Under the bedroom tax regime, a panic room built to keep a woman and her son safe from abuse has been deemed a “spare bedroom”.
Amid rising structural inequality, average earners are treading water. Regressive austerity politics has lulled the middle classes into a state of passive forbearance.
Harry Leslie Smith, a 91-year-old RAF veteran born into an impoverished mining family, recalls a Britain without a welfare state.
Inadequate wages and extortionate rents are pushing up the housing benefit bill.
Benefits claimants do not spend all their money on booze and fags if they are left to their own devices. Suggesting that they do is to adhere to a stereotype that isn’t supported by evidence.
It is very easy to arbitrarily cut benefits rather than do anything about why people might need them.
A reduction in the cap from £26,000 to £23,000 would dramatically increase child poverty.
Selected job seekers will be obliged to visit their Job Centre five days a week and spend 35 hours looking for work.
Cases like that of “Baby Gammy” or the adoptive mother who allegedly turned down a baby because it was born with a disability are welcome distractions from the bigger, deeper problems faced by parents and disabled children under austerity.