Sunday, 28 April 2013

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In the light of the benefits scandals, the BBC has published an article pondering How little money can a person live on? It mentions that some people on benefits have to live on £53 a week, and then goes through the "essential" costs, but neglects to tot them all up. I presume this is so that you come away thinking that it's perfectly easy to live on £53 a week, anyone can do it. Plus it waves around the magical £350 week per single adult that you can supposedly claim on benefits. I'm on ESA and high-rate DLA, and I don't get anything like that, and I now have to cough up over £100 a month to pay for support workers who are variously homophobic, don't meet basic literacy standards, and keep on wrenching my arm painfully due to lack of proper movement and handling training.

Let's have a look at their maths, shall we.

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