Iain Duncan Smith has come up with a brilliant plan to save money. He’s going to cut £29.05 a week from half a million people who are too sick to work – slashing their payments from £102.15 to £73.10. Why? To encourage them to get better and go back to work.
Unfortunately, these are people who his own work capability assessment process has already confirmed are not fit to work. But they have been judged as potentially being able to get a job one day, and for that little glimmer of hope he’s going to cut their income. Mwhahaha.
This policy is pretty universally applauded as evil. The Lords have already rejected it once, and even Tory back benchers have said it goes too far. None of that will stop IDS, who is determined to make sure that no unfortunates gets any help from his department.