With a conservative government in the UK running things and the liberals sat on the sidelines watching the game, i expect over the next 5 years alot
of changes will occur in the UK. I expect the unemployment rate to rise and for the minimum wage to freeze. So lets talk about the dole.
The National Insurance Act 1911 originally it was available only to those who had paid National Insurance and then had lost their job.
It was a good system. It worked. It was fair. You worked, you paid tax, and if you happened to lose your job or get sick, you were covered.
Current Benefits System
Lets start off by a break down of what you would get as just one person claiming JSA.
The current weekly rates are:
16-24 = £51.85
25+ = £65.45
If i was 25 and living by myself, that 65 quid would be expected to pay Gas, Electric, Tv licence, water, food and travel expenses to find work. have
i missed anything?
So i could try and break that down as...
£20 for Gas & electric (Variable for time of year)
£5 for water?
£15 travel expenses
£20 for food.
I think thats a pretty tight budget and quite possibly an inaccurate breakdown although still proves that the dole isnt a life of riley. You'll
notice that it does not cover socially accepted addictions such as smoking (Currently £5 a 20pk?)
One parent families.
Lets say i'm a lone parent bringing up a kid. Thats my benefit plus my only child, which would receive £20.30 a week.
In total thats £85.75 p/w. Kids cost money, so i can bet you now that 20.30 wont cover the cost of raising a child. It would be the same break down
of costs but never enough to pay for the basics. 20.30 would just about cover some nappies if you had a baby but nothing else, such as baby food &
I know there is alot of stigma of people saying "You have kids, get a house, live in luxury all your life" but the truth is, they are just stories
glamorized by the daily mail needing to sell papers by lying to people. They call people that sit on the dole lazy when the truth is are many reasons
people sit on their asses, one of them being there is no benefit of working.
Work 40hrs a week on minimum wage and you'll get just under £200 after tax. Wonderful right? Not really, you'd be living off of £800 a month, at
least 300 would be going to rented accommodation, a little less if your paying a mortgage. £500 to pay gas, electric, travel costs of getting to and
from work 5 days a week, food and maybe even one or two nights out. If you are a lone parent then that night out? Kiss it goodbye because it aint
happening. Overall, you'll have no prospects of ever leaving the minimum wage bracket because managerial positions require an applicant to be
sufficiently educated. A dead-end job does exactly what it says on the tin.
The simple fact of the matter is that you Have
to live poor. Its just that some are choosing to do nothing and be poor, rather then work their
asses off and STILL be poor.
Other reasons why people cant work include substance abuse.
I dont know how many of you have been in a dole office but i can tell you that they are filled with people who are addicted to things. Alcohol &
Heroin being the main perpetrators. After years of substance abuse you'll find that these types of people are very rough in nature. Incapable of
blending in with "Normal" dealings of society. Really, do you expect a heroin addict to magically get cured and work 40hrs a week in a dead end job
while living happily ever after? I dont think so.
Yes, these people are scroungers, but you kick them off the dole? Thieving is going to sky-rocket and with the CONservative plans to cut policing AND
people serving jail-terms, now is a VERY bad time to cut their only source of income. Unless you would like to get robbed while your out working?
One things for sure, the Upper-class wont need to worry about being robbed because they live no where near this type of "Scum" So why would they
worry about its effects?
So what exactly would be the point of working 40hrs a week if your living no better then what you would be on the dole? Makes no sense.
Surely to get more people into work they *Must* increase the Minimum wage in order to give a proper incentive? You could argue that the media is using
the benefits issue as a divide and conquer stratergy, turning the working class against eachother rather then uniting them against those that ensure
we have nothing (Sorry for the revolutionists tone)
I agree the dole shouldnt be used as a life-support system. But i dont agree that people should work just to pay for their basics and have nothing
else out of life. I just fail to see the point.