Saturday, 4 October 2014

IDS's pre-paid cards aimed at creating hostility against the poor and humiliating them

  • The Coalition Government are balancing the budget on the backs of the poor
  • The Green Party is the only party committed to transforming the economy to make it work for all not just the 1%
Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan Smith’s announcement on Government plans to introduce payments on pre-paid cards to welfare state claimants has  been denounced as “positively Orwellian” by the Green Party.
The party has responded to Iain Duncan Smith’s speech with anger saying that “this move is deliberately aimed at generating  disunity and creating hostility towards the most vulnerable.”
Green Party Welfare Spokesperson, Romayne Phoenix said:

The Conservative's  disastrous decision to introduce payments on pre-paid cards for claimants shows how out of touch they are with the realities of life for many people in Britain today. Anyone that is in debt or struggling to earn a living doesn't need reminding to spend their small benefit payments on food for their families. What most people need are better wages and better support. 87% of people claiming state aid are already in work but often in such low paid jobs that leave them  unable to pay their bills and having to look to the state for help. These families deserve support, not retribution and humiliation.
If the Conservative's really want to help people facing problems with gambling and addiction, they should stop promoting the national lottery and stop cutting funding to those vital support services that have been set up specifically to help people in tackling such issues. If the government is really that hung-up on problem gambling, a more socially beneficial approach might be to introduce pre-paid cards for their friends in banking that require them to invest sustainability and ethically rather than speculating away public finances.

The Welfare reforms have so far caused "financial hardship and distress" a committee of MPs found in April.


  1. These smart cards are a brilliant wheeze. I would make sure the poor spent all their money in shops that (a) regularly give my party massive donations and (b) support dodgy regimes abroad that then buy arms (the things that go bang, not prosthetics) from my mates' companies so they can offer me lucrative non-executive see where I'm going with this.

    Brent .......twinned with IDS.

  2. In the case of lying hypocrites like STD and his kind, the Greens will get my vote when they decide to adopt a policy of targetted assassination.