Tuesday, 26 October 2010

worry about the tories...

How can the conservative government suggest that cutting thousands of jobs is an effective method of reducing the current deficit? Surely in cutting thousands of jobs the country then loses the money it would have gained through obtaining these people's taxes. Also by leaving these citizens unemployed the government then has to distribute money back to them in the form of benefits. Does this not then lead us straight back into the situation we were in prior to job cuts? How can the Tory government in any way justify this scheme?
The shear extent of the conservative motivation to reduce the deficit seems to be mostly affecting the poorer members of society.  After the richest, the poorest are being made to contribute the most to reducing this deficit, which is almost incomprehensible! Cutting benefits and pushing back the qualifying age for pensions seems almost unjust as the government appear to be taking money from those who need it most.
I am a direct beneficiary of The Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and so are many of my college peers. I have grown accustomed to having this financial stability aid me through my studies but am now being made to part with it.  As a full time college student we are told that we are not required to pay taxes within this country. However in taking away our rights to EMA we are, of course, being taxed. The money we should be receiving through EMA is instead being given to the country and we are therefore almost forced to contribute to paying off this deficit just like those who are twice our age and have full time jobs!
When discovering that the cap on university fees was soon to be lifted, I was outraged! Students have been considered amongst the financially inferior for years and as a result receive discounted costs on various everyday essentials (such as travel). In order to afford the very expensive university fees many students have to take out a loan. These student loans are a stress to pay back and have in the past been between £15, 000 and £25, 000.  These are huge amounts to require struggling students to pay back even when these figures are based on fees that were around £3000 per year. If the fees were then to rise to expectedly just over £7000, the effect of this would be catastrophic for us students.
I do not feel that we are to blame for the economic decline within this country. Our generation are clearly too young to be held accountable for this economic downfall, however it seems that we nevertheless will be the ones cleaning up this mess for years to come.
How unfair is that?