I have now submitted my complaint to the BBC about broadcasting the government's views on fairness without independent challenge.

15 July 2013

I HAVE  TODAY SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING COMPLAINT TO THE BBC ABOUT YESTERDAY'S "THE WORLD THIS WEEKEND" PROGRAMME.

The BBC limits the number of  characters you can use. I reached the limit. In a longer submission I would liked to have related the present situation for benefit claimants, in and out of work;

a. to the disproportionate impact on impoverished women and their children because, for what ever reason, those children are here and must be properly housed, fed, clothed, kept warm ,

b. the imposition on large impoverished families of the £500 cap by a one size fits all ethical principle "its fair on the taxpayer",

c. and that fairness depends on understanding the facts and circumstances of poverty and responding to relieve it, not to make it substantially worse. .

My spiked interview can he heard here. Rev Nicolson int

TEXT OF COMPLAINT TO BBC

"I am not a member of any political party. Andrew Selous repeatedly stated that the £500 benefit cap was fair because it is the equivalent of hard working taxpayers earning £34,000 a year including income tax.

There was no independent ethical challenge on the programme to that ethical statement.

I was interviewed by Sean Ley; it was spiked due to lack of time. Rosie Seed sent me the recording. You have it and it is on line at http://www.z2k.org.

This is not a complaint about being spiked but about the lack of independent ethical challenge to the government statements about fairness. The points I made were

1. moral hazards of dependency were catered for by the low benefits before 2010, in fact since Beveridge. Now the volume has been turned up many decibels.

2. the high rents in London are the result of 1980s deregulation of lending, abolition of rent controls and allowing the free flow of money in and out of the UK. Rents pushed up housing benefit. Parliament let it happen, landlords profited but tenants are carrying the burden of reducing £22 billion housing benefit in chaotic housing market

3. The £500 benefit cap is one of a toxic mixture of caps, cuts and council tax; including the 1% freeze on benefit increases for three years.

4.The 20% of council tax plus enforcement costs of "in exess of £125 will be unpayable for many CTB claimants in work and unemployed.

"Love your neighbor as your self" applies to low incomes with high debts, overcrowding, impact on health and education.  "


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