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  1. 'I'm on benefits but I'm no scrounger': http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/reclaim/2012/02/im-on-benefits-but-dont-call-me-a-scrounger
  2. Would be interesting to know how many of those new part-time workers are self-employed.
  3. Can I nominate Germany? Once the euro has gone their export led economy will be caught in a pincer movement between falling demand and increasing Far Eastern competition.
  4. Described in The Sun as a 56 year old property developer. This will be him... 'Restaurateur plans £60m sports centre' [August 2002]: http://www.caterersearch.com/Articles/15/08/2002/44098/Restaurateur-plans-16360m-sports-centre.htm 'New homes scheme turned down again.' [March 2005]: http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-19278596_ITM
  5. Here you go... 'HOW TO BECOME A VENDOR': http://www.bigissue.com/how-become-vendor
  6. That's exactly what is being claimed... 'Many parents 'better off on the dole' after tax credit changes': http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9074510/Many-parents-better-off-on-the-dole-after-tax-credit-changes.html
  7. Child Tax Credits replaced the child elements of income support and income based job seekers allowance. The idea was to make it easier for people with children to move into work. You'd need a large family to claim "hundreds of pounds every week".
  8. Tax Credits are means tested - that's why they are often complex and cause a very high effective marginal tax rate. Almost all (non-contributory) benefits are now means tested (the main exceptions being Child Benefit, Disability Living Allowance, Carers Allowance, and Attendance Allowance). Means testing is the cause of many of the perverse incentives in the benefit system. Edit: Typo.
  9. No. You need to work for at least 16 hours or 30 hours if not responsible for children and not disabled or over 50 and moving off benefits... 'What counts as work for Working Tax Credit?': http://www.hmrc.gov....credit/work.htm
  10. Would be pleased if you could cite a source for that. And also is it a percentage of net new jobs or of all jobs created? Not doubting you, but to paraphrase Carl Sagan: astonishing statistics require astonishing evidence.
  11. If imposed as planned, the benefits cap will certainly do that. Maybe some enterprising landlords will rent out semi-detached houses with an internal connecting door?
  12. Your contempt should be reserved for the government who've clearly mislead you. They deliberately make a false comparison. The working family would also be getting benefits (e.g. Child Benefit, some Housing Benefit, etc.) and Tax Credits. 'The real comparisons for capping' [February 2012]: http://blog.cix.co.uk/gmorgan/2012/02/02/the-real-comparisons-for-capping/ Rather than saving money, this ill-thought out cap is likely to increase spending on benefits as the assessment process will expose many unclaimed benefits and Tax Credits... 'Why the benefit cap will COST £billions and not save a penny' [January 2012]: http://speye.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/why-the-benefit-cap-will-cost-billions-and-not-save-a-penny/
  13. This idea seems to be gathering momentum... 'QE for housing': http://www.insidehousing.co.uk/finance/qe-for-housing/6520368.blog My 3,000th post.
  14. 'Are You Ready for the M2K12 Bug?' [April 2010]: http://engineerednotes.blogspot.com/2010/04/are-you-ready-for-m2k12-bug.html
  15. More background and explanation here... 'Gartner Says Western European PC Shipments Fell 16 Percent in Fourth Quarter of 2011' [February 2012]: http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1915815
  16. Here are some figures... 'Mac sales surge as PC sales drop 20% in UK, 12% in France' [February 2012]; http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/02/07/mac_sales_surge_as_pc_sales_drop_20_in_uk_12_in_france.html
  17. The capital cost is the same whether owner-occupier or landlord; it's the tax treatment which is different. The owner-occupier's imputed rent is always exempt from tax.
  18. Housing Benefit payments are in no way "generous" - that's just a piece of HPC tosh. Even before the recent cuts almost a half of HB claimants had to make up a shortfall to pay their rent... 'House of Commons Written Answers 10 November 2010': http://services.parl...rs/part012.html
  19. We all pay for it. It's another private sector tax on the goods and services we buy from companies that advertise around the game or directly or indirectly pay for broadcasting rights.
  20. The subject of an ongoing trademark dispute... 'Keep Calm and Carry On': http://www.trademarkdirect.co.uk/blog/keep-calm-and-carry-on
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