Income Support claimants received a letter from the Ministry of Misinformation last week regarding payment of parish rates. It stated that that income support payments were calculated to include the cost of rates, so anyone who says they cannot pay their bill will receive a slapped wrist, but no further help from the Ministry.
Unfortunately, the Minister Without Portfolio has conveniently forgotten that when he sabotaged the rules regarding medical costs, many people on low incomes were forced to beg for HMA accounts. It wasn't made clear at the time that the amount paid weekly into the claimant's HMA account was subsequently deducted from another part of their income support allowance. No such thing as a free lunch!
So, when the Minister was publicly announcing what a good boy he was for helping the poor receive medical care, he was secretly deducting money from other allowances. Result: claimants have to pay more towards their rent, reducing the amount they can save towards their rates bill and are now been told it's all their own fault if they can't pay up, when it was the Minister who caused the problem in the first place.
" Politics is the art of looking for trouble,finding it whether it exists or not,diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy."
Sir Ernest Benn 1930