Benefits Proposal

1. The maximum amount of benefit should never exceed 55% percent the average National salary which is currently approx 26K (pre tax) apart from incapacity benefit which would be a top up (means tested ) and child benefit but this would be capped.

2. Child benefit should not all be cash but should include vouchers for School clothes and School dinners.

3. People should be able work for up to 20 hours per week to top up their benefit without fear of losing it completely , which would not only add money and tax into the economy but would also help in training people and getting them off benefit completely.

4. People should be offered subisded public transport to assist them when working or looking for work.

5. Benefits should be dreased over a period of time at intervals so the incentive is to contine working.

6. Housing benefit should also only be for a period of time and then it's incorpated in to the main benefits so people don't just assume their given right for free housing for the rest of their lives.

7. People moving from 20 hours per week to full time employment would get a lump sum …to help with the transition of coming off benefits. They would still recieve subsided public transport for a given time.

8. People on benefits not actively looking for jobs, going for interivews and not taking jobs without a good reason would have benefits penalised for a period of time.

9. Child Benefit should only cover the first 3 children up to the age of 13. Any more kids thereafter should be the parents responsibilty.

10. Immigrants should only be entitled to the basic benefit and not as much as fully fledged citizens but ideally I would like us to follow our European neighbours whereby you can't claim them for 6 months. In Return ,they should be given temporary NI Cards and allowed to work until their application is processed.

Why is this idea important?

1. The maximum amount of benefit should never exceed 55% percent the average National salary which is currently approx 26K (pre tax) apart from incapacity benefit which would be a top up (means tested ) and child benefit but this would be capped.

2. Child benefit should not all be cash but should include vouchers for School clothes and School dinners.

3. People should be able work for up to 20 hours per week to top up their benefit without fear of losing it completely , which would not only add money and tax into the economy but would also help in training people and getting them off benefit completely.

4. People should be offered subisded public transport to assist them when working or looking for work.

5. Benefits should be dreased over a period of time at intervals so the incentive is to contine working.

6. Housing benefit should also only be for a period of time and then it's incorpated in to the main benefits so people don't just assume their given right for free housing for the rest of their lives.

7. People moving from 20 hours per week to full time employment would get a lump sum …to help with the transition of coming off benefits. They would still recieve subsided public transport for a given time.

8. People on benefits not actively looking for jobs, going for interivews and not taking jobs without a good reason would have benefits penalised for a period of time.

9. Child Benefit should only cover the first 3 children up to the age of 13. Any more kids thereafter should be the parents responsibilty.

10. Immigrants should only be entitled to the basic benefit and not as much as fully fledged citizens but ideally I would like us to follow our European neighbours whereby you can't claim them for 6 months. In Return ,they should be given temporary NI Cards and allowed to work until their application is processed.

Benefits

Lets have one form for claiming all benefits and employ a system whereby the person assessing the form can action any benefits the applicant can claim.

Lets also have forms available at the post office, as well as online, by phone and by post – stop discriminating. How awful it must be for the elderly with everything computerised!

Lets have a human on the end of the line, who is able to converse on a reasonable human level.

Lets have a simple complaints proceedure e.g we can write a letter or email to complain to a central body.

Lets really move forward and treat the less fortunate as human beings with the same if not greater problems, fustrations and emotions as the rest of us. If we insist on treating people in such an inhumane way, then how can we expect a decent, respectful society to develop. Lets help lift not dump.

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Lets have one form for claiming all benefits and employ a system whereby the person assessing the form can action any benefits the applicant can claim.

Lets also have forms available at the post office, as well as online, by phone and by post – stop discriminating. How awful it must be for the elderly with everything computerised!

Lets have a human on the end of the line, who is able to converse on a reasonable human level.

Lets have a simple complaints proceedure e.g we can write a letter or email to complain to a central body.

Lets really move forward and treat the less fortunate as human beings with the same if not greater problems, fustrations and emotions as the rest of us. If we insist on treating people in such an inhumane way, then how can we expect a decent, respectful society to develop. Lets help lift not dump.

 

 

 

Reforming the Benefits system

Britain is over burderened with too many people, claiming the wrong type of benefits, the reason for this is that Job centre workers, are not properly trained and just hand out what they feel is applicable, we need each job centre worker, to take on specific cases and see those through to completion, as some one who has had to recently claimed benefits, it is so frustrating to have to repeat yourself over and over again to different people, having to produce the same evidence to so many different people and departments, and never speaking to the same person twice.

it is not always the fault of people that they are unemployed or disabled, but there are those elements in society that abuse the system, and are allowed to do so, because of the shambolic mess the job centres are in, staff do not know individual claimants, and tend to lump every one in the same category, which at times can be extremely insulting and quite soul destroying.

why is it that people can continue to churn out children and expect the state to keep paying for them, my idea is, that after two children there will be no more child allowance and no extra benefits of any kind, people need to take responsibility for there own off spring.

further more, those teenagers that have never worked, and get themselves pregnant as a way of staying out of work, should not be given any benefits of any kind as they have not contributed to the system. I know this is hard line, but I am sick of walking round town and seeing 15-18 year old girls wheeling their kids around in brand new prams/buggies that ordinary hardworking families cannot afford.

On the matter of disability benefits, the person should be dealt with by one caseworker, who they get to know and gets to know them and their individual problems this way I feel is the best way of weeding out false claimants, and its just common sense.

I do not believe that any one who is entering in to this country should be automatically entitled to benefits, and NHS system. A two year qualifying period, where by the person pays tax continuously should be applied be fore any access to benefits should be given, this is not a raciest view, but pure common sense, when at the moment, anyone granted the right to live in this country can then bring in relatives for treatment, and even claim child benefit for children residing in their own country.

 

Why is this idea important?

Britain is over burderened with too many people, claiming the wrong type of benefits, the reason for this is that Job centre workers, are not properly trained and just hand out what they feel is applicable, we need each job centre worker, to take on specific cases and see those through to completion, as some one who has had to recently claimed benefits, it is so frustrating to have to repeat yourself over and over again to different people, having to produce the same evidence to so many different people and departments, and never speaking to the same person twice.

it is not always the fault of people that they are unemployed or disabled, but there are those elements in society that abuse the system, and are allowed to do so, because of the shambolic mess the job centres are in, staff do not know individual claimants, and tend to lump every one in the same category, which at times can be extremely insulting and quite soul destroying.

why is it that people can continue to churn out children and expect the state to keep paying for them, my idea is, that after two children there will be no more child allowance and no extra benefits of any kind, people need to take responsibility for there own off spring.

further more, those teenagers that have never worked, and get themselves pregnant as a way of staying out of work, should not be given any benefits of any kind as they have not contributed to the system. I know this is hard line, but I am sick of walking round town and seeing 15-18 year old girls wheeling their kids around in brand new prams/buggies that ordinary hardworking families cannot afford.

On the matter of disability benefits, the person should be dealt with by one caseworker, who they get to know and gets to know them and their individual problems this way I feel is the best way of weeding out false claimants, and its just common sense.

I do not believe that any one who is entering in to this country should be automatically entitled to benefits, and NHS system. A two year qualifying period, where by the person pays tax continuously should be applied be fore any access to benefits should be given, this is not a raciest view, but pure common sense, when at the moment, anyone granted the right to live in this country can then bring in relatives for treatment, and even claim child benefit for children residing in their own country.

 

Simplify Means Tested Benefit System

There are currentky four mainstream central governmemt benefits that are means tested Income Support, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, and Pension Credit Savings and Guaratee..

These create a mass of contradictions and complex better or worse of calculations for the same claiment.

  • For example some one who is 60 who possess capital of £16001 can claim means tested Pension Credit guaratee but will be refused paymentof  Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance.  
  • Some one who is long term sick and receives Statutary Sick Pay finds when this ends their income drops to £65.45/week.
  • Some who receives the lowest rate of Disability living allowance will receive an extra £27.50/week if single and £39.15 on Inco,e Based Jobseekers allowance or Incom,e Suppoprt than they would when they claimed Income Related Employment Support Allowance.
  • A couple both on Disability Living Allowance middle rate care could receive an additional £105.70/week via the severe disability premium. If they also claim carers allowance for each other because they care for each other 35 hoursa a week they can receive an additional £59/week  via the carers premium if they have an underlying entitlement to carers allowance. If they actually receive carers allowance not only is it taken into account as income for means tested benefits but it will lead to them being worse off as they could lose the £105.70/week SDP premium.
  • A claiment who is long term sick and works and has no other income or savings will receive £65.45 contribution based Employment Support Allowance and will have to pay all their health related expenses.. Someone who has not worled and simlarly has no income or savings will receive £65.45 income related Employment Support Allowance and will not pay health costs.
  • The Severe Disability Addition itself is paid to someone who lives alone but receives help from visiting relatives, but is removed if a none dependent moves in if they care for them or not, and if they work the none dependent cannot claim carers allowance.

 

These are a few examles of a means tested benefit system that was designed with the best intention but lets all down. It costs more to administer fotr tax payers. It befuddles the most desperate in society and they lose out. It results in a lottery of entitlement rather than a fare sysytem.

The system is in desperate need of review both in the number of benefits and the premiums themselves.

There should be one means tested benefit for carers, pensioners, sick and out of work.

Conditionality of any group can be placed to the inevitable premiums as has already been done with carers who claim Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance.

Why is this idea important?

There are currentky four mainstream central governmemt benefits that are means tested Income Support, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, and Pension Credit Savings and Guaratee..

These create a mass of contradictions and complex better or worse of calculations for the same claiment.

  • For example some one who is 60 who possess capital of £16001 can claim means tested Pension Credit guaratee but will be refused paymentof  Income Based Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance.  
  • Some one who is long term sick and receives Statutary Sick Pay finds when this ends their income drops to £65.45/week.
  • Some who receives the lowest rate of Disability living allowance will receive an extra £27.50/week if single and £39.15 on Inco,e Based Jobseekers allowance or Incom,e Suppoprt than they would when they claimed Income Related Employment Support Allowance.
  • A couple both on Disability Living Allowance middle rate care could receive an additional £105.70/week via the severe disability premium. If they also claim carers allowance for each other because they care for each other 35 hoursa a week they can receive an additional £59/week  via the carers premium if they have an underlying entitlement to carers allowance. If they actually receive carers allowance not only is it taken into account as income for means tested benefits but it will lead to them being worse off as they could lose the £105.70/week SDP premium.
  • A claiment who is long term sick and works and has no other income or savings will receive £65.45 contribution based Employment Support Allowance and will have to pay all their health related expenses.. Someone who has not worled and simlarly has no income or savings will receive £65.45 income related Employment Support Allowance and will not pay health costs.
  • The Severe Disability Addition itself is paid to someone who lives alone but receives help from visiting relatives, but is removed if a none dependent moves in if they care for them or not, and if they work the none dependent cannot claim carers allowance.

 

These are a few examles of a means tested benefit system that was designed with the best intention but lets all down. It costs more to administer fotr tax payers. It befuddles the most desperate in society and they lose out. It results in a lottery of entitlement rather than a fare sysytem.

The system is in desperate need of review both in the number of benefits and the premiums themselves.

There should be one means tested benefit for carers, pensioners, sick and out of work.

Conditionality of any group can be placed to the inevitable premiums as has already been done with carers who claim Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance.

Replace Job Seekers Allowance from cash to voucher system

Instead of paying the unemployed a job seekers allowance cash payment of £50 or £60 a week, we should operate a voucher system or moving forward a card instead.  This could be made up along the following lines:-

Vouchers/credits for a local supermarket

Vouchers/credits for a mobile phone provider

Vouchers/credits to spend in local shops.

Vouchers/credits for transport purposes

A small cash amount each week.

Supermarkets could compete for the right to sell vouchers to the Government at reduced rates; the saving could be passed on to the unemployed by increasing the amount of vouchers provided.

Vouchers should prohibit or at least limit the purchase of alcohol and tobacco.

Why is this idea important?

Instead of paying the unemployed a job seekers allowance cash payment of £50 or £60 a week, we should operate a voucher system or moving forward a card instead.  This could be made up along the following lines:-

Vouchers/credits for a local supermarket

Vouchers/credits for a mobile phone provider

Vouchers/credits to spend in local shops.

Vouchers/credits for transport purposes

A small cash amount each week.

Supermarkets could compete for the right to sell vouchers to the Government at reduced rates; the saving could be passed on to the unemployed by increasing the amount of vouchers provided.

Vouchers should prohibit or at least limit the purchase of alcohol and tobacco.

Social Housing and Benefits

Social Housing and Benefits should be for UK Citizens ONLY, Not for Asylum seekers, not for refugees granted asylum in the UK and certainly not for citizens of other EU nations.

This needs to be enforced on any new application and any of the above who are already on benefits should be given three months to find alternative accommodation and/or income. Evict them if necessary.

Why is this idea important?

Social Housing and Benefits should be for UK Citizens ONLY, Not for Asylum seekers, not for refugees granted asylum in the UK and certainly not for citizens of other EU nations.

This needs to be enforced on any new application and any of the above who are already on benefits should be given three months to find alternative accommodation and/or income. Evict them if necessary.

Benefits shouldn’t be a LifeStyle Choice

There are currently about 50 different types of benefits people can claim. The current system is so flawed and open to abuse that the people who really need it , don't get enough and the people who don't , play the system and get more.

In alot of cases, The average family living on benefits has more disposable per month than the average working person. They also get housing, no council tax and all the other goodies thrown in.

My proposal :

1 – There should be a cap on the maximum amount any person can claim.

2 – Anyone claiming benefit must do x number of hours per week community work to get the entitlement. Alternatively , they can attend apprentership classes in order to claim it. No turn up…no money.

3 – When going for interviews , use Feedback from potential employers to see whether the applicant was genuine in trying to get a job or being rude so they don't get the job and stay on benefits. This can help determine whether their benefit should be cut.

4 – Having more kids shouldn't be a god given right for a bigger house and more money. If you can't afford kids, then don't have them. Why should the tax payer always pick up your bill !.

5 –  Child Benefit should either be for the first 2 kids only or only up until the age of 13.

6 – We should create zones because Job Seekers allowance would be more needed in areas where there is genuinely no work and more help should be given to the people here to find jobs. People in bad zones whereby there is no jobs, should get the help more than those in areas where the jobs are there, but people just wont do them.

7, In good zones – Job seekers allowance should be cut after a period of time extending to nothing at all if the applicant is blatantly not looking for work. 

8 – I was pleased to see the tax threashold go up but I think it needs to be more like 12K tax free or people just won't come off benefits.

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

There are currently about 50 different types of benefits people can claim. The current system is so flawed and open to abuse that the people who really need it , don't get enough and the people who don't , play the system and get more.

In alot of cases, The average family living on benefits has more disposable per month than the average working person. They also get housing, no council tax and all the other goodies thrown in.

My proposal :

1 – There should be a cap on the maximum amount any person can claim.

2 – Anyone claiming benefit must do x number of hours per week community work to get the entitlement. Alternatively , they can attend apprentership classes in order to claim it. No turn up…no money.

3 – When going for interviews , use Feedback from potential employers to see whether the applicant was genuine in trying to get a job or being rude so they don't get the job and stay on benefits. This can help determine whether their benefit should be cut.

4 – Having more kids shouldn't be a god given right for a bigger house and more money. If you can't afford kids, then don't have them. Why should the tax payer always pick up your bill !.

5 –  Child Benefit should either be for the first 2 kids only or only up until the age of 13.

6 – We should create zones because Job Seekers allowance would be more needed in areas where there is genuinely no work and more help should be given to the people here to find jobs. People in bad zones whereby there is no jobs, should get the help more than those in areas where the jobs are there, but people just wont do them.

7, In good zones – Job seekers allowance should be cut after a period of time extending to nothing at all if the applicant is blatantly not looking for work. 

8 – I was pleased to see the tax threashold go up but I think it needs to be more like 12K tax free or people just won't come off benefits.

 

 

 

Stiffer Sentences for Benefit Fraud

Commit benefit fraud and you will go to Prision and you will lose benefits to help pay for it back.

Time and time again we read in the press about people commiting this in quite large amounts only to get a let off with a suspended prision sentence or community service and then not lose their all their benefits to pay for it.

Whilst they may have a nominal amount cut to pay it back, it's normally so low that it doesn't even make dent in their vast weekly claims anyway so the money is never recovered.

The signal currently being sent out , is that Fraud pays. Do it on a large enough scale and the punishment is  well worth the crime.. !!!..

I would like to see :

1 -A much higher proportion of benefit cut to recover the money.

2 – Custodial sentences for larger amounts of fraud.

3 – People claiming asylum who commit doing benefit fraud to be automatically deported and lose their right to claim. 

 

Why is this idea important?

Commit benefit fraud and you will go to Prision and you will lose benefits to help pay for it back.

Time and time again we read in the press about people commiting this in quite large amounts only to get a let off with a suspended prision sentence or community service and then not lose their all their benefits to pay for it.

Whilst they may have a nominal amount cut to pay it back, it's normally so low that it doesn't even make dent in their vast weekly claims anyway so the money is never recovered.

The signal currently being sent out , is that Fraud pays. Do it on a large enough scale and the punishment is  well worth the crime.. !!!..

I would like to see :

1 -A much higher proportion of benefit cut to recover the money.

2 – Custodial sentences for larger amounts of fraud.

3 – People claiming asylum who commit doing benefit fraud to be automatically deported and lose their right to claim. 

 

Right to Benefits

I think if you migrate to the UK from outside the EU for any reason (including asylum), then you should not be able to claim any sort of government benefit (including the use of NHS and council housing) for a minimum of 5 years.  To claim benefits after this period, a check on how much National Insurance has been paid should be completed.  I also believe a full health check, with a government appointed doctor, should be completed as part of the criteria to migrate to the UK.

Why is this idea important?

I think if you migrate to the UK from outside the EU for any reason (including asylum), then you should not be able to claim any sort of government benefit (including the use of NHS and council housing) for a minimum of 5 years.  To claim benefits after this period, a check on how much National Insurance has been paid should be completed.  I also believe a full health check, with a government appointed doctor, should be completed as part of the criteria to migrate to the UK.

Benefits paid out abroad

Stop allowing benefits to be paid to people that are not even living in this country.

Example:

"This week, ministers admitted that more than £1million a month in child benefit is going to the families of youngsters who live in the former Soviet bloc countries. It was the first time that Labour has acknowledged that the money – funded by British taxpayers – is being paid abroad. The revelation triggered a political controversy over the fact that the Government is paying for the upbringing of children who do not live in Britain and who may never even have set foot in the country. It also underlines how our generous benefits system acts as a powerful draw for migrant workers. Moreover, this largesse is open to widespread abuse. The Trajkowski family qualify for child benefit because their father works in London as a builder and pays his taxes. Like all migrants from the eight East European countries which joined the EU in 2004, he won the right to claim state benefits after working here for a year."

Complete article can be found – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-483225/1m-child-benefit-paid-month–mothers-Poland.html

Why is this idea important?

Stop allowing benefits to be paid to people that are not even living in this country.

Example:

"This week, ministers admitted that more than £1million a month in child benefit is going to the families of youngsters who live in the former Soviet bloc countries. It was the first time that Labour has acknowledged that the money – funded by British taxpayers – is being paid abroad. The revelation triggered a political controversy over the fact that the Government is paying for the upbringing of children who do not live in Britain and who may never even have set foot in the country. It also underlines how our generous benefits system acts as a powerful draw for migrant workers. Moreover, this largesse is open to widespread abuse. The Trajkowski family qualify for child benefit because their father works in London as a builder and pays his taxes. Like all migrants from the eight East European countries which joined the EU in 2004, he won the right to claim state benefits after working here for a year."

Complete article can be found – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-483225/1m-child-benefit-paid-month–mothers-Poland.html