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Pilot benefit scheme failing some recipients
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Posted March 12, 2013 at 5:55PM
This pilot scheme, introduced by the government over the last few months, has led to some recipients getting into arrears with their rental payments. Paying the benefit this way has seen a higher percentage rise in several areas where the scheme is being trialled.
Having the money in their own hands has led to some using it for other purposes, which in turn has seen a dramatic rise in arrears of rent.
What are your views on this - should the government revert to the status quo quickly or continue on with this scheme? TC.
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Posted March 14, 2013 at 10:45AM
I've asked a number of times in this thread, of different people, what do you propose?
At the extremes you can either create camps for people who can't get jobs and don't have the life-skills to manage their money or you can just leave them to fend for themselves with no support.
Finding the middle ground is bound to result in problems but, as a former employer, I can assure you I'd be wary of employing someone who didn't have the most basic understanding of money management. A scheme intended to make people more employable has to have merit.
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Posted March 14, 2013 at 10:58AM
"Frankly, I'd much rather governments listened to the evidence not the people"
Surely, it's the people who provide the evidence not a government.
It's a bit like quoting what statics say, and saying that is right, on the evidence printed. But let's face it, how many statistics are right and correct, when they are based on what the person or person's doing those statistics are trying to say?.
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Posted March 14, 2013 at 11:25AM
'The people' are the ones who either distort the evidence or demonstrate by their reaction to events that they want evidence distorted before it is presented to them.
Providing it is properly collected evidence is just that.
We have to allow governments to fail as long as they then try and correct the failure.
At present, people ridicule proposals put out to consultation and then ridicule governments for revising proposals based on the outcome of the consultation.
We seem to be saying we would prefer a government that presses blindly on with a deeply flawed policy to one that has to say 'We've changed our minds'.
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