Dear Iain Duncan Smith MP,
I am appalled at the way citizens of the UK are treated under your government. While many who can work should, you are targeting the many to catch a few fraudsters with your pernicious welfare reforms, leaving people without the support they need which we were promised would be protected.
Many lives have been lost due to the fear you have installed in those with serious health conditions, and many terminally ill people have had to fight to get their monies restored due to the sheer incompetence of those instructed to carry out your policies in your department and failure to apply the legislation correctly.
The underhandedness of your policies and department know no bounds to cruelty inflicted on those who struggle daily with their health.
Let’s be frank, compassion and honesty is not one of yours or your parties best attributes is it?
The deliberately misleading language used by yourself and your department to turn the public against genuine claimants has caused many to be subjected to assault and abuse in the street; wrongly being accused of fraud by jealous neighbours, believing your untruths.
Children are left in poverty because their parents were found to be overpaid by your department in error, yet made to feel criminals. What children will remember is that this government is cruel and heartless, lacking in compassion and how many nights they had no food until mother called in at the food bank; saving them from starving yet still not providing them with a healthy balanced diet a child needs to flourish and possibility of ill-health in the future due to their diets. Children will remember how cold they were due to no heating.
Many disabled people do work, yet you are taking away their cars under Personal Independence Payments and cutting Access to Work for many. This is not going to get more people working.
The sanctions regime is out of control by power crazed Job Centre staff, told to meet ‘performance targets’ or face disciplinary action themselves. Staff are even suffering from mental health issues – such as stress and anxiety – in the workplace, which doesn’t bode for a happy workplace environment and which is also counter-productive to your aims of cutting down on sick days. Some are eventually being made so ill that they end up becoming reliant on social security payments themselves, adding to the vast numbers already claiming.
You are not creating long-term employment and apprenticeships of any real value, it is all done with use of extreme coercion or you will strip their financial lifeline for not working hard enough – beer budget schemes to hide the real statistics, as they move from one benefit to another.
Your government is punishing those who did not create this economic mess, while gifting tax cuts to those who refuse to pay their fair share in taxes – out of pure greed. Lets face it, they wont miss a few quid many of them spend in a fancy restaurant over the weekend.
In your conference speech you gave a personal story about your family and about the “work ethic” they instilled in you. Well,.. that’s the same for many other families too, nothing wrong with that. But for those who through no fault of their own cannot work, or those who cannot find employment, you have chosen to beat them into submission and deprivation with the proverbial stick.
That to me it is a bullying someone who you and your ilk deem of less value and worth than you and your cohorts. You play the victim card and bemoan those who verbally attack you as bullies often do, when people stand up for their rights to have a fair, just and equal chance to aspire as any other person.
There will always be some people who cannot work, due to the severity of their disability or chronic health conditions, which in many cases will be a person who had poor start in life and who fails to thrive and gain meaningful employment – possibly due to an inability to understand what society expects. But most ‘hard-working’ citizens in this country do what is right, they work hard and pay their taxes to provide for their families and raise them to be upstanding citizens who contribute to society. Many of these people paid into the National Insurance Scheme over their working lifetime. God forbid they find themselves needing a helping hand at some point in life’s journey. And the clue here is ‘insurance’, which when taken out should be honoured in a person’s time of need.
Generations to come will remember the harshness of this government and the poverty they endured while your party were in power, and will hopefully never entrust your party with power again.
I’m getting old now, my pension has not only been cut but I have to wait longer for it – provided I live long enough to collect it. I cannot get the help I need from social care services and have no family close by for support. And yet I’ m still classed as a working age person, so I remain subjected to the humiliations of constant benefit reassessment, due to ill-health from a botched operation. I did not choose to be on social security, life unfortunately throws obstacles in your path we have to try to overcome, the best way we can.
Unlike you Sir, I don’t have money in the bank from family or any that I could have saved for a rainy day. As soon as I had paid my way and brought up my family on what little I had, the only thing left was my bus fare to go to work the following week. I didn’t mind living on the breadline because I accepted that was my lot in life.
This government does not fill me with aspiration, but exasperation at the lack of care and compassion for my fellow human being’s, who, like me, live in poverty and are often forced to skip a meal to make ends meet.
May god forgive you in your blindness to the suffering you are causing to many people and to those left behind. Often, their loved ones are no longer with them because of your governments vile, destructive, dehumanizing policies which help only those whose greed knows no bounds.
You are a clever master of deception but many of us are no longer fooled.