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UK benefits going on 'Smart Cards' - no more gambling and alcohol

OWoN: Absolutely the way forward. NO Welfare beneficiaries should be able to buy cigarettes or alcohol on YOUR Dimes! Nor gamble. A smart card to protect the system from Dumb Ass abuse. Cigarettes, Drugs, Booze and gambling are NOT Welfare rights! 

Time to reign in these Welfare Groupies. Way too many Wastes of Space get fat on the Public Buck. 7 basic food packs a week are even better. Who cares if they don't like the taste? Find work then they have a choice. Move to where jobs are. Or starve. Simple choices. No one owes them. Stop bleating about State responsibility. It's NOT! Legs are for walking to find work! The rest of us do. We move our Butts and move to where jobs are. Poor too often are poor life choices.

If an animal won't move its Butt to find new grazing, it starves. Real world. Simple as. What's new? Going against nature just breeds Assholes. Work is there, too many want it brought to them. Put them onto Border protection, Road Building, Community Housing. No show, no money, stop Soft Touch handling. Work-to-Eat. 7B of us, we can lose a few M if needed. ONLY genuine sick Welfare cases deserve support. 6 months max for new unemployed then get tough.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith today announced plans for benefits to be paid to pre-paid cards

Benefits to be paid onto smart cards to stop claimants spending their money on alcohol or gambling

  • Iain Duncan Smith announces plan to control claimants' spending
  • Work and Pensions Secretary says he wants to 'safeguard' people
  • Plan will help to 'break the cycle of poverty for families on the margins'
  • Trial in North Tyneside will be examined by a future Tory government

Mail Online
By Matt Chornley
29 September 2014

Benefits could to be paid onto smart cards to stop claimants wasting taxpayers money on alcohol or gambling.

Iain Duncan Smith today announced the first trial of pre-paid cards, which would restrict where the jobless or poor can spend their money.

The Work and Pensions Secretary said he was increasingly concerned about the way benefits could be used to fuel addictions, instead of putting people on the road to work.

Mr Duncan Smith claims that for a ‘significant’ number of people on benefits, the struggle to manage their household finances makes it harder for them to buy the essentials and to look for work.

Speaking at the Tory party conference in Birmingham, he said: 'I have long believed that where parents have fallen into a damaging spiral – drug or alcohol addiction, even problem debt, or more – we need to find ways to safeguard them – and more importantly, their families, their children, ensuring their basic needs are met.

'That means benefits paid should go to support the wellbeing of their families, not to feed their destructive habits.

'I can announce that I am testing prepaid cards, onto which we will make benefit payments, so that the money they receive is spent on the needs of the family – finally helping break the cycle of poverty for families on the margins, change we can be proud of.'

He hopes the trial will show the cards stop 
claimants spending their money on 
alcohol and betting
The government claims that families will be able to ‘take more control over their finances’ if they are restricted in what they can buy.

They hope to discourage people from buying alcohol, drugs and betting but making the cards compatible only with a limited number of retailers.

Ministers warn that too many people struggling on a budget end up taking on more debt that they can afford.

As a result there is increased demand for local services, with children more likely to be taken into care and families at risk of conviction.

Under the plan announced today, a pre-paid card payment system for ‘vulnerable claimants’ will be monitored in a trial in North Tyneside.

The cards are already in use, but ministers want to see how they could be restricted so they cannot be used in certain places like off-licences or casinos.

A future Conservative Government would use the results of this trial to inform a full scale pilot.

It comes as the government steps up its attack on Britain's welfare bill.

Chancellor George Osborne today announced plans to freeze working-age benefits for two years from April 2016.

He said the move would save £3billion, but it will see 10million families left on average £500 worse off over the two years.

Under the surprise plan announced today, the Conservatives would freeze working age benefits from April 2016 for two years.

By 2017-18, the move would save £3.2 billion-a-year, compared to allowing it to rise in line with inflation.

It means that benefits claimants will see their incomes fall in real terms, with their money not going as far in the shops.

Mr Duncan Smith was watched during his speech by his wife Betsy, and employment minister Esther MCvey

Earlier Chancellor George Osborne announced plans to freeze benefits for two years, saving £3billion

However, benefits paid to disabled people, carers and pensioners are unaffected, along with some smaller benefits like statutory maternity pay.

Mr Osborne said: 'Working age benefits in Britain will have to be frozen for two years. This is the choice Britain needs to take to protect our economic stability and to secure a better future.

'The fairest way to reduce welfare bills is to make sure that benefits are not rising faster than the wages of the taxpayers who are paying for them. For we will provide a welfare system that is fair to those who need it, and fair to those who pay for it too.'

The move will pile pressure on both the Lib Dems and Labour who have opposed further welfare cuts, despite proving hugely popular with voters.



  1. In US JPMorgan Chase is the conduit for food stamps...the whole system is broke. The money goes on the card and for each dollar that is spent the government pays and additional 0.25's a lucrative business. Also, if the cards are created where the vendors who accept the payments are the only ones who can facilitate any transactions.

    The cards are just like a credit card, it can be used anywhere. The difference in this is that is should only be activated by the necessities that are needed. It must be restricted to say rent payments, utility payments, certain clothiers for needs...etc...

    These payments must be designed to really help where needed. These payments have to be made to be restricted.

  2. Fedup, sad to say, I have a U.S. food stamp card. It's been a huge help as I struggle to get on my feet again.

    I can't speak for the other types of benefits, but I can speak from experience about the food stamp benefit. It can only be used at participating vendors (mostly grocers) and can generally only be used for food items. This was explained to me when I got the card. Plus, I know from experience that buying certain things (like hot food from a grocery store) will generally not be covered. So, it is somewhat restricted, though it could be more so.

    1. Phoenix, I do understand; and my deepest hope is that our Creator will bless you with what you need. The system is rigged and the banks are making money hand over fist on our unfortunate demise. They benefit in the end on our downturn.

      With the UK putting these payments on smart cards there has to be restrictions to make sure that the funds are spent on necessities.


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