This is a continuation of my recent blogs on welfare benefits. ( You can see all the posts on this subject by clicking on “Welfare Benefits “ in the Tag Cloud )
The LAST LAUGH LOONY PARTY will adopt a totally new approach to welfare benefits for older people, if they are elected at the next General Election. The LLLP starts from the basis that older people should not have to live on benefits. They have worked and saved all their lives and should now be entitled to a good pension.
The LLLP approach will be based on the following common sense principles :-
- Don’t take money off people, only to give it back
- Give advice before giving benefits
- Then only to people in proven need
- Cut out as much bureauracy as possible
- Make the administration local and face to face
- Easy to understand, easy to claim
- Not easy to fiddle. Fiddling by a few damages the reputation of the many
We will engage the services of the Red Tape Crusader to sweep away the 5772 pages of existing regulation and replace it with a single page of A4 in LARGE PRINT. All local councils will have to recruit a group of retired volunteers to advise anyone who has problems understanding the single page.
This will of course displace thousands of civil servants, they can be redployed in the Brexit Department tearing up the European legislation in 27 different languages. When this is done, estimated to be in 2028, they will be relocated to the Amazon rain forest to plant new trees.
FOOTNOTE – Please note, I hasten to add that I am no expert and anyone reading this should not take my observations or figures as fact. Hopefully before I finish this series of blogs, I will have raised awareness of some of the issues in the welfare benefits system. If you’re intending to make a claim, you should go to one of the trusted agencies like Age UK or Citizens Advice Bureau.