Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Britain’s welfare state can be cheaper and popular

The "fairness" rethoric of the benefits cuts is highly effective.  It is absurd to get money for nothing, but the abuses of the wellfare system are a) not properly documented and hence not the biggest drain on Britain's deficit, and b) not a reason to drop the atomic bomb on social protection.
For all people who are outraged by the families receiving more than £26,000 per year: over your life time, you are much, much more likely to lose your job (and need help from government to keep your roof above your head and children in school) than to benefit from the drop in top income tax from 50% to 45%.

The assumption most people on benefits are lazy and abuse the hard working ones is a failure to recognize most people lose their job not because they did not work hard enough, but because of the poor decisions taken by those who make tens of times more money than them, and who are being given a boost in  their annual disposable income equivalent to the whole disposable income for a person in the bottom quartiles.

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