Below the breadline on Liverpool\’s workless estates
One-third of households are now on the dole as downturn forces some benefits claimants to survive on less than £20 a week
He just ain\’t being asked to survive on £20 a week.
He gets about £67 a week as jobseeker\’s allowance, but £15 is instantly deducted in child maintenance for the three of his five children who are under 16, none of whom live with him. Another £10 a week is also currently being deducted at source to repay a historic crisis loan that he was given by the jobcentre to tide the family over when he lost his job on another occasion about a decade ago, leaving him with just over £40 pounds. Out of that he is paying back a credit card debt of around £1,000, which he ran up when he first lost his full-time work 18 months ago, and he needed money to tide him over. (He went to his bank to ask for an overdraft facility to help him through that difficult time, and was told he wasn\’t eligible for one, but was invited to apply for a credit card instead.)
Bebb is paying this off at a rate of £33 a month, which he often finds very challenging. He spends £14 a week on recharging his gas and electricity accounts, so just under £20 is left for food, clothes, bus tickets and everything else. His rent is currently paid by housing benefit.
Note the housing benefit? There\’s also the council tax deduction, child benefit, free school meals and etc etc.
That he\’s got £20 a week cash in his pocket is not the same thing at all as saying that he\’s trying to survive on £20 a week.
But no doubt this number will run and run through the leftoid press. As ever, a variant of Worstall\’s Fallacy, refusing to acknowledge what is already being done to alleviate poverty.