Shocking ‘back to work’ results for people claiming all kinds of sickness benefits in Great Britain over a 4 year period show that just 37,770 obtained a ‘job outcome’, whereas in just over a two year period over 81,000 people died whilst claiming sickness benefits between December 2011 and February 2014.
These figures make a laughing stock of Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) and his wildly distorted claims to be helping the sick and disabled back in to work. In May 2010 Duncan Smith announced his flagship ‘Work Programme’ on the misleading premise that it was fit to revolutionise welfare for the 21st centrury. Amongst claims made by the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions were specific statements setting out how his reforms would see sickness benefit claimants on their way in to work, Duncan Smith has consistently claimed that the key to lifting people out of poverty is to get them in to employment. In regular parrot fashion he reminds us how ‘work always pays’, – really?
IDS is all talk, none of his promises come to fruition, it’s all empty meaningless rhetoric.
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