Conservative Manifesto 2010 : We will ensure that receipt of benefits for those able to work is conditional on their willingness to work.
Which roughly translated into a 10% drop in Local Housing Allowance (Housing Benefit) after one year of unemployment.. This so designed to force encourage the
lazy feckers / work-shy unemployed to find work in their area or move to seek employment.
Today this policy has been dropped from the proposed bill on Welfare. Nick Clegg is said to have
grown a pair stepped in to demand it’s removal as it effectively discourages private landlords from renting to LHA claimants. Too late. Private landlord’s already discriminate against LHA claimants and increasingly so since the LHA has been paid to the claimant not directly to the Landlord or Letting Agent. I have personal experience of this, having “lost” several houses now due to being in receipt of LHA whilst awaiting for and recuperating from my recent operation.
Before we all shout hurrah for Nick and hoist him up on our shoulders there is another angle to this story. This policy was voted for. This policy was wanted by the general public!
Has that hit home? I remember countless “man on the street” interviews prior to, during and for a long time after the election, calling for this policy. “Its not right we are paying their rent when they re too lazy” etc etc.. Tabloids headlines screamed about millionaire’s mansions being rented to “no-good scroungers”. The public WANT the “work-shy” to go out and get a job. Fact.
What the public are getting is a U-Turn on a policy which could possibly work, with and ONLY with substantial investment in employment opportunities.
So what IS being introduced in this bill? Why, set the REAL no-good, scrounging, lazy fecks to work of course.. the disabled. Re-assessing “Incapacity Benefit” claimants WAS in the Tory 2010 manifesto sadly: We will re-assess all current claimants of Incapacity Benefit for their readiness to work … Even the way it is phrased implies that they are capable, just are they “ready” and willing?
We all know people who are or have claimed benefits they are not entitled to. We all know we support some “lazy feckers” but in forcing all health related benefit applicants to be re-assessed and by removing DLA for residential care-home residents we are showing how badly thought out this bill really is.
But the good news is, “Euthenasia Packs” may soon be available from ATOS…