This Writer knows from the experiences of people around me that the psychiatrists’ verdict is correct.
Iain Duncan Smith says otherwise.
But then, people who are mentally ill rarely realise that they have a problem.
Britain’s most senior psychiatrists today warn Iain Duncan Smith’s cruel benefit cuts are having a disastrous impact on people with mental health problems.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists accused the Tory Work and Pensions Secretary of “unjust and ineffective” use of “threats and sanctions” against people who cannot work due to their poor mental health.
It comes as the House of Lords prepares for a crunch vote this afternoon on IDS’s plan to slash disabled benefits by £30-a-week, making them the same as jobseekers’ allowance.
Labour and Lib Dem peers are expected to join forces in a bid to inflict another damaging defeat on the Tory Government – days after they halted plans to redefine child poverty by excluding income.
Psychiatrist Dr Jed Boardman of the Royal College said that rather than encouraging people back into work, benefit sanctions “can lead to people’s mental health conditions deteriorating, pushing them even further from work”.
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