Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been caught telling great big dirty lies twice in a T.V discussion about the knock on effect of his apparent improvements for disabled people. Even managing to challenge his own notable mentor.
Iain Duncan Smith has been the centre of vexation for disabled protesters since he took over the post in 2010, however, his recent television discussion this week, with Channel 4 News, saw him lie twice about the effects of his alterations on disabled people in an interview that lasted under five minutes.
He lied initially about how lavish Britain was in disability payouts, and then fibbed about Conservative proposals for a benefits freeze following the election. Iain Duncan Smith asserted that those disabled people in the support group of the out of work disability benefit employment and support allowance (ESA), that those with the most elevated support requirements would be not subjected from the benefits freeze.
Nevertheless, his own special adviser, informed the Disability News Service (DNS) just three weeks ago that this group would not be excused from the benefits freeze, a position that was finally confirmed by Chancellor George Osborne’s own special consultant.
They confirmed to the Disability News Service that the core ESA component would be frozen, so affecting all those in the support group, and that it was just the support group top up that would be exempted from the freeze.
Iain Duncan Smith was questioned how disabled people should feel about the disputable remarks of his welfare reform minister Lord Freud, who professed at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham that some disabled people were not valuable enough to receive the minimum wage.
Iain Duncan Smith responded that the UK government in all probability dish out more than nearly any other nation in the developed world, and that we squander almost two fold what Germany fritters away.
This repeated assertion made by both Lord Freud and their conservative ministerial colleague Esther McVey, who had used figures from the OECD (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) to put forward that the government was a world leader in disability spending.
They said last year that the UK used up nearly double the OECD norm on disabled people, paying out 2.4 percent against the OECD average of 1.3 percent in 2009.
Nonetheless, they were only capable of making that assertion by reciting the OECD’s disability statistics, and disregarding those for sickness, which incorporates expenditure on ESA and incapacity benefit.
If a differentiation is established between the United Kingdom and all of its immediate OECD neighbours, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Ireland, the UK’s spending is lower than average.
Where the United Kingdom used up 2.9 per cent of GDP on disability and sickness in 2009, its nine OECD neighbours consumed an average of 3.2 per cent. Also, the UK’s spending is only a little bit more preeminent than Germany’s, which is 2.6 per cent of GDP, a long way from being almost double.
Iain Duncan Smith declined to remark when called upon to reply to claims that he had lied about both matters in the Channel 4 discussion.