Tag Archives: benefits uprating bill

Opinion: what living on benefits really means

Rachel writes:

Every time I hear the phrase “a life on benefits”, it’s like a slap in the face to my brother, who lives in my spare room while looking for a job. He’s not lazy or a scrounger, he just can’t find a job. As Sarah Teather said two weeks ago

the term “scroungers” has become so pervasive in social consciousness that even those on benefits do not attempt to debunk the entire category, only to excuse themselves from the label.

I asked my brother if he was willing to share what his life on benefits was like:

Jonny writes:

Posted in Op-eds | 91 Comments

Benefits Uprating Bill: Andrew George and Charles Kennedy’s arguments AGAINST

The Government last night won the vote for its Benefits Uprating Bill, with the third and final reading passed by 305 votes to 246. A fortnight ago, six Lib Dem MPs voted against or abstained from the Coalition line that benefits rises should be capped at the same rate as public sector pay (a below inflation 1% pa) for each of the next three years.

Andrew George, Charles Kennedy and other Lib Dems sought to move an amendment to the Bill, linking future welfare increases to the rise in average earnings. However, time expired before it was put …

Posted in Parliament | Also tagged , and | 1 Comment

++ Government wins vote on Benefits Uprating Bill; 6 Lib Dem MPs rebel

There were no serious doubts the Coalition Government’s Benefits Uprating Bill — pegging increases in welfare payments at a below-inflation 1%, the same as public sector wage rises, for the next three years — would be approved. The only question was the size of majority and how many Lib Dems would rebel (I’ve been keeping a running tally here this afternoon).

There were two votes tonight. First, a Labour amendment to the Bill, defeated by 321 votes to 262, a government majority of 59. Then a vote on the unamended second reading, which the government won by 324 votes to …

Posted in News | Also tagged , , , , , , and | 104 Comments

Recent Comments

  • User AvatarGeorge Kendall 25th Nov - 11:48pm
    @expats You may not believe it, but it was my throat, and I was there. You may not believe Miffed 'Red Tory', but (s)he knows,...
  • User Avatarmalc 25th Nov - 11:35pm
    I also agree with Willie. Lets hope this very worthy rally is well supported and gets the media coverage it deserves.
  • User Avatarnigel hunter 25th Nov - 11:34pm
    Islam is a religion like all others, non perfect, that also counts for agnostics and atheist who believe in their thoughts. Islamists terrorists are still...
  • User Avatarnigel hunter 25th Nov - 11:16pm
    It s true we are entering a WW1 scenario, a war, followed by a carve up that has partly led to the present mess.. Yes...
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 25th Nov - 10:55pm
    SJ: If you cannot belong to a party because of the religious beliefs of the leader, you are not a Liberal. You cannot be sure...
  • User AvatarGlenn 25th Nov - 10:38pm
    Ddie, I understand your point, but I'd argue that pragmatism actually suggests not blundering deeper into a mess that has actively worsened the situation in...