LIVING OFF THE BENEFITS SYSTEM – Latest figures show that nearly 1 in 8 of all households in the UK is dependent on government handouts. The UK has the highest rate of benefit dependency anywhere in Europe and despite this growing trend the Labour and Liberal Democrats and continuously trying to block any reforms the to the welfare system that the Conservative Party.
There is firm evidence that hard working families across Britain, who pay their taxes, are exasperated at the level of those abusing the benefits system simply because they do not want to work. Indeed many ‘benefits scroungers’ are paid so well by the Government that getting a job is simply economical suicide as they are far better off living on the backs of the taxpayer.
I am sure you are one of the millions of people who have been following the trial of Michael and Mairead Philpott who have been found guilty to the manslaughter of six of their children after deliberately setting a fire in their home in order to frame his lover so that they could get custody and access to the additional £1,000 per month in benefits plus force the local council to house them all in larger accommodation.
It is stories like this that bring to realization, for the mainstream, that the benefits system is not just being abused but it is being criminally abused, not by hundreds or even thousands but in reality tens of thousands.
It was only a couple of days ago I reported on the new Welfare System that Iain Duncan-Smith implemented that required anyone living on ‘sick benefits’ have their condition verified by a doctor. The result was that in less than one month nearly 1 million claimants ceased claiming as they knew the game was finally up and that they would be caught out.
Sir William Beveridge, in 1942 first laid the foundations of our welfare system which was initiated and implemented to tackle five key public issues; these being Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. I wonder if Sir Beveridge ever envisioned that his acts of ‘social responsibility’ would ever culminate into a system of abuse, degradation and criminal activity and is now fueling a culture of scroungers and criminals.
A couple of years ago the BBC created a six-part documentary which covered and followed a group of families in what is known at The Scheme in North Kilmarnock.
It was a raw and no-bars-hold documentary of what life is like for the poorer parts of our overall community and brings into stark reality of how the ‘benefits’ culture, so jealously protected by Labour and the Liberal Democrats have fuel a society to become dependent on welfare, resulting is high levels of crime, anti-social behaviour and drug abuse.
The welfare system for many has become a trap that is a daily nightmare fuel with anxiety and depression and yet, despite acknowledgement that the system is completely broken Labour and the Liberal Democrats refuse to take action, and indeed do their best to block, any type of reform.
Anyone who doubts that our future generation is being corrupted by the benefits system is simply delusional. If you watch the video above and even go on to view the other five episodes is will become crystal clear to any sane and rational human being that the benefits system has created a growing divide and that this divide is fueling hostilities from those who work and pay taxes towards those who scrounge their entire lives from a system that allows them to do so.
Our children can only learn from our actions and how we behave in society. If a child continuously sees their parents lounge around, smoking, taking drugs and drinking while barely having any inclination to get up and do something constructive, this becomes the normal and accepted way of life.
I am not dictating that welfare should be scrapped completely what I do advocate however is that benefits should be capped. For instance, why should unemployment benefits be allowed to be paid for those who have no intention to work? Would it be that atrocious or inhumane to cap unemployment benefit to 12 months?
What we need to create is a system that helps to get people back on their feet not a system that takes them off their feet permanently. Why can people not see that the welfare system, as it stands right now, is actually preventing people from working by rewarding them to do nothing.
In 1942 Sir William Beveridge and the then Prime Minister, Clement Attlee were seen as heroes of the poor and their intentions to help lift people out of poverty through a welfare system was not only seen as honourable but also extremely admirable. It created a social consensus that we British were a caring society who could end poverty and educate all children to a standard that would afford them a greater chance of success in life. Whatever happened to this noble cause?
In 1951 Clement Attlee left office and at his time of departure the total government spending on welfare (excluding health care or pensions) was 4.7% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) costing the taxpayer approximately £700 million per annum. Fast forward 64 years and this has grown to 13% of GDP costing the taxpayer £200 billion per annum.
There is the argument that the population growth has contributed to the increase in the welfare budget, which has grown by over 50% in the last hundred years. On top of this we have attributed to the population through immigration and radically so in the last 40 years.
I feel that the hard working taxpayer is being taken for a ride; and I am certainly not alone in my assumption. Many ‘benefit scroungers’ no long look at benefits as a way of turning things around but as a way to get something for nothing and this trend of through is growing to endemic proportions. Unless we allow and support a government that is will to put in sensible measures to curb the criminal abuse then the taxpayer will continue to have less and less disposable income for all their hard work due to increased taxation to cover the ever growing costs.