Howard Shiplee is the builder that Iain Duncan Smith brought in to rescue his doomed project to reform benefits last year. He is the sixth boss Universal Credit has had in the last two years and after just a few months in the job went on long-term sick leave. According to Computer Weekly, who uncovered the story, he was suffering from bronchitis which has now developed into something more serious. The publication claims the DWP are looking for someone to replace him behind his back.
Of course Shiplee, like everyone else, has the right to take time off if he is unwell. But 20,000 people with respiratory conditions have been found fit for work since the Atos assessments began. Under Universal Credit some of those claimants could be sent on workfare, or will face endless ‘work related activity’ to bully them off benefits. This is the system that Howard Shiplee is being paid huge amounts of tax payer’s money to introduce, or at least he is when he actually turns up to work. So fuck him. Send him a pack of fags as a get well soon present.
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