Sunday, 10 June 2018

sufficiently morally worthy

In criminal law, “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer” (Blackstone’s formulation).

For social benefits, the principal seems to be “It is better that ten deserving persons starve than one undeserving get even a single penny” (Conservative formulation)

Punishment beatings by public demand - the truth about welfare reform
the benefit sanctions regime neither helps nor encourages people to find work, and leads to destitution, ill health and even crime. Nor does welfare reform save much money - predicted savings on disability benefit, housing benefit and council tax benefit have all failed to materialise. The government stokes hysteria about benefit claimants, the public demands these presumed moral miscreants be put through the mill, kangaroo courts impose kangaroo moral judgments. The results are unfair, ineffective and inefficient.

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