This lifted from today’s Daily Mail so it must be true 🙂 meanwhile off to research what was actually announced and the likely effect of the proposals. Scary! All the different news sources are publishing their different interpretations of what was said and how and whom it will impact for good and bad. Lest we forget, this is all part of the comprehensive spending review – time will tell whether Iain Duncan-Smith will prevail against the Treasury. [one has to question the reliability of a report carrying advertising from Anglo American] This blog from the Guardian pulls few punches, indeed the paper leads with Duncan-Smith’s announcement about his so-called “welfare contract”
One factor to be considered is that IDS is not vying for the top job, (a) he’s already had it and (b) bald men just don’t get to be Prime Minister or President – a sad example of the extent of telegenics on populations’ perspectives. I still think that, as far as politicians can ever be, Iain Duncan-Smith is an honourable man – a conviction politician in a similar mould to Tony Benn or Edwina Currie.The protests have started even in Tory Somerset which is cursed by a county council which is cutting hard even before the full effects of the spending review have become public, this appears to be part of a trend by Tory run councils across England which are seizing the moment and cutting front line services , presumably to better protect themselves from central government ordered cost savings. Let’s hope that the Somerset protest help remind the council of its raison d’etre, call me old-fashioned but I’ve always assumed that county/district/town councils exist to provide services for their whole community, not just for those foolish enough to vote for them. Apparently it’s a sin to have been employing foreigners at the expense of native seekers? Duh! There was me thinking that they came because labour was cheap, easy and not very well regulated the most egregious example in recent years was of course the mass drowning in Morecambe Bay which is of course an illustration of the consequences of red-toothed capitalism. Will a Burnley Incapacity Benefit who refuses a low tide stroll along the beach have his/her benefit stopped for refusing work? Today’s announcement pays no regard to the simple fact that there is a huge gap between the numbers of jobs available to those looking whatever the coercion, there is a huge skills gap between what’s needed and what’s available and there are huge geographical distances between available work and those seeking work. of course people should be better off working but truth is that UK is a low wage economy, the problem is not that the benefits are too high but rather that wages are too low. Simples, as the famous meerkat might say!
I’ve called this post ‘universal benefit’ became that was the dominant name of few hours ago but ‘universal credit now appears to be the working name, confused? I am but then I am just an end-user in all of this and I’ll need to be careful because there are those who would interpret my blogging as proof of my fitness for work; need to contact fellow ITers who are still working what their get of bed daily rate is. I wager now that it will be just a title more than the minimum wage, currently set at 5.93 GBP (sorry for the apparently pretentiousness use of ISO currency codes, am using a US keyboard). Anyway, just changed the blog’s name – would that real world stuff was so simple…
Was right not to believe the Daily Fail – going to source http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/universal-credit-full-document.pdf confirms that the correct title is Universal Credit not Benefit; sort of implies that the journalists had not restricted themselves by reading original sources.