Iain Duncan Smith

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  • Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. Former Leader of the Conservative Party. Having played a very prominent part in the election campaign, as one of the few senior Conservative politicians trusted to appear on the media, he might have (and I am told did) expected to return to govt. It was not to be. Still retains a high profile, especially on Brexit. Iain Dale, Conservative Home.
  • Oct.03.2016: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right. Former Leader of the Conservative Party. Having resigned from the govt earlier in the year he then became one of the most vocal leaders of Vote Leave. His cabinet career appears at an end and he will now carve out a niche for himself as a distinguished elder statesman of the Conservative Party. He will be a leading proponent of holding the govt’s feet to the fire to ensure no backsliding over Brexit. Iain Dale, Conservative Home.
  • Mar.19.2016: Iain Duncan Smith quits over planned disability benefit changes. Video Iain Duncan Smith has resigned as work and pensions secretary, denouncing £4bn of planned cuts to disability benefits as "indefensible". He complains of pressure to "salami slice" welfare, saying the latest cuts were a "compromise too far" in a Budget that benefits higher earning taxpayers. David Cameron said he was "puzzled and disappointed" at the resignation. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said: "There had been bad blood off and on between Chancellor George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith over some of the more controversial welfare reforms, but nobody expected this move only 48 hours since the Budget." Over the weekend Iain Duncan Smith discovered the Chancellor planned to offer cuts in Capital Gains Tax and was very unhappy that those tax cuts were to be offered to the better off, while he had been forced to make more welfare cuts prematurely, in his view. When No.10 and the Treasury then backtracked on the reforms to PIP today, he concluded that he could no longer remain in govt. BBC News.
  • Mar.19.2016: Here are 15 cuts and failures Iain Duncan Smith didn't resign over. The Bedroom Tax, Tax credits cuts, Food bank usage, When Universal Credit stumbled at the first hurdle, When homelessness rose, When child poverty rose, After saying zero-hour contracts should be called "flexible hours contracts", When his department splurged £8.5m on a cuddly mascot to remind people about workplace pensions, When a cross-party committee of MPs said benefit sanctions were causing 'severe financial hardship' and urged immediate review, When the UN investigated his welfare reforms, When his department made fake quotes from 'benefit claimants', When he said people thank him for cutting their benefits, When he wanted to tell people in food banks to get a job, ESA cuts, When he allegedly persuaded Nadine Dorries not to vote against ESA cuts. Louis Dore, The Independent.
  • Mar.01.2016: EU referendum: Former Tory chancellor Lord Lamont backs Brexit. Norman Lamont says that Britain must "take control" of immigration and that quitting the EU is a "once in a generation opportunity". Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary, said: “Hard-headed analysis shows that every alternative ... would leave Britain weaker, less safe and worse off. Working people would pay the price with fewer jobs and rising prices". Iain Duncan Smith, Work and Pensions Secretary who is voting to leave the EU, reacted furiously to the latest document, saying "This dodgy dossier won’t fool anyone, and is proof that Remain are in denial about the risks of remaining in a crisis ridden EU. We will have a settlement on our own terms". Dominic Raab, Justice minister, warned that Britain has lost 75% of all cases at European Courts in the last 40 years as he said the European Court of Justice "undermines the basic principle of our democracy". Peter Domniczak, The Telegraph.
  • Jan.08.2016: How Iain Duncan Smith's Reign of Terror costs far more to administer than it will ever save. In Jan.2016 a damning National Audit Office report revealed the fact that Iain Duncan Smith's Reign of Terror over the lives of sick and disabled people is costing far more in corporate administration fees than it will ever save the taxpayer in reduced benefits payouts. The NAO report (link to the actual report) reveals that the DWP is set to pay out at least £1.6bn over the next 3 years in administration fees to the corporations that now run their health and disability assessment schemes. The report also revealed that costs are spiralling out of control; that none of the outsourcing companies managed to meet the govt's own quality assessment thresholds; that targets are being missed all over the place; and that nowhere near the mandated 95% of assessors are completing their training. Thomas Clark, Another Angry Voice.
  • Oct.06.2015: Iain Duncan Smith tells disabled people to work their way out of poverty. Disabled people should have to work their way out poverty and not simply be taken out of it by state financial assistance, Iain Duncan Smith has said. The Work and Pensions Secretary said it was not the role of govt to pay the disabled enough to stop them being poor and that the correct way to escape poverty was by working. In his wide-ranging speech, Mr Duncan Smith also criticised the old Employment Support Allowance benefit for signing people off work when they were judged by doctors as too sick to work. The disability charity Scope warned that cutting financial support would actually undermine this goal. The PCS trade union’s general sectetary Mark Serwotka, which represents civil servants, said "How Iain Duncan Smith, who was fundamentally failed in his job, has remained in his post is a political mystery that will confound pundits for generations to come". It was announced in August that the United Nations is investigating the govt over alleged human rights abuses by his department and programme. He has also been lambasted for closing Remploy factories, the scrapping of the Independent Living Fund, cuts to payments for a disability Access To Work scheme and cuts to Employment and Support Allowance. Fitness to work tests have also been the subject of much disquiet, with critics labeling them unfair, arbitrary, and bureaucratic. Jon Stone, The Independent.
  • Sept.08.2015: Iain Duncan Smith Lambasted For Labeling Disabled People 'Abnormal'. Iain Duncan Smith, the govt's work and pensions secretary, charged with administering benefits to thousands of disabled people has been blasted for "shocking" comments made on Monday, which suggested that they are "abnormal". The Tory minister earlier this week responded to news of a rise in the number of people with disabilities returning to work, commenting it was important the figure rise further to meet the employment rate of "normal, non-disabled people". Aubrey Allegretti, HuffPost News.
  • Apr.18.2014: I’m not that keen on Iain Duncan Smith. You only have to read blogs like this to see that the current work capability assessment is deeply flawed. When the company in charge of carrying out these assessments starts harassing people in comas and the impact of failing the assessment is 10,600 people dying or committing suicide, surely it’s obvious that something is wrong. Not to Iain Duncan Smith, who allegedly sent a memo stating that it would be ‘business as usual’ in terms of work capability assessments, even after a court ruled that his fitness for work test “discriminated against many disabled people”. This is, after all, the man who referred to those on certain benefits as ‘stock’, which frankly makes my blood run cold. Vicky Pointing, What Vicky Did Next.
  • Mar.15.2013: Iain Duncan Smith's fury at the BBC for adopting the language of Labour and calling benefit cut 'bedroom tax'. Iain Duncan Smith has launched an incendiary attack on the BBC for ‘adopting the language of the Labour Party’ by branding a key welfare reform a ‘bedroom tax’. In a letter leaked to the Daily Mail, the Work and Pensions Secretary accuses the corporation of helping to alarm hundreds of thousands of people in social housing who will be unaffected. Under the govt’s housing benefit reforms, which come into effect in April, working-age claimants in social housing who have more bedrooms than they require will see their handouts reduced. Tenants affected will face a 14% cut in housing benefit for the first excess bedroom, and 25% where two or more bedrooms are unused. James Chapman, The Mail Online.
  • Dec.10.2013: Iain Duncan Smith responds to an urgent question in the House of Commons. Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch) (Lab/Co-op): The Secretary of State has been very keen to talk about what the previous govt did, but he is in charge now and he was in charge of one of the worst possible procurement processes in govt. He has not yet told the House what will happen to the employment support group. It is batted off into the long grass. They are a very vulnerable group of people. Will they have to live through a similar shambles when he comes up with a solution for them?
    Mr Duncan Smith: Quite the contrary; I have made it very clear that by 2016 Universal Credit will be the benefit that people go on when they apply for employment and support allowance. The people who were on it — we know them as the stock — are the most vulnerable. {Interruption} Well, that is the term used — those are people who are on the benefit at present. {Interruption} How pathetic is that? The Opposition used the term themselves when they were in govt, and now they try to pretend that they have discovered a new way of referring to such people. Those who are on employment and support allowance will be migrated into universal credit over a period so that we can bring them in safely, securely and to their benefit. Would the hon. Lady want us to rush them in, or does she think we ought to take care over how we do it? Iain Duncan Smith, IanDuncanSmith.org.uk.