January 2nd, 2012

Social Justice and the Housing Benefit Cap

The Labour left and the Guardian are getting very worked up about the perfectly reasonable housing benefit cap proposal

“for example 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.”

To just afford that £438 rent those of us who work would have to earn as below:

Yearly Monthly Weekly
Gross Income £30,000.00 £2,500.00 £576.92
Pension Deductions £0.00 £0.00 £0.00
Taxable Income £22,525.00 £1,877.08 £433.17
Tax £4,505.00 £375.42 £86.63
National Insurance £2,733.00 £227.75 £52.56
Student Loan £0.00 £0.00 £0.00
Take Home £22,762.00 £1,896.83 £437.73

That rent alone is higher than median wages. It takes the taxes of four people on median wages to cover Louise’s rent. Add on her other benefits and Louise has a household income equivalent to a working family with a household income of over £40,000.  Where is the social justice in paying welfare benefits to people that are higher than the majority of the tax paying working people’s take home pay? This simply cannot continue.

To be fair the Labour shadow work and pensions secretary Liam Byrne recognises this, so the Labour left have begun excoriating him as “a reactionary”. The ubiquitous Owen Jones, author of “Chavs, is representative of the Labour left. He thinks it is “progressive” to pay out to welfare recipients more in benefits than the majority of working people earn:

The Guardian reckons thousand of benefit recipients will have to move out of Kensington and Chelsea. Doesn’t your heart bleed? Guido really hopes that Owen Jones succeeds in getting the Labour Party to go into the election with a manifesto commitment to reverse the cap. It will be a huge electoral liability on the doorstep…


290 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nothing is free.

    Let them learn that the only people who should live in these big houses are the ones than can afford and not paid for by the state.

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      Osborne's Right Hand says:

      …can’t argue at all with Guido’s maths or logic here…good to see the Tory/News International/Liberal Coalition Govt using their right hands for something other than tossing off bankers or each other…

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      • 18

        Feel the pain. Buy a council house for next to nothing, rent it back to the council for £104,000 a year.

        No, really.

        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16384346?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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          Gordie.. says:

          Can you given example of where I can rent a property should I have one… To the government for £104,000.

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          • Failblog says:

            STOP BLAMING THOSE UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE TO RELY ON BENEFITS AND DIRECT IT AT THOSE THAT HAVE CAUSED THE PROBLEM AND ARE STILL GAINING FROM IT .

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          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            @Failblog

            Are you new here?

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          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            I am pefecly happy in my bed sit at $175 pw and the counsel does not mind paying part of it because I gives good service at the depot and nothing has been knickered for ages

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          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            @fake Billy

            Lame.

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          • Tessa Tickles says:

            “STOP BLAMING THOSE UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE TO RELY ON BENEFITS”

            Those ‘unfortunate’ enough to rely on benefits enjoyed a state education costing (at least) £120,000. That’s what a state education costs, per pupil.

            If, after that £120,000 has been splurged all over the ‘unfortunate’, the ‘unfortunate’ freak still can’t get a fucking job, well, excuse me while I laugh my fucking tits off, that ‘unfortunate’ parasite was just mean to die.

            Nature’s like that; nature hates the weak. And so do I.

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          • Gordie.. says:

            Tessa, can you direct me to the source of £120k as cost per pupil please.

            Prison cost £40k/annum.

            Thank you.

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          • Marmite says:

            To Fairblog Get a job you ars*hole and pay your own way.

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          • Ivor Tapeworm says:

            THE REAL problem is the absurd cost of housing, encouraged by property speculators. No-one, employed or not, should have to pay such absurd sums for a roof over their heads.

            Fortunately the bubble has burst and there is a price crash underway.

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        • 251
          Anonymous says:

          Lets also not forget the subsidies being paid and taxes being avoided across the UK with:-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-13335602

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          • Archie says:

            Owen Jones is a prize knob!

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          • Government Waste, Government Greed says:

            Tax avoidence is entirely legal and more so, a moral obligation to your family. Any idiot who pays too much tax to the grasping government, is incompetent as well as foolish.

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      • 20
        Yes says:

        Let’s make sure there are no indigenous English left in London bar the city boys.

        Happy Days in international Slave City State number 2!

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        • 180
          David laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

          Brilliant analysis Guido. Spot on.

          Good piece on Archbishop Cranmer about Dr Leigh getting a knighthood from Cameron for services to enlarge the EU. Recommended by Francis Maude. Hardly the actions of a Eurosceptic. Oh dear, Cameron is once again wanting. When will the Eurosceptics have the courage to get rid of him?

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      • 28
        Slum Landlord. says:

        Sky news carried item concerning family in London being paid £2k a week to cover their rent. Cheaper surely to offer them £100k in a lump sum to move elsewhere (i.e. Tuck off ) or even give them a house and let them get with their lives… This system is mad!

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        • 43
          AC1 says:

          The family get nothing, this is just a bung to prop up the BTL market (of which the political classes are massive speculators in).

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          • Unless of course, you just happen to be renting off a relative who bought the property cheap from the council before inviting you to claim asylum in the UK.

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          • joescotus says:

            o.h. you reveal the big elephant in the room

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          • Quantrill says:

            ACI, at least someone realises what is going on here. Families on housing allowance don’t see any of that allowance, the BTL brigade (Cameroon’s cronies) do.

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      • 271
        Fenton says:

        Owen Jones has a point I love working to pay for housing people in homes I could never afford myself.

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    • 14

      This article should be required reading on PPE courses.

      Regards,

      Tom

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    • 40
      retardEd Miliband says:

      Thith ith outwageouth.

      Where ith the bandwagon?

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      • 105
        Mouthy twat watch says:

        Personally I find Owen Jones a mouthy little twat who talks utter pish. But hey thats just my opinion. Whats yours?

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        • 152
          Anonymous says:

          Sums up the state of affairs when Labour are looking to wet-behind the-ears Owen Jones for policy direction: I mean he is only straight out of Oxford with nothing but a naff book to show for it, yet the BBC and Guardian are giving him a platform to regurgitate the same old BS on a daily basis

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          • Anonymous says:

            I’d rather hear the political views of Ian and Jeanette Krankie than this tosser and Penny Red. Just who do the BBC and Guardian these kiddies are ffs?

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          • Fubar Saunders says:

            I would like to kick Owen Jones in the spuds. Extremely hard. Repeatedly.

            This man child is a complete throbber.

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    • 172
      Alister says:

      The law of supply and demand will happen. As people move out will there be others to take their place I seriously doubt it, so landlords will either have to sell (in this market?) or drop their rents. If you’re a land lord renting at the moment at just above the cap, you’ve go a decision to make do you drop the rent and keep the tenant, ask the tenant to make up the difference, work out what you’ll have to do to compete or sell the property.

      I for one see there being a distinct banding happening in rents as there will be little point in having rents at 401 – 450 per week, in a similar way that you don’t find house’s priced at 251k (they’re 249995 or 260K) as you get the extra stamp duty at 250K

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    • 221
      Up sh1t creek says:

      I don’t think the BBC got the message that sky high rent for those on benefits paid for by those in work is unacceptable. The coalition seem to be pandering to the union bosses on £100,000+ in not kicking them out of council property, that was supposed to be for poor people, not those that can buy the place outright in one cheque.

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      • 222
        Gordie.. says:

        Sublet…er’s should refund the council. Clearly the size of the house provided is excessive. If they paid the council back 50% of the sublet rent, it would be pragmatic but not moral enough?

        Subletting is fraud.

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      • 263
        derfe says:

        Labour wanting a builder of homes as a minister

        shame labour can’t build a decent set of policies .

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  2. 2
    Blue Mink says:

    Prasident Christian Wulff of Germany (CDU = conservative) tries to suppress the truth as to how he financed his house, they are all at it:
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,806665,00.html

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    • 12

      Judith Hart? I said, Oh no no. The very idea that dear Judith could be a Soviet mole was quite preposterous! After all, she was only overseas aid minister, not much for the Soviets, there!! Ehm….whats his name agreed and we both laughed it off. This would have been in about…ehm…1968, yes, yes, iwas only a junior minister at the time and, eh…whats his name was Defence secretary.

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    • 56
      Kered Ybretsae says:

      It is about time the German media forgot their kid gloved attitude to the political elite and put on boxing gloves instead. Herr Wulff comes up with a slightly new version of the facts weekly….and he is weakly trying to get off the hook. Reminds me of the Mandygate loan.

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    Old Grumpy says:

    The problem has to be tackled head on. This sort of nenefits generosity is a major part of Italy’s economic problems………… let alone the other PIGS………

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      AC1 says:

      Solution is Capitalism

      Ground-rents are a still more proper subject of taxation than the rent of houses. A tax upon ground-rents would not raise the rents of houses. It would fall altogether upon the owner of the ground-rent, who acts always as a monopolist, and exacts the greatest rent which can be got for the use of his ground. More or less can be got for it according as the competitors happen to be richer or poorer, or can afford to gratify their fancy for a particular spot of ground at a greater or smaller expense. In every country the greatest number of rich competitors is in the capital, and it is there accordingly that the highest ground-rents are always to be found. As the wealth of those competitors would in no respect be increased by a tax upon ground-rents, they would not probably be disposed to pay more for the use of the ground. Whether the tax was to be advanced by the inhabitant, or by the owner of the ground, would be of little importance. The more the inhabitant was obliged to pay for the tax, the less he would incline to pay for the ground; so that the final payment of the tax would fall altogether upon the owner of the ground-rent.

      — Adam Smith , The Wealth of Nations, Book V, Chapter 2, Article I: Taxes upon the Rent of Houses

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      • 196
        Wonky faced miliband says:

        so as a mortgage company has first charge over most freeholds and consequently ground rents will they pay the tax?

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        • 241
          AC1 says:

          They’d just pass it on through higher interest rates, so it really doesn’t matter, as long as it’s paid.

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  4. 4
    Fred the Shred says:

    Yes, like bankers at bailed-out banks, MPs and Russian gangsters.

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      Ed Balls, Shallow Chancer says:

      That was mainly during the Reign of Terror 1997-2010, wasn’t it ? That was when Gordon bailed out all the banks which we ‘omitted’ to regulate; when the MPs expenses scandal blew up under the system introduced by Liebour and when so many Russian oligarchs flocked into London during the same timeframe.

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      • 27
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        Nothing to do with Labour. It was all Thatcher’s fault. And America’s. And Ashcroft’s.

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        • 48
          AC1 says:

          Even if it was a rehypothecation problem at an AIG office in London…

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          • Really? says:

            Is this article the sort of thing you mean?

            I found it a fantastic horror story which made claims about ‘it all starting in America’ more than slightly disingenuous. The article talks about assets starting their journey in America but continuing a journey into deepest la-la land right here, under UK jurisdiction.

            In fact, “Under the U.S. Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation T and SEC Rule 15c3-3, a prime broker may re-hypothecate assets to the value of 140% of the client’s liability to the prime broker. For example, assume a customer has deposited $500 in securities and has a debt deficit of $200, resulting in net equity of $300. The broker-dealer can re-hypothecate up to $280 (140 per cent. x $200) of these assets.

            But in the UK, there is absolutely no statutory limit on the amount that can be re-hypothecated. In fact, brokers are free to re-hypothecate all and even more than the assets deposited by clients. Instead it is up to clients to negotiate a limit or prohibition on re-hypothecation.”

            Ouch!

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  5. 5
    PJD says:

    Well if many benefit recipients have to move out of central London where will they be able to move to? Properties for rent won’t simply appear out of nowhere.

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      smoggie says:

      Oh yes they will. There’s thousands of unsold newbuild flats outside of the capital (where it is much cheaper to live) just waiting for buy-to-let landlords who in turn are just waiting for tenants.

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      • 179
        PJD says:

        If true, that would rely on lots of buy to let landlords suddenly popping up from somewhere. In the current economic climate that is not a certainty.

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    • 199
      Get a Grip says:

      Oh do behave. It would quite literally be cheaper for the Government to purchase every single private house currently up for sale, get mortgages on them all, and put the housing benefit recipients in those. How much house would you get for the new maximum housing benefit of £340 A WEEK. My monthly mortgage does not cost much more than that.

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        Honest View says:

        It’s not a bad idea. Government becomes the Landlord, charges reasonable rent, and benefits from any increase in the value of the property.
        BUT it musn’t sell at a loss to the tenant. This strikes me as Thatcher’s silliest idea- and I’m generally an admirer.

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  6. 6
    Jock says:

    How long will landlords suffer voids before they adjust to the new floor anyway. Housing Benefit increases the average housing costs for every last one of us, unless we have a few to spare or our next move is to down size.

    800,000 voids? I doubt it somehow.

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      ATaxpayer. says:

      My thoughts too. If the state was not paying the rents, then what floor would there be to house prices in big cities? £340 a week is over generous.

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        Go For It Properly says:

        The cap could be somewhere round the £250 mark per household without causing a great deal of social dislocation, though a small fund to assist people with the costs of moving chattels, pets and buying new uniforms for their childrens’ new schools would be politic.

        A small rise in wages for low paid essential workers in Central London may result, but that would be no bad thing.

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          Must get a pseudonym one day says:

          If all government admin, business, commerce and industry was spread more evenly across the country, we wouldn’t have the absurd nonsense of all the South East effects on property, transport, congestion, pollution, etc.

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          • Wonky faced miliband says:

            Fail. They have already done this with hmrc, dvla etc. The problem lies with the same pay nationwide for the same role even though the welsh are spags and Geordies incomprehensible. The state crowds out local enterprise in shitholes so there is no private sector. Hence most well paid people gravitate to the south east where there is enterprise and the potential to do better than your parents did. In the rest of the country doing better than. Your parents mean having more than one kid before your eleven.

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  7. 7
    Benny Fitz-Clements says:

    Can I have Bob Crow’s cahncil ahse when he moves out ? I’d like to sub-let it.

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    IanVisits says:

    A quick search on just one of the property websites found 6 properties in the Islington area with 3 bedrooms for less than £340 per week.

    If the properties are available at the rent they will receive, why are they having to move out of the area?

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    • 31
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Did any of those lets stipulate no housing benefit claimants? A lot of London lets do.

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      • 165
        Anonymous says:

        And for good reason
        The best way to reduce rents in London is to reduce the benefits paid,let the market decide

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  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Socialism is all about wasting other peoples money. I’d like to see the t*rds at the guardian survive on £300 a week.

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      Polly Toyntwat says:

      It costs me that just to get my favourite wine delivered from France to my villa in Tuscany each week.

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    anonymouse in the Local Housing Allowance office skirting board says:

    Never forget, Labour allowed benefit claimants to have up to £2,000 a week for their rent.

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  11. 16
    Barry says:

    It is obviously very progressive to let those living at the expense of the tax payer to allow these poor people live in accommodation that the donor (taxpayer) could not afford to live in himself.

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  12. 17
    Percy Shelsby says:

    Yes let them all live in B&B accommodation in Hastings or Hearne Bay (or some other place I never intend to go near unless it unexpectedly becomes a place to be seen – like Whitstable). If they can’t organise it to get tax breaks and float their wealth off-shore too bloody bad. Let’s buy the lot up as investments and put in people who can subsidise our perfectly reasonable affluent life styles – whingeing bloody lefties. Let the market prevail and f*** the lot of them. This is a perfectly reasonable stance which any considered libertarian couldn’t possibly disagree with.

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  13. 19
    Robert Baird says:

    Can someone please explain to me where twats like Owen Jones come from? I dont know anyone that stupid……………

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    • 37
      Percy Shelsby says:

      Somewhere different from your origins perhaps? But as most of us are probably one or two generations removed from a council house there’s no saying is there…

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    • 76
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      Don’t know where he comes from, but the BBC are happy to put him on the TV and radio week in week out as their new trendy voice of the right-on Left. He ticks all their boxes, you see.

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  14. 21
    SaltPetre says:

    People with children should NOT be given any benefits. Why bring a child into the world if you can’t put a roof over your own head or pay the bills? I am astonished that people who live like parasites at the taxpayer’s expense keep producing offspring…they should be sterilised.

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  15. 23
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Housing benefit to rent a place in Islington at £1900 a month? ON YOUR BIKE

    Taxpayers should not be funding people in luxury loft designer flats (£420 a week – http://www.findaproperty.com/to-rent/property-9822446)

    Anyone wanting a housing subsidy has a duty to find the cheapest accommodation possible given the burden they are placing on everyone else.

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    • 117
      Slippping into genteel poverty. says:

      +++ What you said.

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    • 135
      guardian reader says:

      you is racialist init?

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    • 148
      CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

      “..24hr concierge, private gym, sauna, steam room..”

      Oh come now, why shouldn’t scroungers have such amenities at everyone else’s expense!

      Although, landlords of this type of property, won’t DSS them. But it show’s what a scam DSS landlords have with their local council contacts.

      An investigation into rigging DSS rents so high (especially in London), is called for, but it won’t happen becuause too many ethnically challenged people would be publicly embarassed and the political class could never do that!

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      • 270
        Really? says:

        Tsk. ‘shows’, ‘because’, ‘ethically’, ‘embarrassed’.

        Six out of ten – could do better if paid more attention to detail.

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    Geoffrey G Brooking says:

    Well said Guido.

    The cap is still far too high and in my opinion should not exceed the equivalent of a week’s minImum wage (ie £242.40).

    What’s more those on benefit in my opinion should still pay 20% council tax and at least 20% rent otherwise we will never make work pay.

    And just in case those great men Pickles and Shapps are reading here’s another idea.

    As well as the state paying money to cover 100% housing and council tax benefits to some claimants most also get service charges for cleaning etc paid too.

    Could this not also be reviewed?

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    • 52
      Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

      Pickles is a blowhard, all mouth and no trousers. Has he actually done anything yet

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      • 133
        Birdwatcher says:

        He’s done worse than nothing, he appears to have colluded with some very dodgy planning outcomes by refusing to intervene when requested by quite reputable parties.

        From where I am sitting he or whichever official is advising him looks almost bent, but that is just an oppinion and I do not invite anyone to follow it without looking into the Essex Wharf/Lea Valley Park scandal for themselves.

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  17. 30
    Tony says:

    WTF! I’m a professional engineer working in aerospace and defence – specifically in the high tech world of composites design, and that rent is more than my entire take home pay!!

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    • 49
      Percy Shelsby says:

      My old Dad once told me – when learning what my salary was after years of education – “They’re taking you for a c***” and this wise observation seems true of so many British workers like yourself. Just grin and bear it whilst lashing out at the f***ing underclass who are dragging us all down with them – whilst those above look down upon us with reasoned and soft hearted understanding.

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      • 64
        Tony says:

        Or, alternatively, we could get this utter madness stopped. And I’m not lashing out at the underclass, I’m lashing out at the morons who put this system in place

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          Honest View says:

          HOW do we get this madness stopped? Vote for politicians who would take a determined line? Where are they?
          And given the squeals that arise whenever there is anger against the benefits culture, would they be voted in?
          I see no solution to the whole madness short of an anarchic collapse of all order and the entire economy, and we would all suffer, sensible, hard-working taxpayers along with the dross.

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      Don't know why i bother says:

      I’m 27 and have been in constant employment since leaving school at sixteen (from apprentice to senior ATA panel beater in an independant vw shop) and i take home about £320 a week, yet i’m living at home because i earn too much to claim anything off the state, but not enough to pay a mortgage! The sad thing is i’ve got a lot of mates in the same position. No wonder this country is on the f*ckin’ rocks, most of the hardworkers of my generation have got a trade and are using it to emigrate, leaving behind only the t*ssers that sponge and vote liebour.

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      • 259
        Archie says:

        There are a thousand upmarket car restoration works in the US who’d be crying out for you, not to mention the dealerships!

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    • 182
      Message from Somewhere Oop Noorth says:

      Shocking, isn’t it. Both the person living in the house AND the owner of the house are taking us all for a ride.

      I’m “lucky” in that I live in a not-very-desirable town so I could afford to buy a house and pay for it quite quickly.

      I did a bit of adding up recently and I reckon I spent about £6k last year (I actually paid more than that in tax), and don’t want for very much. So what are these people doing with my money?

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  18. 32
    Bob Crowe says:

    Stop picking on me :-(

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  19. 34
    Frank Dobson (Council Tenant) says:

    Leave me alone too :-(

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    Bolshevik Broadcasting Corpse says:

    Owen Jones is about 20 years old, and has never done a day’s work in his short precocious life. He knows nothing, he just thinks he knows everything — like every other spoiled, teenage brat.

    He knows fuck all about work. He knows fuck all about benefits. He knows fuck all about anything other than BBC/Guardian luncheons.

    It’s kind of a shame we don’t have mines these days, Jones would be a perfect candidate to be sent down one.

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    • 71
      JuliaM says:

      Or sent to defuse one….

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    • 118
      smoggie says:

      I guess Owen Jones “84” is 27.

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      • 137
        Don't know why i bother says:

        If thats true we’re the same age, i’ve paid tax and N.I for nearly twelve years (how many student loans and handouts has he had i wonder) and never claimed a penny off the gov. so i think my opinion is more relevent than this than this smug c*cksuckers.

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    Where Will I Live, oh, somwhere else but cheaper says:

    Following the logic even further….

    * HB Claimant moves somewhere cheaper, which leads to….
    * an empty home in an expensive area, as well as….
    * an occupied home somewhere cheaper which means….
    * the minted Landlord as to reduce the rent on his property and…..
    * The HB claimant lives a perfectly happy existance in a cheaper home

    Result

    Rents are cheaper for everyone
    Tax is lower for everyone
    Parasite landlords are leeching less money from the productive
    etc etc etc etc……

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    • 58
      AC1 says:

      Housing is more affordable.

      Less privately collected tax.

      More money spent in productive economy.

      Ability to cut taxes on incomes.

      More jobs.

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    • 129
      Tax Evader says:

      Ah yes, taxes going down, like the erm ….. erm ….. No I just can’t bring a tax that went down to mind.

      Or it could be a type of social cleansing of course!

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      • 139
        Snobwatch says:

        How can it be ‘social cleansing’ to ask someone to move where his fellow citizens call home?

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    • 225
      Gordie.. says:

      This is fair and by definition worth campaigning on.

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  22. 38
    Muggins says:

    Thanks to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the obscene benefits culture and the bbc and their fellow travellers, this country is no a longer fit or proper place for the responsible working man.

    What a squalid little cesspit this country has become, with so many seeing it as their right to live off my back thereby ending up better off than I and my family! Enough is enough!!!

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    • 85
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      There was a Bishop on Radio 5 Labour last night absolutely foaming at the mouth as he read out the Guardian headlines about this. Classic. If he’s so concerned about the homeless why doesn’t he let them come and live with him in the nice big house I bet he lives in rent-free? You would have thought that the Conservative Party were the devil’s representatives on earth to hear him. I suppose if you mentioned the words ‘mass immigration’ in his presence he would accuse you of being a racist – that’s how blinkered and simplistic his attitude was.

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      • 121
        John77 says:

        Do you know what bishops get paid?
        No, I thought not.
        Thirty-odd years ago I lived in the City and was shocked to find I, as a fairly junior executive, got paid more than the Archbishop of Canterbury. My vicar got a rent-free house, courtesy of the Corporation of London but the service charge levied by one of their bureaucrats exceeded his stipend (net of tax) – he could only eat because his wife was a university professor.
        So if you don’t know what you are talking about, try shutting up about allegedly rent-free houses which just mean that the vicar has no rights over the house in which he/she lives.

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        • 142
          The Pope says:

          I see you don’t actually say what the figure is. As a junior executive you did did not get subsidised food at the House of Lords or an allowance on top of your salary, did you?

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        • 144
          Employed by God and not in for the money says:

          Just in case you don’t know, this is a libertarian free speech blog and everyone is entitled to their opinion, even you. PS I do know how much a Bishop earns and the example you give is very rare in the Co of E. I should know I’m a vicar!

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      • 163
        Must get a pseudonym one day says:

        They all applied for the job knowing the terms of employment. Nobody is ever forced to become a professional god-botherer. You reap what you sow.

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      • 260
        Archie says:

        That would be the celebrated Bishop Stephen Lowe. He’s the resident, breast-beating Radio Bloke cleric. Never let’s a bogus “cause” bandwagon trundle by without clambering aboard!

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    • 130
      Looking for Drake's Drum says:

      Me too. Perhaps Guido could help launch the English Liberation Army to set us free from all this madness in which we live.

      Like

    • 275
      JayOnly says:

      off you go then…adios!

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  23. 39
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Owen Jones is right up there with Polly Toynbee and Will Hutton as the most blinkered and stupid of the left wing commentariat.

    A genuine cnut.

    Like

    • 47
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Add the former stripper Laurie Penny to that list.

      Like

    • 62
      Percy Shelsby says:

      Rarely do I come across such reasoned argument – even on a bank holiday. This is quite remarkable stuff. Quite possibly worthy of consideration as cutting edge political satire. Keep it up. Let’s get really cross, work ourselves into a complete lather and then beat the wife and kids…. or have you done that already? I know I have so that’s why I’m sharing these heart felt views with you – all alone whilst she’s off with f***ing Derek and the kids don’t want to see me. He reads the f***ing Guardian as well so that makes it a worthy target for my welling-up feelings of rage and hatred….. oh have I said too much?

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      • 66
        Tony says:

        Hey Percy, you really are vile person.

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        • 77
          Percy Shelsby says:

          Tony – it’s recognition like this which is so affirming to a right wing libertarian bigot like myself and many of my reasonable and patriotic friends who express their genuine concerns for this wonderful country in these frank and fearless debates. We risk our health by harbouring all this anger and ruminating alone on our lap-tops. I’m on blood pressure tablets but it doesn’t stop me from boiling like a work shy scrounger’s kettle – always on the brew.

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          • Anon says:

            Do you have a job? I mean, do you pay taxes? Or are you a tax-dodger like the people at the Guardian?

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          • Tony says:

            I don’t know if you’re just trolling trying to get a reaction – in which case just grow the hell up, or if you really are believing the stuff you’re writing is an accurate description of people on the right that you are trying to parody. In which case you really are quite far off the mark with your prejudices. You imply that we’re bigots whilst displaying, seemingly unaware, a fine level of bigotry yourself. Your implications that we’re all secret wife beaters is disgusting.

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      • 72
        Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

        Percy – it is way more reasoned than that moronic tweet from Owen Jones above.

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      • 168
        Spot the Fucking Dog with Dirty Balls says:

        yop

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  24. 42
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So where does this leave the royal family?

    Just askin?

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    • 55
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      The Royal Family not only pay their own way, but a sizeable proportion of the Queen’s gross income is paid directly into the Treasury, from which the Privy Purse is funded. Get some facts before you sound off, Billy.

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    • 166
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      You are all twats – it was clear that I was just askin do whats the problemo

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  25. 44
    wycombewanderer says:

    Owen Jones is living proof that re-incarnation exists.
    It is impossible to become that stupid during only one lifetim!

    Like

    • 67
      dai evans says:

      Must be a taffy with that name surely? Says a lot.

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      • 238
        But We Love The Welsh Anyway says:

        Taffy is a Welshman
        Taffy is a twit
        Taffy went on Twitter
        To tweet a load of shit

        Taffy is a Welshman
        Taffy is a queen
        Taffy should just sod off
        and not be heard or seen

        Taffy is a Welshman
        Taffy is a prat
        Taffy’s an example
        Of what is called “moonbat”

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  26. 57
    The Beancounter says:

    If the benefit is cut and all these people can no longer afford the rent, they’ll have to move out. If the landlord then can’t find anyone else to move in, because none of those looking can afford the rent then either he sells the property or reduces the rent to the level that people can afford.

    There will be a painful period while all this happens, but perhaps enlightened landlords (are there any?) will pre-empt this and reduce their rent in line with the new housing benefit. If it takes a month to get a new tenant in, that’s over £1600 lost, plus any agent or legal fees, which they could spread over 16 months by reducing the rent by £100.

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  27. 60
    nellnewman says:

    Well I’m glad some people think that cap is reasonable because I’m afraid I don’t.

    Why should we the taxpayer pay so much money for unemployable people’s housing benefit when cheaper housing is available elsewhere?

    It isn’t acceptable.

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  28. 65
    Nigel Havers choked on Quavers says:

    Owen Jones went to Oxford, I believe.

    Strikes me as the type who has never worked a shit job, for a shit wage, and had to make a tenner last till the end of the month. Probably made a stack of cash out of cosmopolitan lefties with that ‘Chavs’ book.

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    • 75
      Anonymous says:

      I fucking hate these patronising little gits, “working on behalf of the poor and vulnerable”, yeah right. I’m one of the poor and vulnerable and they can suck my dick. Piss off and get a life Jones, you pretentious tosser.

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      • 94
        I don't need no doctor says:

        There are just too many piss takers playing at fake socialism. Jones, Toynbee, Sarwotka, Crowe, Harman, Miliband…………the list goes on and on.

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      • 95
        Book Cover Judge says:

        Judging by Owen’s ‘Jimmy Somerville’ look, he’d probably love a bit of sucky, and a bit of reciprocation too.

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      • 183
        Rip van Wrinkle says:

        There’s no need to beat around the bush. now is there. Just tell us what you really think!!

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  29. 68
    Jeronimo says:

    I am not sure if I heard this correctly this morning (it was early morning ) the powers that be were saying that people on £100,000 or more would not be eligable to have council houses, surely anyone on that salary is quite capable of obtaining a house and mortgage or renting in the private sector. Anyone on that salary should not be in a council house anyway.

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    • 79
      Universal Hiss says:

      I think Bob Crowe begs to differ comrade.

      Up the workers & all that.

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      • 89
        I don't need no doctor says:

        Bob Crowe is a scumbag. How many of his union members have similar housing benefits. None I would bet, yet they blindly follow this do as I say not as I do parasite. He is taking the piss out of you comrades, wake up, hello!
        That other parasite Sarwotka also takes the piss.
        Why do people blindly follow Crowe and Sarwotka? Are people that stupid?

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        • 100
          Universal Hiss says:

          In a word,yes.

          Have you read Cif on the subject? Most amusing.

          I’ts wonderful so many bleeding hearts want to give all their earnings away in tax to BTL landlords,Somalians just arrived with six children or Crowe leeches.

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          • AC1 says:

            > I’ts wonderful so many bleeding hearts want to give all their earnings

            That would be OK… However they want to give away OTHER PEOPLES earnings on things that would harm them!

            Like

          • Anonymous says:

            Somali immigrants clearing in excess of 37k on benefits

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        • 184
          Anonymous says:

          Yes!

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    • 107
      South of the M4 says:

      You heard correctly. It was not a New Years party hangover thing. If that helps.

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  30. 73
    • 88
      BillyBob... says:

      A new low for the British Police :)

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    • 281
      Honest View says:

      Would the police have jetted over to say Australia or Canada to reassure the parents?
      I’ve every sympathy for them (the parents) but methinks racism is evident here, racism being the treating of people in a different way because of their race.

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  31. 74
    Jimmy says:

    If only someone could have foreseen that depleting social housing stock would send the HB bill through the roof. Who knew?

    Still I’m sure the government’s exciting new idea to shift the unemployed to the parts of the country with fewest vacancies will really kick start the recovery.

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    • 78
      Gordon Brown says:

      British jobs for British workers!

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      • 87
        Nick Griffin says:

        Fuck off that’s my line!

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        • 92
          Gordon Brown says:

          OK. I abolished boom and bust!

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          • Well it's a thought says:

            No you abolished jobs and control of the (w)bankers and Liebours options in telling the people what you will do when you ever get back in for another reign of terror, remember the Lisbon treaty thing, which you took to the courts, we do.

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          • AC1 says:

            Actually the bankers did EXACTLY what Gordo wanted/regulated, which is to create as much credit as possible to pretend the economy wasn’t FUBARed.

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          • Gordie.. says:

            I am not prudent. I admit it. :(

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    • 101
      AC1 says:

      What? Houses have vanished? What’s happened is subsidised immigration, nimby planning controls and a PM with a love of credit (and a stupid population who think falls in the affordability of shelter is wealth).

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      • 128
        smoggie says:

        If they can’t find work in Islington then they are clearly unemployable, Move the fuckers to Liverpool.

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        • 178
          Bunny says:

          Fuck that one off, we have spent years telling people it is a shit hole to keep the housing prices down, people out and maintain a decent lifestyle, and you want to cock it up by sending people here again.

          Like

    • 119
      Norman Tebbit says:

      On yer bike!

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      • 147
        Londoner says:

        They are only being asked to move about three or four stops (eg 20 minutes away) along the Victoria line or Picadilly lines. Anyone would think that they were being sent back to Mogadishu.

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    • 234
      Tiny Bliar says:

      Did someone say depleting housing stock? That was my idea we practiced this policy for 13 years so don’t you go claiming it Jimbo.

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  32. 81
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Owen Jones should fund a “benefit” family directly from his own income. Then we would hear the little shit bleat.

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  33. 82
    Fees Office Clerk says:

    Owen Jones is a c.u.n.t.

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  34. 83
    WVM says:

    Owen Jones, is he that Mr pro-multicultural mass immigration BBC luvvie pinko marxist anti-free speech commie bastard?
    Oh yes I remember him.

    Like

    • 86
      BillyBob... says:

      Chop off ‘is knob, the knob !

      Like

    • 90
      Billy the Queen says:

      Off with his head!

      Like

      • 156
        Fish says:

        What ever happened to David Starkey? Never, ever saw him on the Beeb after that.

        Like

        • 157

          He still makes History programs for the BBC.

          Just a bit more…diversified and accessible to the kids.
          Check it out bro’.

          Like

          • “Yoh, you youth
            You wanna listen to me
            I know ’bout Hen-ree
            And Anne B.
            Ho, give her cherry

            On Henry’s bone,
            So he broke with Rome
            And set off
            The Reformation
            Of the nation
            Caused damnation
            Raised taxation.

            Hear my narration.

            I’m ‘em sea,
            Starkee”


            The Pope said
            ‘Mary is now successor,
            Henry was Lord Protector.
            Now he’s a defector.
            “I’m no Conscientious Objector
            I’m gonna put a crossbow bolt in his ass.’

            Henry wasn’t timid,
            He was livid
            So he dissolved the Monasteries

            Listen to my commentaries.”

            Dr Dave.
            Starkee M.C.

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  35. 84
    Asif says:

    All those sham-pain socialists in Islington and Chelsea can come to live in Luton or Leicester, they’ll really appreciate the great diversity and the appearance of being in Islamabad.

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    • 150
      Really enjoying the Socialist idyll of segregated multiculturalism says:

      I prefer Tower Hamlets, no, I really do. I’m learning Bangla and saving up for a Burka for the wife.

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  36. 96
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    No mention of the people who are actually living off housing benefit – the landlords. We used to have rent officers and rent tribunals who kept rents under control. Always better to blame the tenants.

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  37. 108

    Ed Miliband got a mention on Charlie Brooker’s review of 2011.

    “He’s like a boy, who’s won a competition to lead a political party, but he always looks a bit worried. Like he thinks someone’s gonna throw his satchel on the roof..”

    Here’s the rest.

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    • 161
      c.eng says:

      The fact that this gormless c*nt is Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition is profoundly depressing.

      More depressing is the State Media’s support for massive incomes paid by the taxpayer to the undeserving.

      No wonder the UK is target No. 1 for scroungers from around the world.

      When is Cameron going to get a grip.

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  38. 113
    Universal Hiss says:

    Point taken but they bleed their social wringing of hands in the first person. I take from that they would like to pay the costs.

    However logic does not go hand in hand with the wringing thereof I guess.

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  39. 116
    The 99% says:

    In other news…
    On it’s 10th anniversary this weekend the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) said there was a 99% chance that the Euro would not survive the next 10 years. :)

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8987886/Eurozone-collapse-starts-this-year-says-CEBR.html

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    • 124

      I predict there is a 99% chance that the coalition won’t last for 10 years.
      That Obama won’t still be President in 10 years time and that the price of stamps will be higher in 2021 than it is now.

      Oh..and a hundred other 50 guaranteed things too.

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    • 127
      Universal Hiss says:

      Misprint.

      10 months.

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    • 132
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

      Does that mean we have to throw money at it for the next ten years (Via IMF contributions) of course ?

      So that’s another 10 years of negative growth an recession !
      Marvelous !

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    • 140
      A bit of Farage and Bloom says:

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  40. 120
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

    Liam Byrne “There’s no money left”
    Now you know why you dopey twat !

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  41. 131
    Some Geezer wot's seen his share of dolts with their heads up their arses says:

    Attempts to address the problems of “maldistribution” of housing often are a cure worse than the disease:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/american-murder-mystery/6872/4/?single_page=true
    One would think the more “progressive” among us, like Owen Jones, would adopt a John Rawls do-no-harm approach to dealing with the inequalities in society. I purposely chose an American example, as Mr Jones, according to his wikipedia entry, is an American History scholar. (And to paraphrase Lady Bracknell, we all know how reliable that is, but what else can you go by?)

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  42. 134
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of says:

    I used to do work for letting agents up here in the north west !
    Who managed 27,000 properties whilst out driving the other day i passed several that i used to work on all had “For sale by auction” boards outside
    That to me seems a clear indication that the owners know the bubble has burst

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  43. 138
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    I wonder who would win the next election with Liebore promising to abolish the housing benefit cap and the Tories promising to cut it, even more, to the level of the minimum wage.

    Go for it Ed :-)

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  44. 151
    william says:

    The Labour party has voted to be a party perpetually out of government.

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    • 162
      c.eng says:

      It should be banned by law by now, as harmful to the health and well being of the nation; what’s left of it.

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  45. 153
    A New Healthier Olympian Britain says:

    Why leave out fatty Pickles?

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    • 189
      Displaced Brummie says:

      Of course Labour thinks this rent cap is a bad idea! Why? Because every lowlife modern-day Peter Rachman wannabe keeps the local Labour councils sweet, to ensure that the rents they charge for their hovels are unrealistically high and that little notice is taken of the lack of maintenance of the properties that they own.

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      • 201
        Why No O-Regen Fraud Charges? says:

        In some boroughs, Peter Rachman is on the council and has his relatives working in the housinf department. Kerching.

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    • 195
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Ah, fatty fatty fat-fuck Pickles. We used to hear so much from him, in the early days when Camoron had barely beaten Brown. But now.. nothing.

      Who can forget the videos of wobbly old fatty fat fuck Pickles, wobbling away, oh-so-smugly?

      Is the useless fat fuck still alive? Still plotting (and no doubt wheezing and wobbling) to bury Britain under concrete?

      How ironic, because that’s where useless fatty fat fuck Pickles should be buried. Under concrete. Alive.

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  46. 154
    Universal Hiss says:

    I was just pondering about homes being traded as investment/scam trading units.

    Perhaps it really did start in America with Clinton’s insistence that banks gave mortgages to people who did not have a hope in hell of repayment. Of course what happened over the pond soon swam here & with McGormless at the helm….

    With the 125% mortgages & the lying self certification ones,the low interest BTLs it could only really end in tears for many.

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  47. 155
    thirdchamber says:

    The hidden cost of this is also the lost tax/NI for that “virtual” £30K salary .. so in addition to £30,000 to pay for it, there is another £7300 of lost tax from the employee, and a further £3000 tax from the employer a total cost to the public purse of £40,300. And remember to actually have the money to pay this £40,300 needs people and companies to have paid the tax on their profits & earnings … at a (very) rough rate of 24% across the board, this means profts/earnings of £168,000

    That means to pay this ONE household the initial rate of £438 per week equates to other tax payers having annual profits of £168,000 .. and this is just ONE household …

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  48. 167
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    if we could stop the lazy huhnes from havin children then the problem would go away to a grate extent. Is there no medical way to stop it whilst they are on benefits – no stop sex just stop gettin pregant. I would campain for that.

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    • 170
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Lame.

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    • 212
      Gordie.. says:

      Rajiv ghandi’s younger brother tried it once, india. He did not last very long. Authoritarian Singapore and controlling china have tried it too,with more success.

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      • 283
        Honest View says:

        Stop all child benefits and charge a modest amount for edjookatioon. This would reduce the breeding pretty rapidly, I suspect. Even if it didn’t, it would save a hell of a lot of money.

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  49. 169
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Whenever the £400 a week cap is reached, after 3 months it should automatically reduce by £50 each month until it reaches £250 a week – that way, the tenant gets over a year’s progressive notice to find somewhere cheaper or start earning some money to pay the rent themselves.

    It’s a Countdown Benefit Clock.

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    • 192
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Or, a simpler method, anyone claiming benefits for more than 6 months should be shot in the head, dumped in a pit and covered in quicklime.

      Along with all of their family.

      It’s a “clean-up the DNA pool thing”. It’ll work.

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  50. 185
    Martin says:

    Housing benefit goes to working people. In London it mostly goes to working people. How do you think the people who clean shiny office floors in central London afford to live?

    Ideal? No. A better solution would be to hike council tax on empty properties, and second homes, compulsorily purchase long-term used brownfield sites for ordinary housing, reduce taxes on property building and improvement whilst taxing the hell out of speculation. Then we might have property prices at a rate normal working people can afford.

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    • 203
      Market says:

      If you wan’t to get your office cleaned pay up. Simps

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    • 210
      AC1 says:

      Google Ricardo’s law of Rent and become a Georgist.

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    • 223
      Another Engineer says:

      Remove the market distortion to remove the speculation. Fix the cause not the symptom.

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    • 232
      City of Vice says:

      Why should the state subsidise the living quarters of the servants employed by the better off? A lack of credit control on the one hand (thanks Gordon!) plus excessive government involvement in the domestic housing market is what caused the mess in the first place.

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      • 242
        Displaced Brummie says:

        Do what Labour politicians and leading lefty journalists do! Just employ people at below the minimum wage or for no pay at all and then… ah. That’s Labour for you.

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  51. 187
    long snout says:

    I have long thought that very high house prices are at bottom of every problem in this castle. Think about their effects, for a start, it makes a home unaffordable for the low paid. The pernicious effects just keep going on.

    During Labour, Brown fuelled the housing bubble, prices trebled in their 13 years. So you could argue that the housing support paid by the taxpayer, could have been 2/3rd lower than it is now, if Brown had not been allowed for his political motives to get the false housing price boom started.

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    • 220
      The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

      He didn’t help by boosting the population with imported foreign labour. Outside the Metropolis there are towns in rural areas of England where vegetable pickers are packed six to a room in any place they can get.

      Now if the locals took those jobs instead and they were paid a half decent wage we would have to pay a bit more for our food but some of the problems you discuss here wouldn’t exist, would they?

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    • 237
      Spartacus says:

      politics of envy showing

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    • 239
      AC1 says:

      The price of building a house did not change, the Land Cost went up five fold.

      Rent seeking is a privately collected tax.

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  52. 188
    Rivals the crime rate of Johannesburg says:

    I’ve just been catching up with today’s news. It’s dominated by a series of murders and massacres. What the fuck?

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  53. 191
    Keef Joseph says:

    Sterilise her.

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  54. 193
    Pay Per Cum says:

    Jacqui Smith on Sky paper review. Richard must be home watching College Sluts IV.

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  55. 197
    Ed Milliband says:

    I will use the Guardian’s hypocritical outrage to remind everyone that I am an opportunistic sniveling little shit.

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  56. 205
    Oh FFS says:

    Owen Jones is a fucking prick. I’d love to kick him in the face.

    It’s difficult to determine whether he is stupid or just dishonest, although I am suspecting he is mainly dishonest.

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    • 218
      WVM says:

      If I ever see that smug sanctimonious twat I’ll drag the skinny little mouthy c’unt outside and smash his fuckin’ spine in and hang him from traitors’ gate for all to see.

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  57. 213
    Bob Crowe state scrounger says:

    Fak off you toffs, I needz ma benefits.

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  58. 216
    Chukka Urmunneyaround says:

    We never stop ‘rubbing the Right’s nose in it’.

    http://www.labourdiversityfund.com/

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  59. 219
    albacore says:

    So government’s off on a great crusade
    Fighting injustice in benefits paid
    Well, bless their little cotton socks!
    But then you think outside the box
    Wherever they meddle, things get worse
    Parliament’s no blessing. It’s a curse
    They intend to spread to the countryside
    The paradise they’ve nurtured citywide

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  60. 226
    nellnewman says:

    so they’re capping housing benefit at £500 per week. More than most people will ever pay in mortgage!!

    And labour don’t think that’s enough . Or rather labour think they need to demand more than that to get them votes to get militwit into no.10.

    And

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    • 243
      Displaced Brummie says:

      £500 a week? Christ, that’s about double what I get in pay every week, before stoppages!

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      • 276
        will says:

        I point the article and quote on guido blog yesterday from the guardian. I am glad he has used it.

        “for example 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.”

        Most of this maximum benefit will only apply to london, do not believe organisations such as the national housing federation as they are a lobby group with an agenda.

        Mind you he has not quoted the quote of ethnic cleansing quoted by polly toynbee. According to her you would think that families will be herded at gunpoint out of london.

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        • 284
          Honest View says:

          We’ll all be herded out of London at gunpoint soon. A bit more 3rd world immigration should do it.

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  61. 227
    City of Vice says:

    Housing Benefit , ‘Social Housing ‘and all manner of government incentives serve only to prop up unrealistic rents and property prices. The house price bubble is the other side of the coin to this, and represent a significant barrier to productive investment, the mobility of labour and social mobility per se. Only private sector spivs selling debt (mortgages) and socialist poverty pimps with an interest in keeping the poor poor really benefit from the current arrangements.

    By unrealistic I mean rents and house prices that are simply unaffordable when taken against ordinary workers’ take home pay. If a more or less free market were in place in the domestic housing market the market would adjust downwards to what people can afford to pay out of their own wages whether buying or renting.

    None of the mainstream political parties will do much about this (i.e. get the government out of pricing decisions in the domestic housing market) because the economy is based fools gold which has the added benefit of making debt burdened proles think they are rich.

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  62. 229
    Ed Milliband says:

    Labour voters should look to 2012 with optimism and not despair – despite the operation to fix my hemorrhoids, I am still an opportunistic sniveling little shit.

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    This Country Is Fucked says:

    Try being a single white male with a job trying to get a council house.

    Yeah thats right, non existent in this country.

    Laughed the fuck out of the Council Office and down the street.

    But if your some unemployed drug dealing Ni99er shagging every woman in sight with four kids by different women you and a baby mama can walk straight into a house the next week after filling out the forms.

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    • 247
      joescotus says:

      ++one million &counting

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    • 252
      albacore says:

      Heresy! Heresy! Recant! Recant!
      Or be crucified for such wicked rant
      Accept Dave as your one true saviour
      And sin no more in your behaviour
      Follow the path of the LibLabCon holy
      Be always righteous. And meek. And lowly

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    • 285
      Honest View says:

      In some ways the housing bubble started when double incomes were taken into account in determining the level of the borrowing limit.
      This meant that very rapidly, single people could forget about buying property- they were priced out of the market.
      But then, who gives a shit for single people? They’re are just a workforce waiting to be taxed and taxed and taxed to pay for “hard-working families”.

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  65. 248
    Lev says:

    Labour 2010 manifesto (http://www.labour.org.uk/uploads/TheLabourPartyManifesto-2010.pdf):

    “Our goal is to make responsibility the cornerstone of our welfare state. Housing
    Benefit will be reformed to ensure that we do not subsidise people to live in the private sector on rents that other ordinary working families could not afford.” -Page 2:3

    Alas, Boris Johnson is (was?) against the Gov on this, describing it as “social cleansing”. Idiot.

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      Honest View says:

      The problem with the well-heeled urban elite of whatever party is that they have a comfortable life-style which is not really affected by the disgrace of the workshy living better than those who contribute taxes to pay for them.
      The real anger is felt by those who have to pay taxes and yet cannot afford the sort of housing that their taxes provide for others. It’s an abomination, and it’s demoralising- and it’s unjust.

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    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    She won’t have time to help as she is too busy taking her son to his private school and back.

    Exactly who is paying the fees

    Have you ever wondered why a politico from the ethnic minorities with an Oxbridge degree couldn’t get a place in Blair/Brown’s governements !! Is she really that stupid.

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  67. 262
    lola says:

    Some years ago, probably in about 2005, I had a couple come to see me to see if they could get a mortgage to buy a house. He earned about £19,000 including overtime and they had six children. She did no taxable work. One or more of the eldest doughters worked for cash as hairdressers. When I looked at it, and grossed up the real value of all their benefits, his gross equivalent income was £60,000 p.a., plus whatever cash income came in from daughters and wife. They were not bad people at all. But the system just showered all this largesse on them.

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    Anonymous says:

    Guido your comments are usually better considered than your current gutter press anylysis. The Chartered Institute of Housing have put together the results of a survey into the effect of the housing benefit/LHA limits. Specifically the survey looks at how many private properties in each area will cease to be affordable through housing benefit, how many housing benefit claimants there are in each area and, where available, how many properties remain affordable.
    The headline is that just shy of 800,000 properties nationally (including Scotland) will cease to be affordable, though there is considerable variation across areas and even across London boroughs.
    Some of the results are very disturbing. Westminster has a projected shortfall of some 5,300 properties, Newham some 6,300 and Enfield some 12,000. Merseyside is short of 9,000 affordable properties and Birmingham 11,500.
    Not sure how being priced out of the London Borough of Enfield has the same ring as being priced out of Chelsea!

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      Honest View says:

      I live in the North, am well educated and thrifty. I work hard in a responsible profession. But I would be priced out of Enfield, too. It’s difficult to get too worked up about those who do not contribute also getting priced out of an absurdly overpriced part of the world.

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  69. 268
    Polly Toynbee says:

    I blame the biased BBC for savage Tory cuts on housing benefit!

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    HQ says:

    “those of US who work”?

    When was the last time you did a day’s work?

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  71. 273
    Anonymous says:

    “That rent alone is higher than median wages.”

    If only we stopped all the fucking foreigners coming here and driving up housing costs.

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  72. 288
    i d rather vote for Larry the Cat says:

    if Labour party could have their way the uk would be turned into north korea. people need money to live on if you tax 0 you get 0 but Labour are not on the side of indigneous people of the uk when they are overloading uk with 10 million immigrants. Politicians are the cause of suffering poverty misery surge in crime all thats wrong with the world=wars etc and inequality plus broken lives.

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