Coronavirus is concentrating discontent with the benefit system – but does that include sickness and disability?

It seems the knives are out for Universal Credit.

But while academics think in terms of justice for all, Tories don’t.

Even if they accept changes to their flagship benefit, how likely is it that they will allow an end to their favourite pastime – torturing people with long-term illnesses and disabilities?

As for bringing in a UBI – Universal Basic Income that will mean nobody goes without food, clothes or a home… The Tories are sure to tell us: go whistle.

Or am I reading them wrong?

Radical changes to the welfare system are historically associated with major crises and events such as wars, civil unrest, famines or epidemics. There is no reason that it will this time be any different, says a new paper from Dr Stephen Davies, Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs.

Redefining the State of Welfare argues it is very probable that Coronavirus will bring to a head discontent with the existing system that has been growing for some time and will lay bare its weaknesses, particularly that of its central element: Universal Credit.

Source: ‘Very unlikely’ Universal Credit will survive the Covid-19 pandemic – Welfare Weekly

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1 thought on “Coronavirus is concentrating discontent with the benefit system – but does that include sickness and disability?

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    UC is only a stick to beat the peasants with
    How many billions has been wasted on rtu
    IDs scheme to bring the peasants under the yoke
    How many last time and that a good while ago
    Was 28 billion eye watering it’s got to be between
    28 to 34 billion by now how these crooks have
    Wasted tax payers monies when it would have been cheaper just to stay on the old system
    Yet they new from the start their scheme was
    Culling the stock through benefits denial on it rolls
    Action t4

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