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woodbine
woodbine Community member Posts: 12,109 Disability Gamechanger
Now we have had time to digest the cost of living help proposed yesterday by the chancellor, I have to say that whilst I am not a Tory I have to give credit where credits due. He has given some help to all, but more help to those who most need it, and non of his actions will further fuel inflation or the national debt (to a great degree).
I read an article written by John McDonell who would have been chancellor under a Corbyn govt. and his "ideas" were pie in the sky.

We can only hope now that inflation will peak this year and start to fall next year. We can only hope that interest rates don't have to rise to much, bringing with them a recession and higher unemployment. But all that is for another day, another week and another month.

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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    I agree in principle but when you look at uc for example when they had the uplift this was worth approx 1k this was then taken away and I get it was to help with covid 

    Now the uplift was taken away and the support of ,,£650 to be given this still makes those on uc worse off than they were during the pandemic and now the cost of living increase on top .

    I know there is the other support as well which will just about make it on par with the uplift

    Though any support is welcome don't get me wrong and pleased that all means tested benefits are eligible this time and extra for disabled 

    It is more than I certainly anticipated 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    woodbine said:
    I read an article written by John McDonell who would have been chancellor under a Corbyn govt. and his "ideas" were pie in the sky.
    Would be helpful if you provided a link so that others could form their own opinion about that.

    One aspect of the new proposals which I do find irritating is that they shown that support can be delivered through DWP which means that making the local authorities responsible for delivering the earlier £150 was an unnecessary administrative burden on local authorities.
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,109 Disability Gamechanger
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    It was something he wrote on his own facebook page, it's out there for all of those who want to read it to find, I'm not a massive fan of providing links, however some of what he did say

    Despite all the hype, Sunak’s package won’t be enough to meet people’s needs & I predict we’ll be back here again. He should have announced immediate inflation proofing of benefits, pensions & wages, restore £20 UC cut, & bring in energy, rent and basic food price controls.

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    woodbine said:.He should have announced immediate inflation proofing of benefits, pensions & wages, restore £20 UC cut, 
    On that, although it is a sort of dog ate homework excuse, I am inclined to believe Sunak when he says that the legacy DWP systems can't cope with a general uplift. Making additional one off payments may well be simpler to do and we certainly wouldn't want a repeat of uplifts for UC claimants only.

    (For the avoidance of doubt for others
    I think the second paragraph of woodbine's previous post is quoting John McDonnell rather than expressing woodbine's opinion.)
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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,109 Disability Gamechanger
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    I belong to a group on facebook where a number of members won't be getting the £400 energy grants, it's caused uproar 

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  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    I know an eighty year old pensioner who will get the extra winter fuel payment of £300 plus the three hundred he already gets and the £400 discount, so not bad considering he can’t get pension credit. He does have his heating on most of the year though to be honest. 

    I think overall the package was good and far more generous than I’d expected. 

    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
    ― Dalai Lama XIV

  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Interesting analysis here
    https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/publications/back-on-target/
    and
    https://ifs.org.uk/publications/16066

    Interesting to note too warnings that the increase in means tested benefits next April will exclude many unless the benefit cap is raised (it hasn’t changed since 2016).
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  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    @calcotti Do you know why the state pension is classed as a benefit when actually you need to pay in to the system for so many years in order to get it? Probably a silly question but I thought I’d ask.

    “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness.” 
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    The same could be asked of contribution based ESA and JSA. (I don’t have an answer.)
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