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August 2015

Think-tanks Ekklesia and the Centre for Welfare Reform have published an open letter to Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

The letter, from active Catholics and people brought up in the Catholic faith, is deeply critical of the government’s treatment of vulnerable and disabled people.

Written ahead of the emergency budget, held on 8 July, the letter warned that the outcome of Mr Duncan Smith’s policies is increasing distress to some of the poorest people in society.

It warns against continued sanctions on benefit claimants despite known health risks; the harm caused to disabled and sick people by the Work Capability Assessment, and changes to disability living allowance, among other things.

Prominent signatories to the letter include academics, writers, retired professionals, justice and peace workers, and parish priests.

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