Benefits and the economy

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.


One response to “Benefits and the economy

  1. God calls on us to look after the weak and poor.
    See Deuteronomy 15 7 “But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them. 8 Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need. 9 Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year for canceling debts is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the Lord, you will be considered guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do. 11 There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.
    Also Galatians 6:10
    2 Samuel 12 So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor. 2 The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. 3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter. 4 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”

    5 David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!


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