Asylum seekers are a testing lab for how we treat those we don’t care about. It starts with asylum seekers and before you know it you see the same policies being applied to benefit claimants.
Case in point: benefits cards. Iain Duncan Smith announced to the Conservative party conference this week that he’d be testing out pre-paid cards for people to receive their benefits, so they couldn’t spend it on alcohol or drugs.
"Conference, today I can stand here and announce to you that I am going to start testing prepaid cards onto which we will make benefit payments so that the money they receive is spent on the needs of the family, finally helping I believe to break the cycle of poverty for families on the margins. This is a change for those families that we as a Conservative government will be proud of."
IDS does not have to look far for how the system works. It is already in place for failed asylum seekers who, for reasons outside of their control, cannot return to their ownRead More »from How IDS' plan will starve and stigmatise people on benefits