the media loves to make it look like everyone on benefits has some amazingly cushy life… with their flat screen TVs and money for drugs and alcohol, all paid for while we sit about doing nothing, happy in this life.
but there is starting to be evidence that this is not the case 😮 shock horror!
Firstly after some research it seems that at least 45 countries have higher unemployment benefits than the UK. Granted most of these work in a slowly decreasing sliding scale, where every 6 months after loosing a job the benefits decrease, but for most even after a year they are higher than the UK flat rate version.
Secondly, the Council of Europe have said that the UK benefit levels need increasing so as not to force people into poverty. Apparently the standard rate is currently below 40% of the average income for European States. Which as the main poverty line used in the OECD and the European Union is based on a level of income set at 60% of the median household income implies that those living solely on benefits in the UK are below the European poverty line.
Thirdly the DWP has claimed that the Council of Europe’s criticism only needs to be “considered” and not acted upon… which is just more of the government denying the truth… like when Iain Duncan Smith accused the Trussell Trust (a charity who run food banks) of “scaremongering” in an attempt to “boost their business model”, because obviously food poverty is some sort of lie created to make the government look bad… it can’t be that some people CANNOT AFFORD FOOD
Fourthly, though not related to benefits directly still a reason for my wanting to leave the country, the “gagging law”… hopefully you’ve all heard of this, but just in case: the gagging law was rushed through in such a way that most people have not heard of it, it’s “real” name is lobbying bill. But that name is a misnomer, as the vast majority of lobbying groups will be remain unaffected. Essentially the bill protects in-house corporate lobbying operations from any kind of official scrutiny, meaning that a cloak of secrecy will still shroud their influence upon our politicians.
The second section of the bill is clearly designed to silence critics of the government such as charities, voluntary organisations, protest groups, trade unions and religions . This obviously legislation designed to silence the critics of the government.
This is probably as bad as the legislation last year that lead to “secret courts”, in which the defendant can be found guilty in a courtroom that they are not allowed to enter, on charges that they are not allowed to know, based upon evidence that they are not allowed to see.
so ye, in summery: the UK benefit system is not as generous as the media would have us think, and the entire idea of democracy is slowly being destroyed…