DOES BRITAIN NEED DRASTIC REFORM TO ITS WELFARE SYSTEM? – Tonight Channel 4 is to air a program titled ‘Benefits Britain 1949’ in which to show its audience the massive changes in Britain’s welfare system since being created by economist Lord Beveridge in the 1940s.
I have often written articles regarding Welfare Reform and how the welfare state is now perceived by the average British national.
There is little doubt that in a civilized and caring society welfare is essential but the evidence of welfare moving from a temporary measure of assistance to an entitlement and even a lifestyle is unquestionable.
The documentary is primarily an experiment that provides beyond doubt that our welfare state has not only become blurred to its purpose but is openly abused due to the lack of Government competence or will to change.
The documentary follows three people but here we’ll focus on just two; Karen who suffers from arthritis and Craig a disabled person who is wheelchair bound.
Both appear to be more than worthy of state support but in the documentary it covers the disturbing truth that some will do almost anything to avoid working for a living.
At 54 years of age Karen hasn’t had a job for over 7 years. She suffers from arthritis and is, according to her, in constant pain. Even menial task like picking up a pint of milk causes discomfort.
Karen appears well taken care of through the welfare system. She drives a Nissan people-carrier, is very well dressed, has nice jewellery and her nails are immaculately manicured.
Karen’s lifestyle is for all intents and purposes a comfortable one and like Karen there are approximately 20 million other citizens living in the UK claiming all manner of benefits that the likes of the hard working taxpayer is forced to support.
With Karen she also has a number of other medical issues that prevent her from working; these include backache, high blood pressure, an irregular heart rhythm and diabetes.
When you look at Karen it’s difficult to tell that there is anything wrong with her and therefore she says that people often look at her as nothing more than a benefits scrounger.
This of course is not to be unexpected due to the amount of tabloid press that reports on benefit fraud on a daily basis. The public are rightfully enraged at how the benefits system is being raped by undeserving individuals and their anger only continues to grow as more cases of abuse are brought to light.
There was a time when Karen did work and she worked for 22 years as a care assistance. However today she lives on a myriad of benefits that she feels she is entitled to as she paid in her fair share during her working years.
Regardless of the amount of benefits Karen receives she doesn’t believe it is anywhere near enough; it is this view that has lead Britain into the era of ‘entitlement’.
Today’s welfare system has never been more generous and indeed the founders of the welfare state never intended for welfare to be either an entitlement or a lifestyle choice but in modern Britain this is exactly what it has been turned into; generally by those who simply do not want to work.
This year alone the taxpayer is going to have to fork out approximately £350 billion and there is no end in sight as to how this will continue to rise over the coming years.
You may not like to hear it but people like Karen are bleeding the system dry, abusing it and above all destroying the fabric of welfare.
In the Channel 4 documentary both Karen and Craig are subjected to 1949 welfare rules and regulation. At one point Karen and Craig’s welfare is actually removed for a period of one week; a system requirement of the 1940s means testing.
Remember Welfare was conceived as a ‘temporary’ measure to assist people in getting back to work; not a system as we have today whereby entitlement rules and that it is a lifestyle if we choose.
Why did we ever introduce welfare? It was supposedly designed to eradicate the five giants of social inequality, these being Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. Look at the last one as while welfare was originally designed to slay such a thing it has instead allowed it to fester and grow like a tumour that is becoming terminal.
We have a lot of social problems in the UK. One of the growing concerns from the medical profession is that of tackling obesity. Yes I know it’s not something you may be comfortable with but hiding the truth will only make things worse.
Karen is fat. It’s as simple as that and this statement shouldn’t be viewed as discriminatory or offensive; it is a fact. If it makes you feel any better call Karen overweight or obese, it really doesn’t matter how you try to sugar coat the issue the results are always the same.
Karen complains about arthritis, backache and diabetes, heart problems, etc – I wonder how many of her health problems are brought on by her laziness. Sitting around all day doing nothing is not good for your health and if ever there was a clear cut case of this then looking at Karen provides all the evidence you need.
No I am not being rude or unkind I am simply stating facts that most people, including people like Karen simply do not want to hear. That’s fine but as a taxpayer who is forced to support Karen I am within my rights to ask why she doesn’t take measures to improve her life.
When you view the documentary look at the inside of Karen’s home; it’s nice, clean, tidy – even the lawn is manicured. According to Karen this is all due to the help she receives from her son.
I personally think Karen’s condition is exasperated by her lack of willingness to do something and whilst she feels ‘entitled’ I feel scammed and robbed of my hard earned cash. I am beginning to wonder why I bother working if this is how easy it is to fleece the taxpayer through the welfare system.
I started the article off with the mention of both Karen and Craig and Craig is a completely different kettle of fish. As a matter of fact the guy is a bloody star; a shining example of the mentality ‘you can do if you want to’.
Craig suffers from Spina Bifida and therefore is wheelchair bound. There is nobody more deserving of welfare than people like Craig in my book. Welfare, as I stated earlier, is about helping people in a caring society and we must, at all costs, help people like Craig; it is simply the right and moral thing to do.
Craig, in complete contrast to Karen, is unable to move but despite his disabilities he would love nothing more than to be gainfully employed.
During the documentary both Karen and Craig were required to undertake a 1949 medical examination that would determine their fitness and abilities to work; even differing types of work according to the abilities.
If you are like me then several times during Karen’s medical assessment you will have to look away or simply cringe and bare it. It is painfully obvious Karen came up with every excuse in the book in order not to complete a task; even lifting a single potato off the table appeared too difficult as she says ‘it hurts her fingers to do so’.
Watch carefully as for each task Karen is given you can see the cob webs being blown away in her mind in order to concoct an excuse or an ailment as to why she’s not capable.
You can cut this cake anyway you like but the stark truth is that Karen would be able to work, if she lost the bulk of her weight, took a more positive mental attitude and basically got off her lazy backside.
Yes, you’re perfectly correct that statement is not politically correct but there again political correctness was developed and implemented in order to keep people from speaking the truth.
The test was of course a 1940s test; something that our politically correct system wouldn’t allow today and yet this is the fundamental problem with the current system; we allow people like Karen to get away with stealing from the taxpayer simply because we don’t have the spine to stand up and speak the truth.
In contrast Craig appears willing to give any task a go that the doctors throw at him – he’s a bloody star; you’re going to love this guy and if only more of us took a piece of his positive mental attitude then we really could put the ‘Great’ back in to Britain – currently calling it ‘Mediocre’ would be a shameful lie.
Craig is more than willing to take on a training course; he loves every minute of it and you can see the determination on his face that he will succeed; this is what British use to mean to a British national – pride, determination and above all true self-belief.
It was revealed that Craig has tried on a number of occasions to find gainful employment but alas employers have passed him over. You can see the rejections hurt him but he’ll never give up.
I am sure that there will be many potential employers out there watching the documentary tonight and it would be a crime to humanity if someone wasn’t able to offer Craig the opportunity of employment that he so longs for.
The entire purpose of the documentary and its experiment is to open our eyes and realise that the 1949 benefits systems was never designed to allow the bone idle to get fat off the sweat of others.
It was designed to help people actively back to work but alas in this day of political correctness and views of social entitlement we have a system where anyone who doesn’t want to work is able to sit around with their polished nails, driving a car and living a fairly comfortable lifestyle at the taxpayers’ expense – all the while moaning how hard up they are and that the system should provide more.
Tonight – Channel 4, 9pm – Benefits Britain 1949
Would you like to see a complete reform of the welfare system so that people are only helped if they really want to work? Please leave your comments below.