The Guardian has a story on the benefit cap this morning.
It’s troubling at a personal level for those impacted.
It’s troubling at a policy level because there is no real evidence that the benefit cap changes behaviour with regard to work. That’s hardly surprising: why should it?
In that case it leaves only one justification for the cap, which is vindictiveness.
And in the comments:
Interestingly over the weekend I was browsing in WH Smith at the weekend and came across not one, but four or five, books extolling the Danish way of life, and hygge in particular, and asking why they are supposedly the happiest country on earth (doubtless a little over-hyped, but still).
To which the Spudmonster replies:
Richard Murphy says:
November 7 2016 at 8:09 am
It’s my pleasure to work with Cioenhagen Business School
I can see all the attractions
Excellent, in Denmark:
The reform will mean there will be a limit on the amount of money citizens can get from the state in the form of unemployment benefits, child benefits, housing benefits and childcare subsidies.
Recipients of unemployment benefits will not be able to receive more in welfare than the equivalent of 80 percent of a monthly salary of 18,500 kroner – in other words 14,800 kroner.
4.3 weeks to a month, currency translation, this is £420 a week.
What’s our benefit cap again?