Tag Archives: Mike Penning

IDS – doing what Cameron wants him to do.

Yes, Iain Duncan Smith keeps his job.  The BBC seems not to have noticed this.  So why is he still there?  Political Scrapbook has two theories: one is that they didn’t want to justify the supposed leak of his demotion by … Continue reading

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Labour not to blame for ESA assessment backlog

The formidable Sheila Gilmore MP has written To Mike Penning, following comments he made on 24 June 2014 He (of course) blamed the previous Labour government for the backlog, which as we must all know by now, is the Tory default position … Continue reading

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Pick your window Iain … you’re leaving!

Reposted from the Guardian The secretary of state for work and pensions is mainly worrying that people haven’t got the message that the project is on schedule. Photograph: Lee Thomas/ZUMA Press/Corbis Labour wishes the quiet man would go quietly. The … Continue reading

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DWP spends £170,000 on consultants to help clear PIP chaos

Reposted from John Pring @ Disability News Service The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been forced to spend £170,000 paying consultants to help clear up the mess caused by the chaotic implementation of its new disability benefit. The … Continue reading

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Minister apologises after woman in coma was told to find work

Reposted from guardian society The minister for disabled people, Mike Penning, said that he apologised ‘unreservedly’ to the family of Sheila Holt. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images A government minister has apologised after it emerged that a Whitehall department sent letters … Continue reading

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Iain Duncan Smith ‘targeting seriously ill claimants’ in benefits overhaul Nearly 550,000 people currently considered too sick to work face losing financial support if radical changes go ahead

Daniel Boffey, policy editor The Observer, Saturday 23 November 2013 20.30 GMT Jump to comments (359) Iain Duncan Smith is said to be unhappy with the length of time seriously ill people are claiming benefit under the WRAG system. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters … Continue reading

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