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Why is Miliband ‘re-inventing’ an old benefit?

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This is just the old earnings related benefit that were taken by Thatcher and successive governments- including Labour- refused to re-introduce them and now Miliband thinks he is being radical by making this suggestion.

So, I suggest, if he wants to do this, make a small change to current National Insurance contributions, higher at the richer, high waged end and re-introduce earnings related benefits as we had before.

And if the money is to be recouped once people are back in work, then it isn’t an insurance scheme, is it?

And it appears to be a ‘those that can afford it can benefit from it’ scheme, much akin to the recent suggestion by Lord Freud that the poor can afford to take more risks; they seem to be saying the very low waged can afford to lose their wages! What they should be saying is the rich can afford to subsidise the low waged benefits, at least for an interim period while the GENUINELY seek work.

And this has been the problem with our social security system for 35-40 years; nobody employed in the system, from the lowliest advisor to the highest managers have had the will to stop benefits for those refusing to take suitable employment or not genuinely actively seeking work. And because of this very tiny minority (I’ve heard 0.2% to 0.7% of claimants quoted) we all now have to suffer- and may see a two tiered benefits system that pays more to those that can afford the premiums.

Written by Smiling Carcass

24/04/2013 at 4:14 PM

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