Hate Campaign Against The Poor Takes Us Back To The Worst Victorian Values: Column 5.4.13.
JOYCE MCMILLAN for The Scotsman, 5.4.13
LET US now praise famous women: or one not-so-famous woman, in the shape of Helen Goodman, Labour MP for Bishop Auckland. For during the last parliamentary recess, while other MP’s went ski-ing, Helen Goodman decided to have a go at living on the “generous” state benefits provided to typical women of her own age – Helen is 55 – who are either unemployed, or have had to give up work through ill health.
After setting aside small sums to cover energy bills, water rates, and the new “bedroom tax”, Helen had £18 a week left for food; and after seven days of trying to survive on this, she found herself exhausted, cold, hungry, waking up ravenous during the night, and unable to imagine how anyone living on such a diet could possibly work up the energy even to look for a job…
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