Quote of the day:
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
My thoughts on the much dreaded welfare cuts: Welcome to UK 21st Century of austerity viz coalition as people are now waking up and beginning to realise what they were alleging that it was hard under a Labour Government turned out to be unfounded as people bagan to realise that the hardest are now being hit left, right, and centre under this regime. For the first time the younger generation are beginning to understand what is the true nature of politics of today which will affect them for generations to come I kid you not.
The coalition says that “ We’re All In it Together, and “The Big Society” which is the code words for the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. For example If “We Are All In It together as the coalition will have us to believe I say Peefoo as we are not equal in the eyes of society which does not address the social policies which we all face with our bread and butter issues some people instead would like to taste either jam, marmalade, or marmite on their bread to spread their cost of living be mortgage, rent, food, electric, gas, road tax or council tax. Let’s now concentrate on “The Big Society” many companies with charity status thought this would be the best thing since slice cake as they thought that this would open up the doors for opportunities but in reality this did not happen as we have seen some charity and third sector companies closing down owing to lack of funding by both Central and Local Government. The other side of the coin from the “Big Society” believe it or not was a large scale of attacks towards public sector and its workforce in favour of private companies to provide front line services. Hence frontline services like police, social work, hospitals and other front services being closed down and the list can go on.
The welfare reform has reminded us of the princess of darkness (milk snatcher) for those us who will recall the damage the so-called Iron Lady caused to the coal industries and public services which was one of the root cause of the large scale of strike action that the UK has been by the world of the 1970s -1980s this led to mass unemployment. Yet this coalition has the cheek to say that we are all in it together.
Most of us would agree that there be some reform that should move with the times but this must happen in stages with the right social reform that will not hit the hardest in society by attacking the very low paid is not the way forward let’s not forget the wise words of our founder Nye Bevan who said I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.
Four churches have joined forces to accuse the government of welfare payment cuts they say are unjust and target society’s most vulnerable.
They also want to see a change to “a false picture” of the poor as “lazy”.
The government said society suffered when people were paid more to be unemployed than to work.
A series of changes to benefits are being made in April – including capping rises on working-age benefits at 1% – which will affect hundreds of thousands of households across the UK. Ministers say they are necessary to tackle the rising cost to the taxpayer.
But the churches accuse politicians and parts of the media of making the cuts easier to impose by misrepresenting poor people as lazy.
The Methodist Church’s public policy adviser, Paul Morrison, said the British public had “come to believe things about the poorest in our society which are just straightforwardly not true.
“The public believes that the major cause of poverty is laziness, yet the majority of people in poverty work. How can that be the case?”
And the Reverend Jonathan Edwards, general secretary of the Baptist Union, said “The one interesting fact I find is that the majority, the rise in poverty over the last decade, has been more amongst those on low income than on those who are unemployed.”
The government says it has always been clear that the system is failing people, not the other way around. The Department for Work and Pensions said in a statement: “It’s not fair that benefits claimants can receive higher incomes than families who are in work – in some cases more than double the average household income.”
Earlier this month, the Archbishop of Canterbury backed an open letter, signed by 43 of his bishops, criticising plans to limit rises in working-age benefits and some tax credits to 1% for three years. He said the current system recognised rising costs of food, fuel and housing by giving benefit rises in line with inflation.
“These changes will mean it is children and families who will pay the price for high inflation, rather than the government,” he said.
In response, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith told MPs he did not agree that “the way to get children out of poverty is to simply keep transferring more and more money to keep them out of work”.
“The reality is what we’re having to do is reform a system that became completely out of control under the last government, get people back in work, for being in work is how you get your children out of poverty.”
He said the government was doing “the right thing” in bringing in the benefit caps because “people on low and average earnings will realise, at last, that those on benefits will not be able to be paid more in taxes than they themselves earn.”
Archbishop Welby later wrote on his blog that he was questioning one aspect of the government’s wide-ranging welfare changes, not condemning efforts to make work pay and improve people’s livelihoods which he said were, in general, “incredibly brave”.
He said Mr Duncan Smith had spent “hard years turning himself into a leading and principled expert on welfare, its effects and shortcomings”.
“He is introducing one of the biggest and most thorough reforms of a system that most people admit is shot full of holes, wrong incentives, and incredible complexity.”
Other changes to benefits being made in April include:
- The introduction of a new benefit, the personal independence payment (PIP), to be rolled out across the UK from 8 April to replace disability living allowance (DLA) for people of working age.
- Less housing benefit from the beginning of April for UK families living in council or housing accommodation judged to be larger than they need. Only those of working age will see reduced payments.
- A cap from 15 April, in England, Scotland and Wales, on the total amount of benefit working-age people (16-64) can receive
Meanwhile, the government is scaling back some of its plans to test the new Universal Credit, which will gradually – by 2017 – replace five work-based benefits with one benefit, affecting millions of claimants across the UK.
Ministers planned to allow people to make the new claims in four areas of north-west England from April. But it has emerged that three of the pilots will not start until July.
Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps told the media the existing system had been “rather a cruel one” because “it costs you more, sometimes, to go to work”.
“You ought to be able to go out to work and know you’re better off without having to spend an hour-and-a-half in front of a Jobcentre Plus computer trying to do calculations as to whether you’ll lose this benefit or that benefit. “That’s what we’ll get with Universal Credit and, and it means that money that is there can be focused on people who most need it.”