Tuesday, 14 July 2015

INCOME


 

Photo: Denbighshire council advertising alcohol on Rhyl Town Hall.
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Pensioners in the UK, such as Yours Truly, have an income higher than most of the world’s working population. That doesn’t stop the greedy ones grumbling or pushing for more.

We have been in this exalted state ever since statistics showed that pensioners are the most likely people to vote in elections. Oh yes, successive governments have been keen to shovel money into the pockets of pensioners.

Unemployment benefit in the form of Jobseeker’s Allowance is only about half the amount of a state pension – it is virtually impossible to live on. Some unemployed people receive additional benefits for dependents and/or for trying to cope with disability.

There are also benefits for working people who do not earn much. [The main beneficiaries of these subsidies seem to be employers that pitch their pay rates downwards accordingly.]

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Universal Credit is a welfare benefit to replace Jobseeker’s Allowance, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Employment and Support Allowance and Income Support. Universal Credit is coming to Rhyl very soon.

The new payments will be made once a month into a claimant’s bank or building society account, and then he or she has the responsibility of paying the rent out of it. My landlords Clwyd Alyn Housing Association are clearly worried about this.

For decades the company, in addition to providing accommodation for pensioners, have been acquiring poverty-stricken tenants – many are addicted to alcohol and/or other drugs and some have criminal records serious enough to render them unemployable.

Clwyd Alyn have been riding on a pig’s back, getting their rents paid by the council. But getting their rents directly by tenants who receive Universal Credit may not be so easy. Perhaps that will - at last - slam the brakes on the company’s activities.

Rhyl could be about to witness Clwyd Alyn’s chickens coming home to roost.

Cluck, cluck.

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