Abuse of Government power moves from DWP to Honours

In 2017, the UK Government was found to have committedgrave and systematic’ violations of the rights of disabled people - surely a low-point in the history of the UK, especially since 1945.  Yet now the politician most responsibe has been Knighted.

In 2014 Iain Duncan-Smith received a Coroners report requiring him to take action to prevent further deaths of vulnerable benefits claimants.  Since then several people have died in similar circumstances because nothing was done.  These include Jodey Whiting who killed herself having had her income removed because she was unable to attend a personal assessment ordered because of the repeated reassessment policy persued by Iain Duncan-Smith.

The repeated summonsing of chronically sick and disabled claimants to personal assessments, when in fact there is no actual doubt as to their eligibility for benefits, is his creation.  And now the architect of a regime that costs tax payers a fortune in payments to contractors and "no brainer" appeals, and which has led to the deaths of claimants, and misery for thousands more, is Knighted.

Here is a petition calling on the Government to correct the situation: https://www.change.org/p/uk-government-and-parliament-we-object-to-iain-duncan-smith-receiving-a-knighthood 

Case for prosecution against DWP

This thoroughly researched articile from Disability News Service (DNS) explains why there should be a police investigation into what's been going on at the DWP since 2010.

DWP - the case for the prosecution

Kester Disability Rights is assisting several claimants in circumstances where the DWP knows they could be harmed by what it is doing.  The DNS article shows it cannot reasonably argue it is ignorant of the implications, especially when it refuses to modify its repeated reassessment regime.  The DWP has even received coroners' reports in the past making it clear that action is needed to prevent further deaths, but instead appears to have "doubled down" with ever more unnecessary, and potentially harmful, decisions to reassess chronically sick and disabled people for ESA or Universal Credit, even though the legislation requires no repeated reassessment of chronically sick and disabled claimants at all.

Deliberating placing seriously ill and disabled people under the continuous pressure of reassessment when it is well known their circumstances have not improved, and knowing they also have serious issues coping with the process, is inexcusable.  And now we know what the DNS has revealed it can only be seen as causing harm intentionally.  These practices have been proved to be dangerous and so carrying on with them with that knowledge has to be in the most serious category of abuses of power by a government department.