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.

Child Tax Credit Repeal/Reform

The Child Tax Credit was initiated following WWII as an incentive for families to have more children and repopulate the nation.  This is no longer a relevant issue, and the cost of providing this benefit is significant for taxpayers.  It needs to be phased out. 

If we are not willing to get rid of the "tax credit", it needs to be reformed into a true welfare benefit: Currently, eligibility for the Child Tax Credit requires that applicants disclose income from paid employment, but specifically excludes disclosure of maintenance payments and other benefits (housing, automobile, etc) that are provided by a former spouse.  As maintenance is a form of income, it needs to be considered in determining eligibility for the Child Tax Credit.

Further, if this is meant to be a "tax credit", it needs to be linked to the actual tax payer rather than the primary caregiver of children.  Maintenance payments and other benefits are typically provided on a post-tax basis, such that payments under the Child Tax Credit system are not "tax credits" but benefits.  These benefits are not need based, as previously mentioned.

Why is this idea important?

The Child Tax Credit was initiated following WWII as an incentive for families to have more children and repopulate the nation.  This is no longer a relevant issue, and the cost of providing this benefit is significant for taxpayers.  It needs to be phased out. 

If we are not willing to get rid of the "tax credit", it needs to be reformed into a true welfare benefit: Currently, eligibility for the Child Tax Credit requires that applicants disclose income from paid employment, but specifically excludes disclosure of maintenance payments and other benefits (housing, automobile, etc) that are provided by a former spouse.  As maintenance is a form of income, it needs to be considered in determining eligibility for the Child Tax Credit.

Further, if this is meant to be a "tax credit", it needs to be linked to the actual tax payer rather than the primary caregiver of children.  Maintenance payments and other benefits are typically provided on a post-tax basis, such that payments under the Child Tax Credit system are not "tax credits" but benefits.  These benefits are not need based, as previously mentioned.

Ban Middle Class Benefits!

I see no reason why families with a combined income of more than 30K should be taking anything out of the 'benefits' pot. If we removed them from the system, we would not only save billions of pounds, we could concentrate on giving more support  to those families and individuals who really need help.

Why is this idea important?

I see no reason why families with a combined income of more than 30K should be taking anything out of the 'benefits' pot. If we removed them from the system, we would not only save billions of pounds, we could concentrate on giving more support  to those families and individuals who really need help.

Repeal the Child Poverty Act 2010

Scrap this unnecessary legislation. Children do not have their own income on the whole, nor can they own property. Their relative wealth or poverty is intrinsically tied up with that of their parents, and so the real issue is family or household poverty. The term "child poverty" is almost Dickensian in it's sentimentality and the whole issue seems to be one of PR and vote winning rather than any sensible, necessary measure.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap this unnecessary legislation. Children do not have their own income on the whole, nor can they own property. Their relative wealth or poverty is intrinsically tied up with that of their parents, and so the real issue is family or household poverty. The term "child poverty" is almost Dickensian in it's sentimentality and the whole issue seems to be one of PR and vote winning rather than any sensible, necessary measure.