Reform of Benefit Payments, the National Minimum Wage and Unemployment statistics

I believe that there should be a reform of both the system of benefits in this country, in line with a reform of the national minimum wage. If minimum wage had increased at the same level as the average cost of living, it would be much higher than the current rate of £5.80 per hour. This could decrease the number of people who were relying on benefits as the incentive to take a job, even a job at the minimum wage, would reap better rewards.

The amount of money paid as benefits should be decreased. A serious review should be conducted into the cost of living for families. This should include basic costings such as the price of food, rent, bills and clothing per person – specific to each area. This is the amount that the Job Seeker's Allowance should be based on. People should live on the breadline and consider the consequences of spending every penny. This would encourage people to search for jobs, in order to live more comfortably.

Disability living allowance should be more tightly regulated and the conditions for payment should be reformed (and if nothing else should no longer include blisters, indigestion, warts, coughs and sore throats). I am not heartless and understand the necessity of these benefits for people who genuinely can't work and appreciate that those who are truly needy should receive this help but it is currently too easy to abuse.

Why is this idea important?

I believe that there should be a reform of both the system of benefits in this country, in line with a reform of the national minimum wage. If minimum wage had increased at the same level as the average cost of living, it would be much higher than the current rate of £5.80 per hour. This could decrease the number of people who were relying on benefits as the incentive to take a job, even a job at the minimum wage, would reap better rewards.

The amount of money paid as benefits should be decreased. A serious review should be conducted into the cost of living for families. This should include basic costings such as the price of food, rent, bills and clothing per person – specific to each area. This is the amount that the Job Seeker's Allowance should be based on. People should live on the breadline and consider the consequences of spending every penny. This would encourage people to search for jobs, in order to live more comfortably.

Disability living allowance should be more tightly regulated and the conditions for payment should be reformed (and if nothing else should no longer include blisters, indigestion, warts, coughs and sore throats). I am not heartless and understand the necessity of these benefits for people who genuinely can't work and appreciate that those who are truly needy should receive this help but it is currently too easy to abuse.