Food Vouchers: Government to Tell Poor How to Spend Benefit.
Welfare Reform Adviser.
A future Conservative Government would consider handing out some state benefits “in kind” rather than in cash, David Cameron said yesterday, raising the spectre of food vouchers for the poor. Reports the Independent.( Here.)
It follows the massive increase in numbers having to use ‘Food Banks’.
The present idea comes from David Cameron’s premier Think Tank, Blue Skies Thinking, based in Houndstown Texas.
There Deputy Dawg gives the out-of-work food stamps for their day’s labour in the local ‘chain gang’.
This proposal has the following advantages.
- It will make it clear to everybody who is unemployed. When they go to the Supermarket they will be known to the check out staff and anybody watching.
- It will make sure the out-of-work do not spend their money on unnecessary things such as Private Eye, the Guardian or the Independent or their breakfast of ten litres of white cider and 50 grams of Golden Virginia.
- It will provide an opportunity for social entrepreneurs to administer the voucher system and gain a much-needed boost to their income running Welfare-to-Work schemes.
- The Government will gradually be able to introduce a further scheme to stop the workless buying ‘unhealthy food’. Supermarkets will have special labels “suitable for the unemployed” designating Be Good to the Poor” items.
- It will bolster David Cameron’s chances of appealing to the British electorate who dream of the day when the unemployed are reduced to begging charity from their betters.