IDS – Remploy

I experienced an element of disbelief when I read the headline in last week’s Sunday Express:


That was partly because headlines that big don’t always mean anything important and partly because, if true, I wasn’t surprised.

Iain Duncan Smith, ‘The failed former Tory leader’ [Express political editor], is reputed to have told Remploy staff “You don’t produce very much at all.” The article discussed various other things IDS is reputed to have said – all of it Tory war cries and dogma.

We all know cuts have to be made, we all know (I think we all know) why the cuts have to be made and we all know who is to blame for getting us into the financial mess we are in. But why do the most vulnerable in society have to bear the brunt of those cuts? I’m sure I’ve said this before on one of my blogs – I just don’t get the lay-them-off-and-pay-them-benefits theory of Government.

What IDS is missing when he makes the statement above is the amount of self-respect produced, the amount of raised confidence produced and the amount of benefits saved. I realise that Remploy probably costs more to run than the benefits to be paid, but in the longer term that little extra cost must also save on NHS and health care costs for those no longer ‘occupied’ in all of the wider senses of the word.

And I’m not just talking about the disabled workforce that are soon to be made redundant; it’s their family and carers who will share the burden and whose lives will now have to change. Some will  have to give up their own job to help occupy and care for their brother, sister, mother, father, son, daughter etc.

Finally – when IDS suggests that he is determined to get ‘… people into proper jobs.’ Which jobs are those then?

8.3% Unemployed