GOVERNMENT UNABLE TO STEM TIDE OF WELFARE ABUSE AS BILLIONS IS LOST TO FRAUD IN HOUSING BENEFITS – Over the last year the Government have declared a number of measures in order to stem the growing tide of welfare abuse; but it is clearly a long way off.
Welfare was initially designed to help the poor get back on their feet and is admirable in that its purpose is to create a caring and humane society.
The trouble with people is that they are often greedy and will readily abuse a system simply to avoid having to work for what they get.
The main problem is that our Government doesn’t lead by example. The sagas play out on a daily basis and there is never a week that goes by where some politician hasn’t been caught with their hands firmly in the cookie jar.
It is little wonder why some people think that it’s perfectly acceptable to steal from the hard working taxpayer and again news reports are surfacing that Housing Benefit is being fraudulently obtained to the tune of over £1.3 billion a year.
“We are determined to crack down on claimants who try to play the system. Universal credit will reduce fraud by £200million a year when rolled out fully.” Lord Freud
How can Ministers and MPs expect the taxpayer to accept their bid for their up and coming pay rise? This of course is already a foregone conclusion and by the end of this month the taxpayer will once again clearly see that Ministers and MPs are only concern with what they themselves can get from the taxpayer.
Lord Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform, has; like so many politicians before him, said he is determined to crack down on claimants who attempt to play the system.
The issue here of course is that this rhetoric has been played over and over again; it’s like a broken record attempting to fix a broken system.
Considering how much Ministers and MPs are paid you might think it reasonable for the taxpayer to expect some type of action or at least the drafting of realistic plans to tackle the problems of welfare fraud; instead all the taxpayer gets is continued promises of a crackdown and of course any measures of reform are inevitably argued and laid to rest by the opposition.
Britain is like a slave ship, full of shackled people with no captain at the helm to direct it towards land. People are simply rowing for all their might and yet as they continue to do so their efforts produce no tangible results and in fact simply take them into deeper oceans where violent storms are raging.
Last year alone Housing Benefit that was obtained through either fraud or error cost the taxpayer £1.3 billion; an increase of one-third in the last two years alone.
In 2010 the Tory Party pledged, among other things, to reduce fraud, over-payments and radically overhauls the welfare system and yet despite the promises the Government has in fact increased welfare and allowed the increase in fraud and errors.
Could you imagine working for a large corporation on a salary of £75,000 a year and yet expect that employer to ignore incompetence resulting in the loss of billions of pounds? Of course not; that would be ludicrous. So why do we allow the continued employment of Ministers and MPs who are clearly incompetent and costing us billions?
As the Government continues in its failing to provide any tangible benefits for the country this can only result in the taxpayer being squeezed even harder and new austerity measures imposed; simply to prop up a failing system where those who are in charge are clearly and unequivocally incompetent.
Should MPs be awarded a pay rise when it is clear they are unable to do the job they are paid for? Do you think greater Welfare Reform is needed in order to provide greater relief for the taxpayer? Please leave your comments below.