Hundreds of thousands of UK families will be affected by cuts of £12bn in the UK’s welfare budget announced by the chancellor.
- The benefit cap will be reduced from £26,000 a year to £23,000 a year in London, and £20,000 in the rest of the country.
- Any family which has a third or subsequent child born after April 2017 will not qualify for Child Tax Credit, which amounts to up to £2,780 a year per child.
- Most working age benefits will be frozen for four years from April 2016 (The measure is expected to save £3.9bn a year).
- From April 2017, those out of work between the ages of 18 and 21 will not be automatically entitled to claim housing benefit.
Benefit changes ‘could push 200,000 children into poverty
Thanks to Harry for finding this about Peter Hitchens who shares a lot of the same views as the New Right. His ideas are also very critical of both New Labour and Conservative family policies:
About the Conservative Party – ‘they’re left wing and they don’t even know it’
About the family: Marriage needs to be re-privileged greatly’; ‘the blow to marriage was struck in all Western countries in the 1960s by divorce reforms’; ‘no party, certainly not the so called Conservative Party has offered to reverse these reforms’; ‘heterosexual marriage has collapsed’;
Here is the PowerPoint from class: Social Policy_and_ the Family
For homework, please choose 8 policies from all the ones we have looked at. 4 need to be from the Cameron Conservative government and 4 can be from any period since the 1940s.
Please place them into a table and write a short description identifying how the policy links into the rest of the the topic. For example:
- Extra funding for Relate (marriage counselling): Obviously, this links to the marriage and divorce topics. David Cameron’s Conservative Party is clearly prizing marriage and trying to encourage people to maintain their marriage rather than creating more single parent families. Therefore, this supports the New Right familial ideology in particular because single parent families are seen as dangerous for society because children from these families are statistically more likely to underachieve at school and pursue anti social behaviour. More extreme feminists might be unhappy with this focus on marriage because it is believed that women are often exploited by their husband, so often divorce is seen as the best option for the woman.
Good debate today. Make sure you read through the rest of this and take notes. Remember to really focus on A02 skills:
The New Right
Also, don’t forget your half term tasks:
1. Create a mindmap demonstrating how the perspectives link to one another
2. Research 3 UK policies that relate directly to the family. Ideally at least one should be during the Cameron and Blair administrations.