government is implementing a benefit cap of £26000 per household per
year, the equivalent of an average worker earning £35000 before tax.
It is possibly the most popular Tory policy ever, so much so that
even those who oppose absolutely everything the Tories do are
agreeing. Oh, apart from Labour, who are opposing for the sake of it
had been keeping a slightly low profile on this issue but seem to be
finding their voice a little more in recent days. They don’t want
to be seen to be agreeing with the Tories but they know the country
can't afford to subsidise the feckless any longer. Why is it taking a
Tory policy to finally get some ideas out of Labour?
or wrongly, according to focus groups the stereotypical Labour voter
is seen as a benefit scrounger loafing in front of daytime TV. This
makes it difficult for Labour to be seen to be tough as they will
alienate their core voters. They don’t like being seen as a party
of cuts, just a party to spend, spend, spend and make everyone happy
regardless of cost. They are like Monty Brewster in Brewster's
Millions, although they have had to spend £1trillion with nothing to
show for it rather than $30million. Once you've gone black, there's
no coming back. Once you've voted red, the country is dead.
generous allowance of £26000 is part of the austerity programme of
spending cuts and tax increases promised by the Coalition at the end
of 2010. This policy is as much about changing a morally bankrupt
culture as changing a virtually bankrupt country. It is admirable
that the Tories did not leave this change until the lead-up to the
next general election as it is a sure-fire vote-winner (apart from
with the underclass). That said, being beaten by Ed Miliband would be
as embarrassing as being knocked out by a bitch-slap from the school
makes no sense that a normal working family earning up to £35000
should end up with the same amount of money as a family who do
nothing to earn their living. The majority of the 67000 affected by
the cap are people who don't want to work as they are comfortable
having their rent paid with some extra spending money on top.
Pensioners are far more deserving. They have worked hard throughout
their lives, contributed into the system and receive a pittance
compared to some of the people who come here to settle down. The
allowance should be significantly less than the take-home pay of the
average worker who goes out and grafts. We have to give these
claimants some incentive to work. Loss of Sky or fags should do it.
will surprise many that Labour have always left the country in a
worse state than they inherited. They have always left office with
higher unemployment. Deficit
and debt levels have also increased significantly through exorbitant
expenditure. Most astonishing of all, they have somehow managed to
double the net debt in just 6 years. To put things in perspective,
the deficit was 6% of GDP in 1976 when the country went bust under
the previous Labour government. This time around they managed 11%.
Labour usually leave office at an opportune time, when difficult
decisions need to be made and the grown-ups have to clear up their
Byrne, the ex-Treasury Secretary, who when leaving his post in 2010,
left a gloating note for his successor saying “there's no money
left”, has made a surprisingly sensible suggestion that the benefit
cap should be regionalised. Although surely this would mean the cap
being even lower in less affluent areas. It's not going to be a
popular move for the party that claims to represent the poor in
society. He got rather evasive when asked if the benefit cap could be
higher than £26000 in some places. Dunce cap seems to fit him
provision by bishops to exempt child benefits is missing the point
that many young girls are having children with their 'friends with
benefits' to reap the benefits. It's ironic that the bishops are
making a plea for child welfare considering some of the stuff that
happens to altar boys! No wonder the bishops have taken such a
bashing this week.
the bishops would not be so outspoken on child benefits if they
allowed people free rein on contraception? Under Catholic teachings,
for example, the permitted methods of contraception are: calendar
method, sexual intercourse during 'safe' times (when the kids are
out?) or the withdrawal method, an Episcopal endorsement for jizzing
over your wife's whimwhams if ever there was one.
taxpayers are enraged to see migrants, who have put nothing into the
system, getting to live in multi-million plush pads in central London
with their vast families. It surely is only a matter of time until we
introduce a policy similar to Australia where migrants must sign a
waiver preventing them claiming benefits for at least their first two
years here. That would certainly slow the rate of immigration down.
Similarly, it infuriates everyone seeing blinged-up benefit claimants
with HD TVs, high end phones, satellite dishes and decent cars.
Enraged Britons want the benefit cap to strip the sports cap
scroungers of these luxuries.
is hoped the benefit cap will save £1.2bn by the end of the first
term of the Coalition. Sounds like a big saving, but it is only nine
days interest payments caused by an irresponsible Scot's
determination to finish England off. We now pay out more through the
welfare system than we receive in taxes; so clearly some strict
measures are long overdue. Why Labour never tackled this is beyond
illustrate how people began taking advantage of a weak government,
incapacity for stress increased by nearly 1000% in the 13 years
Labour were in charge. We spend £11.5bn annually on 2.6 million
claiming disability allowance, more than the entire budget of the
home office and nearly three times as much as similar countries. It
will be 'hard work' to strip these spongers of their benefits as the
loony left and Blair's Human Rights Act will scupper that, costing
the country even more money. On the plus side though we have so many
disableds, we are gonna be the daddies at the Paralympics this year.
course the most vulnerable people in our society must be protected. I
would hate to see anyone genuinely in need suffering from these caps
- they are worlds apart. I feel really sorry for the genuinely needy
who get lumped in with the lazy spongers and the fraudulent fakers.
Luckily families claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are
exempt from the cap. Large families are those most likely to get
caught in the cap and some might say that is the price you pay for
over-breeding, however the government will be assisting these
families by providing a transitional funding while they go cap in
hand up north.
is the biggest overhaul since the introduction of the welfare state
in 1945 and part of a grander plan to save £18bn from the welfare
bill by 2015. This makes up a large part of the £81bn austerity
programme that was announced at the end of 2010. The benefits system
was originally intended as a back-up for people who would temporarily
struggle. It has now grown into a huge cash cow for the work-shy. In
the modern world, depression and back pain and other ailments are
like a platinum credit card. William Beveridge warned in 1945 against
benefits becoming more than a safety net. Claimants who want the easy
life now will be teetering on that tightrope.
the last few years, there has been a huge surge in those who believe
the world owes them a living. Working Tax Credits for example meant
that it was against people's interests to work longer than 16 hours a
week. This just further encouraged the dependency culture.
is not paying well currently due to pay freezes and the increased
cost of living. Those who have not provisioned for rainy days are now
suffering a financial drought. Far too many have been living beyond
their means, mirroring the actions of our last government.
young women breed to avoid working, knowing that the state will
provide for them. It is vital that people don’t come to depend on
benefits forever. It is right that single mothers are subsidised for
a short time but they should have to work for it beyond that. There
are hundreds of strip clubs desperately in need of their services,
who will go out of business if they do not return to work.
million children are growing up in workless households believing it
is the norm. The next generation could easily slip into the
freeloader lifestyle too in 15-20 years time (or 12 or 13 in the case
of many of the council estate slags now). Many young mothers know how
to milk the system, in fact they are gleefully guzzling away on
governmental glands. A few sleepless nights, some stretch marks and
lopsided lils are worth having to not work for a living - “The
money might be shit but the hours are great”.
one wants to see children raised in genuine poverty. It is not their
fault that their parents cannot adequately provide for them.
Potential parents need to think about whether they can afford to
raise a child without any help. If the answer is no, then their hand
should be used to sort themselves out - they should not take a
would like to see child benefit limited to just the first child. This
country needs no further incentive to breed. We need policies to
discourage further population growth because future generations will
be paying for it (except the bludgers). Hopefully vouchers for
children's clothes, food, travel etc. will imminently replace money.
The government should minimise the money intended for the genuinely
needy being spent by the wasters on Cigarettes and Alcohol. They
gotta make it haaaaaaappen.
you can't survive on £26k, move to a cheaper house or get a job. If
you can't feed, don’t breed! If you can't afford to live in London,
find a cheaper place. Many thousands of honest working folk have to
commute into London every day as they cannot afford London prices.
The likely implications of these plans are that many families will be
forced to relocate. In the short term this plan may actually end up
costing up to a third of the predicted savings as people are forced
into temporary housing but in the long run it is a sensible policy.
It will remove undesirables from respectable areas too.
bill is being forced through using 'financial privilege' after some
minor amendments, with a transitional fund to ease the affected
families into more productive ways of life. It will be introduced by
April 2013. We have until then to stop wasting money on luxuries and
start living in the real world, for their benefit and that of the