Tag Archive for Welfare

The unemployment game

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The last time I signed on was when I left university. It was during the dotcom crash and I was discovering that applying for a job was much more nuanced than the governments approved advice to school children had prepared me for. One had to think about the jobs and your skills carefully, and find…

Dutch ditch committment to welfare state

King Willem-Alexander

King Willem-Alexander, in a speech written by the Dutch government is quoted as saying: The classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century in these areas in particular brought forth arrangements that are unsustainable in their current form. The Independent (and Guido where I found this) are calling this the end of…

Decentralising welfare

© Helen Cobain

With welfare a hot issue, I thought it might be helpful to summarise my tactical ideas on this topic. Note that the focus of these ideas is on long term joblessness, although various other problems could be solved the same way. A reminder of what I was trying to achieve: Turning off the welfare taps…

Why welfare is just not cricket

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Tonight is the second part of a BBC series called “Nick and Margaret: We All Pay Your Benefits”. I didn’t know about the program in time to see part one, and am probably not alone, so hopefully this post will sever to alert readers to it. It’s on tonight 11th July at 9.00pm. On the…

Don’t ignore the benefits elephant

Sisters Elephant

We have recently see a demand for a “benefits charge card”, one which would replace cash and control the items a benefits recipient is “allowed” to purchase. This may seem seductive to some people and for very different, often almost diametrically opposed, reasons. Some may object to misuse of monies that were taken by force…

FT concedes that the welfare state is a ponzi scheme

© Kevin Rawlings

Last night the FT, a mainstream newspaper (and a client of mine as it happens), conceded that the welfare state is a Ponzi scheme. Defending the application of this illegal category of schemes to the welfare system, a theory was presented that only one future generation (the last) suffers out of this arrangement because each…