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Archive for the ‘Welfare’ Category

Politics:  Universal Credit – a good idea done badly

by Iain Donaldson on 19 October, 2017

The original idea of Universal Credit was to create a system in which all benefits could be applied for in one application, quickly calculated, and paid out in a timely fashion to ensure that the claimant did not face months of hardship and cross assessment.  There is nothing wrong with that principle, but when it […]

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Political Perspective: Labour’s Bedroom Tax

by Iain Donaldson on 10 December, 2015

Imposed on private sector tenants by the Labour Government on 7th April 2008 the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) was the forerunner to the so called ‘Bedroom Tax’ and introduced the concept that the state would only pay Housing Benefits for the number of rooms the claimant’s household need to occupy. The number of bedrooms needed […]

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Political Perspective: Affordable housing for all

by Iain Donaldson on 26 November, 2015

Liberal Democrats believe that regardless of income, employment, class, or circumstance, everyone has a right to a safe, affordable home, which is why we oppose the Conservative’s “Right to Buy” scheme. There is not enough housing to go round in he UK, and that means we need to build over a quarter of a million […]

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Political Perspective: Welfare Cuts

by Iain Donaldson on 21 July, 2015

If you have criticised the Liberal Democrats for entering coalition with the Tories to negotiate away the worst excesses of their welfare cuts, rather than joining Labour to oppose those cuts, then last night’s vote shows you how wrong you have been. The Liberal Democrats last night voted against the Tory cuts, expecting Labour to […]

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