Before the election the Tories announced that there would be £12Bn in cuts to the welfare budget in the new parliament, but they wouldn’t say where, but David Cameron also said that he wants everything to be fair to all, so that means if he cuts the welfare that the poor, sick, disabled and their carers get,
and then also cuts taxes for the higher paid he’ll be proved to be a liar and hypocrite, so where can we4lfare cuts fall that would be fair and not punish the disadvantaged?
Having thought about it, and bearing in mind that working tax credits, child benefit and housing benefits (along with ring fenced OAP pensions) are the greatest parts of the welfare budget, and dwarf those paid to the unemployed, poor, sick, disabled and carers, here are my suggestions:
• Cap rent increases to teh rate of inflation
• Cap private rent amounts at the same level as social housing rent amounts in the same area to reduce the Housing Benefits bill
• Means test the Winter Fuel Allowance by restricting it to those in receipt of pension credits as that’s already means tested
• Limit child benefit to the first 2 children
• Abolish child benefit for families where at least one earner is in the higher rate income tax bracket
• Reduce the Green subsidy and Climate Change budget till the country can afford it.
• Claim back tax credits from companies pre-tax profits for every employee they have that had to receive them plus add a 5% admin fee to encourage said companies to pay a proper wage that doesn’t need working tax credits to subsidise them, as moving people from out-of-work benefits to in-work benefits is a false economy as it saves nothing off the welfare budget, but boosts company profits at the tax payers expense
• Benefits only payable to people for their family members actually living in the UK and who have been resident for at least 2 years
• Reinstate the rule that benefits aren’t payable while abroad
• Close all tax loopholes by passing a law that if a tax avoidance scheme isn’t approved by HMRC it is automatically illegal
• Recover all tax owed with custodial sentences for company directors as punishments for corporate tax evasion to encourage their compliance
• Those on benefits that are fit and able to work, do so for their benefits, but at minimum wage rate and for non-profit making organisations and with expenses covered (so on current JSA rates they’d do 11 hours a week work)