It does not matter which colour of government is to blame, when this, the last, and the previous are all following the same dogmatic philosophy of not only being in control of the market, but to have the elite of that market determine policy priorities.
That we have reverted to having 'Boxing Day' again is a statement in itself. It may interest some to learn that 'The Dole' was invented in the Tudor times when the poor could present themselves to religious centres to receive basic rations for survival. Similarly Boxing Day saw the collected poor box monies distributed to the poor.
What a great success of the wasted Blair years and the necessary pain Thatcher years. With real jobs being replaced with voluntary ones the blame it on the other guy Cameron years do not bode any better.
The majority of the imporvements in poor law provision since the Tudor times has not been benevolence but rather as a sop to avoid bloody revolution. Cake anyone?