TONY BLAIR’S government plans to rob 7.4 million of Britain’s poorest people. Blair caused an outcry by giving pensioners an insulting rise of just 75p in October 1999. Now he wants to rob the unemployed. People on benefits are to get an annual increase of just 70p a week. People on Jobseeker’s Allowance, income support and incapacity benefit get their benefits adjusted this month.
New Labour decrees the rises should be pegged at last September’s inflation rate. Inflation has nearly tripled since, so this is an effective cut. People on Jobseeker’s Allowance will see their benefit rise from just £53.95 to £54.65 a week.
Simon, who is unemployed, told Socialist Worker, ‘I have money worries all the time. I am just slipping further and further behind. Cuts like these reduce me as a human being.’
Reballots have opened the way to bigger struggle