In the world of IDS child poverty can be eradicated simply by deleting it

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

29_february_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,357

Monday 29 February 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Regarding child poverty a DWP spokesperson has said, “we’ve always been very clear that we will continue to publish low income statistics.”

Odd, given that Iain Duncan Smith was adamant that he wanted to scrap the ‘official measure’ in which a ‘child is currently recognised as being below the poverty line if its household income is less than 60% of the median income’. Your government even rejected a Lords amendment calling for the measure to be retained.

In fact Smith wants to eradicate ‘child poverty’ from the Child Poverty Act completely and rename it the ‘Life Chances Act’ and, indeed to abolish the ‘government’s legally binding targets for reducing child poverty’.

Smith is a man with a mission and a serious god complex. He wants to eradicate sickness and disability and poverty by denying…

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