Rather than admit to his failures, Iain Duncan Smith continues to operate with the approval of the public who have been duped in to believing his chaotic reforms are successfully changing lives for the better. He does so by manipulating perceptions of claimants utilising highly misleading propaganda. If Duncan Smith was brave enough to offer himself up to proper scrutiny, we believe his unacceptable incompetence would be laid bare for all to see.
For the avoidance of doubt, New Approach will work with any politician who genuinely believes in the abolition of the toxic Work Capability Assessment and who shows a real intention to listening to the ideas we, and others, have on a proper replacement.
Iain Duncan Smith has at long last made it known that he recognises the assessment process is flawed. However, there is nothing to indicate he is genuine about finding a better way forward. To date all he has come up with is to announce regressive measures to reduce the money available to claimants who are most distanced from the labour market, redefine the definitions of vulnerability and disability to suit his harmful rhetoric and carry on manipulating statistics to obtain what he perceives to be good newspaper headlines.
Duncan Smith’s latest stab in the dark is to lay the blame at employers for not taking enough disabled people on or who fail to ensure they do all all they can to retain staff who suffer temporary illness. Duncan Smith fails to recognise how his government’s harmful rhetoric has caused untold damage to gaining the confidence of prospective employers. Furthermore he has done nothing to introduce legislation which protects employees, often affected by mental health problems experienced as a direct result of problems they experience within the workplace, from facing dismissal for the crime of being unwell.
We firmly believe Duncan Smith is unfit for purpose and is not the right person to reform the welfare state, in that regard we encourage people to join Debbie Abrahams MP, and many others, in calling for his immediate resignation.
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