Well, would you credit it, as my Mum used to say, well yes, and no…
This, from November 2013: Please bear with me:
Cut benefits cap to £20,000, say Tories: Group of MPs says amount should be cut by £6,000 to send message to workshy that they cannot live comfortably on handouts
By Jason Groves for the Daily Mail 23:37 18 Nov 2013, updated 00:01 19 Nov 2013
No one should be allowed to claim more than £20,000 a year in benefits, an influential group of Tory MPs said yesterday.
Members of the Free Enterprise Group of Conservative MPs issued a unanimous call for the flagship welfare cap to be reduced from its current level of £26,000.
Tory MP Brooks Newmark said the benefits cap should be reduced to the value of the average £26,000 salary after tax – equal to just over £20,000
MPs said it would help raise cash to pay for middle-class tax cuts, as well as sending out a powerful message that the unemployed should not be able to live a comfortable life on benefits.
Tory MP Brooks Newmark said the cap should be reduced to the value of the average £26,000 salary after tax – equal to just over £20,000.
Mr Newmark said: ‘Many hard-working people in my constituency do not understand why we have a welfare cap that allows people to get £26,000 effectively post-tax. That is equal to an income of £35,000 pre-tax.
‘If we want tax cuts elsewhere we should lower the welfare cap to something more reasonable. For people who are fit and able to work they should be able to get no more than the equivalent of £26,000 post-tax.’
Fellow Tory David Ruffley said private polling conducted on behalf of Number 10 showed that the benefit cap was supported by about 80 per cent of the public. But he said 80 per cent of those backing it also thought it was too high.
Mr Ruffley said: ‘Most people think it is way too high – we should cut it to £20,000.’
My reason for recycling this nonsense is since it was, apparently, resurrected as a possible course of action in the last couple of days. This was reported by SpyJoeHarwood today. What can I say? How could they pay for tax cuts for the high earners by plunging tens of thousands of kids into homeless poverty?
The consequences are going to be so outrageous, so horrendous, that it will surely be an own goal against the Tory Party’s insidious selfish lack of imagination.