£53 a week? Of course we all could! - True grit in politics.
April 4, 2013 2:29 PM Subscribe
I can't understand how a government minister with even rudimentary PR training could have made such a mistake. I also can't understand how come Conservative Central Office hasn't taken a good hard look at that Wikipedia entry and edited it accordingly.
There are a lot of details about the benefits system in comments to the Guardian posts, however £53/week is the lowest rate of Jobseekers' Allowance, paid to claimants under 25, and includes no extras of any sorts. The background to this, apart from the recession, is the introduction of a new system which is bound to make many more claimants worse off; and a recent, pervasive demonisation of welfare recipients.
P.S. In spite of my Nigerian, ex-colonial background, I've grown up with immense respect for certain aspects of British culture, one of which is the welfare state. As someone who has lived in a developing country - beggars on the street, terrible infrastructure, rampant profiteering, food adulteration, poor healthcare, people begging for medicine in hospitals etc etc - I cannot understand at all why anyone thinks a civil society should do without it.
This post was deleted for the following reason: This is a super interesting topic but the editorializing is going to make the thread problematic. Would you mind doing a bit of a rewrite and posting it tomorrow instead? Thankyou. -- jessamyn
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