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Raise the retirement age, cut welfare..will that work? there or here?

– Britain will cut half a million jobs, slash the welfare state and raise the retirement age as part of an unprecedented cost-cutting drive that will test the strength of both the economy and the ruling coalition.

Conservative finance minister George Osborne's spending review on Wednesday turned up the heat on the Liberal Democrat coalition partners and kept alive a debate about whether Britain's economic recovery can survive the cuts.

Unions reacted angrily but public protest in Britain in Britain has so far been muted compared with France, where unions are trying to force a retreat on pension reform with protests including blockades of fuel depots.

"Tackling this budget deficit is unavoidable. The decisions about how we do it are not. There are choices. And today we make them," Conservative finance minister George Osborne told parliament.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:11 AM on Oct. 20, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • You can't really parallel British welfare (or the cuts to it) to US welfare and any cuts people want to make. In the UK, your welfare check is available for life. You don't have to prove you're working or going to school if you don't feel like it. You don't get alotted food stamps and rent payment and then a cash stipend - you get a lump sum check every week in excess of $1000 (or more if there's more people - that's just single mother and child). You can cash that and spend it any way you want, even if that means $1000 of vodka, cigarettes and crack - there's no accountability for how it's spent. They have entire towns that are the equivalent of a section 8 housing project in the US, only instead of being a single complex, it's the whole town. If you put the UK on the system we use in the US, it would be a massive cut and loudly protested - you'd have to cut theirs in half to get near what we have currently.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:31 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Wow, Britain is broke because of entitlements...Business Confidence is low in Britain. And the unions are upset because they are about to lose entitlements? Interesting...

    The crackdown will include launching a new fraud investigation service, fining those who claim for benefits to which they are not entitled and removing benefits for three years from three-time offenders.

    The finance minister has already said he will end child benefit payments for many higher earners in Britain, where welfare takes up a third of government spending.

    It appears, they are CUTTING WASTE....

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:26 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Ohhh and it isn't just welfare/entitlements they are cutting... 

    "The military also faces cutbacks although Cameron has intervened in a row between the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence over the scale of defence cuts which are now expected at between seven and eight percent. "


    OP do you see something wrong with cutting waste and attemptin to make a more efficient government?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:32 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • No.. It's a questions... See the little "?" at the end.... That is what makes it a QUESTION.... So, can you answer it? Do you see something wrong with cutting waste and attemptin to make a more efficient government?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:47 AM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Sweet, I have already answered/posted similar idea of cuts in your post yesterday... Soooo~Yes, cutting for waste and making a more efficient government would work.  Raising the retirement age would also work, imo..


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:05 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • The lower classes in this country work til they we want to work them some more? not for it. The government need to cut THEIR trash their HEALTH soda's , lunch budgets....

    The middle class doesn't work their life, too? Really? Those examples you mentioned are all examples of wasteful spending...Those cuts you are mentioning are only a FRACTION of what is needed to reign in the government over spending and expanded entitlement programs with little financial oversight.....


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:16 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • So, you are anti upper class? What do you classify as upper class?

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:32 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • Again, follow the question mark..... What part of "?" means a QUESTION do you not understand???? <---- more questions..... You are saying They are forced to? I know MANY high school drop out union workers who retired at 62.... I know many middle class entrepreneurs who are comfortable... FORCED TO?? Talk about blanket "statement" lol

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:43 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • So, they can retire whenever they want to... But, IMO they shouldn't be allowed to pull from SS till they are 72....

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:49 PM on Oct. 20, 2010

  • There was NO REASON to ask if I was anti upper class....but ya DID because you THOUGHT it was my opinion...

    I did for clarification on where you 'stood".. That is what one does when they DISCUSS and DEBATE... ;o)  But you take it personally...  LOL


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 12:50 PM on Oct. 20, 2010