HomeBlogEd’s welfare squeeze betrays workers: BENEFITS are not too high, they are too low
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  • jeffrey davies June 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    just another little tory jeff3

  • Serenity June 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    People working for minimum wage are on some benefit or other so are themselves benefit claimants, the threshold of earnings laid down after which you can’t claim is very low.
    A living wage would relieve them of claiming altogether, it’s a joke the government pay multinationals welfare money to subsidise their wage bill and no sanctions for them either!

  • John Lanigan June 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Spot on Mick. In Scotland we have the chance to ditch Westminster Tory/Labour policies and start our own welfare system.
    The Tory party conference in Stirling attended by Alisdair Darling was proof enough that Scotland needs a Yes vote more than ever.

  • John Lanigan June 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Try living on £71 per week if your out of a job or the minimum wage if your in a job Kerry Ann, and you’ll soon find out how impossible it is.
    How you manage to live is really down to how much you are paid.
    It’s only irrelevant if your rich.

  • John Lanigan June 9, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Politics is a well paid career, that’s why.

  • Linda June 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I notice Ed Miliband did not say anything about the spread of food banks when he talked about welfare. I’ve just found out there’s one near us.

  • AL June 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Solidarity indeed. They pick us off one by one. Single mums, students, child benefit, sick and disabled, pensioners and while you say “phew! glad that’s not me!” They get away with it. Will they tinker with minimum wage next? Will it bother anybody if they freeze it or lower it? If they start with young people first? Will anyone care? The full role out of the welfare cuts won’t be finished until 2017 so I reckon there are a few more groups to trim yet. Who will we be looking down on next?

    While food banks dole out food, to people sent to them by the DWP, the DWP can mess people about as much as they like. If DWP mess up payments then they should have to arrange interim payments not agree they need help and send them to the nearest food bank. Shame on DWP for using the good will of generous folks in this way. (is anyone counting how many people they are sending?) The benefits are too low even if they are paid on time. People have bills they have to pay, the only economy left for them to make is food. An unexpected bill for an emergency is a huge problem. People are struggling, look at the proliferation of firms like Wonga taking advantage of it too. If wages and benefits were adequate these firms would have little business. If folks will pay 2000% and more to borrow money surely something is wrong.

  • Annos September 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

    “It stated that government policies forced some of the most deprived members of society to “shoulder the heaviest burden of national debt created by the super-rich”.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24321105

  • Annos September 29, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    “MMR jab or else: Cruddas alarms Labour with benefit claimant policy threat”

    http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2013/09/23/mmr-jab-or-else-cruddas-alarms-labour-with-benefit-claimant

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