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  1. The dominant stereotype is anyone who happens to be unemployed is a lazy waster. No matter the circumstances. Complete rubbish but if enough people repeat it, it must be true. As for "iamnumerate" here, I was eligible for a whopping £10 a week in WTC when I did low-paid warehouse contracts. None once my income increased past £8 an hour. Housing benefit and council tax benefit disappeared past ~£150 a week in income. The hilarious thing is Universal Credit has actually cut back on these kind of rebates to people in employment - that is supposed to be an incentive to work?
  2. @bristolhunter Well I don't get free apples as I live in an apartment, and I don't make the kind of money to sit on savings for a year, so perhaps we are so far removed from common ground that it is pointless to continue the welfare discussion. I appreciate your input on the food question though.
  3. Upon first glance I can't match those prices. Care to PM me with how you reached those numbers? I'm interested in the nutritional breakdown as well. While we're discussing numbers... I take it you would be able to fit everything else into £36 a week? (this is excluding your food total, and the portion of market rent and council tax not covered by their corresponding benefits, thus removed from JSA instead)
  4. I doubt IDS would do much better. His clothing and shoes alone exceed my net worth, from what I see in the MSM. I gave you the breakdown (in my second post in this thread) that it was based off of. Please show me your plan for £2.59 a day on food though, I'd be interested to see it.
  5. www.youtube.com/user/HelenGoodmanMP She discussed it in more detail there. It's based on this example: "The woman who wrote to the Bishop Auckland MP is about to lose £9.24 a week of her £71.70 housing benefit. Of the remaining £62.46, £16 is swallowed up by electricity and water bills, £19.50 goes on coal for heating, £5.25 on household essentials and bus fares are £4 – leaving only £17.71 for food." JSA is £67.50 for that age, so that would be presumably allocated to rent which isn't mentioned there.
  6. http://www.scotsman.com/news/joyce-mcmillan-myth-of-undeserving-poor-revisited-1-2878384 There you have it ladies and gentlemen - MP declares it unsustainable to survive on welfare. Of course that won't stop the middle Englanders complaining that benefits are too luxurious, or not realising that the "bedroom tax" requires children to share rooms until the age of 10 or 16. I suggest they try doing it themselves to understand the reality of the situation, but I hazard a guess that they'll prefer the status quo.
  7. I've done plenty of unpaid work, both out of necessity (to fill in gaps) and as charity for those less fortunate (because I understand how it is to be there myself). The difference with the likes of Boris and co is they had wealthy parents paying for their living costs and didn't have to scrape by on a marginal existence at any point. The unpaid work, for them, will actually lead somewhere and is the result of their unique social connections and status. I'd rather they sat at home and satisfied themselves with what they're already in line for without taking away paid jobs in the labour market. It isn't as though slumlords like the Duke of Westminster actually work for a living anyway, with his expensive education gaining him a whopping O-level or two. Plenty of experienced people find themselves unemployed or on zero hour contracts in this dire economy, and unpaid work is the answer? The fact is that labour in general is in lower demand, due a reduction in consumer spending and public sector budget cuts. Graduates that used to be taken on for paid training schemes that lead to a career should work for free instead? Since you, TCI, work on pure numbers, how about this: they would pay their loans back faster if internships with remuneration were the norm. Taking on debt is how the entire economy appears to function: banks lend to each other and the government, corporations borrow against assets to fund expansion or shortfalls, credit is used to buy raw materials and equipment.
  8. I wouldn't have a problem with private educational institutions charging what they wish, if they weren't also getting massive taxpayer subsidies and demonstrating the opposite of quality over greed (overpaid Deans come to mind). When Oxford considers the money from foreign students more important to them than providing grants or scholarships to bright youngsters from poor backgrounds, it removes any veneer of meritocracy that might exist.
  9. If there's a talent drain, that should make it easier for the remaining skilled people to get a job. Or at least in theory. Chances are this happens because middle class jobs no longer exist, and the future is serving the rich in low-paid retail, hospitality, catering and estates-based roles.
  10. I do realise that, my VAT comment was more directed at consumers (and thus indirectly, businesses seeing lower sales). If you want a better example RE: business, how about fuel duty.
  11. Who didn't see this coming? Increasing taxes in the middle of a depression is utter lunacy, and I don't blame the people struggling to get by for avoiding them. VAT is not means-tested, neither is the local business rate charged by councils.
  12. First time I've heard of someone doing that voluntarily (sleeping a tent or car that is). If work doesn't pick up soon, I'll probably be joining you involuntarily...
  13. You're wasting your time Blizzard, too many idiots only intent on blaming the victims of economic terrorism instead of the perpetrators. They've fallen for the age-old propaganda tactics of divide and conquer. That is why it is so easy for the social and financial elite to assrape us all in the first place, we are (collectively) too busy with distractions like Chicken Little predictions on Islam or looking down on the person below us on the economic ladder... “That’s the way the ruling class operates in any society: they try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other, so that they, the rich, can run off with all the ****ing money. Fairly simple thing; happens to work. You know, anything different, that’s what they’re gonna talk about: race, religion, ethic and national backgrounds, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality -- anything they can do [to] keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank." -- George Carlin
  14. If you have that kind of budget, maybe have a look at Ealing instead - even there you could do better than a mere 2 bedrooms. The transport links are better as well. I say this as someone who lived in the vicinity of Uxbridge for a year. Low crime rate? Maybe... insurance premiums are still on the high side though. I don't know where you need to travel to or I would suggest other options as well.
  15. Great, when my current job contract ends I can look forward to being turfed out onto the street...I guess I'll be the client this winter and not the charity worker trying to alleviate a growing homelessness issue. Oh wait no, homeless people are just substance abusers or vagrants Rents will continue to climb, because they have **** all to do with housing benefit. A tax system that rewards speculation over work and special privileges for people who are either idle or doing nothing useful is the problem. Throw in the increased incidence of occupational licensing and the parasitic management class endemic in the UK, and it's no wonder the percentage of (usefully) employed people is falling. Well, break's over, plus side is I get to keep the second half of my wage tonight :angry:
  16. Actually the LVT ideas were quite popular at the turn of the 19th/20th century, but that was the age of thinkers like Albert Jay Nock: "This imperfect policy of non-intervention, or laissez-faire, led straight to a most hideous and dreadful economic exploitation; starvation wages, slum dwelling, killing hours, pauperism, coffin-ships, child-labour -- nothing like it had ever been seen in modern times....People began to say, perhaps naturally, if this is what state absentation comes to, let us have some State intervention. "But the State had intervened; that was the whole trouble. The State had established one monopoly, -- the landlord's monopoly of economic rent, -- thereby shutting off great hordes of people from free access to the only source of human subsistence, and driving them into the factories to work for whatever Mr. Gradgrind and Mr. Bottles chose to give them. The land of England, while by no means nearly all actually occupied, was all legally occupied; and this State-created monopoly enabled landlords to satisfy their needs and desires with little exertion or none, but it also removed the land from competition with industry in the labour market, thus creating a huge, constant and exigent labour-surplus." -- Albert Jay Nock, Free Speech and Plain Language, pp. 320-1 Today there are too many people tooting the same old horn of lazy benefit scroungers from their ivory towers in the city or <insert corporate office here>, with a complete lack of understanding on economics. Little wonder given the modern education system, media and plutocracy that laughably passes for democratic republics these days.
  17. For some reason people object to paying say £3k council tax but are happy to lose 40% of their wages to the government. Astounding stupidity all round. Then again, perhaps they make more from property flipping... I'm clearly a mug for paying market rent in a largely council estate of highrises (a small portion of the leases are in private hands), compared to these swindlers anyway. Oh well, another day of low paid work and rack-renting, with no alternative..
  18. The pathetic UK job base shrinks even further. Great. "But the unemployed are lazy!!!!!111oneone"
  19. Demand has fallen off a cliff, at this rate I'll struggle to provide for myself, never mind hire employees.
  20. More likely homeless or stuck in the grottiest bedsits\hostels imaginable.
  21. At best, it looks like a lost decade Japan-style, unless serious reforms are made.
  22. You seem to forget how governments, or more accurately, the state comes to be in the first place. http://www.lysanderspooner.org/NaturalLaw.htm The key point here is that a group of private individuals presuming to "own" all the land comes first, and the state into which they organize out of common interest comes second. So what's it going to be, the robber baron state or a reformed state that we exert control over via democratic process?
  23. If this is how much trouble kids with rich parents are having, what about the poor ones with no parental backing?
  24. Indeed. I'm also tired of being told that low-income people are stupid. Some just get trapped in the catch 22 of "it takes money to make money" (no thanks to occupational licensing and heavy taxes on wages\sales). http://www.progress.org/2003/fold315.htm
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