man who doesn’t know what’s good for him – Iain Duncan Smith.
The Gentleman Ranker is about to announce yet another overhaul of the benefits system, bringing his artillery to bear on people with mental illnesses. He reckons they’re all lying about themselves and should be in one of the non-existent jobs that his government hasn’t created.
Too many people with “common” mental illnesses rely on benefits when they could be in work, Iain Duncan Smith will say on Monday in a speech designed to emphasise that work is “good for your health”.
The Work and Pensions Secretary will outline how the “simplistic” sickness benefit assessments need to be overhauled to recognise that disability and illness is not an ‘all or nothing’ scenario, and people should not be written off as incapable if they are not.
According to the DWP in 2010, depression – a mental illness – was the chief reason for claiming an incapacity benefit that year. Here’s the chart:
In his planned speech, the Ranker intends to say: “We need a system focused on what a claimant can do and the support they’ll need – and not just on what they can’t do.”
What a shame, then, that Iain Duncan Smith’s system relies on work capability ‘assessors’ who tell blatant lies about what claimants can do, and Job Centre Plus ‘advisors’ who deny them the support they need.
Are any of his supporters stupid enough to demand references to the many, many recorded instances of this behaviour?
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