We can reduce the Welfare Budget by billions: simply get rid of Iain Duncan Smith

This is a comprehensive description of the massive waste involved in IDS’ Universal Credit. I’m not remotely surprised that UC is cumbersome, unwieldy and plagued with problems for a single minute. The benefits system has grown up to deal with a multitude of different needs created by the complexities of modern, industrial life and society. These needs are often so widely different, that it becomes almost impossible to consolidate them into a single, rationalised system. Yet this is what IDS has tried to do, following the old 19th century radical doctrine that government should be simple, minimal and cheap. The fact that human life is complex and varied means that this is simply impossible, and that consequently Universal Credit has also become complicated, contradictory and massively expensive. It’s now a massive white elephant, a vanity project for a man whose vanity knows precious little bounds.
Away from this, connoisseurs of historical grue will also enjoy Robert Livingstone’s illustration at the bottom. It’s an adaptation of a 15th/16th century German woodcut showing the horrors committed by Prince Vlad Tepes of Wallachia, alias Vlad the Impaler, the real Count Dracula. According to legend, he used to take his breakfast out in the area where he had impaled his enemies on stakes, and drink their blood. He also resembles the current Tory and Tory-Democrat government in that he decided that there were too many beggars in his principality, who were a burden on it. So he organised a feast for them. When they were all inside, he closed and barred the doors and burned it all down, with them still inside. Which is pretty much what this government is trying to do with the death toll from their massive cuts to welfare benefits.

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In March, MPs agreed a 2015-16 welfare cap of £119.5bn, which excluded the state pension and some unemployment benefits, such as Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) and Housing Benefit paid to JSA claimants, but it covers all other benefit expenditure. That also includes administration costs, staffing costs and so forth.
Social security benefits are by their nature needs-led, so if individuals meet the eligibility criteria for a benefit, and apply, then they will receive that benefit. The welfare cap does not change this one bit. All it does, essentially, is require the Government either to justify where expenditure increases by more than forecast, or propose further welfare cuts to bring expenditure back into line. It will not turn social security into a cash-limited budget.
The cap was set in line with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecasts of benefit expenditure, with an additional “forecast margin” of two per cent added on. This means that…

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7 Responses to “We can reduce the Welfare Budget by billions: simply get rid of Iain Duncan Smith”

  1. Joanna Says:

    Hi Beast, he also had guests for dinner, with impaled victims in front of the dinner table. One of the guests complained about the stench, moments later, the complaining guest found himself being impaled. It was said to be a slow excruciating death!

    But then what IDS aka RTU is doing is pretty much the same, by condemning people to a starvation death.

    Believe me starving is very painful! I nearly starved to death twice, once when I was 4 years at the hands of my parents, and second time under Thatcher’s government. I had to resort to eating margarine.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Hi Joanna – I didn’t know that about old Vlad, but I’m not surprised. It sounds exactly like the kind of thing he did. I’m sorry you nearly starved to death under Thatcher. I’m absolute certain that you weren’t alone, and unfortunately, as you said, IDS is inflicting the same thing to people today.

  2. Joanna Says:

    I don’t understand something though, I hope you can help?
    Why is it necessary to only allow £56 ish, to someone under 25yrs when the cost of living is exactly the same whatever age you are.

    I recently worked out a budget for a 22yr old on the premise that they had no other support i.e parents who could help out. The budget fell far short of what any person needed to live and I didn’t include any mobile phone, which the jobcentre would require them to have.

    I have asked my MP Alan Johnson, he hasn’t got back to me curiously enough.

    • beastrabban Says:

      I honestly don’t know, Joanna. My guess is that the government simply assumes that the under 25s don’t have some of the financial overheads of older people. They probably assume, or hope, that the under 25s will be living with their parents, or in cheap rented accommodation, and that their parents will pay some of the bills like gas, electricity and water. Also that they either won’t be driving, or else their parents will pay the road tax, running costs and insurance. That’s my guess anyway.

      • Joanna Says:

        Thank you Beast! I am just going to hope for better for everyone, at least at the moment I am doing what I love to do, I volunteer as a teaching assistant for adults, I am at least thankful for this opportunity. In the future if things change I would like to seriously study history.

        Hopefully logic thinking in this country will prevail!!!

      • beastrabban Says:

        Definitely! We’re all living in hope that decency, common sense and logic will finally win out and the Tories won’t get in the next election.

  3. Joanna Says:

    Here is a documentary about vlad.

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