Benefits: Time for a reality check

Missive sent to The Independent after posting it on Facebook:

Sirs,

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Labour supporter and voter and have been for decades, I am a socialist, and very happy about that.

But I really don’t see why benefit increases shouldn’t be pegged to average wage increases if those are less than inflation. The last salary increase I got was in 2005 and there are millions of other workers in similar positions. People in receipt of benefits should be grateful they’re going up at all – and they ARE going up, nobody’s getting a cut, at least until the overall ceiling comes in.

Yes, it is absolutely morally reprehensible that the smug posh rich boys are looking after their friends. But that is about corruption and is a *different issue*.

So yes, it’s okay to cap benefit increases to 1%, it’s okay to limit overall benefits to average worker income and yes, it’s okay to require those getting disability benefit to be re-assessed every two years (are they *really* busy or something?).

This is a welfare state and I love it because of that. But there should be limits, and people have frankly been taking the piss for too fucking long.

Paul Harper

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