Benefits and the economy
There has been a lot of media and news coverage of the benefit changes in the UK lately, new rules and limits start today.
But moving away from the idea of scroungers and workshy, and releasing that most families who receive benefits are in work of some sort we should ask the question why are they needing state support?
I wonder how much the state would save if it made the minimum wage was enough for a family to live on. When I was young families could manage on the wage of one earner now even with two working a lot of them can’t. Why?
Is it because prices have outstripped wages?
Is it because to much is taken in tax?
Is it because wages have been kept low by business who let the government make up the difference so making more profit for themselves at the cost of tax payers?
Maybe instead of just looking at how benefits work the government should also look at wages at the low end and the cost of running a home, i.e. heating, water, food etc. What people need to the basics to be affordable rather than cheep holidays and electronics which a lot of people can’t afford anyway.