Iain Duncan Smith introduced the benefits freeze in April 2015 to force people off Social Security and into work.
Labour in Government, under Jeremy Corbyn, plans to persevere with the policy, indefinitely …
Today, Tuesday 24th July 2018, Jeremy Corbyn attacks the use of “cheap labour from abroad”.
Labour’s recent General Election Manifesto, enthusiastically endorsed by Jeremy Corbyn, would have kept £7 billion of the £9 billion of Tory Social Security cuts for which Jacob Rees-Mogg cheerfully voted and over which IDS resigned.
The benefits freeze hits people on Employment and Support Allowance (including the critically ill, terminally ill and those with degenerative diseases), Income Support (which is mostly claimed by lone parents until their youngest child is 5) and Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Had Kinnock or Smith or Blair or Brown or Miliband gone into a General Election not committed to ending the benefits freeze and scrapping the benefits cap then Corbyn and many of his supporters would have been all over them like a rash.
And rightly so …
But when Jeremy does it, they are ok with it.
Jeremy Corbyn may significantly ease the sanctions regime put in place by the Conservatives since May 2010, but the most effective sanction is one that sees the real value of a benefit decline day by day.
The basic weekly rates of Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance, for someone aged 25 and over, has been £73.10 per week since April 2015,
It was £73.10 per week in April 2018.
It will remain, indefinitely, £73.10 per week under a Labour Government led by Jeremy Corbyn.