Vox Political in fact published this information (with only slightly varied figures – £605 pw instead of £670/£612 – in May: https://mikesivier.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/dwp-denial-with-prejudice/
However, it is information that bears repeated exposure to the public because – as Johnny Void points out here, and I pointed out before – the benefit cap is indeed based on nothing more than a bare-faced lie.
A big day for welfare reform as we pilot a cap on benefits equal to the average wage. Amazingly Labour oppose it.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) April 15, 2013
DWP statistics reveal that the benefit cap, set at £500 a week for families, was based on a bare-faced lie.
It has repeatedly been claimed that the cap – which was introduced in some parts of London earlier in the year and is now being rolled out across the UK – was to ensure that no-one on benefits receives more than an equivalent family on the average wage. This move echoed the Victorian principle of ‘less eligibility’, the idea used to justify the workhouse which insisted that the life of anybody out of work must be ‘less eligible’ – meaning more shit – than the life of the lowest paid labourer.
Yet just released DWP statistics on the average UK…
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