In Tory hands the DWP has been forced to slash benefits. That way of working is touted as 'austerity' needed following the global economic crisis of 2008 but it is more about Tory party ideology.
Successive budgets, during the five years of a Tory led coalition government with the Liberal Democrats, and one budget to date since winning the General Election in May 2015, have revealed there is always money but priorities have shifted.
Seeing Iain Duncan Smith the Tory Minister for Work and Pensions cheering George Osborne on during the July budget was telling. Smith looked like the devil would if he had just won a battle against the Lord-he was gleeful as financial pain for millions of families in the UK was announced.
But Smith also allegedly has blood on his hands.
This week DWP figures have shown that "2,380 people died between 2011 and 2014 shortly after being declared able to work."
A shocking statistic.
According to a report in the Guardian:
Nearly 90 people a month are dying after being declared fit for work, according to new data that has prompted campaigners and Labour leadership contenders to call for an overhaul of the government’s welfare regime.
The refugee and migrant crisis is grabbing headlines and rightly so but if the UK cannot or will not support its own citizens in their hour of need what hope have foreigners in trouble?
Many in the UK now take a blinkered 'I’m alright Jack' approach to life which is a classic right-wing stance.
I am not a migrant-I am not jobless-I am not disabled-I am not sick-I am not elderly!
While some of us may never be refugees life is ever changing and transient.
If people are deemed fit for work they lose money; they are forced to sign on as unemployed, jump through hoops to meet the criteria to get money and then only receive limited financial help and only for a limited period of time; is that how many are spending their last few days on earth?
With allegations that DWP staff have targets to meet by assessing claimants as 'fit-for-work' and one employee saying "As a jobcentre adviser, I got ‘brownie points’ for cruelty" the system stinks.
When you read that Stuart Chester, 25, who suffers from Down's syndrome, epilepsy and autism, plus is unable to feed or wash himself and lives with his mum and full time carer Deborah McKenzie, is being hounded it is criminal.
He has been ordered to prove he is unfit to work and must complete a detailed 20-page work capability assessment and return it to DWP bosses by September 18.
As there is no chance of his condition improving Stuart and his Mum have previously been told his additional benefits will be paid for life but will they?
Victim's sister: The DWP know they are killing people - Telegraph