By Harry Phibbs
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Only an hour after the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, finishing his Party Conference speech, the BBC was reporting on it being attacked by charities. This is a familiar pattern. Usually the more partisan and outspoken the attack, the greater the likelihood that the "charity" involved is largely state funded:
Here is today's example:
Rhian Beynon, head of policy and campaigns at the charity Family Action says the chancellor is "scraping the barrel for cuts that do not make good economic sense". Taking away housing benefit from the under-25s "will make it even more difficult for hard pressed young people to find employment and move on", she says. "It is not the answer."
Sure enough, a look at Family Action's latest accounts shows that an overwhelming £18.2 million of their £22.1 million income comes from "statutory sources." They have 715 employees.
Its annual report is quite brazen in stressing the priority it gives to spinning and lobbying: