Cameron to Make Under-25 Workless Homeless and Make ‘Workshy’ do Unpaid “Community Payback”.
There is a camp of homeless people just opposite the Suffolk County Council Offices in Rope Walk Ipswich. It has been there for over 6 months – apart from a few weeks when Christian Charities lodged them over Christmas.
David Cameron plans to expand the camp and create new ones all over town.
The Mail on Sunday says,
Scrapping most of the £1.8 billion in housing benefits paid to 380,000 under-25s, worth an average £90 a week, forcing them to support themselves or live with their parents.
Cameron clearly considers everyone is like himself,
Mr Cameron constantly refers to family life as his anchor in politics. ‘I turn to my family always when I need support’.
Others will not have this back-up.
They will be out of a home. Or they will find ways to get money. No doubt ‘supporting themselves’ will include shop-lifting, burglary, and street begging. The number of people begging in Ipswich streets, already considerable (it’s common to be approached three or four times a day) will swell.
Cameron’s plans also include:
- Stopping the £70-a-week dole money for the unemployed who refuse to try hard to find work or produce a CV.
- Forcing a hardcore of workshy claimants to do community work after two years on the dole – or lose all their benefits.
There are “an estimated 5,000 to 10,000, could be forced to take part in community work if they fail or refuse to find work or training after two years.”
This is an interesting figure.
In fact there are more than,434000 people we’ve been unemployed for more than 2 years. (Here).
But that aside, on what basis are the above “workshy” to be sentenced to what is effectively Community Payback – that is a punishment meeted out for those who’ve broken the law?