Posted: 26/08/2017 at 16:23
Maybe if the maximum that a family could get on benefits ,was reduced to that of an adult working 40 hours a week on minimum wage , less tax and NI, then a few of those that have never worked might deem it better to try and get any job, than sit at home. I work in a Pharmacy with an attached subpost office, and it is totally demoralising for the staff who work their butts off for a bit above minimum wage, to see those who are on various benefits collecting their weekly dole, which is often more than the staff get for working. The current maximum is £24,000 per year. A person would need to earn 30k to take home that. We should always look after those who are ill or have fallen on hard times, but the welfare state should be a safety net, not a feather bed.
I think that no developer should be given permission to build on a greenfield site in an area where there are brownfield sites. There are acres of victorian housing and derelict factories that need clearing and rebuilding as new eco friendly homes.