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IDS hides poverty statistics until after the election

Crucial statistics on the effects of the governments welfare reforms will be deliberately delayed until after the election, to prevent academics and campaigners discovering the effects of policies such as the bedroom tax, changes to disability living allowance and employment and support allowance and increased sanctions.

The Households Below Average Income figures will be two and a half years out of date by the time of the election.

Complaints about the delay in publication were made to Iain Duncan Smith as long ago as last September, but with no effect. IDS has also continued to refuse to meet with the Trussell trust to discuss food poverty.

Dawn Foster, writing in the Guardian argues that:

"Academic annoyances aside, the impact of this delay on the political debate around welfare in the election is huge. Cuts to welfare provision have been a flagship policy of the coalition government, and the belief that the answer to unemployment and poverty is to cut off financial support looks to be a mainstay of the Conservatives’ campaign until 7 May. But the official statistics all parties rely on to make their arguments will be two-and-a-half-years out of date, and completely useless as a measure of how the coalition’s welfare changes have affected poverty rates. The raft of changes that heralded the start of the 2013 financial year are hidden from official statistics until votes have been cast."

You can read the full article in the Guardian.

Comments  

+5 #12 naheegan 2015-02-20 13:26
My income as a disabled person is 53% below the poverty level. I live in poverty as a disabled person, in accommodation without heat or adaptions in a building that, according to my current millionaire landlord himself, is 'not fit to live in'.
Ironically, my rent is about to be raised, despite this.

However, there are hundreds of thousands who are not as fortunate, whose income is less and many too, whose income is zero, many who are homeless and without regular food.

I am sick to the teeth of IDS and Cameron's comments that they will care for the most vulnerable in society. How can they continuously spin this lie when there have been almost 11 thousand people who have died, and they are planning another £9 billion in cuts ?!?
+7 #11 Paul Richards 2015-02-19 20:48
Hi all,
Please help JayneL Linney & Debbie Sayers to achieve their objective by signing their online petition (also via Facebook & Twitter friends etc, etc!) at:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/investigate-ids-for-lies

If enough people sign, then this should force Kathryn Hudson, from The Parliamentary Commission for Standards to launch a full investigation into Ian Duncan Smith (the Minister of the Department for Works and Pensions) and his Policies, including the deception, the lies and twisted mistruths which has unfortunately resulted in the disgraceful, unmitigated and unrelenting cruel torturing of the poor, the sick and the disabled of the United Kingdom - this also culminating with the tragic loss of lives of these poor people, (who have absolutely no one to support them) who, because of his (and therefore also his Department's) Policies have resulted in them taking their own lives by suicide.
WHY? In this day and age should anyone have their benefits completely stripped from them (through absolutely no fault of their own) and they have no come back or recompense.
This is no Democracy - this is slowly becoming a Neo-Nazi State - with 'our' so called Prime Minister and his cronies at the head of it.
Ultimately, we have to succeed in this and bring this egotistic and very cruel 'DWP Minister' to fully account for his so called 'Decisions'.
He and he alone (as is also in the Military!) is fully responsible for his own decisions and he is also, in a 'Democracy' fully accountable.
+4 #10 Paul Richards 2015-02-19 19:30
Hi tintack - well said - IDS & the Tories have had it all to much to themselves - you are right to say about all of the continuing lies and the 'electorate' believing it all.
There are people who 'are not at all interested in the News' - (I have known a lot of these people in my time!). They go about their 'everyday' lives & do not care about what is going on in the real world. Political parties love these people as they can when an election is due, tell them loads of lies and these ill-informed people fall for it, hook, line & sinker - because they do not keep up with all of the 'latest news' and they believe everything that they say.

JayneL Linney - Thank you so much for letting us know about your petition - it is much more than high time that this demon IDS is brought to account & made to explain all of his lies & deceit.
I, like many on here cannot believe that he's still in his job.
The more that time goes on and he does not lose his job - the more that I am sure also that he may have some undisclosed secret that could bring Cameron/Tory Government etc down.

I am sure that all of us on here wish you the very best of luck with this - with 5507 signatures at present, you are very, very close to your 6000 signatures required to make them take it up.
Meanwhile, everyone please do not forget to donate to Full Fact - they are at 91% of their total now with 8 days to go.
We MUST help them to reach their final target of £25000, otherwise the rotten Right Wing Tory Press will ride roughshod over the 'electorate' while at the same time fully supporting the Tories/Lib Dems spouting their usual lies and twisted mistruths and apart from Full Fact, there is really now no one to tell the REAL TRUTH and expose these cruel bas***ds for what they really are.
If not, the poor, the sick, the disabled and the NHS are finished as they (or some other Tory Coalition) will get back into POWER.
+3 #9 tintack 2015-02-19 14:13
Quote:
How does IDS keep on getting away with it? He seems to be a law unto himself. He appears to have total freedom in the tory party (I can't bring myself to give them a capital letter) and MUST know a very big secret! I'm just staggered by the way he seems to have no moral code. I just hope some real Karma is heading his way sooner rather than later. As another member has said, he calls himself a Christian?
He has a free pass in the Tory party because he's "tough" on welfare. His epic incompetence and dishonesty don't matter to the Tories, nor does the human cost of welfare "reform". As long as this Social Darwinism distracts attention from the Tories' paymasters (you know, those at the top, the people who actually caused the crash), then all's well in Toryland.
+4 #8 tintack 2015-02-19 14:10
Quoting Bill:
The great majority of people in this country fail to understand that the Press is owned by super rich Tory types. So they support the Tory Party.

The master stroke is how they manage to convince ordinary people like us to vote for a Party that will be bad for them when in power.

How do they do that? Are they very clever, or are we generally rather stupid?

Mr & Mrs Bill


They do it by using the technique used by Goebbels - repeat a lie often enough and people will start to believe it, so much so that even if they're eventually told the truth, they won't accept it but will carry on believing the lie instead. And sadly, while few people would admit to believing what they read in the papers, a great many do.

Of course, it also helps the Tories hugely that their friends in the press can also be relied on not to mention any inconvenient facts, the steady stream of deaths caused by welfare "reform" being a prime example. People can only form opinions based on whatever (mis)informatio n they have. If you control the information, you control the debate, both in terms of issues on the agenda and what are considered the "right" views to hold on those issues.
+5 #7 tazman 2015-02-19 11:00
How does IDS keep on getting away with it? He seems to be a law unto himself. He appears to have total freedom in the tory party (I can't bring myself to give them a capital letter) and MUST know a very big secret! I'm just staggered by the way he seems to have no moral code. I just hope some real Karma is heading his way sooner rather than later. As another member has said, he calls himself a Christian?
+6 #6 Bill 2015-02-19 07:41
The great majority of people in this country fail to understand that the Press is owned by super rich Tory types. So they support the Tory Party.

The master stroke is how they manage to convince ordinary people like us to vote for a Party that will be bad for them when in power.

How do they do that? Are they very clever, or are we generally rather stupid?

Mr & Mrs Bill
+5 #5 JayneL Linney 2015-02-19 07:26
Hiding this Data Allows #IDS to carry on LYING to Parliament and the People SAY NO https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/investigate-ids-for-lies
+5 #4 Drizzle 2015-02-18 22:11
The press in this country is incredibly biased and, what's worse, most of the general public don't seem to realise they're being manipulated.

Thank goodness for Benefits & Work, The Guardian and others who speak out via the internet.

Please everybody donate as much as you can to Full Fact or the Tories and their buddies in the right wing press are going to continue to get away with this propaganda against us.
+6 #3 tintack 2015-02-18 19:38
Four polls were published on Sunday and Monday. One showed a 6 point jump in Tory support and gave them a 4 point lead over Labour, two put Labour slightly ahead, and one had them neck and neck. Headlines? "Tories surge in the polls". A poll today puts Labour 7 points ahead. So, presumably the headlines will be about "Labour surge in the polls"? Well, not so far!

Incredible as it may seem, the likes of IDS have a lot of friends in the press, which goes some way to explaining how he can get away with murder.
+6 #2 Bill 2015-02-18 15:31
Please seriously consider what is said in this article and then ask yourself, could you suffer another 5 years of Iain Duncan Smith being in charge of your only income?

If not, for Gods sake vote Labour, because no matter how much you dislike them and their Policies, they are the only Party that can keep the Tories out.

So far as we are aware, that is a fact.

Mr & Mrs Bill
+6 #1 angela 2015-02-18 12:55
You dont have to wait just come and ask me £55 a month bedroom tax and they cant find me some where else to live but still make me pay for a bedroom my partner/carer sleeps in so how is this a spare room

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