The current government is leading us in a nasty direction.
They have won the language battle to stigmatise welfare recipients. Tonight’s BBC News (News channel 23:00 15 July 2013) reported that 70% support the benefit cap. The government feels that it can demonise the Labour party as “The Welfare Party”. We use to be a society that was proud that it cared about the welfare of its fellow citizens. No more it seems.
The benefit cap comes in on the same day that the Resolution Foundation reports (Home Truths: How affordable is housing for Britain’s ordinary working families?) that housing costs rule out vast swathes of the country for all but the comfortably off (BBC Website 15 July 2013, Mark Easton: Rent ‘unaffordable’ in third of UK).
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Just been watching the BBC Daily Politics (Liberal) Conference Special where they had a “mood balls” survey about whether Child Benefit should be universal. By a heavy majority (on a small sample) those who voted (including some Lib Dem MPs) voted against universality.
This surprised me – particularly since it would strike me as much easier to administer a benefit if it is universal, but then to claw it back from those who don’t need / deserve it by adjusting higher rate thresholds.