This is S.I. 2013 No. 276 – Social Security replacement regulations for the work programme. Now what struck me was not so much the legal language but look at the top of the page:
Made 4.19 p.m. on 12th February 2013
Laid before Parliament 6.15 p.m. on 12th February 2013
Coming into force 6.45 p.m. on 12th February 2013
It was “laid before Parliament” at 6:15 and came into force by 6:45pm. So much for meaningful debate. The Court of Appeal criticised the government due to bypassing Parliament, surely they have done it again with these rushed through replacement regulations? Legal issue leads into a wider concern such as sanctioning an individual’s benefit. These people have not committed any criminal offence yet they are being penalised and punished in a serious way i.e. taking away their benefit. But the ConDems don’t care as we can see with them pushing these regulations through Parliament bypassing democracy.
Ideologically, it’s the poor who are being blamed. Unemployed people are blamed for being unemployed. The poor blamed for being in poverty. Mandation and sanctions are giving out this ideological message. Rules of social security operate by secondary legislation, when regulations get rushed through the rules get rushed through. And that’s not good for democracy.