Moves to impose an annual limit on benefit payments to the unemployed will affect single mothers and ethnic minorities hardest, the Government’s own analysis of the controversial policy has concluded.
And a resounding ‘So what?!’ is hollered back…
The planned cap was announced at last year’s Conservative conference by the Chancellor George Osborne, who argued it could not be right for families on benefit to receive more than the average household income. He argued that the scheme was crucial to get a grip on Britain’s soaring welfare bill, which last year stood at £192bn.However, Liberal Democrat and Labour opponents have vowed to try to defeat it in the Lords next month, while charities warn it will increase levels of poverty. Critics will seize on an impact assessment carried out by the DWP into the policy, which is planned to come into force in 2013.
But, even if this is true….so what? Why shouldn’t it affect ‘women and ethnic minorities’ disproportionally?
It isn’t, after all, targeting them disproportionally because they are women or ethnic minorities, but simply because they are over-represented in the target groups.
And that’s down to behaviour, not skin colour or sex:
The clampdown will have a disproportionate effect on ethnic minorities, it acknowledges, calculating they represent 30 per cent of the estimated 50,000 households whose incomes will be cut. The DWP said they will be heavily affected as Asian families on average have larger households than other ethnic groups.
I’ve nothing against ‘Asian’ families (Chinese? Singaporean? No, we all know what the weasel word ‘Asian’ refers to..) having large households. If that’s what they want, and they can afford them themselves, fine, go right ahead.
I JUST DON’T WANT TO PAY FOR THEM TO DO SO!
Why is this so hard for the progressives to understand?
The department’s research also warned that the cap will make some parts of the country unaffordable for families who depend on housing benefit.
Good! It damned well should do so!
It was always a total nonsense that housing benefit could be used to maintain a lifestyle in a part of the capital that many working taxpayers couldn’t afford.
The Coalition needs to stand firm. This sort of reaction is only to be expected. Brave it now, or rue your cowardice later…