Almost half a million children have been condemned to lives of desperate poverty with a stroke of George Osborne’s pen. Figures released yesterday reveal that 450,000 children are to be affected by changes to Working Tax Credits, which will see part time workers stripped of vital benefits.
Families have lost up to £73 a week due to changes, which came into force at the beginning of April, and mean that people working under 24 hours a week are no longer entitled to Working Tax Credit. Around 200,000 families could find themselves better off on benefits due to the changes, the precise opposite of Iain Duncan Smith’s lie that the Tories will make work pay.
The deluded toffs have claimed that hard working parents should simply ask for more hours to ensure they keep the benefit. Only people who have never had a proper job could think that workers can simply demand more hours if they need more cash and bosses will be only too happy to comply. The latest Government figures show that only around 5% of families have been able to increase their hours to satisfy the new conditions for Working Tax Credit.
Time and time again out of touch millionaires tell us we need to work harder to stay out of poverty, as if soaring unemployment and the record rise in part time workers is down to laziness on the part of workforce. Sick and disabled people are told to simply get a job by lying ministers who pretend there’s no discrimination in the work place and jobs are falling out of the sky. Sacked Remploy workers are lectured on the need to re-integrate into the mainstream workforce, a noble aim, yet there seems to be no rush by employers to recruit disabled workers. People on the dole are being forced to work for free, yet there is little chance even this will help them find work.
It’s hardly surprising that clowns like Boris Johnson and David Cameron are so out of touch. Boris Johnson claims the quarter of a million a year he earns for his shit column in the Telegraph is chicken feed for a task he knocks out on a Sunday morning. David Cameron probably wouldn’t even notice if his income was cut by £73 a week. Yet these arrogant posh boys give themselves tax cuts whilst the rest of the country is forced into hunger and homelessness.
Boris is around £16,000 a year better off due to Osborne’s tax give away. That’s over 200 times more than the amount being cut from the weekly incomes of the country’s poorest families. And it’s not just Working Tax Credit. Many families will already be struggling with the cuts to Housing Benefits, sickness benefits and Educational Maintenance Allowance, along with soaring food prices, fares and utility bills.
The Government of privileged little rich boys are unleashing poverty on millions of families on a scale that is unprecedented in modern history in the UK. They claim to be cutting the debt our children will be forced to pay off, yet they are doing it by taking food from their bellies now. And still the debt rises as austerity pushes us into the longest recession since the 1930s.
David Cameron will never know the stark cold terror of realising you don’t have enough money left to feed the kids. He will never experience the panic of the pre-pay electricity metre plunging your home into darkness unexpectedly. He can’t know what it’s like to be forced to visit foodbanks, or to wander round the supermarket wondering if you dare steal anything just to put food on the table.
Yet for millions of people this is the reality of everyday life and still these toffs want to take more from us. Will they not be happy until our children are begging on the streets for food?
The Government is doing the exact opposite of securing the UK’s future by creating this social time bomb. Millions of children growing up with nothing will enter adulthood feeling they have nothing to lose. Shanty towns could emerge as tens of thousands of people lose their homes over the next two years. Crime will soar and even more pensioners will die alone, unable to keep the heating on. Riots like those seen last Summer could become an annual event.
Working Tax Credit has been a sticking plaster for the shamefully low wages billionaire bosses pay their workers. Housing Benefit is a subsidy to landlords so eager to profit from the decimation of social housing in the UK. Meagre benefits end up in the pockets of Tesco share holders or energy company bosses. The vast bulk of the Welfare State not only subsidises the rich but protects them from being murdered in their beds. The last time social inequality was so out of control Europe was plunged into a state of near revolution. Only nationalist wars could protect the ruling class.
Nationalism isn’t so fashionable these days. David Cameron’s class war may yet come to look more like civil war. The effete little posh boys in Parliament won’t look quite so fucking cocksure when their mansions burn.