‘Women And Minorities Hardest Hit!’

No, really:

Moves to impose an annual limit on benefit payments to the unemployed will affect single mothers and ethnic minorities hardest, the Government’s own analysis of the controversial policy has concluded.

And a resounding ‘So what?!’ is hollered back…

The planned cap was announced at last year’s Conservative conference by the Chancellor George Osborne, who argued it could not be right for families on benefit to receive more than the average household income. He argued that the scheme was crucial to get a grip on Britain’s soaring welfare bill, which last year stood at £192bn.However, Liberal Democrat and Labour opponents have vowed to try to defeat it in the Lords next month, while charities warn it will increase levels of poverty. Critics will seize on an impact assessment carried out by the DWP into the policy, which is planned to come into force in 2013.

But, even if this is true….so what? Why shouldn’t it affect ‘women and ethnic minorities’ disproportionally?

It isn’t, after all, targeting them disproportionally because they are women or ethnic minorities, but simply because they are over-represented in the target groups.

And that’s down to behaviour, not skin colour or sex:

The clampdown will have a disproportionate effect on ethnic minorities, it acknowledges, calculating they represent 30 per cent of the estimated 50,000 households whose incomes will be cut. The DWP said they will be heavily affected as Asian families on average have larger households than other ethnic groups.

I’ve nothing against ‘Asian’ families (Chinese? Singaporean? No, we all know what the weasel word ‘Asian’ refers to..) having large households. If that’s what they want, and they can afford them themselves, fine, go right ahead.


Why is this so hard for the progressives to understand?

The department’s research also warned that the cap will make some parts of the country unaffordable for families who depend on housing benefit.

Good! It damned well should do so!

It was always a total nonsense that housing benefit could be used to maintain a lifestyle in a part of the capital that many working taxpayers couldn’t afford.

The Coalition needs to stand firm. This sort of reaction is only to be expected. Brave it now, or rue your cowardice later…

5 comments for “‘Women And Minorities Hardest Hit!’

  1. August 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Thing is, it will only hit those who have large families who try to live on benefits, it wont hit the average family on benefits at all. Well not unless they are renting a Westminster mansion and somehow I don’t think that many are.

  2. David
    August 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

    ‘Women And Minorities Hardest Hit!’

    Who gives a fcuk? Tough sh*t. I’ve had it up to here with bleeding hearts who want to use my sweat and labour to pay for THEIR pet schemes. From now on liberal progressives who go on about poor immigrants and our responsibility to them should be made to house and feed them. That would soon shut the fcukers up!

  3. Lynne
    August 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Why the buggering hell should anyone be forced to support any feckless, workshy bastard who breeds like a rabbit on steroids?

  4. August 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    “It isn’t, after all, targeting them disproportionally because they are women or ethnic minorities, but simply because they are over-represented in the target groups.”

    Exactly. But the ‘welfare bill’ in the narrower sense is nowhere near £192 billion.

    More than half of that is old age pensions, £15 billion is a made up figure for transfers from central government to social housing providers, £5 billion is subsidies to private landlords, £10 billion is universal child benefit, £15 billion is for genuinely disabled people (not Incapacity Benefit!) etc etc and only about £20 billion is ‘unemployment benefit’ (income support, JSA or whatever it’s called this year), i.e. the payments that so embitter Daily Mail readers.

    @ Lynne, do you apply that logic to the royal family and landed gentry as well? I certainly do.

  5. Budvar
    August 7, 2011 at 12:28 am

    MW, you have a point. When I lived in Scotland and on benefits, it was always “The English wont have work, just sponge off the tax payer”. When I pointed out about the farmers down the road pulling £1m a year in subsidies, for some reason they seemed to think that was a different sort of money.

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