Don’t Cut The Easy Ones Mr Osborne, Cut The Right Ones

Benefits CutsToday I’m not here!

I’ve over at Britmums talking about Welfare cuts (if you haven’t read the story of Tamsyn Woods story of her fight for her husband, please do click over there) and how whilst we need to deal with this recession, we seem to be picking on the vulnerable and weak who can’t speak out at the moment.

Come and join in and if you are around on twitter tonight (fri 12th 8.30pm) join us with the hashtag #Shouting4Tamsyn.

It must be possible to have cuts with:

 Common sense


The right priorities


In the meantime I have some ideas for where they can get extra money from – just took me 5 minutes off the top of my head.  Have you got any? (Yes, yes I know there are the bankers and the rich, but whilst we are being fair, lets look at the middle and bottom of the range too!).


Builders: (not all of course, my Dad was a roofer) the ‘pay in cash’ system is HUGE.

Peterborough: when I lived ‘up north’ (I know it’s not really up north, but it felt like it!), everything was done on the black market or in cash, I bet that is true of many places.

Benefits fiddlers: near me now (Hertfordshire) I reckon you could get back £1million easily from the people who are openly playing the system.

Councils: stop letting ridiculous people make ridiculous decisions like spending money on fiddling with the road near me that didn’t need doing.

EU: Oh don’t get me started on the EU.  Other countries don’t do what they say and they totally get away with it, why are you letting them play us for fools?  For instance, if you have a banding system for council houses, shouldn’t people born in England (from any colour/creed/background) get priority?  Shouldn’t people not born in the England pay for their NHS treatment?

Foreign Aid: of course we have a responsibility to help other countries too, but there are some seriously ridiculous spending going on and you know it.


Need help Mr Osborne?  Let me at your budget; I can give you a sense of perspective and reorder your spending in a month and I’ll do it for free; think of that, you can have common sense, intelligence, and the ability to add up all yours for a month for free!


In the meantime,  stop picking on Mums.  Mums are where everything starts, we are important.  I know you may not be in power when our kids grow up, but the ramifications of your decisions will have a dramatic effect on our society.  So support the strong Mums, struggling to provide for their families or overcome illness/disability.

And seriously Mr Osborne, we shouldn’t have to keep kicking off about ridiculous decisions with no common sense!

So come on, stop picking on the weak ones, and go for the ones that are meant to be paying, or make cuts that show us that you have your priorities in the right place.



Want to help speak up about this?

Read my Britmums post #Shouting4Tamsyn

Join us on twitter tonight if you can.

Sign the petition for Tamsyn’s campaign being organised by Babyhuddle for her.

Sign the general petition for disability cuts.

If you would like to know more, there is an interesting article in the guardian with lots of stats.






The Simple Things In Life

Does everyone like the simple things, can it be learnt?

The Simple Things In LifeI spent all friday filming a ‘thingy’ you’ll see soon about top tips to save money.  I’ve actually found myself more contented and less stressed having had to cut back since the big hairy northern one was made redundant, so it’s got a very positive spin on it.

Then we had the lovely weather at the weekend.  I love the smell of spring.  I love lying on grass and being barefoot.  I love counting daisies with the kids.  I love picnics.  I love walking the dog in the evening when it’s around the time that the sun comes down and everything starts to smell different.

So I’m a big fan of ‘the simple things in life’.

For many of us I think that the recession is forcing us back to a time where we can appreciate these ‘simple things’.  I’m not being flippant about the fact that there are also extremely difficult times at the moment, but for most of us who still have food to eat and roofs over our heads it’s not the worst thing that could happen.

Or is it?

I was brought up to climb trees, lie on my back and watch the clouds, and imagine fairies in the bushes around me.  What of the children with different interests who grew up to love stuff, clothes, gadgets or expensive things?  Is it more difficult for them?

The media is full of examples where kids are sent to somewhere to get back in touch with nature; like ‘Living with the Amish’ or years ago there was a bootcamp thingy for troubled teens.  Those teens eventually seemed to reconnect with nature and come home more complete and contented.  So maybe it’s possible for us all?

Perhaps it’s about finding our version of ‘the simple things in life’?  The big hairy northern one would love nothing better than a huge rucksack and unattractive fleece on his back whilst trudging up some cold and dreary mountain.  I admit that this doesn’t work for me as I’m more of a chill out and make daisy chains kind of girl.  Thank god the idea of ‘glamping’ is now beginning to filter down into just making camping more homey.

What do you think?  Is the potential to find contentment in ‘the simple things’ inside of us all?  Or are some people too far gone?

What are the ‘simple things’ that you love that cost hardly anything?  Or is the idea of cutting back horrific to you?

If you have to give up more and more of your little luxuries as this recession continues to hang around, is it causing you more stress or setting you free?

Do we take too much for granted and think that expensive things are necessary when they aren’t really?