Increase gaol (jail) sentences to reflect increased life expectency.

Minimum and maximum sentences for most crimes were set based upon a much shorter life expectency. As a result the percentage of life a criminal spent behind bars for a crime commited now compared to the time spent behind bars when the legislation was created is much shorter.

The impact of this is that gaol sentences are less of a deterent than they were. 

Fo example a person given a 20 year sentence in the past at age 30 may not have expected to get out of gaol. However, a person of equal age given a 20 year sentence now would come out as a fit and kicking 50 year old ( assuming the sentence was actually enforced in full).

I would expect to see all gaol sentences reviewed and the maximum penalty potentially doubled.

Why is this idea important?

Minimum and maximum sentences for most crimes were set based upon a much shorter life expectency. As a result the percentage of life a criminal spent behind bars for a crime commited now compared to the time spent behind bars when the legislation was created is much shorter.

The impact of this is that gaol sentences are less of a deterent than they were. 

Fo example a person given a 20 year sentence in the past at age 30 may not have expected to get out of gaol. However, a person of equal age given a 20 year sentence now would come out as a fit and kicking 50 year old ( assuming the sentence was actually enforced in full).

I would expect to see all gaol sentences reviewed and the maximum penalty potentially doubled.

Means test child benefit

Parents of children are currently entitled to claim both tax credits and child benefit. Tax credits are means tested and based on a number of factors including an allowance based on the number of children cared for. Child benefit is not currently means tested.

The tax credit child allowance should be increased by the value of child beneft and child benefit should be cancelled. 

Why is this idea important?

Parents of children are currently entitled to claim both tax credits and child benefit. Tax credits are means tested and based on a number of factors including an allowance based on the number of children cared for. Child benefit is not currently means tested.

The tax credit child allowance should be increased by the value of child beneft and child benefit should be cancelled.