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The idea of a minimum wage is completely flawed. It’s ridiculous that poverty can be eliminated by taking money from a successful group of citizens and giving it to another group. If ever a scheme is designed to paralyse growth, hard work and endeavour this is it! A recipe for the creation for a yet bigger proportion of Scottish society who think they have a right to assets and income with no effort. A further nail in the coffin of the ailing Scottish economy under an utterly useless SNP government. Laughable really if it was not so serious.

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by Jrdrummond on August 17, 2021 at 12:31PM

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  • Posted by Granny23 August 19, 2021 at 13:23

    Typical "I'm all right Jack' attitude, with no thought for those whom fate has dealt a rubbish hand. A successful, hard working person can be plunged into penury overnight by illness, accident, divorce, redundancy, widowhood, giving birth to a badly disabled child or being responsible for aging parents who require round the clock care.
  • Posted by Jrdrummond August 19, 2021 at 18:28

    No it’s not “right Jack” attitude. Of course we need a safeguard for those who genuinely fall on hard times. But, this proposal will be unaffordable. Only 55% of the Scottish adult population pay tax and 20%( astonishingly) are classified as disabled. Where do you imagine the money for this scheme will come from? Fate does indeed deal a poor hand to some, but I’d like to see those people encouraged to find a way of improving their life through endeavour rather than state support. In the long term this will create more people who will valued and will feel they are valued. I’m sorry you feel that I have “no thought” for those in distress but this certainly not the case.
  • Posted by Dober67 August 21, 2021 at 14:14

    I have looked at both comments, and I see both sides. To me, this is a wonderful idea, but, a huge but, is it needs thoughts and consideration and lots of dialogue between a very large good of interested people. This must not be an excuse for not working if you are able, nor should it be an excuse for employers to drop wages for people. UC was supposed to encourage people into work, and instead had been a total disaster with people becoming ill through stress and worry and a lot of people sadly dying because of this so called benefit. So, anything that can stop this all from happening should be applauded and encouraged, but yes with a lot of research and consultations and inputs from not just a select few, but a good few, in order to make sure that this benefit is properly handled and given to genuine claimants.
  • Posted by sb87 August 26, 2021 at 21:49

    Whilst I totally agree that people in difficulty should be supported, I do not believe the blanket approach suggested will provide the desired benefits. I agree it will not be affordable and will impoverish the nation. There needs to be more support for people to be reintroduced to work and off benefits (faster way to apply to avoid uncertainty of actually getting a job, education, encouragement of part time, flexible, remote working to open up the job market even to people that are disabled or cannot work full time)
  • Posted by LTaylor September 08, 2021 at 10:14

    I agree it is easy for people to fall into hard times. However, I completely agree that this scheme looks like it would take away any incentives of hard work and a meritocracy. Scotland already has a tighter income tax system than the rest of the UK, this scheme would likely result in higher taxes or lower thresholds for the higher bands. A punishment for those who will not even benefit from this scheme. While the UC system has been a disaster and needs overhauled, I don't think this is the answer. It will only fuel the benefit entitlement culture which is holding Scotland down.
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