Reprimand for Duncan-Smith
Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith should be reprimanded for his attitude to the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. While the rich get bonuses, the poorest have their welfare benefits cut.
Of course, in the media this injustice is swept under the carpet. People do not like to mention the suffering of the poorest. It is not polite.
A friend of mine was given a DWP medical test biased towards reducing his benefits. He did, in fact, have cancer, diagnosed by a hospital consultant.
My friend "failed" the medical and was deemed to be fit for work. After a long periods of hardship and anxiety, he won an appeal against the DWP decision.
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Let's face it, Mr Duncan Smith, there are people who cannot work because of their medical condition. These are some of the most vulnerable people in society. They are often the people the Government brand as skivers.
Mr Duncan Smith and his millionaire colleagues have little sympathy for the sick and the poor. For this Government – Conservative and Liberal Democrats – the only people who really exist are the hard-working families whom they would encourage to work until the drop.
Michael Snowden, Leicester.
I am delighted that Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has finally realised his department's policies (or lack of them) have resulted in a shortfall of affordable housing.
However, his silly warnings about eastern Europeans taking what little housing stock is left, fails to take account of the bigger problem he and his friends are creating.
Should we leave the EU, where will we house the estimated 2.8 million Brits who live in other EU countries, when they lose the right to live, work and retire anywhere within the union?
Eric Goodyer, Colsterworth.