Beware a unified universal benefit

From ‘Left Futures’.

 

“If there is one innovation amid the cuts landscape which seems at first sight attractive, it is the IDS brainwave of a universal benefit, joined this week by the proposal of a high-value universal state pension.   Gone would be the almost impenetrable complexity of interlocking benefits, gone would be the hassle and indignity of means-testing, gone would be the disincentive of the poverty trap with its benefit cut-offs and tapering, and gone would be the high administrative costs and bureaucratic obstacles.   Those gains are not to be sneezed at.   But as with any single panacea, it’s not as simple as that. One drawback is………..”

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