Tuesday 13 November 2012

I didn't realise that this is what "universal" means...

When IDS first announced the idea of rolling lots of different little benefits into a "Universal Credit" with a "Single Unified Taper", I thought that this sounded like an important first step towards a full Citizen's Income-type welfare system.

Either I've missed something important or somebody didn't read the memo properly, "universal" appears to include everybody except...

Pensioners with savings or other income.

Higher earners esp. those who would become step-parents.

People with large families.

People who work part-time.

People under 21.

People who are under 25 or who can't find work.

People who refuse to work for free.

People who drink or take drugs.

People with disabilities.

Anybody else to whom the computer says no.

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