IDS blames deficit on child poverty target

This morning on the Today Programme, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith blamed the deficit on “chasing” child poverty targets.

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This morning on the Today Programme, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith blamed the deficit on “chasing” child poverty targets.

Iain-Duncan-SmithNot for IDS recklessness on behalf of bankers and the banks or the global financial crisis, no, the reason “we got into such a problem over debt and the deficit” is because too much was done to reduce child poverty.

Here’s what he said (audio, 07.41-08.30):

“The key point today is that these child poverty figures, missing their targets, it’s not just a case of missing their targets, John, you know we wonder why we got into such a problem over debt and the deficit, and it’s because actually in chasing the target, to able, it got more and more difficult and more and more money had to be spent, and my problem is it’s not that, as you say, you know redistributing income is right, it is right, we have to do some of that, but we need to make sure when we do, that what we’re doing, has a change to someone’s life, not just leaving them as they are with more money, but actually getting them to the state so that they actually moves through to a process where they take control of their live, and that’s fair to them, and then that becomes fair to taxpayers, who accept that what they’re paying their taxes for is reasonable because they see something changing in the environment of those who are unemployed and in poverty.”

 


See also:

Government has “no hope” of reaching its target on reducing child poverty 13 Jun 2012

UK success on child poverty threatened by austerity programme 29 May 2012

The charts that shame the “we’re all in this together” coalition 16 Mar 2012

The right’s attack on child poverty targets shows their ignorance 15 Dec 2011

The coalition is actively increasing child poverty 11 Oct 2011


 

The Child Poverty Action Group’s “Ending child poverty by 2020: Progress made and lessons learned” report (pdf) shows there was a reduction in child poverty over the past decade-and-a-half – and the projected increase as a result of the coaltion’s policies.

Figure 1:

Child-poverty-rates-1970-2020
And below is the UK deficit over the same time period.

Graph 2:

UK-deficit
The deficit spike in 2008 had nothing to do with child poverty; the fact IDS blames the target for the deficit tells you everything about the mindset of him and the coalition.

 


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19 Responses to “IDS blames deficit on child poverty target”

  1. Derek Robinson

    He is unhinged !

  2. Skeptic

    What a disgraceful human being.

  3. Lord Blagger

    Deficit?

    What about the debts?

    Imagine taking everyone’s pensions contributions and spending them just like Robert Maxwell or Bernie Maddoff.

    Ah yes – Labour policy.

  4. neil mclaughlin

    RT @leftfootfwd: IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/FZvA4xmh

  5. Ravi Subramanian

    IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/YSWXcU6B < he really did do this!

  6. john bull

    IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/YSWXcU6B < he really did do this!

  7. Sam Liu

    What an odious little man. //t.co/UlevH0Zr #NastyParty

  8. Tony Braisby

    IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/YSWXcU6B < he really did do this!

  9. Amanda Kendal

    IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/YSWXcU6B < he really did do this!

  10. Anonymous

    YOUR policy. Stop whinging about it.

    Keep working to abolish pensions, and work people to death.

  11. Anonymous

    No, he’s not. He’s perfectly sane. People, even on the left, are too willing to try and give people a pass on their mental state (which is, after all, what that /means/).

    He knows exactly what he’s doing and why, for a very narrow range of interests.
    They’re all in it together.

  12. The Free Market

    #CFP #SKP IDS blames deficit on child poverty target | Left Foot Forward //t.co/yK4l1WVg

  13. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/dd1S5pmA

  14. Gregg Beratan

    RT @leftfootfwd: IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/dd1S5pmA

  15. johnny_wheelz

    RT @leftfootfwd: IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/dd1S5pmA

  16. cameronsfollys

    IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/HIFqd8i9 [Now where have I seen this trick before? Osborne? Lab party? LibDem party?]

  17. liane gomersall

    RT @leftfootfwd: IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/z7enzrDs

  18. Ceri Jones

    IDS thinks relieving child poverty is responsible for the deficit! I don't want to live somewhere that that's ok! //t.co/e4khEjac

  19. muttleyashworth

    IDS blames deficit on child poverty target //t.co/HIFqd8i9 [Now where have I seen this trick before? Osborne? Lab party? LibDem party?]

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