13_april_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,057

Monday 13 April 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It’s very touching (maybe for party stalwarts in Cheltenham) that you consider raising the Inheritance Tax threshold would support the “most basic, human and natural instinct” of parents to provide for their children. Clearly the rich need to be supported in their most basic, human and natural instincts, helping them to secure a future for their children.

It is a pity, then, that you do not have the same consideration for the poor with some 100,000 children affected by Iain Duncan Smiths sanctions regime in 2013/14. That’s 7 million weeks of sanctions handed out to benefit claimants in that period.

Niall Cooper, Director of Church Action on Poverty, notes, “If you commit a crime, no criminal court in the UK is allowed to make you go hungry as a punishment, but if you’re late for an appointment at the Jobcentre, they can remove all your income and leave you unable to feed you or your family for weeks at a time”.

Your commitment to ensuring the future of the children of the well off, making sure they have food on the table and a buffer to protect them from the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune is the measure of your hypocrisy when the plight of the poor is to starve, lose their homes and even die.

Osborne blithely mentioned cuts to welfare several times on the Andrew Marr show yesterday, that’s a £12 billion axe hanging over the heads of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the UK with never a word about how they will be allocated. I know many people are feeling that he will be handing out a death sentence and people are living in a terrified limbo dreading a post election apocalypse if you Tories get back in.

There is such a thing as a fate worse than death, it’s waiting and waiting, never knowing the moment when it will arrive, watching scant resources being stripped away through cuts, caps and, of course, the vile bedroom tax, or removed completely, with people left without a penny to their name.

Tory Britain is no longer a country worth living in for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who know that the worst is yet to come. The fate worse than death today is the Tories.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/12/tory-inheritance-tax-plan-human-instinct-george-osborne

http://www.methodist.org.uk/news-and-events/news-releases/new-report-nearly-100000-children-affected-by-benefit-sanctions-in-201314

http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2014/01/10/we-are-seeing-ever-more-people-driven-into-poverty/

http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2014/10/21/uk-welfare-reform-deaths-updated-list-october-21st-2014/

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2015/03/ifs-osborne-should-come-clean-on-his-welfare-cuts/

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