Daily Cuts Briefing – Friday 25th June

25 06 2010

Researchers have published a report suggesting that welfare spending cuts could cost lives.

As the coalition government looks to implement unprecedented cuts in Britain’s welfare state, the research published in the British Medical Journal links a £70 cut in welfare spending per person to a 2.8% rise in alcohol-related deaths and a 1.2% rise in deaths from heart disease.

The UK research team looked at data from 15 countries, including Britain, from 1980 to 1995.

Meanwhile, there has been considerable discussion over the government’s announcement that it wants public sector workers to let it know where it should make cuts in public services.

The TUC has come out against the plans, claiming that it is merely a stunt to provide political cover for huge public spending cuts, rather than a proper consultation exercise.

However, other commentators say the TUC’s line is too dogmatic and that trade unions should engage with the process.

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25 06 2010
Ben

For those who have spent time working within the benefits system and have seen the way people use,spend and even save their benefits it is no suprise that the cuts will disproportionately damage the health of the poor.

Benefits such as Housing benefit tend to be treated as for housing by the claimant but other benefits because they are paid by transfer into high street bank accounts are often treated just like any other income.OPeople use it for basics,yes,but they also use it to alleviate boredom,buy luxury(sometimes) and increase happiness in some small way.I saw an example where a man saved up his benefit to take his children on a holiday.This is natural and this is right.What benefit cut do is end this possibility.Child tax credit increases will not have the impact that tories think.The income is passed round and household budgets are readjusted.Instead of being spent on childrens toys the money may end up being spent on alcohol as parents try to keep body and soul toghether as VAT goes up,unemploymeny goes up and their other benefits go down.
It is convential right wing politics to blame the welfare state for idleness and social breakdown yet this is detached from the reality of those using benefits.The politically concocted disgust at benefit scrounging takes small anamolous examples-100,000 in HB for example-and rams this down the throat of Britains insecure,socially thuggish lower middle class.The reality is that the benefit cuts destroy

This vein of anti benefits has less to do with state shrinking pragmkatism and more to do with tory ideology . With or without a deficit these benefit cuts were likely.
Already it seems that there are noises that the welfare budget when weighed against other budgets can be further strangled in the name of popular justice. So,the Brokenist social analysis of those such as Duncan Smith is now going to be used as a populist balm to legitimise a savage economic programme.Populism is the new fairness in this country and Osbourne knows it.They are testing the water with this budget but more and more the welfare budget is teasing them because job insecurity and reined in spending power seem to have turned 57% of people into austere tories overnight .The truth is the country is being a bit thick and nasty and benefit claimants are the new immigrants to thrash in a period of collective decline.This country is the most deluded and impressionable on earth and the “we are in this together” taps into a solidarity which is a dangerous acessory to for tory idelogues

25 06 2010
Ben

For those who have spent time working within the benefits system and have seen the way people use,spend and even save their benefits it is no suprise that the cuts will disproportionately damage the health of the poor.

Benefits such as Housing benefit tend to be treated as for housing by the claimant but other benefits because they are paid by transfer into high street bank accounts are often treated just like any other income.Often benefits are pooled and mixed. People use it for basics,yes,but they also use it to alleviate boredom,buy luxury(sometimes) and increase happiness in some small way.I saw an example where a man saved up his benefit to take his children on a holiday.This is natural and this is right.What benefit cuts do is end this possibility.Child tax credit increases will not have the impact that tories think on preventing child poverty increases.The income of remaining benefits will be passed round and household budgets will readjusted.Instead of being spent on childrens toys the money may end up being spent on alcohol as parents try to keep body and soul toghether as VAT goes up,unemploymeny goes up and their other benefits go down.Turning to crime is also an option.This country is not grown up enough to forgive the single parent who shoplifts for the good of her family.
It is convential right wing politics to blame the welfare state for idleness and social breakdown yet this is detached from the reality of those using benefits.The politically concocted disgust at benefit scrounging takes small anamolous examples-100,000 in HB for example-and rams this down the throat of Britains insecure,socially thuggish lower middle class.

This vein of anti benefits has less to do with state shrinking pragmatism and more to do with tory ideology . Lets face it with or without a deficit these benefit cuts were likely.
Already it seems that there are noises that the welfare budget is being weighed against other budgets publicly ,spelling further strangulation in the name of popular justice.The Brokenist social analysis of those such as Duncan Smith is now going to be used as a populist balm to legitimise a savage economic programme. Benefit cutting Populism is the grotesque new fairness in this country and Osbourne knows it.They are testing the water with this budget but more and more the welfare budget looks like the thing to cut because job insecurity and reined in spending power seem to have turned 57% of people into austere tories overnight with benefit cuts being wildly popular .The truth is the country is being a bit thick and nasty. Benefit claimants are the new immigrants to thrash in a period of collective decline.
This country is the most deluded and impressionable on earth and the “we are in this together” tripe taps into a solidarity which is nothing more than a dangerous acessory for tory idelogues.Unpopular goverments will do anything to squeeze popularity out of what they can. For the tories this will be benefit claimants and hardpressed families.

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