Rev Paul Nicolson – 0208 376545507961177889 
CSJ press release irresponsible and misleading.

The Centre for Social Justice, has issued a press release anticipating their new report “Signed off, written off” to be published this week. It is designed to mislead the public by headlining; 

“Total spending on social security in the five years of this Parliament will top £1 trillion”

see;

http://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/UserStorage/pdf/Press%20releases%202013/CSJ-welfare-release—17-May-2013.pdf

Their description “welfare ghettos” continues the demonisation of benefit claimants led by their founder the Secretary of State for Employment, Iain Duncan-Smith. 


It shows a total lack of respect for their poorest fellow citizens and no concern for the hunger, homelessness and debt imposed on them by the coalition since 2010.  

It creates the impression that unemployed people are responsible for increasing the welfare cost, when the latest DWP figures show there are more people claiming benefits in work at 6.1 million than unemployed at 5.1 million;

It fails to say that;

  • housing benefit of £22 billion is split between employed and unemployed; it high because of the lack of an affordable housing policy from any government. 
  • Unemployment benefits cost £5.2 billion due to high unemployment and the recession.
  • Pensions cost £85 billion.  

see http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Truth-And-Lies-Report-smaller.pdf

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