Keeping it in the family

How would the government’s own policies fare under the new families test?

The test published by Iain Duncan Smith will apply to all new laws and policies ‘to make sure they support strong and stable families’. It follows a speech by David Cameron in August promising family impact assessments of all domestic policies as part of a wider speech about family-friendly policy.

As I blogged at the time, Cameron was careful to avoid giving the impression that he only meant traditional families. However, his speech exposed a huge gap between rhetoric and reality on everything from the benefit cap to the bedroom tax, out-of-area homelessness placements to the private rented sector and troubled families to wider welfare reform.

So who better to set out the detail than a secretary of state famed for his ability to believe he is right regardless of the inconvenient facts?

-> Read the rest of this post on Inside Edge, my blog for Inside Housing 


2 Comments on “Keeping it in the family”

  1. sdbast says:

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

  2. Chris says:

    The nearly 70 per cent in benefit sanctions to young family with new baby or someone 60 with health issues, the running down of Housing Benefit, taxing the poor with Bedroom Tax whilst MPs get paid to have extra bedrooms galore and house a family member visiting overnight with an extra expense allowance, and taxing benefit, including in future sick/disabled benefit.

    The working poor who are the bulk of those going to food banks.

    Early retired in lieu of redundancy on tiny works pensions as little as £2,800 especially for women. Then denied state pension payout at 60, with the losses and reductions to come for women born from 1953 and men born from 1951.

    Our political class appear to be an enemy to the wellbeing of families of all ages.

    Labour could do worse than better the 2015 manifesto pledges of The Greens, that solve all this cruelty to families of all ages and might even pay off national debt by the end of the need for benefits admin of DWP/private contractors and for Jobcentres, saving billions.

    The Greens offer:

    – universal Citizen Income, non-withdrawable, to the level of basic tax allowance

    Supplement for people living alone and to the disabled.

    And The Greens offer a Bettered Citizen State Pension,
    that leaves not one citizen with nil food and fuel money forever in old age,
    as now threatens women born from 1953 and men born from 1951
    with the Pension Bills 2010-2014 that Labour is not offering to repeal / abolish law.


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