I’m sure many have come across press and social media which would make your blood boil recently and no it’s not about the headlines of Ed Miliband’s father but more of the negatives of people who lives a life on benefits.
Some of the cases which highlight concerns of a parent with 11 children who will not get out of bed unless she receives a job for the sum of £60,000 per annum. It’s no wonder why this will get everybody’s back up. In the documentation the interviewees is right to quote that there is no law set out on how many children to have unless you live in China with their one child policy.
It’s little wonder why in certain quarters there are many that are angered which makes it hard for people who had lost their jobs recently through no fault of their own owing to world recession to depend on the dole and they have to depend on housing, council, and child benefits to top it up they face scaling down on their living standards whilst most will try to live within their means there are those who will abuse the system as they have not done a days work.
I’m sure many who have worked hard for what they have got in life and paid their fair share of taxes in return for a state pension when they have contributed to the system to receive a decent public services and state benefits should they have lost their livelihood they will be entitled to receive state benefits to help them out until they regain employment I’m sure when they learn of stories like a parent with 11 children has two homes converted into one property it’s no wonder why people gets angry which the press and social media will continue to rant on about.
This leads me to say it no wonder why the coalition is taking this hard-line and in the process they tarnish all those people on benefits with the same brush. Yet on the other-side of the coin there are those who are receiving benefits who wants to work can’t find work due to the skills they have learned has been outdated they are the ones are who are retraining by learning new skills but as usual there is not enough jobs available unless there is a radical change takes place I’m afraid there will always be job shortage there is still time for the coalition to change directions by revisiting their social policies and help simulating the economy further by investing more in employment not just in the private sector but also in the public sector as the two works hand in hand if the coalition don’t change they will be part of the problem just look towards the USA notice that their local government is in partial shutdown which they can’t pay their local government staff all because the Republicans with the strong backing of the tea party wants President Obama to abundant his Health Care Plan which will be of benefit for the many and not the few who can afford health insurance.
In my opinion both David Cameron, Nick Clegg, George Osborne and Iain Duncan smith are rubbing his hands with glee all the way to the bank at our expense as they have the full blessing of the right-wing press and television whilst the low and middle-income picks up the crumbs of the table wonder when they able to put rice on the table and look after our children to give a better life we never had as they are the future of tomorrow.
Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, discloses the move in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph in which he outlines proposals to make the workforce “more mobile”.
The controversial plan echoes the words of Norman Tebbit in 1981 when he told the unemployed to “get on your bike” and look for work. It is part of tough action to cut spiralling welfare bills and tackle Britain’s record deficit.
Last week a major shake-up of housing benefit and increased health checks for disability claimants were announced as part of the biggest cuts in public spending for almost a century.
Mr Duncan Smith, the MP for Lord Tebbit’s former parliamentary seat of Chingford, disclosed that ministers were drawing up plans to encourage jobless people living in council houses to move out of unemployment black spots to homes in other areas, perhaps hundreds of miles away.
The former Conservative Party leader said millions of people were “trapped in estates where there is no work” and could not move because they would lose their accommodation.
The proposed scheme would allow them to go to the top of the housing list in another area rather than lose their right to a home if they moved.
“We have over the years, not us personally but successive governments, created one of the most static workforces in the western world,” Mr Duncan Smith said. “In Britain now we have workforces that are locked to areas and the result of that is we have over five-and-a-half million people of working age who simply don’t do a job.
“Often they are trapped in estates where there is no work near there and – because they have a lifetime tenure of that house – to go to work from east London to west London, or Bristol, or whatever is too much of a risk because if you up sticks and go you will have lost your right to your house.
“The local council is going to tell you that you don’t have a right to a house there, the housing association is not going to give you one.
“We have to look at how we get that portability, so that people can be more flexible, can look for work, can take the risk to do it.”
It is understood that the Coalition is looking at ways to provide incentives for workers to move to areas where there are jobs, rather than compelling them to move.
“Sometimes they may be lucky because work comes to those areas, we can reinvigorate it by regional tax reductions, so that’s all right where there are old coal mines and things, but you also need to have an element of flexibility.
“Sometimes you just need to be able to move to the work,” Mr Duncan Smith said.
As the welfare shake-up continues, ministers will unveil measures in the coming weeks to “make work pay” including changing the threshold at which claims are withdrawn so people who take work do not lose all their benefits.
But as well as incentives, there will be tough action to cut welfare bills which may prove controversial. Mr Duncan Smith, who is responsible for finding £11 billion of the extra £32 billion in savings earmarked by the Chancellor, disclosed details of moves to tackle “under occupation” of large council homes.
Last week, the Coalition said it would reform the housing benefit system to stop the state paying up to £100,000 a year in some cases to house families in expensive areas. But Mr Duncan Smith suggested that a tightening of the rules could apply more widely, meaning single occupiers or couples without children could be asked to leave larger houses. “We have tons of elderly people living in houses which they cannot run and we’ve got queues of desperate people with families who are living in one and two-bedroom houses and flats,” he said. Councils would be given more money in a hardship allowance to help families relocate, “to smooth this over, to encourage people to move”.
Mr Duncan Smith said the “excesses” of some council tenants living in large homes in expensive areas would end, adding: “We need to exert some downward pressure on this now.”
Every prime minister facing an imminent general election likes to enthuse his troops and the electorate at party conference by listing all the good things his government’s done.
David Cameron can’t because he has no positive achievements to publicise. He has the millionaires’ April tax break, the ongoing cuts in corporation tax, the uninterrupted profit and bonus bonanzas for banks and privatised utilities and the latest boost for property speculators through state-guaranteed mortgage deposits.
But how can he boast of these government policies?
People might draw the unmistakable conclusion that, despite pre-election chat about compassionate conservatism and an end to the nasty party, Cameron and company remain in thrall to the rich and powerful.
The Prime Minister’s sole message was a plea for voters to trust him and give him a chance to “finish the job we’ve started.”
It was classic Tory “jam tomorrow,” offering a land of opportunity in the future and a hard unrewarding grind for most people at present.
Every flat surface and even flatter speech at Tory conference was spattered with references to “hard-working people,” – the Tories‘ target for the 2015 election.
But the only pitch in their direction was flattery and favourable comparison with the millions of people denied the right to work, whom the government demeans as choosing a life on benefits.
In the real world, away from the Shangri-La populated by privately educated multimillionaire ministers, hard-working people are taking it on the chin every day.
Their average hourly rate of pay has fallen by 5.5 per cent since the conservative coalition took office, their pension contributions have increased to deliver less and price inflation continues to rise by 2.7 per cent according to CPI and 3.3 per cent for RPI, even though both measures underestimate the true cost of living for the low-paid.
Cameron brays about new jobs created by the private sector, but the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development calculates that a million of these are zero-hours contracts – four times the government estimate.
Housing is increasingly a nightmare for working people, with precious few new-build council homes and an impending government-generated house-price boom to make home ownership less possible for first-time buyers.
All Cameron could do to urge his audience into standing ovations was to rabbit on about nasty party patron saint Margaret Thatcher, the world’s “finest armed forces” and a point-scoring rejoinder to an anonymous Russian official that Britain is “a small island but a great country.”
His speech was a latter-day confirmation of Winston Churchill’s 1904 description of the Tories.
He called them “a party of great vested interests, banded together in a formidable confederation, corruption at home, aggression to cover it up abroad … sentiment by the bucketful, patriotism by the imperial pint, the open hand at the public exchequer, the open door at the public house, dear food for the millions, cheap labour for the millionaire.”
They are still backed by big business and the mass media, but the party’s membership is evaporating, from over 253,000 when Cameron became leader to 134,000 today, with an average age of 68.
This floundering government ought to be as easy to unseat as John Major’s in 1997.
But it will require clear and decisive policies that overturn Tory priorities, really challenge their big business allies and guarantee a speedy improvement in working people’s standard of living.