The DWP wants you to believe that Ms Thewliss’s comments are “inaccurate and deliberately misleading” – which would be fine if the DWP didn’t have such a huge problem with factual accuracy itself.
Based on my own years of experience of DWP game-playing, This Writer is willing to believe Ms Thewliss.
Lord Freud has ‘form’ when it comes to a lack of compassion. Here is just one example.
No doubt you can think of many examples of your own when it comes to the DWP.
A Glasgow MP has accused a senior UK Government minister of showing “no compassion” for rape victims following a meeting on a controversial welfare policy.
Alison Thewliss, SNP MP for Glasgow Central made the claims – which are disputed by Whitehall officials – after she met with Lord Freud, Minister of State for Welfare Reform at the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) yesterday to discuss the child tax credits ‘rape clause’.
The plans, to be introduced in 2017, mean people will not be able to claim tax credits for more than two children.
Concerns have been raised about women who have a third child as a result of rape as they will have to explain this to officials in order to be eligible.
Ms Thewliss claimed Lord Freud and the DWP showed no compassion for women who become pregnant as a result of rape, and described the meeting as “the most frustrating and soul destroying meetings I’ve ever had to endure in my nine years of elected public office”.
“This Government clearly does not appreciate that the majority of rapes happen within abusive relationships, and that pushing women to claim could place them and their children in a very dangerous position.
“During the course of the meeting, Lord Freud suggested that women should “just flee”, without appreciating how incredibly difficult that can be.
However, a spokesman for the peer’s department said her version of the discussion was both “ inaccurate and deliberately misleading.”
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