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– Yes Minister welcomes the Inquiry into the impact of the changes to Housing Benefit

We welcome this inquiry!

The Coalition Government has a huge challenge.

The poor will suffer much more if we rely too heavily on using the welfare budget as one of the main leverages for cutting the deficit.

I am sure you have heard it before….. but the analogy of the swimming pool is appropriate and goes like this

…… You have a swimming pool with a ladder ascending out of it.

There are three people on the ladder, one on the top rung, the other in the middle and the last person is at the lowest point  just above water level.

In the interest of fairness and equality each person is told that they need to share the pain and will need to go down 1 rung to make room.

After stepping down one rung, the person at the bottom begins to drown because his 1 rung was the only thing that kept him above water.

The changes to Housing Benefit will quite literally be a matter of life and death for some individuals and families.

I think that we all agree that something needs to be done; lets hope that this inquiry will effectively sift the evidence and arrive at conclusions that are fair and equitable, that protects not only the most vulnerable but the needy and those on the Margins.


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