Not As Depressed As The Poor Bloody Taxpayer…

Low-income families in London’s poorest borough say that moving on to universal credit has left them financially worse off, caused parental conflict, stress, and feelings of guilt at not being able to provide for their children, according to a study.

*shrugs* And..?

The research, carried out by the Child Poverty Action group (CPAG) for Tower Hamlets council in east London, found the stress and indignity triggered by universal credit was exacerbated by the complexity of the online benefits system and the frequently erratic payment system.

Because work isn’t complex, and salary never erratic. As they’d find out, if they tried it…

The research – based on interviews with clients and stakeholders, and a survey of universal credit claimants in the borough – found evidence that one of the central ambitions of universal credit – to encourage more claimants into work, or to work more hours – was not working because claimants felt they were better off on benefits.

I guess the aggravation’s all worth it after all, if you get to sponge off the taxpayer.

3 comments for “Not As Depressed As The Poor Bloody Taxpayer…

  1. Penseivat
    October 25, 2019 at 11:56 am

    “….stress and feelings of guilt at not being able to provide for their children.”
    Do the kids have iPhones, internet, Netflix, the latest trainers and designer clothes? If they all sit round a mega 90inch tv set watching the latest movies on sky+, then they are being provided for. Not being able to provide for them means buying their clothes in charity shops, eating food past it’s sell by date, not having a car, and having 2 tin cans and a bit of string as an alternative to an iPhone. Not being able to provide for them means not having a source of heating outside of the adults sucking extra strong mints and the kids sitting round their tongues! In an ideal world they should realise, and be grateful, that their ‘unsatisfactory’ universal credit is paid for by you and me, who go out to work and pay taxes to keep them in the manner in which they would like to be accustomed. UC should be a temporary stopgap and not a permanent lifestyle provision.

    • October 27, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Spot on!

  2. Itellyounothing
    October 26, 2019 at 11:55 am

    But any benefit system will always be abused, first by the civil servants who are incentivised to keep the unworking from working and second by lazy con artists to unconnected to get a seat in the commons.

    This cost should be held up just against leaving money the tax payer……..

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