Welfare Reform. Encourage people off benefits

To help encourage people back ito work, or into work for the first time give them the following financial incentives:

  • 1st Month back at work 100% of their benefits
  • 2-3 Months back at work 50% of their benefits
  • 4-6 months back at work 25% of their benefits
  • 7-12 months back at work 10% of their benefits

Going back to work can be difficult with childcare, travel, etc…This would support and encourage people. If you slowly remove their dependancy on benefits it should be less likely they will return to the support of the welfare state.

Why is this idea important?

To help encourage people back ito work, or into work for the first time give them the following financial incentives:

  • 1st Month back at work 100% of their benefits
  • 2-3 Months back at work 50% of their benefits
  • 4-6 months back at work 25% of their benefits
  • 7-12 months back at work 10% of their benefits

Going back to work can be difficult with childcare, travel, etc…This would support and encourage people. If you slowly remove their dependancy on benefits it should be less likely they will return to the support of the welfare state.

Rethink invisable straight jackets – CTO

1:4 of us maybe at one or more times in our lives vulnerable to mental ill health.  We maybe law abiding citizens who may lose our human right of freedom and liberty if we experience mental health deterioration and seek professional intervention.  The NHS may routinely use community treatment orders (CTO) to monitor patients within the community and control medication "compliance"  which could conversely be compared to the monitoring of ex offenders? which could increase risk and reduce benefits for all. People may no longer have choice, autonomy, or what they feel in their heart and mind is in their best interest. CTO's may be  misused, misunderstood and misinterpreted.  Diagnosis of mental illness changes and evolves, it is subjective by nature, as it is based on professional opinion which may or may not consider unique personality traits and life experience which could be a blessing and/or a curse.  Imagine an invisable tag/straight jacket – that may or may not be in a persons "best interest"  Rarely are conditions set out formerly, often conditions appear vague, people can easily be recalled back to psychiatric hospital,  physically and chemically forced to accept treatment in "their best interest".  It could be argued that people have less human and civil rights than  a person who has been convicted of something unlawful.  There maybe no such comparison of time "spent" or true recovery in the 21st century, a diagnosis based on expert assessment, rather than science is for life. imagine being given a life sentence? The enigma, perhaps myth, of disease prevails, lucrative pharmaceutical companys may not be thoroughly regulated by government and inconclusive studies reveal there is no conclusive evidence, blood test or brain scan that can detect the "chicken or egg"  dis – ease. Historically and to this day low expectations prevail within the westernised health service and society, and serve to compound a self fulfiling prophecy of undervaluisation of human beings. Sometimes it can be difficult  for us all to balance wellbeing.  Life's adversity can lead us all to an episode or episodes of mental health deterioration.  Given effective support of a genuine nature can be healing.  Those who are prepared to normalise rather than categorise/demonsie law abiding citizens' feelings, emotions and actions maybe few and far between.  Empathetic understanding, tolerance, protection  and effective treatment may enable many people to gain strength and resilience to overcome difficulties and learn to accept and move on with life.  An invisable straight jacket within the community we live in that compels a life of compulsory medication/stigma and discrimination can lead to the very same side effects the intervention is hailed to treat, which may impact on mortality. Imagine having no or little say in what pills to take,  imagine not being informed of the potential side effects, being told where to live, when to be home, who you can and cant mix with.  is this really treatment in our best interest  and good for our wellbeing?   dont we have a right to democracy, freedom of choice and freedom from covert, coersive oppression,. A disregard for fundamental human rights maybe inconceivable in our 21st century… 

Why is this idea important?

1:4 of us maybe at one or more times in our lives vulnerable to mental ill health.  We maybe law abiding citizens who may lose our human right of freedom and liberty if we experience mental health deterioration and seek professional intervention.  The NHS may routinely use community treatment orders (CTO) to monitor patients within the community and control medication "compliance"  which could conversely be compared to the monitoring of ex offenders? which could increase risk and reduce benefits for all. People may no longer have choice, autonomy, or what they feel in their heart and mind is in their best interest. CTO's may be  misused, misunderstood and misinterpreted.  Diagnosis of mental illness changes and evolves, it is subjective by nature, as it is based on professional opinion which may or may not consider unique personality traits and life experience which could be a blessing and/or a curse.  Imagine an invisable tag/straight jacket – that may or may not be in a persons "best interest"  Rarely are conditions set out formerly, often conditions appear vague, people can easily be recalled back to psychiatric hospital,  physically and chemically forced to accept treatment in "their best interest".  It could be argued that people have less human and civil rights than  a person who has been convicted of something unlawful.  There maybe no such comparison of time "spent" or true recovery in the 21st century, a diagnosis based on expert assessment, rather than science is for life. imagine being given a life sentence? The enigma, perhaps myth, of disease prevails, lucrative pharmaceutical companys may not be thoroughly regulated by government and inconclusive studies reveal there is no conclusive evidence, blood test or brain scan that can detect the "chicken or egg"  dis – ease. Historically and to this day low expectations prevail within the westernised health service and society, and serve to compound a self fulfiling prophecy of undervaluisation of human beings. Sometimes it can be difficult  for us all to balance wellbeing.  Life's adversity can lead us all to an episode or episodes of mental health deterioration.  Given effective support of a genuine nature can be healing.  Those who are prepared to normalise rather than categorise/demonsie law abiding citizens' feelings, emotions and actions maybe few and far between.  Empathetic understanding, tolerance, protection  and effective treatment may enable many people to gain strength and resilience to overcome difficulties and learn to accept and move on with life.  An invisable straight jacket within the community we live in that compels a life of compulsory medication/stigma and discrimination can lead to the very same side effects the intervention is hailed to treat, which may impact on mortality. Imagine having no or little say in what pills to take,  imagine not being informed of the potential side effects, being told where to live, when to be home, who you can and cant mix with.  is this really treatment in our best interest  and good for our wellbeing?   dont we have a right to democracy, freedom of choice and freedom from covert, coersive oppression,. A disregard for fundamental human rights maybe inconceivable in our 21st century… 

Mathematical reasoning – RE: Cannabis Legalisation

133 posts in 5 days (site opened 01/07/2010) on the subject of the legalisation of cannabis of which 97% agree with the motion.

97% of 133 = 129.01. Therefore, we will assume a pro-lobby post total of 129.

129 (posts) / 5 (days) = 25.8 average (posts a day)

Average of 12 replies per post of which over 99% agree with the motion.

Therefore, 12 (users per topic posting replies) x 129 (original posts) = 1,548 (average pro -motion advocates) + 129 (Pro-motion original posters) = 1,677 Pro-motion users, average.

1,677 (Pro-motion users) / 5 (days) =  335 new pro-motion users a day, average.

335 (pro-motion users a day) x 365 (days a year) = 9,460 original pro-motion posts/ replies a year by mostly individuals numbering the same.

9,460 (posts / users per year) x 1,677 (pro-motion users) = 122,275 pro-motion users a year.

122,275 (annual pro-motion users) / 60,000,000 (UK population) = above 2 % of our national population! Of course, that's only annual average of those that visit this site to join the call for legalisation.

Taking the number of individuals who have bothered to post here into account and applying a reasonable average, one could assume that for each of the 122,275 annual pro-lobby posters here there will be 100 similar minded individuals who won't visit this site.

Therefore: 122,275 x 100 = 12,227,500 probable adult cannabis users or pro-lobbyist's in the UK. That's 20% of our national population.

Lets say that each user spends an average of £30.00 a week on supporting their habit, which currently goes to the black market.

£30 x 12,227,500 = £360,000,000.00 Annual revenue which could (should) be diverted towards growing British business and emboldening our dwindling economy in general.

Now, the good bit if you're a politician / law maker: Say tax on cannabis would be similar to that of alcoholic spirits. That's 17.5% VAT + 5.5% alcoholic spirit tax = 23%

23% of £360,000,000 =  £82,800,000 in annual tax revenue through usage alone without calculating other additional income such as tourism, GDP,entertainment and other particulars.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

133 posts in 5 days (site opened 01/07/2010) on the subject of the legalisation of cannabis of which 97% agree with the motion.

97% of 133 = 129.01. Therefore, we will assume a pro-lobby post total of 129.

129 (posts) / 5 (days) = 25.8 average (posts a day)

Average of 12 replies per post of which over 99% agree with the motion.

Therefore, 12 (users per topic posting replies) x 129 (original posts) = 1,548 (average pro -motion advocates) + 129 (Pro-motion original posters) = 1,677 Pro-motion users, average.

1,677 (Pro-motion users) / 5 (days) =  335 new pro-motion users a day, average.

335 (pro-motion users a day) x 365 (days a year) = 9,460 original pro-motion posts/ replies a year by mostly individuals numbering the same.

9,460 (posts / users per year) x 1,677 (pro-motion users) = 122,275 pro-motion users a year.

122,275 (annual pro-motion users) / 60,000,000 (UK population) = above 2 % of our national population! Of course, that's only annual average of those that visit this site to join the call for legalisation.

Taking the number of individuals who have bothered to post here into account and applying a reasonable average, one could assume that for each of the 122,275 annual pro-lobby posters here there will be 100 similar minded individuals who won't visit this site.

Therefore: 122,275 x 100 = 12,227,500 probable adult cannabis users or pro-lobbyist's in the UK. That's 20% of our national population.

Lets say that each user spends an average of £30.00 a week on supporting their habit, which currently goes to the black market.

£30 x 12,227,500 = £360,000,000.00 Annual revenue which could (should) be diverted towards growing British business and emboldening our dwindling economy in general.

Now, the good bit if you're a politician / law maker: Say tax on cannabis would be similar to that of alcoholic spirits. That's 17.5% VAT + 5.5% alcoholic spirit tax = 23%

23% of £360,000,000 =  £82,800,000 in annual tax revenue through usage alone without calculating other additional income such as tourism, GDP,entertainment and other particulars.