2 thoughts on “A fundamental change in welfare policy”

  1. Posted 11/11/2010 at 20:36 | Permalink

    If the reforms work as hoped, in time they should lead to a big reduction in the annual cost to taxpayers of welfare benefits, stemming from a big fall in the overall level of non-employment.

    Significant reforms to state provision (or financing) of education and of health will still be necessary to permit a really substantial drop in the overall level of taxation.

    ‘Welfare’ broadly accounts for two-thirds of government spending, so we must cut it in order to reduce taxes much.

    That remains the real prize for those who value individual freedom, since taxation is coercive not voluntary.

    With all these reforms we might hope to cut taxes from over 45 per cent to under 30 per cent of GDP.

  2. Posted 12/11/2010 at 10:26 | Permalink

    This approach to benefits should be welcomed because it will affect the point of delivery of benefits. Those assessing claimants will be able to see exactly what they are getting which will iron out many inconsistencies in the current system. It will also help with fraud.
    I would like to see the benefits system increase the age of eligibility for the basic state pension of claimants to discourage people from claiming benefits in the first place. I would also venture that those who have been on benefits for some time would have to surrender their passports as foreign travel is inconsistent with needing handouts and looking for a job. Do claimants in urban areas need a driving licence?

Comments are closed.