Tories and Liberals Plan New Crack Down on Welfare.
The Independent reported a few weeks back,
David Cameron today signalled the end of “compassionate Conservatism” with plans for a crackdown on welfare spending for the young, the jobless and those with large families.
Then we learnt that the millionaire Cabinet has decided (amongst other policies).
* Greater use of contraception to reduce “repeat abortions” and propose diluting the rights of workers in small businesses;
* Deducting from child benefit payments any fines imposed on the parents of truants.
We suppose they will supervise contraception for young women.
And put special supervision in place for parents on benefits with children in school.
Today (BBC) we hear of a further ‘cap’ on benefits.
Chancellor George Osborne is considering lowering the maximum amount families can claim in benefits to £20,000 a year, Treasury sources say.
A £26,000 cap on the total amount of benefits that non-working people aged 16 to 64 can receive, is coming into force in England, Scotland and Wales.
Critics say the changes will not tackle underlying problems of worklessness.
But Treasury sources say the cap could be lowered in future if it is shown to work.
Now this sounds like a lot of money.
But everyone gets the same basic rate of JSA etc.
The money is for housing.
That is, it goes to landlords not claimants.
What will happen is that people living in high-cost areas, like London, will be forced to move.
On Channel Four last night a woman single parent who lives in North London (Enfield) and is on benefits is being told that with the ‘cap’ she will have to move – possibly to somewhere near Birmingham.
We also hear,
Child benefit, income support or tax credits could be withheld from families who have a third child under the plan, Mr Shapps told the Daily Mail.
The minister also suggested unemployed people aged under 25 should be denied housing benefit so they continued to live with their parents for longer.
The Liberals and Tories are truly a Coalition of nosey-parkers telling people where and how they can live.