So Iain Duncan Smith can live on £53

  carver 09:38 02 Apr 2013

So Iain Duncan Smith can live on £53 if he has to, that was his response after being asked that question on a radio programme enter link description here so why don't you help him along and sign this petition

He live rent free in a £2million country house… with at least FOUR spare bedrooms so put your money were your mouth is springs to mind.

He's the same person who said that disabled Remploy workers were “not doing any work... just making cups of coffee”.

  pavvi 09:52 02 Apr 2013

let him prove it if he's stupid enough to say it - while he's at it, Osborne can do the same on £71 a week.

  Quickbeam 10:03 02 Apr 2013

Is that £53 a week got to pay for housing rates etc, or is it what's left after other living benefits are paid?

  carver 10:09 02 Apr 2013

Quickbeam I don't think it really matters, because you could live on that for a week but as soon as you had to buy any thing then that money has gone, try buying a pair of shoes or a pair of trousers then see how much is left.

Try and heat your home for a week and that can take up a big %

  Quickbeam 10:14 02 Apr 2013

"I don't think it really matters"

It does if the person gets housing, rent rebates and various other benefit monies that bring the total nearer to, or more than what someone working and keeping a house and family does on the minimum wage.

There's not enough information to know if it can be done or not, which is what the idiot IDS should have said to avoid national ridicule.

  Mr Mistoffelees 10:14 02 Apr 2013

IDS is an arse, so is Osborne.

  fourm member 10:15 02 Apr 2013

The link says 'Years ago, Mathew Parris, then a Conservative MP, lived on benefit for a week for TV programme World in Action' so it clearly is possible.

Duncan-Smith's reply is the important thing. 'If I had to I would'.

People signing that petition (and since when did it become OK to canvas support for a political issue here?) think they live in some dream land where people can say 'I'm poor, give me money' and it will just appear.

Wake up and smell the economics. We can't afford to have want we want.

  fourm member 10:17 02 Apr 2013

Mr Mistoffelees

What a truly useful contribution to the debate.

  spuds 10:21 02 Apr 2013

I also read the media reports on this subject, and his other comments on Remploy. It really goes to show how people who live in ivory towers, view others, and perhaps more so with some of our so called public elected politicians.

Apparently this is a person who receives £1.600 per week, plus other expenses and incentives, so dropping down to £53.00 per week (possibly paid fortnightly) shouldn't be difficult.

Perhaps someone should send Duncan Smith the whole set of the television series, when some millionaires returned to deprived areas, ans saw things for themselves first hand?.

Perhaps going off subject, but yesterday evening I was watching the Parliamentary Select Committee interview with Osbourne and the recent budget changes. The supposedly new idea for the purchase of homes came in for some heavy discussion. All ready it seems to be flawed. The house-builder's are for it, but will the public be able to afford it?.

Nothing like living in a real world?.

  Quickbeam 10:25 02 Apr 2013

If this is now a 'Do we think IDS is an arse poll', then I agree, he has been for a while...

  carver 10:33 02 Apr 2013

fourm member please try to be serious,

"The link says 'Years ago, Mathew Parris, then a Conservative MP, lived on benefit for a week for TV programme World in Action' so it clearly is possible."

I can or could if I did it correctly live on £10 for a week but we are not talking about a week we are talking about a year, mind you no bills would be paid.

The top earners have just had their tax cut from 50% to 45% not bad.

Mr Mistoffelees, I have to agree with fourm member and say that it was a very good choice of words for a couple of idiots. Keep up the good work.

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