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Become rich and you’ll lose your home.

Monopoly HousePlans proposed in the government’s infinite wisdom could see people evicted from their homes if they get a wage rise. What a wonderful incentive to stay on benefits instead of serving as a economic boost for the country. The plan however does seem to be limited to those tennants that are living in council property not the private sector tennants. Which likely limits the number of people who are going to be effected by the scheme – I dont know anyone who is living in council property. I dont even know where council property exists anymore everything seems to have been taken up by the private sector now.

Further, the councils in control of the properties are going to be given the right to decide on what fixed terms are used, and more importantly weather or not to apply the new powers to the existing tenants. So its entirely likely these new powers will serve absolutely no purpose in the long run.

I suspect that the councils controlled by the conservatives is the one most likely to take advantage of this scheme. It is however not the message they want to be sending: Get Rich, Get Evicted.

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The Metro
Financial Times

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Whats this, a conservative with a clue?

Iain Duncan SmithSurely this is a first time in the history of the conservative party. Reading about what he plans to do in order to fix the benefits system, the secretary of state for the department of work and pensions has perhaps spotted an important point.

Backed by the prime minister they seem to have worked out that benefits are nessesary for the average working person to survive the British Economy. David Cameron states: “It simply has to pay to work. You cannot have a situation where if someone gets out of bed and goes and does a hard day’s work they end up worse off.”

This is unfortunately the situation which has existed until now, which can really only be rectified by increasing the minimum wage. When people start earning enough that they can pay for the bills instead of having to claim benefits so they can be in a financially strong position to afford the council tax it is a bad sign. They however do not go so far as to indicate their plans to actually resolve the problem.

The first step to fixing a problem like this however is admitting there is a problem so there may be hope for this government after all. Until now the conservatives have been all about getting people off benefits, but without admitting this, all they have been trying to do is cut costs with no tangible means of changing the problem.

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The Guardian

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Jobless to clean Rubish for £1

Iain Duncan Smith the secretary of state for the department of work and pensions has announced new plans to see people who “choose” to live off benefits cast to low skilled jobs by force. Clearing the streets of rubbish and gardening and the likes. He is under the misunderstanding that people who are on benefits are on very low income. I was there at the start of this year.

Whilst I was on benefits, they refused to pay for me to get into the job center to search for jobs, or to come into the city center to hand out CVs. In fact the only thing I got out of the job seekers was a suit for an interview – which incidentally I didn’t get the job for and I had to fight them to get it. The job seekers allowance as it stands is a joke. They think people can live on that little. To make it worse, they take far too long to process claims. I was actually working for months before they sent us any money. Which considering our circumstances was rather appalling for a benefits agency.Then when I had got a job, my jobless partner with no money was told he cannot claim for job seekers allowance because I was working, I fail to see the relevance there.

What reason he has for not giving minimum wage for this work I cannot understand. They would be serving a beneficial service to society that the councils seem to be unwilling or unprepared to offer themselves. This would make the country look like a place that one might actually want to visit and encourage tourism instead.

The scheme would see people whom have been placed on the scheme taken off the normal job seekers allowance and put on a £1 an hour, 30 hours a week (so yeah, £30 a week to survive on) system. Its likely to serve as an increase in depression and suicide if you ask me.

The UK has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, and with the government cutting more than half a million people from the employed status is it really a surprise. These cuts will take decades to figure out what the true cost of them really will be.

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Daily Mail