The treachery of wilfully and brutally imposed hardship in a land of plenty

Fear and Loathing in Great Britain

20_august_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,184

Thursday 20 August 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

In a land of plenty which sees 15 million tonnes of food thrown away every year, a nation in which 13 million are living in poverty, over half of whom are in work, we have a social security system which is depriving people of the means of survival on a routine basis.

The official DWP guidance states – “It would be usual for a normal healthy adult to suffer some deterioration in their health if they were without: 1. essential items such as food, clothing, heating and accommodation, or 2. sufficient money to buy essential items for a period of two weeks.”

The sanctions regime of the DWP under Iain Duncan Smith sees 1 in 5 people having their benefits sanctioned and being deprived of the means of survival for up to three years…

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