I am a firm believer that the benefits system in this country should act as a safety net in which people should not fall but not be a lifestyle choice.
The Governments proposed benefits cap of £26,000 per year still exceeds the earnings of most in Southend. A BBC article earlier this week looked at a family who could be affected by the proposed changes. I wonder how many people reading this link think that this particular family really face the choice of 'eating or heating'?
The comment that really astounded me was: 'We get the Sky Movies package because we're stuck in the house all week - otherwise we wouldn't have any entertainment.'
From the work that I have been doing on the doorsteps it is plainly clear that Labour's stance on this is way off what the majority of West Shoebury residents think. As one resident put it Ed Milliband is coming across on this issue as the leader who supports you going to work as long as you pay for your neighbour too.