Monday, 8 October 2012

More welfare cuts will not reduce people's dependency on the state

via JRF - Combined Feed by Helen Barnard

Cutting benefits for groups who receive little public sympathy may make for a good Conference speech, but it risks increasing poverty and hardship. And unless there is a follow up “master plan” for creating more and better jobs, massively increasing access to them and sorting out the housing crisis it's not likely to do as much as those advocating further cuts are hoping to reduce the deficit or people’s dependency on the state.

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Hazel’s comment:
Some people may find, as I did, that their blood pressure rises at the mere thought that a further £10bn can be taken from the welfare budget without dire consequences for the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society.

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