Month: June 2015

Housing benefit to be targeted in Osborne’s welfare cuts – IFS

We’re not even 6 months into the Conservative government and already the poorest in society are being hit the hardest by Osborne’s welfare cuts. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

Housing benefit could be cut by over 10% in George Osborne’s July Budget as the government attempts to deliver its commitment to reduce welfare spending by £12 billion in two years.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies said today that the pledge to protect child benefit from the social security cuts means HB, along with tax credits and disability/incapacity benefits, would “most likely” take the biggest hit.

Carl Emmerson, IFS deputy director, explained: “One area where the Conservatives’ manifesto commits to make cuts is in social security spending (outside of protected spending on state pensions and universal pensioner benefits). But finding the sought after £12 billion of cuts in just two years will not be easy.

“Cuts of this scale amount to almost 10% of unprotected benefits. Finding such a reduction without cutting child benefit, which has been pledged this week, would mean that even more significant cuts would likely be…

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A Tribute to Charles Kennedy

You would have all heard by now the sad news about the passing of former MP Charles Kennedy, who died at the age of 55. Up until the recent General Election, he was the MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber constituency.

Since the news of his death, there have been many tributes to the former MP, stating his passion for politics and his bravery in leading marches which opposed the Iraq War as well as the remarkable parliamentary gains he had made as leader of the Liberal Democrats. His career in politics span three decades and he certainly made his mark in speaking out for change as well as relating to the people by speaking human and being human.

He was indeed a remarkable MP who always represented the views of the people and did not just follow the status quo. As someone who is developing a career in politics, he was and will remain an admirable figure in that he achieved so much in so little time. Charles Kennedy definitely proved how you can make drastic change, both on a local and national scale by sticking to your guns and responding to the views and opinions of those he represented. I hope aspiring politicians such as myself can learn from his career and mirror the level of success he created within the UK political sphere.

He was taken away far too soon, and my thoughts go out to his family. RIP Charles Kennedy, gone but not forgotten.