It emerged today that Ian Duncan Smith, the minister in charge of Welfare (including pacifying the poor and the disabled), had his official credit card suspended earlier this year for running up a bill of over a thousand pounds.
He failed to properly demonstrate that the purchases he made were actually valid. The minister, who is on record for stating he could live on £53 a week, and supported the idea of a pre-paid card system for the poor, had his credit card suspended by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) for being an avid spender of tax-payers cash without justification.
Embarrassing or what.
Today may be the hottest day on record, but for the millions of British children living in poverty, their lives are about to be made worse. The government has today reneged on the promises made 5 years ago to end Child Poverty. The Child Poverty Act, which made it legally binding to end Child Poverty by 2018, will be scrapped under the nasty party.
They plan to replace it with something that doesn’t measure material wealth but educational attainment and worklessness in families.
Couldn’t they have done all three? Measuring data on children who aren’t eating decent meals at home, but who make marginal improvements in their maths grades, doesn’t mean poverty is has gone away. These children will still suffer throughout their childhood, with or without the grades.
We agree that measuring educational attainment amongst low-income families is crucial, but so is their parents’ ability buy them books, clothes and decent food. It’s sad that this government is so bent on undermining the least fortunate amongst us by sugar coating poverty statistics.