Lets get one thing straight, if something needs doing then it needs paying for. If you value something enough to want it done, then you must pay somebody enough to live on for doing it for you. If you won’t pay a ‘living wage’ then obviously you do not value the task or service enough to actually care if it done or not. Otherwise you are just a feudal serf master seeking a free ride for yourself.
Most people on ‘benefits’ are either retired or ‘in-work’.
That mean that the tax payer (i.e. you and me) are susidising low wages, part time or zero contract jobs that would not allow those doing those ‘jobs’ to survive otherwise.
A lot of people both pay tax and recieve benefits. I pay tax and national insurance but due to superior Scottish social care I get a free bus pass due to my arthritic knees and free prescriptions for the 10+ different pills I am on (which is free to all Scottish residents) which is a ‘universal benefit’ here.
In the UK depending what allowances you look at anything up to 20million ‘families’ get benefits. Of that at leasy 4million are ‘in work’.
Giving rich people new income through tax cuts does not trickle down the wealth. It leads to tax evasion, fraud, 10million pound luxury flats in London.
If you enforce a much higher minimum wage, remove the vastly regressive tax of VAT you will increase disposable income from the bottom up. You will boost the economy by a massive amount and you will cut the welfare bill by paying people enough that they no longer require benefits.
You would need to include rent control into this to avoid the parasitic landlords milking the system as they do now but that is very doable.
Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Social security isn’t just for the unemployed – 4.3 million working families get benefits too. Available at: http://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/2013/05/social-security-isnt-just-unemployed (Accessed: 14 June 2015)
Belam, M. (2014) ‘How many families are “in work” and “on benefits”? You’ll probably be surprised…’, 18 March. Available at: http://ampp3d.mirror.co.uk/2014/03/18/how-many-families-are-in-work-and-on-benefits-youll-probably-be-surprised/ (Accessed: 14 June 2015)
Benefits in Britain: separating the facts from the fiction (2013) Available at: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/apr/06/welfare-britain-facts-myths (Accessed: 14 June 2015)
Rick (2015) Is a £12bn welfare cut achievable? Only with a big pay rise!. Available at: https://flipchartfairytales.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/is-a-12bn-welfare-cut-achievable-only-with-a-big-pay-rise/ (Accessed: 14 June 2015)
> If you work 16 hours or more a week, you may be entitled to **Working Tax Credit**. If you are on a low income you could get some **Housing Benefit** and **Council Tax Reduction**. If you have children, you can claim **Child Benefit** and you may be entitled to **Child Tax Credit**. You may also be entitled to other help such as free prescriptions, help with the costs of a new baby or help with funeral costs.