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The statistic Cameron ignores: only one in eight claimants is unemployed.
Tags: David Cameron Welfare Spending Cuts
George, I know you aren't that bright but did you do any research for this article? Cos it really seems like you are either aren't that familiar with the truth, Labours position on this or anything else...I know its just the statesman and noone reads but still...
http://manchestermule.com/article/banking-on-crisis Or a
What this author fails to see, like so many other commentators, is that housing benefit exacerbates "substandard wages and extortionate rents". It inflates city house prices and rents way above market levels.
Ultimately, it isn't the benefit recipient who actually gets this government money; it passes through their hands and onto a private landlord.
The value of this benefit should be gradually reduced so that employers have to up pay, in order to get people to work in the more expensive areas. It might put the price up for some goods and services, particularly in places like London, but the current system is unsustainable.
The problem is that employers will *not* up pay, because they are not forced to do so. The Conservatives claimed that capping housing benefit would reduce what Landlords charged. But why would it? Unless the minimum wage is raised, and enforced, and private rents are capped, all that will happen is that working people who can't survive otherwise will suffer.
At last some real commonsense from the Conservatives !! It's what the majority of the UK electorate have been waiting for....However, it needs to go further & this should be just the first step amongst many to get the doleites (young & old) aout of lala land and to do something proper with their layabout, self-centered and dead end lives ----- they should start taking part in the community & giving their time and effort (paid or unpaid) ...'no pain, no gain' ...... this country's layabouts whom are pampered by the softy PC lefties need to be shocked into getting their backside out of bed and doing a bit of self-reliance, creativity and very basic elbow grease! More please.
So what if you can't work? I have a brain injury and depression, and I struggle with things like concentration, organisation, and motivation. I am also under 25. I also claim housing benefit, and am doing my best to get back into work, something which this government seems to be making it almost impossible to do. I am in college, trying to better myself in order to get more qualifications. Because of Cameron's cuts I will not be able to stay in college past this year. With a level 2 and GCSE's it will be almost impossible to find work. I was hoping to do my A-levels. Something which was taken from my hands because of my brain injury.
What do you think I should do, if you have all the answers?
Come live in the real world with me, you'll soon change your tune...
So you bought into the "must work, pay heavy taxes" in order to justify your right to life. Yep, so did the majority of us. It's all a big con to keep us subjugated. The government could PAY US £100,000 EACH to to sit on our arses if we wanted to. Most people would want to do something though, extra education, run their own small business or run classes, eg. But they don't want us to be creative like that. They want to keep getting the real money, to feed to the big fat bankers. Where'd you think he got the £10Billion he gave to the IMF? Where do you think he got the £80Billion to "help small businesses and people to get a mortgage? That's NON-EXISTENT MONEY - in other words, CREDIT coming from the big banks to make the government look like it's doing well. Now he wants us to slave all our lives to pay this NON-EXISTENT MONEY back, with HIGH INTEREST, for the rest of our lives. It's all a big CON!
I Work 44 hours a week and am a single parent and pay half of my rent, and housing benefit covers the rest. Me and my daughter would be homeless if we did not have housing benefit.
The level of stupidity and ignorance in your comment is impressive. One wonders why your attracted to the New Statesman
Troll, you should at least update your spam comments to reflect the articles you post them to. But then you would have to actually read the articles and comprehend the ideas contained within which would defeat the purpose wouldn't it?
You obviously haven't read the article have you?
George Eaton (@georgeeaton) is editor of The Staggers blog