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Benefits Cap plan

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Benefits Cap plan

The Benefits Cap Plan starts new limits today:

£20,000 for couples and families (£23,000 in London).

£13,400 for single people, no klds (£15410 in London).

While this deals with the issue of large families where the parents have no intention of working, I can see it is going to be very tough for many others. Perhaps it will keep rents down longer term, but there will be a lot of evictions until the markets adjust. I suppose the Gov't has to do something to reduce borrowings for its expenditure.

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Re: Benefits Cap plan

£13.4k lucky so-and-sos, don't think I've reached even half that, not even back when I was working!! Crazy2

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Re: Benefits Cap plan

Still not bad though,still needs a huge shake up, thought it was brought in to help in the short term, now seems easily abused. 

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Re: Benefits Cap plan

2cv you've been working the wrong jobs mate.
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Re: Benefits Cap plan

Depends when  was working. £13k pa would have been about the average wage in 1990 for example.

Groan time alert: My first wage packet? £4.2s.6d Smiley 

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Re: Benefits Cap plan

I wish.

My first wage was £3 10s, a bit rubbish considering I received £1 1s for my paper round.

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Re: Benefits Cap plan

£23k in London - I wonder how much you would suggest it should be.

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Re: Benefits Cap plan

God what I could do with £20K!
I am unemployed, my wife works part time, our total income is <£7K/year. Benefits don't qualify for any other than council tax benefit.

Round here £15k is a GOOD wage.
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Re: Benefits Cap plan

In one of my former jobs I was on £19k (before overtime) and the job before that £17.5k but my health completely screwed me over and the lack of assistance to sort it made my life become a very dark and isloated place. Both bosses made life a relentless hell and I was shoved towards the door - disability protection doesn't exist in real world terms.

 

Jobs out there do exist that pay decent money but you have to look at some pretty unpopular jobs to earn it. I won't say what my jobs were but they were jobs that most people would never consider - usually because they have high standards and bank of mum and dad to back them up. I had no family to provide security and so I couldn't be fussy - I went for whatever paid the money that I needed to survive (yet @artmo will claim I think the world owes me one). On one job application I was so desperate for the job (yet had so little going for me compared to other applicants) I pointed out that I could read and write and knew the alphabet - no joke! It must have done something for me cos I got the job (and I only got the idea from a colleague at a previous job messing around putting in a fake application for a casual job lol). I later found out that they had decided to take me before they interviewed me due to a previous job on my CV.

I've also looked at working in a funeral parlour too but due to job security (I kid you not, that was the reply from each one) they have a very low staff turnover and thus no vacancies.

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Re: Benefits Cap plan

Here in Essex our local authority is always advertising for manual workers and the Royal Mail is always looking for posties.