Iain Duncan Smith – isn’t he a little charmer?
The secretary of state responsible for disability benefits, and he doesn’t even have wheelchair access to his local MP surgeries.
Nor does he do home visits – unless a national newspaper contacts his office with the implied threat of deeply embarrassing media coverage.
He axed the Independent Living Fund, swearing that no disabled person would be worse off – yet the care package for Jeff Noble, the subject of this Real Britain article by Ros Wynne Jones of the Mirror, has halved.
Sorry, did I suggest Iain Duncan Smith was a little charmer?
I meant he’s a hideous reptile – and that’s being unkind to reptiles.
When her severely disabled son lost the Independent Living Fund in June, Rita Noble wrote to her local MP Iain Duncan Smith.
Her son Jeff’s care package had been cut in half following Duncan Smith’s decision to close down the Fund.
Rita, 75, explained: “His office told us he doesn’t do home visits, you need to come to his surgery.”
Her anger is palpable.
“We can’t come to his surgery, because his surgery isn’t wheelchair accessible. It’s above a shop and there is no lift, and I can hardly manage to bring Jeff anywhere as it is.
“And, because Iain Duncan Smith cut the ILF, I don’t have enough support for Jeff to leave him at home to come in on my own.
“What an absolute disgrace.”
Today, two hours after I contacted Mr Duncan Smith’s office and five months after her letter, Rita received a phone call from his assistant.
It turns out there has been a “mix up” and IDS does do home visits after all. He will be seeing her at her North East London home on Friday evening.
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