A landmark legal ruling has dealt yet another blow to Iain Duncan Smith’s brutal and shambolic attempts at reforming welfare. The Court of Appeal ruled on Monday that new Housing Benefit rules illegally discriminate against disabled claimants.
The new rules meant that disabled people could no longer claim for a spare room for live in carers. In the eyes of the court this meant that disabled people “would be left in a worse position than an able bodied person living alone”.
The case was brought by Ian Burnip and two other families, who were unable to find funded accommodation which met their needs for 24 hour care. The Court accepted this breached Human Rights laws. Solicitors representing the families say this ruling means that any Welfare Reform must now “ensure that appropriate provision is made for disabled people to ensure that discrimination does not occur”.
Further court cases challenging the vicious welfare reforms now appear inevitable. Further details of this latest victory for disability rights campaigners can be found at: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/05/experts-say-landmark-judgement-will-stop-benefit-system-discriminating-against-disabled/
This ruling comes hot on the heels of the Government being slammed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) for failing to carry out adequate equality impact assessments on welfare reform as required in law.
Every day brings a new disaster for Iain Duncan Smith and his bungling attempts at Welfare Reform. Once again a policy which hasn’t been thought through is starting to unravel in implementation.
IDS is proving to be just as incompetent as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions as he was as Tory leader. IDS turned the party into a laughing stock as Tory leader at the beginning of the century before he was booted out to be replaced by the creepy Michael Howard. Prior to this he was one of the ‘bastards’ who plotted to oust John Major and fostered the deep divisions in the Tory Party over Europe that led to them being cast into the political wilderness for almost 15 years.
It is a sign of the lack of talent in the Tory Party that a man with a proven track record of gross incompetence and divisive behaviour should not only remain in Government but be given a major department to destroy. Welfare Reform is barely even getting started yet IDS and his pathetic underling Chris Grayling have resorted to ever more desperate spin and lies to cover up the shambles.
The ongoing farce shouldn’t distract from the devastation to people’s lives being inflicted by the botched attempts at reform. Soaring homelessness, benefit sanctions, forced labour and suicides reveal the all too real human cost behind Iain Duncan Smith’s inadequacy. But every victory brings us one step closer to the day that IDS and Chris Grayling and revealed as the lying, duplicitous, fraudulent little shits they are and are forced to join the ranks of the unemployed they get such a perverse kick out of persecuting.