5 benefit changes the government don’t want you to know about

While the 1% continue to see their wealth grow, the much less well off and those without access to meet MPs for dinner, for a fee, are feeling the pinch. This is not The Big Soceity idea lauded by Cameron and his cronies but something much more insidious and malevolent.

Courtesy of New Statesman:

It used to be that when politicians wanted to bury bad news they’d orchestrate its release to time with a distracting event. Seeing Iain Duncan Smith publicly criticized for wasting at least £140 million of public money over Universal Credit at the start of this month, it struck me how we’ve slowly reached another level. “Unmitigated disaster”? “Alarmingly weak”? These words were used to describe Universal Credit but could easily have been levelled at a number of largely unreported changes to the benefit system. Nowadays, bad news is buried by even worse news. The sheer volume of inefficient and unethical changes to social security this Government has enacted means some of it doesn’t even get noticed. Which, for a set of politicians hacking at vulnerable people’s support systems, is worryingly convenient.

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So, here’s five benefit changes the government doesn’t want you to know about. Continue reading