Magistrates to cut benefits?

Submitted by Matthew on 8 September, 2011 - 9:41

The government is considering allowing magistrates and crown court judges to withdraw the social security benefits of those they convict as part of its response to last month’s riots. Child benefit and maintenance payments could also be stopped if children truant or are on the street at night. An e-petition on the Government’s website to cut benefits from those found guilty of riot-related offences has attracted nearly a quarter of a million signatures.

Alongside the drive by councils to evict families of convicted rioters, these plans signal a further step towards collective punishment of working-class families and will lead to further social exclusion, poverty and homelessness, continuing the cycle of hopelessness and creating the conditions for more riots and looting.

Add new comment

This website uses cookies, you can find out more and set your preferences here.
By continuing to use this website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions.