My wish for 2014

Do you know I’m not a nasty person I have spent my life helping others I got injured on duty with the Police. Everything was going along very well until IDS Ian Duncan Smith and ATOS came along.
I had an assessment then had to go to appeal which I won do you think I can get any help? Like hell I can. The Tory party used to be the party that would look after us ex serving people not any more they just want to help the Bankers you know the people that caused all the financial problems.

Well I have a wish for 2014 and that is that IDS is put out of a job, and now I get nasty I’d love to see him end up disabled and have to go through the daily struggle a lot of disabled have to go through.We can punish the Tory party twice in the coming years we have the EU elections in 2014 and we have a General election in 2015 if like me you want an end to the suffering of the sick and disabled you must vote against them.
Rant over I wish you all a vey happy and pain free New Year.

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Ian Duncan Smith out of touch

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of being out of touch by Britain’s largest food bank charity.

The Work and Pensions Secretary was criticised for claiming that the reason behind the explosion in demand for the lifeline service was a growth in awareness rather than the effect of recent benefit cuts.

He was also blasted for claiming that this was also the view of the Trussell Trust charity.

But now the Trust’s chief executive Chris Mould has accused Mr Duncan Smith of being “disingenuous”.

In a letter to Labour MP Luciana Berger, he said: “We saw a clear and strong link between benefit changes and benefit delays, and people needing help from our food banks.”

He said it would be “incredibly useful for politicians to get out and listen to those on the receiving end” of April’s welfare reforms.

And Ms Berger added: “It’s shameful that the Work and Pensions Secretary is so out of touch about why people are being forced to rely on emergency food aid.”

The row comes as thousands of Britain’s poorest children face starving this summer while schools are shut for the six-week holiday.

It means that many will miss out on a free lunch.

Charity bosses say they are now seeing children in Lancashire with pot bellies, sunken cheeks and sallow complexions like youngsters found in famine-ravaged countries.

Meanwhile in London and Bristol the charity Kids Company is feeding 2,000 children a day.

Spokesman Laurence Guinness said: “Some children dread the holidays because they know they will have to fend for themselves.”

Sunday Mirror reporter Ben Glaze finds out what it’s really like on the poverty frontline

Reporter Ben Glaze lends a helping hand at Oldham Foodbank

Ben lends a helping hand at Oldham Foodbank

If Iain Duncan Smith wants to know what life is really like for poverty-stricken Britons he should spend half an hour at Oldham Food Bank.

I volunteered at the bank – one of Britain’s busiest – to see for myself the scale of our food crisis.

At first I was a bit ­cynical, suspecting that some ­people might be there for a hand-out rather than being in genuine need. But then I saw the first visitor of the day.

I watched in disbelief as the 40-year-old man ­explained that he had just been released from ­hospital after a suicide bid. A doctor advised him to visit the centre in the hope of an emergency parcel.

A volunteer hands the man enough food for 24 hours – cereal, ravioli and dried milk. To him, the box is a lifeline.

He is one of dozens of people I saw receiving help during my week at the food bank.

IDS would need to spend just an hour there to see how welfare cuts are causing a surge in demand.

Again and again people turned up and said reductions to benefits had left them struggling to feed their families.

The Trussell Trust-backed centre in Greater Manchester has strict rules to prevent people exploiting or ­becoming reliant on the generosity of donors, who give items such as tinned vegetables, packs of pasta and cartons of orange juice.

One of the most tragic cases I saw was on my second day at the food bank.

A woman arrived with a voucher and claimed to be entitled to a parcel. But she was trying to redeem her fifth ­voucher in the past few weeks – the limit is three in six months.

People who turn up ­trying to break the rules are stopped by food bank volunteer Lisa Leunig.

She checks every ­claim against the centre’s ­database to see how many parcels the person has already ­received – and prevent “voucher hopping”.

The mum-of-three, 46, says: “A lot of them think it’s OK if they go to one agency and get a voucher, then the next week go to a different one.

“But we check so they can’t do it.”

But this woman isn’t trying to cheat anyone… she is just trying to feed her family. 

 

 

 

 

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IDS is living on a different planit

Duncan Smith accused of ‘living on a different planet’ after hailing success of bedroom tax

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Tuesday 2nd July 2013 – 2:58pm

 

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Duncan Smith accused of 'living on a different planet' after hailing success of bedroom taxDuncan Smith accused of ‘living on a different planet’ after hailing success of bedroom tax

Iain Duncan Smith has been accused of “living on a different planet” after hailing the controversial bedroom tax “a success” in a House of Commons debate.

During an exchange with his Labour counterpart Liam Byrne, the Work and Pensions Secretary said the policy was “shining a light on the previous government’s failure” to address the rising housing benefit bill and tackle overcrowding.

Duncan Smith told fellow MPs: “It is proving a success, because what it is doing is finally shining a light on the previous government’s failure to sort out the mess in social housing, with the housing benefit bill doubling in 10 years and set to rise by another £5 billion.

“I never hear from the right hon. gentleman, or anyone else on the Labour Benches, about their failure, because they left so many people — a quarter of a million — in overcrowded accommodation and a waiting list that had grown to 1.5 million. When he gets up, perhaps he would like to tell us: is he going to reverse this policy or not?”

Liam Byrne replied: “If the Secretary of State thinks that the bedroom tax has been a success, he is living on a different planet. Back in 2011 the pensions minister told the House that the bedroom tax would solve overcrowding, but (we hear) on the BBC that there are houses lying empty from Teesside to Merseyside. They are not overcrowded; they are empty.

“Councils up and down the country are saying that arrears are up by 300%, and military families are saying that they have been lied to and cheated. When is the Secretary of State going to realise that this policy costs more than it saves and that this government should be taxing mansions, not bedrooms?”

In reply, Duncan Smith said: “Let me tell the right hon. gentleman something about empty homes. The previous government left a huge amount of empty homes when they left office.

“There are now around 710,000 empty homes, which is 73,000 below the peak in 2008, which was under them. There are now 259,000 long-term empty homes, which is down 20,000 since they left office.

“The reality is this: the Labour party left a shambles, and never once did the people living in overcrowded accommodation hear anything from the Labour party about them. They are having to suffer while we subsidise to nearly £1 billion people living in houses with spare rooms. Perhaps he can say whether he, if he ever got into office again, would reverse that. Why does he not stop moaning about it?”

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IDS at it agin

Newsnight reveals inaccuracies in Iain Duncan Smith’s CV

 

Aspects of Iain Duncan Smith’s CV, relating to his education, are inaccurate and misleading, an investigation by BBC Newsnight reveals.

 

The investigation into the Conservative Party leader’s education and early career – broadcast at 10.30pm on BBC TWO last night (Wednesday 18 December 2002) – was presented by Michael Crick, author of the best-selling biography of Jeffrey Archer.

 

If any of the following material is used BBC Newsnight must be credited.

 

The University of Perugia

 

Iain Duncan Smith’s biography on the Conservative Party website, his entry in Who’s Who, and various other places, state that he went to the Universita di Perugia in Italy.

 

This is not true: his office now admit that he went to the Universita per Stranieri, which is also in Perugia.

 

The Universita per Stranieri – or University for Foreigners – was founded in 1921 and is a totally separate institution to the medieval Universita di Perugia, founded by the Pope in 1308.

 

Although the Universita per Stranieri is a respected language school, it did not grant degrees when he studied there in 1973, although some students attained diplomas.

 

Mr Duncan Smith’s office has now admitted to Newsnight that he didn’t get any qualifications in Perugia or even finish his exams.

 

Dunchurch College of Management

 

The first line of Iain Duncan Smith’s biography, on the Conservative Party website, claims he was “educated at Dunchurch College of Management”.

 

In fact, Dunchurch was the former staff college for GEC Marconi, for whom he worked in the 1980s.

 

Mr Duncan Smith’s office has now confirmed to Newsnight that he did not get any qualifications there either, but that he completed six separate courses lasting a few days each, adding up to about a month in total.

 

Newsnight has now spoken to 19 former tutors at Dunchurch. Most agree it is over-emphasising his experience at Dunchurch to describe it in the way he does.

 

John Garside, a former Dunchurch tutor, says: “I’m puzzled, flattered, but puzzled. What we did was offer short courses… it was not a continuous form of education by any means.”

 

Newsnight has shown these details to some of Iain Duncan Smith’s constituents in Chingford.

 

Several people assumed he must have been at both the University of Perugia and Dunchurch for several years, and obtained qualifications in either or both places.

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