She added: \”We\’re stuck in this position. Whoever is making these decisions has obviously never been in the position of being poor.\”
My word, what is happening? The dripping\’d crust that is the only meal of the day being torn from her toddler\’s fingers? The teenage daughter being sent out to make pennies on corners from strangers?
Louise Ryan, 41, who lives with her husband and two children in Islington, north London, will see the £438-a-week benefit, which covers the rent, reduced to £340 under the changes to housing benefit introduced this month.
No, sorry, but this really isn\’t poverty. One benefit, recall, just one benefit that this family receives, is to be cut from a little under median full time wages to a little under median full time wages after tax. From £23,000 a year to £18,000 a year.
This one benefit is to be cut, and recall that this benefit is receivwed free of all taxation, to median pre-tax individual income. They\’re getting more in one benefit alone than the average person going out to work in the country sees in their paycheque. After this cut.
There are all sorts of ways one could describe this situation but fucking poverty ain\’t one of them.
That housing benefit alone, after the cut, yes, even with family size of four, puts them in the top 17% of the world\’s income distribution.