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DWP leaflet 'shameful'.

A LEAFLET produced by the Department of Work and Pensions has been hastily withdrawn after it emerged that it contained fabricated quotations from fictitious people supposedly taking about their positive experiences of the welfare system. The original leaflet was taken down from the DWP's site after an outcry. The DWP said the photos were "stock photos" and along with the names did not belong to real claimants. It said the stories were for illustrative purposes only.

This is a shameful attempt by Iain Duncan Smith to gloss over the human misery of his cruel sanctions regime. To appear to mislead the public on the effects of benefit sanctions in this way is unacceptable.

STEPHEN HALL, Hemlington THE Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a movie about a day-dreamer who escapes into a world of untruths and personal fantasies.

I was always led to believe the Walter Mitty character was fictitious, but now I'm having my doubts.

Iain Duncan Smith from the DWP bears all the trademarks of being hit with an incurable dose of Walter Mitty syndrome, inventing preposterous quotes from fictitious welfare claimants to justify his department's cruel benefit sanctions, trying to show jobseekers are actually benefiting from having their money stopped as it nudges them in the right direction.

Remember, this is the man who shamelessly tried to claim a PS39 breakfast on expenses, yet thinks the unemployed love to start their day with a lengthy benefit sanction.


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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 25, 2015
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