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Can you live on £53 a week?

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04 April 2013 06:59
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Ther simply aren't enough jobs to go around, It's not a case of not wanting to work - In Liverpool, 30,000 people applied for 3000 vacancies. Thats 1000 people per job. Pretty big give away that people do want the work, It just isn't there.



The major problem in all western world countries is that there are plenty of jobs requiring some basic skills and a lot of unemployed who don't have even the basic skills. We lead the world in many industries from aviation through to pharmacueticals unfortunately there are many areas in the UK where the traditional jobs of the 40's through to the 70's are no longer needed. The big challenge for any Government for the next 20 years or so is to get more people into relevant training, the old days of having no qualifications and still being guaranteed a job in the 'big four' industries (mining, shipbuilding, car industrry, major engineering) have long since gone.
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04 April 2013 07:16
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Quote from Missie0290
Ther simply aren't enough jobs to go around, It's not a case of not wanting to work - In Liverpool, 30,000 people applied for 3000 vacancies. Thats 1000 people per job. Pretty big give away that people do want the work, It just isn't there. Very few people actually want to be on benefits. Most housing benefit claimants are workers too.



Isn't 30,000 applicants for 3,000 jobs 10 applicants per job? 




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04 April 2013 07:25
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Isn't 30,000 applicants for 3,000 jobs 10 applicants per job?





Yes - but some people don't have the requisite mathematical skills to get the jobs!
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04 April 2013 09:07
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This was just emailed to me:


400,000 in less than 4 days -- incredible!


First of all I want to say thank you. When I started the petition calling on Iain Duncan Smith to live on £53 a week I hoped it would have some impact, but I never imagined it would set off such a huge chain reaction. As I write the signature count is 408,593. It is overwhelming and inspiring.

This week the Government wanted to control the debate and dictate the tone -- you have taken that from them and given it back to the people!

The petition has been talked about on Facebook and Twitter, and covered hundreds of times in the media. It was on the front page of The Independent, BBC, Sky News, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and many more.

Iain Duncan Smith has not yet replied directly to me, but told his local newspaper that he thinks the petition is "a complete stunt which distracts attention from the welfare reforms". In fact it is the total opposite.

This petition represents over 400,000 people concerned by the welfare cuts.

Iain Duncan Smith is clearly rattled and wants this to blow over. Let's not give him that privilege.

In the coming days I will deliver the petition in person but let's have a final effort to remind him once again what this is all about -- men who live comfortable lives in country mansions have no right to tell people what poverty feels like.

Post a Facebook message or send a tweet today. Some ideas below...

Please keep supporting the petition -- we have started this conversation, let's keep it going.

Thank you,
Dominic

Help reach 500,000 signers...


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04 April 2013 09:28
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Isn't it a pity it's not a petition to scrap the bedroom tax rather than 400,000 people agreeing that IDC is a nob?


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04 April 2013 22:45
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05 April 2013 06:18
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I came back from some shopping yesterday and it made me wonder...the govt recommends we need ' five a day' as part of a balanced diet to keep us healthy.


I wondered what the real cost of 'five a day' is.....at Tesco prices I would put it at about £2.50 a day or around £17 a week. Even assuming it could be a little cheaper...say £13, that is still a big chunk out of £53.

Unless of course IDS doesn't think the govt advise on a healthy diet is applicable to people living on benefits.


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05 April 2013 06:36
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Quote from photo_phil The Queen, like the rest if us can have as many rooms as we want as long as we pay for them. NO we pay her rent and she just got an extra £16000 a week from our taxes to add to her wealth





Actually she keeps a percentage from the Crown Estate (14% I think but unsure).
She doesn't recieve from the Civil List anymore AND pays taxes on her income.

At 86 she'll out work eveyone who's too lazy to get out of bed and better themselves and prefer the welfare state.


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05 April 2013 06:40
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Isn't it a pity it's not a petition to scrap the bedroom tax rather than 400,000 people agreeing that IDC is a nob?






Making people who aren't entitled to houses bigger than they need pay for the extra space is a great idea.
I'd rather they paid for the privilage than me and the rest of this countries taxpayers.

If the same people were on housing benefits in Private rented accomodation they wouldn't be allowed to be in a house bigger than they need. Why should those in council housing be treated differently?


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05 April 2013 08:06
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Yeah its a great idea. Problem is the council have not got smaller home's to put people in. If we had the properties we would have done this years ago. The bedroom tax is fair only if your offered a smaller property of similar quality. I work for the council and we have very few one bedroom properties.



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