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    Asylum seekers lose out to MPs’ expenses


    by Rumbold on 4th August, 2009 at 8:26 pm    

    With the government still committed to a corrupt expenses regime but needing to save money, it has decided to crack down on the allowances received by asylum seekers, as Rahila Gupta reveals:

    “The UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced recently that it would be slashing the weekly allowance for asylum seekers from £42 to £35, a cut of nearly 20%. How can anyone survive on £5 per day when a two-zone, off-peak return journey by tube costs more than that?”

    Some will question the link between allowing MPs to continue with their generous expenses regime while cutting funding for the worst off. However, I believe that we need to highlight just how morally corrupt many MPs are. If an MP claims more than they need, they are not just taking the money from a mythical pot: they are taking it from money that ordinary people have given to the government in order to spend it on things that are necessary. The sums involved are relatively small compared to overall government spending, but it is still money that could be going to rape crisis centres, or asylum seekers who don’t have enough to live on.



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    1. marvin — on 4th August, 2009 at 8:58 pm  

      Jesus, if you’re skint why on earth would you catch the tube! A lunatic example. I’ve lived off that kind of money, when I was forced on the dole at 22. For some reason you don’t get as much as when you are 24, even though everything else is exactly the same.

      £35 pound a week is hardly inhumane. It’s a real struggle, especially if you’re used to living on a lot more. But my £30 a week left me with about £6 on food a week. I had to pay certain debts off etc. £1 a day. And I didn’t have any Guardianistas weeping for me!

    2. Edna Welthorpe — on 4th August, 2009 at 9:06 pm  

      The freefood people will teach them how to survive on dumpster-diving and grilling urban pigeons and trusting squirrels in St. James’ park.

    3. cjcjc — on 5th August, 2009 at 8:45 am  

      Ordinary people have not “given” it to the government - it has been taken from them on pain of criminal penalties.

      Having got that out of the way, I agree with you.

    4. Rumbold — on 5th August, 2009 at 9:43 am  

      Marvin:

      £35 is pretty low nowadays, especially as there are some many other restrictions on asylum seekers. It is interesting though how MPs will cut this spending before their own.

      Cjcjc:

      Oh yes, it is on pain on punishmnet. But the essential principle of the state is that we the people have decided that there is the need for some structure, some graciously give our money to government for only what is necessary. Any money used for beyond what is necessary is theft.

    5. Lord Binky — on 5th August, 2009 at 10:57 am  

      Why not allocate 2 or 3 asylum-seekers to each MP as servants, grooms and so on?

      Kill two birds with one stone, would that, like offering the Falklands as a Palestinian National Home.

      Moats would be dredged and duck islands freshly painted and, best of all, 646 MPs would create sheltered employment for twice their number of asylum-seekers.

    6. Rumbold — on 5th August, 2009 at 1:24 pm  

      And if asylum seekers were allowed to work, we could spend less taxpayers’ money.



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