Harriet’s sense

A DEBATE on Any Questions on BBC Radio 4 addressed the decision by the Commons to limit the increase in benefit for working age people to one per cent per year for three years.

At last a politician, Harriet Harman (Labour), has voiced what is so blindingly obvious.

That there a huge difference in awarding a public-sector employee on £20,000-plus per year a one per cent increase per year to giving the same percentage to someone of working age to their benefits, which are probably about £6,500 per year – certainly less than £10,000.

There is still an unacceptable level of youth unemployment and the proposal to hit them the hardest is shameful – let alone anyone struggling to get out of debt and into employment and suitable social housing at any time during their working life.

Tony Martin, Clarence Street, York.

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1:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

MOST TO THOSE WHO NEED IT LEAST AND LEAST TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST.
This is nothing new and simply repeated by such an obnoxious woman.
The blindingly obvious problem that affects most people is that this suggested rise is well below the rate of inflation and can't even compare with the next CofYC tax rise let alone the latest energy hikes.
Somebody needs a reality check like; where is the money to pay the bills coming from? She didn't make any suggestions there now did she!
MOST TO THOSE WHO NEED IT LEAST AND LEAST TO THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. This is nothing new and simply repeated by such an obnoxious woman. The blindingly obvious problem that affects most people is that this suggested rise is well below the rate of inflation and can't even compare with the next CofYC tax rise let alone the latest energy hikes. Somebody needs a reality check like; where is the money to pay the bills coming from? She didn't make any suggestions there now did she! ColdAsChristmas
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11:19pm Wed 16 Jan 13

who2believe says...

The second state pension that was paid for separately for many years by ordinary workers was not increased last year. No increase at all, nothing. It was and is a fully paid for pension.
It's not a benefit, it was paid for.
The second state pension that was paid for separately for many years by ordinary workers was not increased last year. No increase at all, nothing. It was and is a fully paid for pension. It's not a benefit, it was paid for. who2believe
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11:20pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Magicman! says...

This government is supposed to remain in power for another 2 and a half years... at the current rate do we really see them still being in power then without there having been some form of riot? History has shown before what happens when the Elite try and further supress the peasants, it only goes so far and then out come the pitchforks and torches and stuff gets set on fire....

I have no idea about anything set out, all I am saying is I am getting concerned that normal everyday people simply won't take this cr@p from the Tories for much longer.
This government is supposed to remain in power for another 2 and a half years... at the current rate do we really see them still being in power then without there having been some form of riot? History has shown before what happens when the Elite try and further supress the peasants, it only goes so far and then out come the pitchforks and torches and stuff gets set on fire.... I have no idea about anything set out, all I am saying is I am getting concerned that normal everyday people simply won't take this cr@p from the Tories for much longer. Magicman!
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10:14am Thu 17 Jan 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Agreed, we certainly can't carry on like this. In fact I understand that record numbers of people are throwing themselves in front of trains, as if that is not proof enough that many of the people have been failed.
For me, the Labour party is not the answer either, far from it. There is not a fag paper between them and ConLibs. As the UKIP leader said, we are ruled by a bunch of college kids on work experience.
You only have to check out how much work experience these so called leaders have outside of the Party machine to see.
On another note, these people have landed us with a massive debt in giant wind turbines alone. There has been no measurable wind here for the duration of this freezing weather we are no longer supposed to be getting, according to their advisor Dr David Vinner in 2000!
Agreed, we certainly can't carry on like this. In fact I understand that record numbers of people are throwing themselves in front of trains, as if that is not proof enough that many of the people have been failed. For me, the Labour party is not the answer either, far from it. There is not a fag paper between them and ConLibs. As the UKIP leader said, we are ruled by a bunch of college kids on work experience. You only have to check out how much work experience these so called leaders have outside of the Party machine to see. On another note, these people have landed us with a massive debt in giant wind turbines alone. There has been no measurable wind here for the duration of this freezing weather we are no longer supposed to be getting, according to their advisor Dr David Vinner in 2000! ColdAsChristmas
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