Monday, 29 August 2011

Council tax benefit cuts could lead to civil disobedience



The number of long-term unemployed has more than doubled since the financial crisis struck in 2008, leaving tens of thousands of people with little chance of ever working again, according to the Institute of Public Policy Research.

The recession and the legacy of both New Labour and this current administration, has left almost 100,000 who may have experienced and seen the last of work in their lifetimes as estimates now suggest that a quarter of them may never work again. 

As someone in his late 50s I can vouch to the intransigent difficulties impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason and the complete hopelessness of being able to win a position of wage slavery employment. In fact, you want the truth I gave up looking seriously some years ago, but don’t breath a word to Iain Duncan Smith, ( often referred to by his initials “IDS”) or else I will get a sanction, his favourite deterrent and potential weapon of mass destruction as indeed many can now testify to.

It’s no joking matter being my age, and lets get this right workless not workshy, and on top of that the good news is we will be working longer now that we are said to live longer - eh is it?” 

Well scratch your head if you like, but these times are hard for a great many young and older workers alike. Nothing can be anymore depressing than to think that long-term unemployment has increased with an avenging aversion as if to punish the young as the long-term unemployment amongst this group has increased trebling to 95,000 since 2008. Worst still is that research from previous recessions which suggests that members of the young generation are likely to earn less than their peers when they do find work, and more likely than not to experience further unemployment in later life. 

For those of us who are out of work, life is no walk in the park where the pigeons may feed better; the rising cost of living means that all households were £11 a week worse off last month as rising transport and food costs continue to put spending power under pressure, not that on £67.50 a week you have much spending power, but you know what I mean.

As an unemployed person you can’t help but feel as if you're being picked upon by the government with their horrendous welfare reforms, and lets just remember that New Labour started all this. 

In the last few days the government have been letting it suitably but genitally slip-out that  jobless people like me without children could be forced to pay full council tax under new government plans now being considered. 

The Housing Minister Grant Shapps told the BBC: "We want to take people out of being trapped out of work and get them into work and off benefit."  

And so with this meaningless rhetoric, the excessive use of verbal ornamentation to split and divide people, and with of course a helping hand from our beloved media mafia, the government set-out to victimise and persecute the unemployed and those on benefits, and remember they are unemployed through no fault of their own. 

These changes being proposed to council tax benefit is part of the governments austerity drive to save or rather remove £500 million from the £5bn council tax bill. As of yet the proposals are very vague with no meat on the bones, but there is no question if it were to be implemented and along with the already agreed housing benefit cut of 10% that comes into force in 2013, this would surely, definitely and positively set-off such an Ocean Tsunami of hardship and poverty with homelessness and poverty reaching new heights, that I would say at an educated guess people would erupt like never before, civil disobedience could become uncontrollable as the politics of the establishment were made to feel the wrath and intense anger of the people. What would the government do then - build more prisons; when the working class move no walls will hold us back.           

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