The Conservative and Liberal Democrat Coalition Government announced today that it would revive Victorian Workhouses in efforts to save on Welfare Benefits.
Under the 1601 Act for the relief of the poor, heralded by the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834 anyone economically inactive i.e. those collecting any kind of state benefits, state pensions or unemployed will be transported to a newly built or refurbished workhouse.
Work and Pensions secretary Ian Duncan Smith says this will save the country nearly £50 billion per year in handouts. The first workhouse will be ready in 2012 and will be piloted in Airedale, Castleford.
With the merger and closure of local schools, Redhill Junior School will be refurbished to hold the 5,000 economically inactive people and families. Local Conservatives and Liberal Councillors danced with glee and welcomed the plans, stating that it s about time that we returned back to Victorian values and the gap between rich and poor grew even bigger.
The new work house is to be named Cameron's Paradise Gardens.