What We Learned Last Week (29/09 – 05/10)

6 Oct

1) IDS outlines plans for benefit pre-payment cards

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Pre-paid benefit cards form the latest assault on benefit claimant freedoms as plans for cards loaded with benefit allowances, but with restrictions on alcohol, cigarettes and gambling are released.

Benefit claimants have not committed a crime, yet these cards seem to propagate the idea that claimants must not access the same things as other citizens. This is following cuts and increases in bureaucracy facing claimants.

“Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said it would help those “on the margins break the cycle of poverty”.”

The greatest thing to ‘break the cycle of poverty’ is to not cut allowances to rates way below poverty. To not create an environment of insecure, low and temporary work, to better supply a system that transfers claimants from welfare to work that does not punish them in the short term. To support claimants if they…

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