IDS is trying hard to be seen locally after years of neglecting Chingford and Woodford Green. But when it comes to his record, the real numbers don't lie. He may have made a career relying on fake numbers plastered on the side of a bus, but we want to show residents they can choose an MP that relies on a real record of commitment and honesty in the local community.
The United Kingdom is the world’s fifth largest economy, yet nearly 4 million children are going to bed cold and hungry; vulnerable people are bearing the heaviest burden of the austerity cuts; more people than ever before are having to rely on Food Banks.
Statistics that IDS can’t manipulate
When he was Work & Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith broke the Code of Practice for Official Statistics as he tried to misrepresent DWP statistics to mask his dreadful record as a minister.
Here are some statistics about his record and that of the government he supports that IDS won’t want you to see:
43.4% - the percentage of residents in Chingford & Woodford Green being paid less than the Living Wage while Iain Duncan Smith was Work & Pensions Secretary http://www.tuc.org.uk/economic-issues/britain-needs-pay-rise/parts-britain-nearly-half-jobs-pay-less-living-wage
1,182,954 – The number of 3-day emergency food parcels given out to people by the Trussell Trust in 2016-17, an increase of 6.4% on 2015-16. https://www.trusselltrust.org/news-and-blog/latest-stats/end-year-stats/
86% - The proportion of the burden of austerity cuts being born by women since 2010. Research by the House of Commons Library shows that, in total, the cuts have cost women £79billion since 2010, compared with £13bn for men.
£73.10 – The new weekly Employment Support Allowance for ill or disabled people who are judged to be able to work. https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/what-youll-get
155 and 103 – The number of women and children turned away from specialist domestic violence refuges due to a 17% cut in provision since 2010 due to austerity cuts. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigning-and-influencing/campaign-with-us/sos/
2,380 – The number of people who tragically died between December 2011 and February 2014 who were judged “fit to work” by the Work Capability Assessment. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34074557
£15.2billion (that is 1% of the UK’s GDP!) – The overall cost of IDS’s chaotic Universal Credit scheme which is now forcing claimants into further levels of poverty because they have to wait six-weeks before receiving their first payment. https://www.ifs.org.uk/uploads/Presentations/Rob%20Joyce_Moscow%20230916.pdf
126,000 – The number of children at risk because their families are in serious financial hardship after being trapped by the lower benefit cap of £20,000. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/04/low-income-households-lower-benefit-cap-poverty
25.96% - The percentage of children living in poverty in Chingford & Woordford Green, according to The Child poverty Action Group http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/poverty-in-your-area-2016/
£720 – The amount an average family loses each year because they have to pay the Bedroom Tax http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/10/disabled-tenants-bedroom-tax-challenge-supreme-court
£4,660 – The average amount that disabled people are worse off each year thanks to IDS’s benefit cuts according to the Centre for Welfare Reform. http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-date/counting-the-cuts.html
£6,409 – The average amount that people who rely on social care are worse off a year thanks to IDS’s benefit cuts, according to the Centre for Welfare Reform. http://www.centreforwelfarereform.org/library/by-date/counting-the-cuts.html
Duncan Smith’s voting record (source: Theyworkforyou.com)
15 – the number of times IDS has voted against equal rights for LGBTQ people including, in 1998, voting against reducing the age of consent to 16 in line with heterosexuals
2 – the number of times IDS has voted against strengthening the Military Covenant, which recognises nation’s moral obligation to members of the armed forces and their families.
14 – the number of times IDS has voted against paying higher benefits to those who are unable to work due to illness or disability.
5 – the number of times IDS has voted against measures that would reduce corporate tax avoidance, including voting against giving the Financial Conduct Authority greater powers.
14 – the number of times IDS has voted against measures to prevent climate change. This includes voting against a carbon capture and storage strategy.
5 – the number of times IDS has voted against slowing the increase in rail fares. This includes voting against a measure that would have capped annual fare increases at 1% above inflation.