Nothing But Fear For the Very Poorest in This Budget

The one thing that will stand out in today’s budget speech was multi-millionaire George Osborne’s pledge to cut £10 billion from the welfare budget before 2016.

Already there is a plan to cut 20% from the budget for Disability Living Allowance by introducing brutal new Atos style tests.  Around a third of people are being stripped of sickness benefits creating possibly the most vicious welfare system in the developed world.  Housing Benefit cuts mean homelessness is already soaring.  It’s difficult to conceive the devastation in people’s lives if these cuts go even further.  Job Seekers Allowance only costs around £5 billion a year, sickness benefits around £8 billion.  Both are vital unless the Government is happy watching the sick die on the streets whilst the unemployed youth ransack Tesco for dinner every night.

Pensions and Working Tax Credit make up the bulk of Welfare Spending.  It seems likely that Working Tax Credit is one benefit which will be further cut.  Already Housing Benefit cuts are forcing thousands of low paid workers into rent arrears and homelessness.  This makes a mockery of raising the income tax threshold.  They are simply giving with one hand whilst taking far more with the other.  The very poorest don’t even pay tax.  Someone working for minimum wage for 25 hours a week will not be one penny better off after this budget. More people than ever are being forced into part time work, something which masks the true employment crisis. The freeze on Minimum Wage for the young means low paid young people are facing an effective pay cut.  And the price of fags is going up.

Billionaires got their predicted tax cut.  Tens of thousands of pounds placed in the pockets of the odious rich.  Bosses are in for a bumper bonus due to Corporation Tax cuts.  Middle class parents also get a bung with the ludicrously complicated plans for Child Benefit leaving many of them better off than previously announced.  In fact unless lower and higher income tax rates are adjusted, all earners will benefit from the raising of the tax allowance.  All except the lowest paid of course, who if they earn enough to pay tax at all, will see it clawed back in benefit and tax credit cuts.

£10 billion pounds, taken from people already destitute, will pay for this give away.  This is the reverse of what Lib Dem scum claimed was a Robin Hood budget.  The liberal rich and middle classes should remember this next time they attempt to salve their consciences by chucking a homeless bloke a quid.  He helped fund your tax cuts.  Don’t that make you feel proud?

12 responses to “Nothing But Fear For the Very Poorest in This Budget

  1. Pingback: Nothing But Fear For the Very Poorest in This Budget | Social Welfare News | Scoop.it

  2. I am pleased you quickly posted regards this because I forced myself to watch knowing it would make me furious and it did and I am still seething.

    Why does nobody seem to care when £10 billion is just trotted out as if it’s nothing, then to make it worse just interview anybody the rise in the income tax threshold will help without mentioning millions of others it will not.

    The rich oh well they will be hosting parties tonight rubbing their hands in glee as they ring their offshore accounts.

    Every single one of them in every party has sold us all down the river.

  3. Hopefully the homeless guy with chuck the quid right back, and with a great deal of force and maliciousness. These acts are one of the worst forms of charity.

  4. One thing we could do to curb the increase in welfare would be to get rid of this government of toff wankers and replace them with actual thinking and feeling human beings.

  5. Where the hell is left in welfare to cut £10 billion from?

    The only thing left is pensions and he was very coy about that.

    I have read that the change to the age related tax allowance for pensioners will cost pensioners £3.3 billion more in tax over the next 4 years.

    But that still leaves £6.7 billion to find. What can he possibly do to the unemployed, sick and disabled that hasn’t already been done/in the pipeline?

    Yet still on the Telegraph I’ve read morons saying they’re disappointed he didn’t cut the “spiralling” welfare bill.

    God help us all.

  6. Arbeitsscheu_UK

    We’re all doomed, time for pissed-up Gazza to arrive clutching 5 million cans of lager, some chicken, a mobile phone and something to keep us all warm.

  7. Smash the Work Programme

    Scrapping the fucking “work programme” would save £5 billion quid for starters.

  8. Osborne : simpering,smirking,preening little prig. An 18th. Century robber baron proto fascist type with Nazi tendencies.
    I would gladly kick his face all day long,the mendacious,greedy spineless fuckwit.
    I hope he dies screaming.

  9. It makes me want to puke, this little toe rag will have us all living in the gutter, with no access to medical services and no money for food or heating. Rob the poor, pay the rich!

  10. One thing I found astonishing was Osborne’s admission on the Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme, that even though he is a multi millionaire, he wasn’t paying 50% income tax. Now that doesn’t come as a surprise to me (and probably wont surprise a lot of readers of this) – but it is politically toxic. It means he’s admitting to the use of tax loopholes to keep his money out of reach of the Revenue – that isn’t going to play well with his ‘Daily Mail reading’ voters.

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