What have you been reading in January?

January was a busy month at least in the number of views to my blogs which increased significantly (over 40%) and for the first time recorded over 2000 views. For the first time I’ve started looking at what you are all looking at and I’ve reproduced the top ten below.  Most are blogs drafted in January 2012 and others ones that have been written before and the table contains the views to each blog throughout January.

Despite only being written and posted on 30th January and only having two days to be counted the welfare reform alleged savings of £290m that I argue will actually cost billions more goes straight in at number 4 with 198 views.  It is closely linked with number 9 – ‘Why Universal Credit must fail’ and has the same underlying principle, that UC ignores take-up rates and assumes 100% take-up.  This issue will undoubtedly recur throughout 2012 and 2013 in many other posts as will a few others.

First time I’ve published this and hopefully it is of interest and by all means let me know.  If not at least it provides a quick reference to the most viewed 10 blogs.

Table 1 – January 2012

Title

Rank

Views

Home   page

Just some brief info

361

Shapps latest knee-jerk wheeze – Plenty of FreeSpace   between Shapps ears!

Downsizing – Shapps lauds programme that doesn’t   work!

1

239

RTB? – You kept these DIA consequences quiet   Minister?

Shapps buries 41% council rent hike in draft   impact assessment on RTB

2

228

Playing the system my arse – welfare benefit   myths

A detailed riposte to the usual all on benefits   are scroungers

3

221

Why the benefit cap will COST £billions and not   save a penny

Check the figures – not a £290m saving but   multi-billion pound increase!

4

198

HB cost – Cameron lies to Parliament at PMQs

Self-explanatory – an obvious lie easily proved

5

131

Shapps Private rent plans – bizarre and   unworkable

Laughable, risible and plans for the convergence   of social and private rent

6

104

Now its Philippa Roe misleading on HB – AKA doing   a Cameron

Tory sycophant forgets to say 59% of Westminster   private tenants may have to move out of area – Benefit Diaspora

7

93

Latest HB figures – Hey Landlord you want 23%   more income?

£6.7bn of HB goes unclaimed according to official   figures

8

90

Universal Credit MUST fail

Even the theory is flawed and will cost billions   more per year

9

89

The cost of NOT regulating the     private rented sector

The £2.3bn per year excess we pay to     unregulated private landlords

10

76

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