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McB Report 1 Apr 2013 22:23

Ian Duncan Smith recons he could live on £53 a week benefits

If he had to.

Boy would i like to see him try.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 1 Apr 2013 22:26

Don't get me started lol.


MR_MAGOO Report 1 Apr 2013 22:27

Most people could do it for a week but very very difficult for a year. Can't see him giving his lot up for a year.


SueMaid Report 1 Apr 2013 22:28

We had a politician here in Australia who stated she could live on the dole quite well if she had to. Strangely she didn't put it to the test.


McB Report 1 Apr 2013 22:29

Go on Rach, you know you want to. lol


StrayKitten Report 1 Apr 2013 22:29

love him to put his money were his mouth is


JustJohn Report 1 Apr 2013 22:30

Sir Jack Cohen once told a group of us that he was paying us far too much in Tesco (probably true). He said "I only need £20 a week". What he omitted was that the only time he ever needed to spend any money was to get a paper and some sweets as he was swept home in his chauffeured Rolls.

Don't these people sound silly when they say what others could live on. I have no idea what you need to live on, but there are organisations like the Rowntree Trust that should be able to work it out.


McB Report 1 Apr 2013 22:33

My electric bills not much less than that a week


eRRolSheep Report 1 Apr 2013 22:33

living on that sort of money is quite easy in isolation.
A few quid a day for your food etc unless you have expensive tastes like John.
However, real life is not like that - what happens when the boiler needs fixing, your jeans have holes in them, the toaster won't work?


SueMaid Report 1 Apr 2013 22:41

You are right, Errol. It's all the extras that cost money. Not everyone has a nest egg to fall back on.


LollyWithSprinklez Report 1 Apr 2013 22:41

I do so wish he would put it to the test

Starting with a cold spell like now ..with a prepay Electric / Gas meter

Let him have some basics in the store cupboard ie condiments &spices

but none of the "luxury goods" like toilet rolls, soap, washing pwd,shampoo (well they must be a luxury they attract Vat)

And like Mr Magoo says he may survive the first wk, so lets call it a month at the least!!

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 1 Apr 2013 22:48

£ 10 a week gas/ and or electric
£ 15 a week food
£ 4 a week water rates
£ 1 a week clothes and shoes
£ 4 a week council tax ( assuming low banding, single person allowance)
£ 1 a week minimum life insurance
£ 3 a week building and contents insurance ( if you're lucky)

Walking to the library for internet access to apply for jobs, and walking to any interviews and the job centre, cutting your own hair( not that IDS would have a problem with that!) , mending anything that breaks yourself or doing without, not having a tv.

so assuming you have a house without a mortgage you could do it. and we all have that don't we! otherwise if you are in a bed sit/shared house and part of your rent is paid by housing benefit ( or you sleep at friends, parents, other family or in a cardboard box......


JustJohn Report 1 Apr 2013 22:49

What about phone calls to DHSS. What about stamps on letters. What about running a car so you can get to shift work in middle of nowhere? :-S :-S

And this extra cold month has been a killer for those on pre-payment gas (often the poorest). It will be horrible also this year for those on monthly flat debits. Thye wil shot up and there will be a 10% increase in autumn on top of that.

Errol. What expensive tastes? I can buy a huge pack of smoked salmon for about £6 on special offer. Always very careful ;-)

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 1 Apr 2013 22:53

you can't have a car John, try freecycle for a bike...or take two buses...

no stamps for letters you have to hand deliver those, even the ones for jobs 1 and a half hours away.


eRRolSheep Report 1 Apr 2013 22:54

I wish I had £6 to spend on a single luxury snack like that!
For many that is half their weekly food bill - get real


Porkie_Pie Report 1 Apr 2013 23:11

£53 a week benefits,

Has anyone told IDS benefits don't come with an expense account for things like a second home and travel or groceries


Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 1 Apr 2013 23:21

the man is a tosser, it's as simple as that. You couldn't tell him anything, he is one of those smug, patronising, self congratulatory, arrogant pillocks that make me want to vomit when they inflict their opinions, their prejudices, their lack of compassion , their lack of ANY idea of how most people live, and their 'spotted ties with striped shirts' on me.

there I feel marginally better now :-)

I will remove the word tosser if asked, but I will still be thinking it!


terryj Report 1 Apr 2013 23:25

£53 a week
i bet hes got extra bedrooms so he will have to live on less than that
and thats before his contribution to the rates he would now have to find

tosser i bet he has someone to do that for him


supercrutch Report 1 Apr 2013 23:26

Make him put his money where his mouth is :-)


eRRolSheep Report 1 Apr 2013 23:26

Rose spot on
Are you talking about John or IDS lol