HomeBlogAssuming the worst: public attitudes to poverty ~ Has middle Britain really became more Scrooge-like over the recent past?
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  • Christopher January 22, 2013 at 9:15 am

    While it’s true there has been a bit of an ‘us and them’ mentality, fueled by the ConDems and daily rags like the Sun and Mail, having read hundreds of comments online I think people are starting to wake up and smell the bullshit. And it’s only a teeny tiny minority who have anything to say in favour of the cuts, spouting the same old rhetoric about ‘something for nothing’..yawn…

    Maybe it’s because they know people close to them that these cuts are hurting? or they are worried that their own job isn’t that secure so what will happen to them if they find themselves in need of support?..Or maybe they are finally realising that unless you are one of the 1% uber rich no-one is safe from Osbornes Hatchet?

    Whatever the reason I think the Tories have shot themselves in the foot big-time by demonising the least able in society, and the quicker they are ousted the better..The only problem is, are Labour any better?

  • Anna Hayward January 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I definitely agree with Christopher. Perhaps 1 in 6 people are disabled and are seeing desperately needed benefits and support cut, and increasing the burden on their carers (if they have them). Then there are the young people who leave school or university and can’t get work, and the older people made redundant, highly skilled but unable to find work. I doubt if there is a family in the country unaffected, except the few millionaires who can skew things in their favour. Being in favour of welfare cuts when its a nebulous concept affecting people you don’t know is one thing, but once voters see it is affecting them, I doubt they’ll be so gungho.

  • stoptherape@mailinator.com January 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    The DWP must give back all the money they have stolen from disabled benefit claimants just because they did not report their savings to the DWP, we need to decriminalize the mistake of not reporting savings to the DWP the Government are cynically searching out all, benefit claimants bank accounts and data matching them with HMRC and DWP records.

    This is just legalized rape of the benefit claimant shame they are not tracking down the tax dodgers such as tesco, Fortnam and masons, Google, Mattalan, amazon the list goes on

    The level of money one can have in savings is pitifully low because of means testing of income support/ESA

    people should be able to have a much higher lever of saving before they fall foul of means testing I suggest £25,000 instead of a paltry £6,000

    It is a criminal act for the DWP to accuse a person of a crime when all they have done is save the money they are lawfully entitled to have.

    Once again we are seeing these agencies (DWP, HMRC,)going after the poorest people but leave the rich alone it is utterly sick.

    The banks meekly comply with requests for our bank account statements made by job center plus

    if a bottom could have one cheek the banks and the Government would be two sides of the same cheek.

  • Dissabled dave January 22, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Yet while the unemployed are supposedly living in luxury on £71 per week – £3,700 per year the – MPs are claiming that £69,000 a year is not enough to live on. Perhaps MPs should be told go to the shops where the unemployed are getting all of their luxuries from? Personally I would like to see MP’s pay set at whatever benefits they could claim if they were unemployed

  • Charlie Hawkins January 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    In Scotland we have a labour leader who claims :She will stop the something for nothing culture,she also claims free prescriptions and university fees are unsustainable i sincerely

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