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A word of caution about Esther McVey’s ‘u-turn’ on housing benefit for young people

Smoke and mirrors is the name of the ir game…

Politics and Insights

youth obligationThanks to Joe Halewood for the screenshot

A little background on the “Youth Obligation”.

Thenational livingwage(which is actually an inadequate rise in the minimum wage) was one of the centrepieces of the Osborne budget back in 2015 – which does not apply to those people under 25. Osborne exhorted young people to “earn or learn” in a budget speech that also cut their entitlement to receiving benefits and student grants, prompting serious complaints that young people had been unfairly targeted.  

The policy to end automatic entitlement for the housing element of Universal Credit was announced by David Cameron and Osborne in 2014 and was introduced last April. Housing and homeless organisations warned last year that it will cause grave hardship and force cash-strapped councils to meet higher costs for emergency accommodation. The plans of a review, and potential for a government u-turn on the housing element payment for young…

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Housing benefit for younger people.

There is currently a petition doing the rounds here, calling for the reversal of restrictions on the housing element of Universal Credit for 18-21 year old people. One assumes that the cosy assumption that underlies this measure is that all under-21’s live with their parents, and that both parents and child(ren) are happy, and safe, in that environment.

Sadly, that is not always the case. What about care-leavers who have to leave their children’s home, or potentially their foster parents, should  they be unable or unwilling to continue to support their foster kids after the allowances cease. What about abused  adults or children. What about behaviour or restrictions that one or the other finds intolerable? What then?

It seems to me  (being charitable) that we will soon see a prime example of the Law of Unintended Consequences in action. On the other hand, my not so charitable self thinks that this is a deliberate and cynical attack on our youth. In either case, I urge my readers (are there any?) to sign the petition here.

Why do demonstrators do it…

…when the persons against whom they are demonstrating are not present, and don’t give tuppence anyway. It has always seemed to me to be very odd that, when mass demonstrations aimed at Government mismanagement , incompetence or folly take place, they often happen on a Saturday.

It seems to me that its fairly pointless. You only have to look at the result of all that marching against Bliar’s foreign misadventures to know that they take not a blind bit of notice. Yes, it spawned a few reams of print, but the bombs still fell, and bullets flew. And how many died?

Why not bring the place to a standstill on a weekday and demand that they come out of their cosy (and costly to us) Parliamentary club and explain themselves? That would be much more productive, would show them that we mean business and that they are there to represent the entire electorate and not just the ones with the deepest pockets.

A dedicated domain!

Just so that anyone viewing my site didn’t get peppered with adverts (I hate thm , myself), I decided to give WordPress some of my pension. I discovered that also entitled me to a “free” domain, so here is the first post from there….

 

Ranting about recycling.

A very intertesing, and somewhat disturbing article from a relative…

Dinah's Ramblings


Living the life I do recycling is second nature to me. In fact it is one of the things that I have done all my life. I remember standing on tip toes pushing coloured glass into the appropriate boxes at the bottle bank and the satisfying sound when I’d thrown it hard enough to make it smash inside. ..although you could never be sure you’d smashed your glass or just lots of glass that was already there.

Fast forward a few decades and bottle banks are few and far between because recycling has become more mainstream and in a desperate attempt to save money and their reliance on land fill sites, councils now do curb side recycling.

So everyone recycles right? Everyone is doing their little bit? Because it’s made so easy for us. Just separate your rubbish at source, give it a rinse and let them take it away…

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