It Might Sound Harsh, But This Is A Good Thing

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said that despite an above-inflation increase in the “national living wage”, low-income families were falling further behind a minimum income standard.

The thinktank said less generous in-work benefits had made life tougher for all low-income families with children, and that lone-parent single-breadwinner families were the hardest hit.

Good! That’s exactly the sort of family we need to discourage.

It’s one thing to lose a partner, it’s quite another to embark on that lifestyle, with all its disadvantages, in the hope that ‘the State will pay’…

While not a measure of poverty, the minimum income standard is based on feedback from the public on what it thinks people need to achieve a decent living standard. It includes money for school trips, Christmas presents and swimming lessons, and is updated annually to take account of economic trends and policy changes.

These are not things the State (i.e. the poor bloody taxpayer) should be paying for. Food, shelter, clothing. The basics.

3 comments for “It Might Sound Harsh, But This Is A Good Thing

  1. Mudplugger
    July 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Plus the annual iPhones on fibre-optic broadband, obviously.

    • July 16, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Errol’s onto something here, with government pushing more and more services online…

  2. Errol
    July 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Broadband I’ll forgive as these days if you are not connected to the internet everythng from effective banking to – these days – school homework – is on line.

    However a holiday is a luxury. It’s not a necessity. Far too many people work and cannot take holidays.

    The idea of matching poverty as relative is unfair on those who have to earn everything, pay through the nose for it, and see what they cannot have be given to people who’ve not worked for it.

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