Tory MP to Control Spending of Poor, Unemployed AND in-Work.
Alec Shelbrooke’s bill, for a Welfare ‘Cash Card’ has got the attention its non-entity proposer has wished for.
But the proposal to set a spy on every poor person’s shoulder is even madder than other esteemed bloggers have so far noticed.
As his Tory friends note:
This morning in the Commons, Alec Shelbrooke, the Member of Parliament for Elmet and Rothwell introduced a Bill calling for the introduction of a Welfare Cash Card to prevent welfare claimants from buying what Mr Shelbrooke called “NEDD” (Non-Essential, Desirable and often Damaging) items, including cigarettes, alcohol, paid television and gambling. This would apply to all claimants in work and out of work, and would cover all benefits other than disability payments and the basic state pension.
One imagines that those on tax credits will be mightily pleased at having the state tell them how to spend their hard-earned cash.
As for us idlers, we say: fuck off Alec Shelbrooke!
You can contact the man himself here and tell him what you think on this here.