Gordon Brown calls for overhaul of benefits system

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    John Boxall
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    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2024/jan/21/gordon-brown-urges-overhaul-benefits-system-study-crisis

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    I might add that one urgent priority is to bring back a national CTB system

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #285865
    Mike Hughes
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    A very odd approach to highlight expenditure per pound and to use averages. It immediately suggests the remainder of said pound is being spent on something less essential and completely ignores the fact that we are overwhelmingly seeing households who spend 100% of that pound on essentials and still come nowhere near being able to afford many basic things. Thus the many conversations around the fact that destitution is increasingly common rather than just poverty.

    #285867
    John Boxall
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    Citizens Advice are talking about providing financial advice to people who just cannot balance their income and expenditure, even cut to the most basic essentials they do not have enough to live on.

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #285870
    Mike Hughes
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    Budgeting advice for people with zero disposable income.

    A form of magic required for that.

    #285871
    John Boxall
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    Google Nick Hanauer

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #285872
    Mike Hughes
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    We’ve discussed that great Politico article before on here so I know of whom we speak.

    Sidebar, but there are no circumstances in which I use anything Google related and I haven’t for more than a decade now despite being told repeatedly how this was not possible. Google search is now acknowledged to be amongst the very worst there is despite the comprehensive nature of its coverage.

    The one exception is Maps, which I cannot navigate without in many circumstances. It gets used logged out and my phone otherwise has zero location services on. Yes they are convenient. I have yet to die from a failure to use them.

    #285873
    John Boxall
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    Sextant, AP1938 Sight Reduction Tables, Haversine Tables paper, pencils & a chronometer?

    Failing that a decent map

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #285874
    Mike Hughes
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    All useless to me 🙂

    More of a sight loss issue. Even though the blue dot in Google Maps is prone to disappear it remains sadly the best means of navigating unfamiliar routes.

    #285875
    John Boxall
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    Mike, sorry to hear that

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. The blossom is blighted, the leaf is withered, the god of day goes down upon the dreary scene, and—and in short you are for ever floored.

    Wilkins Micawber, Ch12 David Copperfield

    #285877
    Mike Hughes
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    Oh don’t be :). Genetic, rare, lifelong, blah, blah, blah.

    My only deep-seated resentments about it are having to use Google Maps and an ongoing issue with certain coffee shop staff periodically assuming I’m blind and therefore offering me something smaller than I ordered.

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