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Welfare reform changes

idlewis
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Welfare reform changes

The Welfare Reform changes does not work.  All it will do is that when people are in work, there will be no one will be on public transport, no one in shops etc buying products and services because the government told everyone except for disabled and pensioners to work who is going into the high street between Monday and Friday during the day and everything will be online instead but some disabled and pensioners will not be able to afford and montain a computer as well as how to work it,
There was also a survey recently  that found more people switching to going instore instead of  online.
There is a couple of suggestion
1,  make sure that luxury items are for working people only e.g. cars
2.  Ask wealthy people to share some of the profits to the workforce especially if the business is doing well.
Finally find out why things like energy and food is costing more because everyone will eventually be hit and if the government tackled it  the economy will be a lot better shape.
I know where the government is coming from but this is not the right solution.
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The recent banking crisis caused by the banks' casino speculation while the Gov't looked on "unaware" led to a process called "quantitative easing", i,e, printing money which the Government doesn't possess. It has the impact of devaluing the UK pound sterling. As a consequence imported fuel and food is going to cost more within the UK. The rich people want somewhere to invest their money so their bankers (the Hedge Funds) are speculating on commodities such as fuel and food, this adds more to the cost of living.
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Re: Welfare reform changes

Quote from: idlewis
1,  make sure that luxury items are for working people only e.g. cars

No polite comment springs to mind  Roll eyes
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One of the FIRST questions the dole office asks is "do you have a car", this is so that you can TRAVEL LONG distances to work - since there is no LOCAL work. I know I spent 10 years doing 500miles a week travelling to work - then the stress and cr(p of work got to me and I took redundancy - now I can't get a local job - not even filling shelves! ('cause I HAVE to put on the form my degree and previous salary)  Crazy
There is already a have/have not culture and extending it further will not help. It would make more sense for people in (e.g.) London to give up the cars as they already have a working public transport system, where as if I wanted to to travel to work (previously) I would have had to change buses 5 times and it would take 2 1/2 hours MIN, compared with 1 hr the the car - the joys of living in a semi rural area.  Lips are sealed
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My Daugher has to travel from Lancashire for work in London so this means spending 4 nights in a B&B. Once travel and accommodation is paid for she is working for virtually nothing but chooses to do so to keep within the workforce as it's a little easier to get another job if you already have one.
Seems there is much more work in and around the London area than up North so why can some of these firms not transfer to other parts of the country ? Why must they all be concentrated in and around London ?
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Having spent 6 years working in south London - I DON'T want to go back there. I moved back to Scotland when I got married (nearly 20 years ago now) and then it was costing me £££ to live there in a bedsit. I couldn't afford to live there now - unless I claimed RENT benefit which I don't do now.
idlewis
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Seems there is much more work in and around the London area than up North so why can some of these firms not transfer to other parts of the country ? Why must they all be concentrated in and around London ?
Good Idea and I support that but the coalition government has put in measures to address this like enterprise zones and tax breaks for companies setting up bussinesses outwith London.
The point I am trying to make is that I wish the government incentivise employment rather than forcing people to work. Correct me if I am wrong but a lot people I speak to says I used to stay in a city or town but got a job or get married then move to a rural location where it is more expensive and I think people buy a car before they do so.
As I said before no one will be able to walk into shops/offices to buy products/services because everyone will either be working or cannot afford it.
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No question about it, people are buying a lot less than they ever did.
Most of our food is purchased at Aldi, and other stuff at Primart, T J Hughes and other cheap stores.
Some of the bigger stores around here are virtually deserted and what few people are in them are just browsing rather than buying, no way can any firm no matter how big  afford to pay overheads without selling enough goods to cover these expenses.
Around here we see more & more smaller shops going out of business and nothing taking their place.