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Whose fault is it that people in the UK have the lowest state pension in the developed world?

Firstly: it isn’t news that the UK pension is the lowest in the developed world. The OECD has been telling us this since at least 2017.

The statistic has come to light again because there is pressure to improve the situation in the 2020 Budget, due to be announced very soon.

It is a forlorn hope.

In case everybody has forgotten, the government has been increasing the pension age over the last few years – and will continue to do so well into the future – because it doesn’t have enough cash to pay everybody currently eligible.

That’s what the WASPI protests have been about – the fact that the government suddenly forced them to wait periods of several years in some cases, putting them severely out-of-pocket.

But here’s the operative question: if all the other countries in the developed world can pay more, why can’t the fifth-largest economy in the whole world?

Doesn’t it indicate that our leaders for the last several decades – going back to… I don’t know… 1979 at least – have squandered our cash on stupid things like tax breaks for people who are obscenely rich, when they should have been investing it in our future?

Doesn’t it indicate that, as a certain billboard campaign puts it, we have been led by donkeys?

The people ultimately responsible were called Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown, Cameron, May and Johnson.

Isn’t it time we laid the blame where it’s due and demanded sensible redress for their stupidity?

Source: UK pensioners receive the lowest state pension in the developed world – Welfare Weekly

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Benefit payments are at their meanest since start of ‘welfare state’ – and Tories plan to make them worse

Less in the pockets of benefit claimants: I have used an image of an elderly person’s hands after a 65-year-old man died while waiting in a Job Centre to discuss his benefit options after being ruled fit for work.

It takes a special kind of psychosis to push people into destitution, despair, sickness and suicide – and pledge to make it worse.

That is the Conservative Party’s plan for people on benefits, after the IPPR think tank revealed that social security payments are at their lowest – and therefore least adequate – since the Labour government of 1945-51 formed the Welfare State.

The IPPR report, according to The Guardian, states that:

The £73 standard weekly allowance for universal credit, the government’s flagship benefit claimed by 2.3 million people, is now equivalent to 12.5% of median earnings. By contrast, when unemployment benefit was introduced in 1948 it was worth 20%.

As a result, millions are being “excluded from mainstream society, with the basic goods and amenities needed to survive let alone thrive increasingly out of their grip”, the study by the IPPR thinktank said.

the IPPR is calling on parties to pump an emergency £8.4bn into the system, which has been made tougher than previous regimes by making debt deductions from payments, increasingly underpaying and applying strict sanctions.

A third of universal credit claimants are in work.

Remember that last point – one-third of Universal Credit claimants are in work.

And what is the Conservative Party planning to do, if returned to government on December 12?

It will make the situation worse.

The Tories plan to actively force people to move onto Universal Credit in the next Parliament, rather than waiting for them to apply.

They will force everybody changing to the new system into a five-week wait for their first payment, meaning many will be forced into serious debt before they have received a single penny.

Some may receive more money in their benefit award – but others are likely to be worse-off.

And families will be hit by the roll-out of the two-child limit on support through means-tested benefits, and the abolition of the ‘family premium’ -extra support that families get for their first child.

The two-child limit has been criticised because any woman with a third may only receive benefits for it if they can show it was the result on non-consensual sex, in accordance with the humiliating so-called ‘rape clause’ that is, in effect, a second violation of a crime victim.

The Conservatives have nothing to say about these tyrannical policies in advance of the election.

This indicates that they have no intention to lift them.

Labour would end them altogether.

Source: UK social security payments ‘at lowest level since launch of welfare state’ | Politics | The Guardian

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Forget AVERAGE incomes! What’s happened to the LOWEST incomes in the UK?

Average incomes in the years up to 2012. Source: ONS.

Average incomes in the years up to 2012. Source: ONS.

Average household incomes have risen by 0.2 per cent since the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats took office in 2010. Well, whoopee do!

That means for every £1,000 you earned then, you get £1,002 now. At long last you can buy that car you always wanted! That luxury holiday you’ve always been putting off; that mansion in the country!

Maybe not.

In fact, we know that average incomes are skewed by the disproportionately high earnings of the mega-rich, while the poorest in the country are losing more and more every day.

A far more indicative figure would be the change in the lowest incomes in the UK over the last five years – but you won’t see Cameron crowing over that!

Didn’t he once say the measure of a government was how it treated the least privileged people in society?

It’s amazing how they forget these comments when they’re asked to explain their record.

If anyone can provide figures showing the trend in the lowest UK incomes, please get in touch.

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