Taxation and Social Support
Taxation levels need to be sustained to ensure the continuation of austerity measures and investment in infrastructure. Increase in real job creation through inbound investment and increased exports should be the focus of investment, not increasing social payments. Social payments are needed to help people avoid destitution when out of work or have genuine long-term sickness, but social payments should no longer be a life style choice as an alternative to work. The situations where migrants are employed to take work that a UK citizen on benefits could and should take needs to stop. Alternative methods such as benefit “top ups" for those taking low paid work should be reviewed.
Prevent Welfare Tourism
Germany is set to introduce strict new laws to tackle "welfare tourism", including giving migrants just three months to find a job before being deported.
Among its recommendations are proposals to expel those who commit benefit fraud and limiting child allowance to EU citizens who are registered taxpayers in Germany.
Germany: "We have to look at the people and structures who bring migrants and exploit them for their own petty interests,"
The British government has introduced a rule that means EU migrants coming to the UK will have to show they are earning at least £149 a week for three months before they can access a range of benefits, including jobseeker's allowance, child tax credits and child benefits.
I would lobby for all these proposals to be enacted.
Business lobbyists, the British Chambers of Commerce, criticised the plan to raise the minimum wage, saying governments should leave the issue to existing bodies such as the Low Pay Commission.
"Businesses are in favour of an evidence-based approach to the minimum wage rather than political parties using it to gain support from voters. The government should not intervene in such matters, unless there is market failure," BCC Director General John Longworth said in a statement.
"Politicians should instead focus on implementing policies to raise productivity and improve skills in the workplace, which are the keys to higher wages for all in the future."
I agree with the Chamber. It is proper to have a minimum wage that keeps pace with inflation but job creation and training to enable local people to take up jobs must be the priority. Social payments must not disincentivise taking a lowpaid job.