Hrudolfensis’ Opinions On… The British Welfare Reforms


I am writing this introduction after completing the review. After almost finishing this I discovered that “That Other Guy” has already done a review of the british budget reform. However I decided that I would continue and finish this review mostly because I believe that I can bring a different perspective to him on this matter and partly because I already put in the effort and I’ll be fucked if it’s all for nothing.

It is no surprise to anybody who actually knows me that I dislike the conservatives. They are for the most part, a bunch of posh inbreds with ancient views on the world and no understanding on how it actually works. Also whenever I look at Cameron I’m always reminded of that David Icke conspiracy theory that all world leaders are actually alien lizards in skin suits. I can visualise with no great hardship Cameron lowering a live mouse into his gob like the aliens from “V”.

However my hatred of the conservatives and their leader from another dimension is not what I am here to talk about. Rather than looking at all of the budget reform I will be focusing on the part that affects me because I’m one of those greedy socialists Davey boy is always moaning about. The welfare reforms are the part that I want to talk about. Unlike my learned friend That Other Guy I am not from a standard british family, my parents are separated – one has a serious disability meaning that she can barely walk let alone work and the other has post traumatic stress from numerous attacks on him when he was a parking warden and a security guard, which renders it impossible for him to work. We all get disability living allowance, my brother and I included, since we also have our own problems. So we are the ones on the end of these cuts. The spare bedroom tax is what is gnawing rather angrily at my arse though. My brother is at university at the moment meaning that for most of the year his bedroom is spare. It is not however surplus. But who are we to quibble over technicalities as far as people can see its free, so we’re losing money.

I just don’t understand what this is meant to do though. According to the conservatives, “sort out the scroungers”, but what exactly are they scrounging. Surely for this to work there would have to be a ratio of single bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom so on houses identical to the number of people who require only single bedroom, two bedroom (etc) houses. What if a person is living in a two bedroom house and along comes the tax man who says “You have to pay extra or move” and there are no single bedroom houses available in the area. It does happen and at the moment and elderly couples are complaining because they have found themselves in that situation.

I would like to ask though how many spare rooms does Cameron have. Probably a couple in his main home, a couple in his second home, he probably has them in his summer home and his holiday home. I wonder if he’ll actually pay any tax this year. It’d be a first.

Hrudolfensis

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3 thoughts on “Hrudolfensis’ Opinions On… The British Welfare Reforms

  1. What this reform is meant to do is put people into size appropriate social housing. As it only effects social housing, it won’t effect “Davy boy”, as he’s rich enough to afford to own his own property.

    It is meant to take people out of houses that are too large for them, like my grandparents who live alone in a three bedroom house and give those houses to people who need them, like my friends the Frakes, all five of whom live in a two bedroom house. With absurdities like these, how is the current system fair? Even if you don’t like the reform, compared to how bad things are now, you must admit it’s worth a try.

    You do bring up a very good point about the availability of houses of differing sizes in different areas. If moving would force something on someone like: leaving there job (especially in the current economic climes), losing the ability to see there child(ren) as long as there custody agreement grants, losing vital social health care (a Nurse who makes house calls). Obviously in those situations you don’t want to move them.

    But in other situations, why not. You argue the technicality of spare vs surplus, like TG argued for his twin sisters room. The difference is your brother is a big lad, he can take care of himself to a degree. I know he suffers from his own problems, but lets face it, if he want’s to stay at Uni he’s going to have to move out of halls and get a place to live sooner or later, whether with mates or not. My point is, he’s getting to the point where he’s going to have to take care of himself completely, so does he need his own room? Can’t he just visit for the day or stop off at a B&B? Are these things too much to ask of an independent reasonable adult?

    Doing this would save you money. You can move because neither of your parents work, so nothing is holding you down. I know you work and attend College but your young enough that you could find another job so anywhere in the local area surrounding Peterborough would do and then you would be freeing your house up to a family who needs it. Remember someone had to give it up for you to move in….

    • You are wrong on one point. It does effect people who own there own houses. We own our own house however we are all on benefits. My mother is getting here benefits cut because with have the spare room.

      Your also forgetting that my brother is so neurotic and is on self harm watch he has been given permission to stay in halls throughout his university life. Benefits office only looks at the one thing rather that evaluating the whole situation.

      Also you do know that youth is no longer a good point when trying to find a job. Last summer I tried to get employed at 20 (aprox) and every single one turned me down because of lack of experience. Jobs are so scarce at the moment a phd level graduate is looking for part time work stacking boxes in tesco. If they can have that why would they want to hire me.

      What you’ve got to remember is you’ve been one of the lucky few. You managed to get a job after stepping out of collage. Both your parents are employed and you’re employed.

      As the leprechaun said to the short sighted rambler “Look out for the little people”.

  2. I just want to say, not everyone moves house because they have to, as some move because they choose to. You don’t HAVE to give up your home for someone else to be able to live there. Some just want a new place to call home, and to me, there’s a big difference between me leaving here against my will, and the people who were here before me, who wanted to move to a different town for a change of scene.

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