We are used to Iain Duncan Smith misleading us in all sorts of ways.
Last month a leaked document from his Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showed he had already been working through the next £12 billion of benefit cuts after he claimed not to know where they would fall.
He has been pulled up repeatedly by the government’s own statistics authority for misleading claims, including once on the number of disabled people living on benefits and another when he pretended his pet benefit cap had helped thousands of people into work.
This is before we get to his bizarre diagnoses of the UK’s benefit ills. This is the only man who has been to the Easterhouse estate in Glasgow and come away thinking the main issue is that residents have too much money.
His latest lie came this week in a parliamentary session. The information commissioner ruled in April that the DWP must publish figures on how many incapacity benefit and employment support allowance claimants died while receiving this money. Continue reading »