Monday, 25 June 2012

One sentence responses to some of Cameron's welfare reform proposals.

Post may contain sarcasm...

Reduce the amount of benefit paid to people over time
…and if over time people still can’t find a job – quite possible, right now – they’re benefits will decrease until they do not have enough to live on?

Expecting people on benefits to be able to read, write and count
And I’m sure provision will be provided to educate any who can’t, rather than letting those who for whatever reason have failed to attain these standards simply being denied benefits?

Out-of-work benefits linked to wages rather than inflation, if wages are lower
Because wages increasing more slowly than inflation is defiantly something that should be encouraged, and thus should be mirrored by the benefit system.

Set all benefits on a regional basis
Taking more money out of poor areas…

No housing benefit for under 25s
Completely ridiculous; so a 24 year old unable to afford shelter with nowhere to go just…sleeps on the street?

A cap on the amount people can earn and still live in a council house
Because with the massive surplus of affordable housing we have right now they’ll defiantly be able to find another house.

Reduce the current £20,000 housing benefit limit
Which will push those on benefits out of some more expensive areas…

Stopping the out of work being better off by having children
Because children don’t cost any more money so those out of work won’t need more money to give their children a half way decent quality of life.

Expecting parents on income support to prepare for work while children have free nursery care
OK; so perhaps there’s something to this idea; however it worries me, slightly, that it is assumed that parents are not prepared for work and simply waiting till their children begin school; furthermore parents spending time with their newly born children is hardly something to criticise.

Getting the physically able to do full-time community work after a period out of work
Community work…maybe…but full time community work will rob people of all time to get a job.

Sickness benefit claimants should take steps to improve their health
It’s not even that I disagree with this so much as the completely patronising attitude that assumes that those who are ill would not try and be less ill.

1 comment:

  1. Very good - agreed. Cameron's justification to any of this at PMQs tends to be "You can't spend your way out of a debt crisis." He obviously hasn't read his Keynes; if he had, he would of course be aware you can, actually, spend your way out of a debt crisis. I mean, it worked for Franklin D Roosevelt through his 'New Deal' for America. But even so, borrowing more/less isn't the ideological issue; it is the distribution. In a country that has more millionaires than ever and the top 10% fly ever higher above the rest, there is money around to pay for state involvement in the lives of, dare I say, normal people. NHS, legal aid, education, lower tuition fees and, as you show, benefits can all be maintained with the money going.

    Unfortunately, this government doesn't like the idea of a poorer rich because some have villas in Tuscany to pay for...