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March 17, 2007

Parents and Benefits

A report out on how the benefits system get gamed. One example:

In extreme cases, couples can be up to £10,000 a year "better off" by lying about the status of their relationship.

The Office for National Statistics says there are 1.9 million lone parents, but the Government is paying out to around 2.1 million.

Just more fuel for the fire on the citizens basic income.

March 17, 2007 in Your Tax Money at Work | Permalink


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Has it occurred to anyone that a carbon trading scheme with individual allocations is a citizens basic income: those carbon allocations can be sold for cash.

Posted by: Kay Tie | Mar 17, 2007 8:50:16 AM

Kay Tie, how is a Granny in Newcastle going to sell her personal carbon voucher?

The proceeds of any further UK tax on fossil fuel should be dished per capita out to UK citizens as a universal benefit.

Firstly, universal benefits are a good thing.

Second, this will stave off the lefties, who (for whatever reason that is not clear to me) always say, "oh no, we can't have more tax on fossil fuels because that would hurt pensioners and people on low incomes".

Posted by: Mark Wadsworth | Mar 17, 2007 9:36:33 AM

"Kay Tie, how is a Granny in Newcastle going to sell her personal carbon voucher?"

At a high street bank where she will get ripped off by the commission rates, just like when she sells Euros?

Personal tradeable carbon credits will be just like a parallel currency.

Posted by: Kay Tie | Mar 17, 2007 9:46:39 AM

Or by sticking her carbon card in the cash machine, selecting "sell 10 points", being told how much she'd get back for them, and pressing 'ok' or 'cancel'. The whole thing can be powered by a single market on which carbon is bought and sold, and buyers and sellers may be charged a modest, fixed transaction charge for dealing.

Posted by: sanbikinoraion | Mar 20, 2007 8:57:55 AM