February 16, 2014 by socialaction2014
2nd letter a day to number 10. No 655.
Sunday 16 February 2014. No respect for the living or dead.
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Dear Mr Cameron,
A man, who was his wifes full time carer and has now suffered her loss through a heart attack, has had his request for help with funeral expenses refused by the DWP because they have decided, on his behalf and against his word, they were just ‘close friends’.
Putting aside for a moment the fact that he is being treated as a liar, the monumentally insensitive, paternalistic, arrogance with which his request has been met is inhuman! It is long overdue that you and your government learnt not to treat us by your own governments standards of greed and privilege.
Worse still, of course, is that the DWP are treating him as a liar. It should not need pointing out, other than to those with complete contempt for the law, that the burden of proof lies with the accuser and not the accused. As much as Iain Duncan Smith is exerting every dirty trick in the book to pretend it is otherwise, this man is innocent until proven guilty and the presumption of innocence in a civilised and humane society should mean he is met with consideration and respect, at the very least. Tragically consideration and respect are moral and ethical qualities that you and your government have abandoned.
This man had been his wifes carer since 2004, since 2010 she had been paralysed from the waist down. Caring for someone in that condition requires care and dedication far and above any half arsed notion of close friendship and cosy tete a tete’s over a cup of tea. The level of maliciousness, absurdity and stupidity of the DWP beggars belief. Under the circumstances, his request for help to meet the paltry cost of £1,650 for her funeral is hardly going to sink the UK economy. That is, anyway, what banks do, not ordinary people.
This man is being victimised under the regime of ideological austerity and is yet another victim of your war on the poor.
Just by way of a perspective, Osborne has still not answered for the paddock he claimed for, which was separately registered to the house he bought, and which had no part to play in his parliamentary duties and yet formed part of the £100,000 he claimed in expenses.
In upstairs, downstairs Britain, this is the kind of injustice that is now routine. What is sauce for the Chancellor is poison for the plebs from the most vile government in UK history.