View Full Version : More Mass Riots in the UK Soon?

11-11-2010, 10:48 AM
Benefit cuts announced for unemployed who refuse jobs

LONDON (AFP) The coalition unveiled plans on Thursday to stop handouts for up to three years to jobless who refuse work, in the biggest shake-up in the history of the welfare state, a day after violent protests rocked London.

The government also plans a "universal credit" instead of the current complex system of separate benefit payments as part of reforms aimed at cutting Britain's huge deficit.

The announcement came a day after university students stormed Conservative Party headquarters during a march against plans to hike tuition fees, in the first sign of public anger against the austerity drive.

"We will make sure work always pays more than being on benefit," Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said as he unveiled the plans before parliament.

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition describes the plans as the most radical since Britain's wide-ranging welfare state was put in place shortly after World War II.

Speaking in South Korea where he is attending the G20 summit, Prime Minister David Cameron said: "It simply has to pay to work. You can't have a situation where if someone gets out of bed and goes and does a hard day's work they end up worse off."

Duncan Smith said the plans would reduce the yearly five-billion-pound (5.8-billion-euro, 8.0-billion-dollar) cost of fraud and error on the welfare bill, which now accounts for roughly a third of government spending.

The government wants to introduce a sliding scale of penalties for those who either decline a job offer, fail to apply for a job they are advised to or do not turn up for mandatory four-week manual labour placements.

The weekly 65-pound unemployment benefit will be stopped for three months for those who violate any of the conditions. That would rise to six months for a second violation and three years for a third....

Critics say the welfare reform plans will target the vulnerable, and that a proposal to cap housing benefit amounts to "social cleansing" that will drive the poor out of Britain's cities.

The Unite trade union warned in a statement that the changes would create "a US-style 'soup kitchen' culture."

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams said on Sunday he had a "lot of worries" about proposals to make long-term claimants of unemployment benefit carry out month-long placements of 30 hours a week doing unpaid tasks like clearing litter. If they are getting a check, they are being paid. We should do that here with our welfare.


The slacker class will be upset with the idea they will not be paid well for doing nothing. And to be expected to 'work' for their slacker check, that is unheard of. How dare they!

11-11-2010, 11:00 AM
Good for them!

11-11-2010, 11:01 AM
Good for them!

Yeah, but coming soon to a "blue" city near you.

11-11-2010, 03:29 PM
boo fucking hoo...poor babies don't want to work and still receive benefits...good for the Brits for telling their people to get off their asses