December 30th, 2009

More free cash

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

I see a report this week is announcing the government’s latest plan to get the country back on its feet is to give 270,000 families a free computer & a year’s free Internet access.

Apparently, only 1 in 5 white teenage boys on free school meals is passing 5 good GCSEs. In a pilot of the scheme with 9,000 families in Suffolk & Oldham, pupils made a two-grade improvement.

Poor families will be offered £500 for an approved computer.

Figures show that 1 million kids in the UK have no access to the Internet.

Personally, I dont buy it. £500 for a computer seems quite extravagent given you can get a fully functional one for not much more than half that. Buying 270,000 of them, you’d expect a decent discount too.

And I dont accept for one minute that sticking a PC in someone’s front room will turn them into scholar of the week; they probably won’t get a look-in for guardians downloading porn threatening each other on Facebook.

It’ll end up as another example of the government doling out my tax dollars to some thoroughly undeserving wasters.

A bit like that cash giveaway for six form students who get something like 30 quid a week to stay on at school while my kids got bugger all because I told the truth about my earnings even though I was in debt up to my arse, drove a 15 year old car never went abroad, while my kids’ friends lived in bigger houses, went abroad twice a year never had a car older than 3 Years.

Bitter, me?

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19 comments

  1. RocketDodger says:

    Ha, know the feeling. I recently became unemployed (after 33 years of paying Income Tax and NI) and received the princely sum of £128 every fortnight. “Get back to work you scrounger”, I hear you shout!!

    Spare a thought however, for the 250,000 DRUG ADDICTS who because they are DRUG ADDICTS get at leats £220 per fortnight.

    Why, you may ask? Because the idiots in charge class them as Disabled! That’s why. That’s real encouragement to beat an self inflicted addiction!

    December 30th, 2009 at 18:20

  2. Tony F says:

    They gave all the pond life families PCs up here some time ago. They even tried nailing them down. Ha, what a waste of money that scheme was.

    December 30th, 2009 at 18:50

  3. rafanon says:

    My mind has most definitely been boggled.

    December 30th, 2009 at 19:18

  4. Fee says:

    I really do wonder why I bother working. All I need is to get rid of the hubby, pack in the job, develop an addiction or two, and tell my kids to forget everything I’ve ever told them about responsibility and obeying rules. By the sound of things, it’s the only way I’ll ever get anything from the state.

    December 30th, 2009 at 20:07

  5. anon says:

    Putting an end to that other crime of deprivation – twocking whilst bailing out an ailing motor Trade, every council house family is to receive a 7 speed Porsche 997 cabriolet in socialist red with Gordo embossed trim.

    December 30th, 2009 at 20:59

  6. bill says:

    “Poor families will be offered £500 for an approved computer”.

    Would that be cash, or coupons?

    December 30th, 2009 at 21:47

  7. retired (northern) sgt says:

    It’s amazing how many of my daughters 6th form friends were living with their grandparents who were totally dependent on a state pension. It shows that the fairly well to do middle classes are also prepared to screw the system as well.

    December 30th, 2009 at 22:50

  8. Stuart says:

    I’d suggest that they are given computers that are already bought, with automatic blocking of social networking sites and porn. Lets take games like Solitaire off them as well – they’re to be used for education etc. not for fun :)

    December 30th, 2009 at 23:18

  9. Gutsy Kid says:

    If the trial worked, I don’t see why this shouldn’t be rolled out on a larger scale.

    And while sixth form kids can get 30 quid for **** all, when I was at sixth form (and didn’t get any money) most of the people on 30 quid a week genuinely needed it. Most people got a fiver or a tenner at most.

    Had that system been in place thirty years ago my mother would have gotten a better education and would not have been kicked out of the house, and spent two months sleeping in the streets. Although saying that she’d never have met my pops in the army, and I wouldn’t be here…

    December 31st, 2009 at 00:50

  10. 200 says:

    Gutsy,

    how does a 16-year-old “genuinely need” £30 a week, & why should ANYONE get a fiver or a tenner to go to school when others get fuck all?

    I don’t understand the connection between your mother not getting £30 a week & being kicked out of the house, did her parents dump her for not paying rent or something?

    December 31st, 2009 at 07:18

  11. Legal Eagle says:

    I demand back pay from the gobmint for £1500.00 I never got at college 12 years ago!

    Bunch of gobshites.

    December 31st, 2009 at 09:37

  12. Dr Melvin T Gray says:

    Loosely related to your topic are the liberal handouts of honours – often devoid of good judgement and taste. Today the UK is particularly shamed by the honouring of Cmdr Dick.

    Our Nation is destined for a new regime and any new regime will make a high priority of rectifying all known disgraces. Within a deloused UK police service there can be no places for the likes of Cmdr Dick or any Inspector Gadget.

    Let us deny the most shameful rogues who presently infest our main public services, any escape route from traditional justice.

    December 31st, 2009 at 09:50

  13. Stan Still says:

    Mr Gray

    Did you earn your doctorate or was it found on the internet? I detect a hint of the green-eyed monster because you haven’t been awarded a gong for your services to trolling.

    December 31st, 2009 at 11:21

  14. Reactively Proactive says:

    I think the next hand out should be a brand new BMW with fully comp insurance and free petrol for every family who can’t be bothered to work. It could be based on the number of mad calls for police assistance based on the fact that they can’t control their own lives. The BMW’s of course would ‘only’ be allowed for use to transport illegitimate offspring to ‘educational’ places such as museums. I think we could trust them not to abuse the new handout can’t we.

    December 31st, 2009 at 12:03

  15. Gutsy Kid says:

    200, I’m talking about 16 year olds who would not have been able to go on overseas school trips, art materials and all that crap without the money. I understand there are plenty of people who misuse the money, but to count out every kid ‘cos the ones you come across through your line of work are little scrotes doesn’t hold much gas in the can.

    I know of one person in particularly who only stayed on for the extra dosh, and is now at Oxford. He comes from a family of seven with a single parent who, whenever I went around his house after school, was thoroughly pissed. Was it good that he got a tenner a week? Or do you think it would have been better to not give him that dosh?

    And my mother was adopted by very abusive parents, and (attempted) to leave home through getting an education. She couldn’t afford, despite having several jobs, and kicked out of the house on her 18th birthday.

    December 31st, 2009 at 13:07

  16. mrfish says:

    Speaking as someone who works in a school in a deprived area a more non-insane option might be to give the schools the money instead to buy computers, and let children stay late in the evenings to do their homework there.

    But I suppose Labour has a twinkling idea of Kieran doing his homework, while Dad looks for work after, and Mom flits between researching healthy-eating recipes and her on-line English course.

    And you’re spot on. £500 is grossly overpriced for a computer. You can get a 10″ laptop for £200 now. The rest must be going into the bonus pay of the buyers in the local government.

    December 31st, 2009 at 15:05

  17. 200 says:

    Gutsy,

    firstly, your mother being kicked out appears to have been about abuse in the home then & nothing to do with whether she got £10 – £30 a week or are you saying she wouldn;t have been abused & kicked out if she got some cash?

    secondly, I’ve not mentioned anything about scrotes getting the money, you’ve assumed that. What I actually mentioned was people with more disposable income than my daughter getting it which seems grossly unfair.

    thirdly, I don’t know about your school, but with my kids’ schools whenever there is a school trip there is always a disclaimer stating that the trip has to be paid for but if parents have problems affording it the school can make funding available so that ‘poor’ kids aren’t disadvantaged. When all the kids in the year got their own personal PDAs, we paid for it (£250) but those who couldn;t afford it got a free one. But either way, life isn’t always fair & a kid isn’t going to be scarred for life & so mentally unbalanced that they will be destined to a life of poverty & disadvantage because they didn’t get a skiing trip to Austria in the fifth form.

    fourthly, no I don’t think your lad with the pissed up parent should have gotten the money. Do you honestly think that it will have stopped someone with his potential getting to Oxford just because he got £10 pocket money a week?

    fifthly, if you’re going to give out cash to kids as a bonus for staying at school, give it to everyone.

    December 31st, 2009 at 15:55

  18. Anon says:

    The amount of cash wasted is madness. At my nick we have been told we aren’t allowed any pens at all during January. Apparently we have overspent the stationary budget. There aren’t many pens left and we can’t afford more. Those that are left are needed for the admin folk. Luckily there is wnough money left for these computers. Where would the country be without them!

    December 31st, 2009 at 18:25

  19. MarkUK says:

    Unfashionably, I’m actually in favour of the computers. I believe the £500 is a maximum, that may include a printer, and that receipts will be required.

    Many (too many) of the marks at GCSE, and to an extent A-level, are given for coursework. Some of the marks are given for presentation and a computer is necessary to make the best of the work. My younger daughter (now an MA) took her GCSEs under this kind of system. as we had a computer at home, this gave her a distinct advantage over those who didn’t.

    I’d be quite happy for the computers to have social networking and porn sites blocked, but unfortunately this is also likely to block very useful sites too. (Some American filters block the word “Scunthorpe” as being obscene!) I’d also like bet365.com blocked.

    No doubt some of these computers would be unused for their proper purpose, but that could be changed if they were all laptops and had to be examined at school once a month by IT professionals.

    December 31st, 2009 at 23:28

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