Reduce the cost of Benefits and Benefit Fraud

The essential point of benefits is to give the needy the means to eat, keep a roof over their heads, and pay essential bills. Many hard working people are resentful of the amount that inevitably gets spent on smoking, drinking, Sky TV,  etcetera.

With technologies available today, it would not be difficult to issue claimants with a card similar to a Bank card. Money gets credited to the Card directly from the Government. With the co-operation of the supermarkets and utilities, it would not be difficult to ensure that only appropriate items can be bought using the card that would fulfil the role of the welfare state from an 'approved basket'.

If people want the ability to spend money on less essential products like the 12-pack of Special Brew or a full Sky package, then they will need to earn some money to get it. It would also be possible to encourage healthy eating and discourage foods that have contributed to the obesity issue.

 

Why is this idea important?

The essential point of benefits is to give the needy the means to eat, keep a roof over their heads, and pay essential bills. Many hard working people are resentful of the amount that inevitably gets spent on smoking, drinking, Sky TV,  etcetera.

With technologies available today, it would not be difficult to issue claimants with a card similar to a Bank card. Money gets credited to the Card directly from the Government. With the co-operation of the supermarkets and utilities, it would not be difficult to ensure that only appropriate items can be bought using the card that would fulfil the role of the welfare state from an 'approved basket'.

If people want the ability to spend money on less essential products like the 12-pack of Special Brew or a full Sky package, then they will need to earn some money to get it. It would also be possible to encourage healthy eating and discourage foods that have contributed to the obesity issue.

 

Random drug testing for people claiming unemployment benifits.

Randomly drug test all claimants of unemployment benifits, any person failing a drug test should have cash benifits withheld and instead be issued food stamps.

Why is this idea important?

Randomly drug test all claimants of unemployment benifits, any person failing a drug test should have cash benifits withheld and instead be issued food stamps.

Car mobility allowance should be means tested

Car mobility allowance should be means tested.  Example, a person with a good pension living in property worth around a million pounds whose partner has never driven has a good pension but has mobility issues should not automatically qualify for a mobility car.

Why is this idea important?

Car mobility allowance should be means tested.  Example, a person with a good pension living in property worth around a million pounds whose partner has never driven has a good pension but has mobility issues should not automatically qualify for a mobility car.