Should the dole be cut by 10% for the newly unemployed?
Should the dole be cut by 10% for the newly unemployed? Should child benefit be cut by 10% for newborns? Should the old-age pension be reduced by 10% for those who are yet to begin claiming it?
There is a huge gap between what the state takes in and what it spends and this year's budget will have to make a significant dent in it. One of the strategies used in recent years has been to cut the pay of new entrants to the public service by 10%. Why not extend this to new social welfare claimants, to new-borm children and to the newly retired? Other allowances could be cut too - the back-to-school allowance should be cut by 10% for children who are just about to attend school. The free-travel for pensioners could be cut back to 90% free for new pensioners.
The advantages of such a tactic is that there are no "victims" - there is no-one who can turn around and say "my income has been cut".
But is such a strategy correct? Is it not against the concept of a nation to discriminate against the young in such a way? If wages, social welfare or other benefits have to be cut should they not be cut for all equally?
You can't really say there would be none who could claim that their income had been cut - take, for example, a person already retired on a small occupational pension. That person will have already factored in the present OAP rates when deciding to retire.
Last edited by Sailor; 4th August 2012 at 10:56 PM.
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