Poverty is violence. The welfare reform vote.

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July 21, 2015 by socialaction2014

 

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,155

Wednesday 22 July 2015. Poverty is violence. The welfare reform vote.

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Dear Mr Cameron,

What a triumph for the violently malicious and the spinelessly mediocre
the voting on the Welfare Bill was. Make no mistake, poverty is
violence! That’s the bottom line. And those who drive poverty as policy
are no more than vicious thugs and those who abstain from preventing
violence are craven cowards.

And what does the author of
poverty and despair, Iain Duncan Smith, do? He gloats and lies, “Nearly
50 Labour MPs have defied their leadership and opposed our welfare
reforms which will move our country from a low wage, high tax and high
welfare economy to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare society.
It’s clear that Labour are still the same old anti-worker party – just
offering more welfare, more borrowing and more taxes.”

The
actual cost of Universal Credit, estimated cost in 2012 of £12.85
billion, is now shrouded in mystery as IDS (a fatal socially transmitted
disease) is concealing the cost from public view. Benefits to the
unemployed cost £8 billion, a mere trifle in government spending terms,
whilst in-work benefits are somewhere in the region of £76 billion
driven by poverty wages, making businesses the real benefit cheats by an
order of magnitude of 950% over the unemployed who are anything but
cheats. Whoops.

But let’s take a look at the real bad boy of
‘welfare’, pensions, somewhere in the region of £90 billion and ask
ourselves why pensions are considered to be welfare? Pensions are money
paid forward in work, deducted from pay, to cover ‘worked for’
retirement. I receive an occupational pension which no one in their
right mind would call welfare, it comes from money deducted from my pay
entrusted to, in my case, a local authority, to hold and invest for my
retirement. The aged are now universally demonised as the greatest drain
on the NHS, which they built, many of whom fought a bloody war and
rebuilt the nation afterwards yet whose hard earned pensions are branded
as welfare. What a misbegotten, hell spawned, insult!

It comes
down to this. The Welfare Bill is an attack on the poorest and most
vulnerable people in society which Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat (who
they?) leader, called, ‘economically stupid’. I’d prefer economically
malicious. It involves the deceitful rebranding of the minimum wage as a
living wage, cutting in-work benefits which it’s beneficiaries,
businesses, will be loathe to spare any profits from workers to address
and the benefit cap will create dead zones of social exclusion in the
Tory heartlands, whose denizens will doubtless pick up their Daily Mails
and blame it all on immigrants.

It’s tax breaks for
millionaires and austerity for the poor. That’s Tory Britain where the
poor pay for the rich to get even richer and Iain Duncan Smith has found
a new attack dog to replace Esther McVey.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/21/labour-disarray-welfare-48-mps-defy-whips

http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240238919/Universal-Credit-costs-will-not-be-revealed-until-after-general-election

http://moneyweek.com/merryns-blog/why-productivity-in-the-uk-is-so-low-in-work-benefits/

https://fullfact.org/economy/welfare_budget_public_spending-29886

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/welfare-cuts-vote-welfare-bill-that-will-cut-welfare-spending-by-12bn-passed-in-parliament-with-a-majority-of-184-despite-large-labour-revolt-10403340.html

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jul/20/benefit-cuts-to-hit-huge-number-of-children-government-figures-show

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/summer-budget-2015-key-announcements

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/iain-duncan-smith-benefits-deaths-6108493

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