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why i believe that an untargeted slashing of the welfare budget is a false economy.


Aug 6, 2008
I'm going to argue the unpopular. I'm going to argue that the current plans to reform the welfare budget should be scrapped because the problems they cause will cost more to resolve than they will save.

I'm not going to argue for no reform. I hate the current system and agree with much of the new right critique of the welfare state. However I do not agree with the answers that IDS will be implementing this year.

Before I get on my shrimperzone soap box it would be interesting to know how much benefit zoners believe unemployed people are being paid under the current system. Please don't look it up this is about perception. If you already know please don't post.

By benefit I mean maximum total benefit/week. This will include housing/council/unemployment and child related benefit.

Single person 18 -35
Single person 35+
Singe person, one child
Couple one child
Couple 6 children

edit - if these people lived in southend

edit I have amalgamated under 21 and 21-35

Answers are in post #42
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