02 July 2015, The Tablet

‘We urge you to rethink and abandon further cuts’

The Government has said it will announce cuts to welfare payments totalling £12 billion when it unveils its emergency budget next Wednesday (8 July). Ahead of the budget, a group of Catholics has sent an open letter to the Works and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith to express their fears about the effect further cuts will have on the unemployed, the sick and disabled. We reproduce the letter below Dear Mr Duncan Smith,We are fellow Catholics and people who were brought up in the Catholic faith. We are writing to express our concern at the impact on our communities of your welfare reform policies. We understand that your Catholic faith is important to you, and your approach is driven by a desire to improve the quality of individual lives. However, we believe that they are in fa
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User Comments (1)

Comment by: DopeyDinah
Posted: 04/07/2015 15:30:41

Excellent letter but did IDS read it and did you get a reply from him or like me from a member of his Ministerial Response Team.
I wrote to him about my daughter's situation and I now know that he has never read my letter let alone know that I sent him a letter.
He does not believe in Catholic Social Teaching . He believes that tax dodgers and bankers are good and benefit claimants are bad.
Despairing Glasgow mother