Quickbeam I don't think it really matters, because you could live on that for a week but as soon as you had to buy any thing then that money has gone, try buying a pair of shoes or a pair of trousers then see how much is left.
Try and heat your home for a week and that can take up a big %
It does if the person gets housing, rent rebates and various other benefit monies that bring the total nearer to, or more than what someone working and keeping a house and family does on the minimum wage.
There's not enough information to know if it can be done or not, which is what the idiot IDS should have said to avoid national ridicule.
The link says 'Years ago, Mathew Parris, then a Conservative MP, lived on benefit for a week for TV programme World in Action' so it clearly is possible.
Duncan-Smith's reply is the important thing. 'If I had to I would'.
People signing that petition (and since when did it become OK to canvas support for a political issue here?) think they live in some dream land where people can say 'I'm poor, give me money' and it will just appear.
Wake up and smell the economics. We can't afford to have want we want.
I also read the media reports on this subject, and his other comments on Remploy. It really goes to show how people who live in ivory towers, view others, and perhaps more so with some of our so called public elected politicians.
Apparently this is a person who receives £1.600 per week, plus other expenses and incentives, so dropping down to £53.00 per week (possibly paid fortnightly) shouldn't be difficult.
Perhaps someone should send Duncan Smith the whole set of the television series, when some millionaires returned to deprived areas, ans saw things for themselves first hand?.
Perhaps going off subject, but yesterday evening I was watching the Parliamentary Select Committee interview with Osbourne and the recent budget changes. The supposedly new idea for the purchase of homes came in for some heavy discussion. All ready it seems to be flawed. The house-builder's are for it, but will the public be able to afford it?.