Thoughts from an active pensioner who is now somewhat past his Biblical "Use-by date"

"Why just be difficult, when with a little more effort you can be bloody impossible?"

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Housing Benefit

For once, I was pleased with David Cameron's response to criticism.
Today he insisted that the government is going to stick to the introduction of a £400 per week limit on housing benefit, insisting in Parliament that it was not fair for working people to see their taxes used to fund homes “they couldn’t even dream of”.
I think that most people except the left-wingers will agree with this view, and indeed the concept goes back to the days of Parish Relief in the 1700s when the principle was adopted that "No person in this parish when on relief should receive more that the lowest paid working man in the parish".
I think that large numbers of working people, particularly those earning the minimum wage, would agree fully agree with this concept - why should people on benefit get accommodation that a typical working family could not possibly afford?

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