Most of us want to work, in some way or other, and yet most of us do not want to feel that we are being treated unfairly. A benefits system is needed that plays a role in firstly providing for all, no matter what the motivation for the future, and no matter how ripe the prospects look for the future on an individual basis.
I had an idea that for me caters for every type of situation, not by being overly complex but by being very simple. In an effort to incorporate everything on offer to a citizen from its tax funded state service, I have attempted to include all possibilities. I am though, but a poet and so hold your fire when it comes to any personal situation I may have left out. If you look into this, I am sure it will be easy to find the suitable position in the structure for your eventualities.
The idea takes hold of the notion that many of us want to work and will work when the money is paid. The state provides many services for its citizens, and one way of giving everyone a job is to provide employment in these state sectors as priority for those without work. In return, benefits are paid, and on top of these, more money is given in exchange for any hours worked. The scheme is fairly generous, and offers what I would consider competitive pay for the sector in question.
Benefits system structure idea.
Tier 1: Basic - Critera - No job. Benefits - £120 a week, Free rent, no tax.
Notes. Not everyone wants to work, if there is no other reason than this, then it is better and cheaper to allow this person to take a minimum benefit and save the time of the employment services for those who are willing to provide quality work provision.
Tier 2: Voluntary adjustments - Critera - No job, turn up for state work in office or outside. Or, Have a responsibility to another person in need of care, which makes work difficult. Benefits - Basic + £20 per day of voluntary work contribution.
Notes. This would replace any carers allowance, child benefits, and would be payable to anyone providing care with evidence.
Tier 3: Part time contractual - Criteria - No job, 20 hours a week government work. Or, Have a disability that prevents work. Benefits - Basic plus £25 per day. More choice of work.
Notes. This would replace any lower or middle rate DLA or PIPS.
Tier 4: Full time contractual - Criteria - No job, 40 hours a week contracted government work. Or, have a severe or life threatening disability or illness. Benefits - Basic plus £30 per day, plus one day set for free education in professional skills involved in work. More choice.
Notes. This would replace all forms of highest rate DLA and payments to those with terminal illnesses. Also would be paid to those affected by disfigurement, bereavement (12 months minimum), those injured in state duty (military, police, fire etc.) physically or mentally, until in work.
State work can involve anything from collecting bins to working in a hospital. Teaching staff, council staff, housing, parks and woodland, the list goes on. If the state pays for the work given then it will be fair, legal, and beneficial to the citizen.
All tiers are fixed and cannot be dissolved unless criteria not met.
The efforts of those in work will be rewarded by being able to claim the amounts given minus the effective pay owed if work was carried out for the state. Therefore, a person in self employment, in part time or full time employment, who is not reaching the benefit payout, would be able to top up the wages to the given figures.
Footnote: These numbers are guesses, and so if anyone would be worse off then the numbers will change, not your life.