The Tories and Labour are both HOPELESS on benefit reform.

The Tories and Labour are both HOPELESS on benefit reform

The Tories and Labour are both hopeless on benefit reform, with one party making ridiculous promises and the other focusing on the wrong cause for criticism.

The Tories reckon they’ll spend £730 million on ‘talking therapies’ like counselling, in order to put an extra half a million people back into work. They say this will save the economy £12 billion on benefits ever year.

There are two problems with this.

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The first is financial; the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said delivering an extra £12bn of savings from the measures “looks difficult to the extreme”. IFS associate director Tom Walters said: “History suggests that reductions in spending are often much harder to realise than is claimed.”

So it’s unlikely that the predicted saving will be achieved.

Labour has chimed in on this point, saying Tory leader Rishi Sunak was trying to “disguise the fact that he has caused a spiralling benefits bill”.

But this is the wrong way of looking at it.

The fundamental issue is the fact that mental illness has multiplied by 33 per cent since the Covid-19 pandemic hit.

The solution is to identify the cause(s) of this proliferation and eliminate them from people’s lives.

But neither the Tories nor Keir Starmer’s Labour are interested in that: it would require too much effort.

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One Comment

  1. Stu June 9, 2024 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) derives from Systematic Desensitisation Therapy used for Phobias and has made some Americans very wealthy in the UK.

    Problem being that the assumption is that your problems are “all in your imagination” and as such can be “Talked Over” then simply vanish.
    That’s not how Mental Ilnesses work but it IS how Right-Wing Zealots think they work (the person is just lazy and is just thinking of excuses not to work) and that’s good enough for them.
    I personally have had to deal with “victims” of CBT performed by cheap amateurs who harmed their patients by the sheer attacking and judgemental nature of the treatment, the biggest part being a “box ticking” exercise.

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