WONDER WHY WE NEED WELFARE REFORM? WONDER NO MORE – Welfare reform is a highly contentious subject. On the one hand there are those who advocate that welfare promotes for a caring and humane society whilst on the other it is seen as a way for many to simply freeload off the backs of the hard working taxpayer.
Since 2000 the taxpayer has forked out over £1.4 trillion – yes that’s ‘TRILLION’ in welfare payments. This sum equates to some £22,500 for every man, woman and child living in the UK.
Is it any wonder why Britain is in such a financial mess considering that welfare is no longer seen as a way to help people in times of need but rather a lifestyle entitlement?
If you stop and think of the magnitude of the sums involved then you will also have the intelligent capacity to realise that the situation, without measured welfare reform, will only get a lot worse.
We are rapidly approaching January 2014 where the British Government will be forced into removing the immigration doors from its hinges. The 2014 Right of Free Movement could bring about an era of prolonged austerity measures and misery for millions of hard working taxpayer’s to the likes that will make the current situation look like a picnic in the park.
In the last 10 years alone, most of it due to lax immigration control, our tax bill for welfare payments has doubled per year. Last year the British taxpayer was forced to hand out over £157 billion in a whole plethora of welfare payments including, but certainly not restricted to, housing subsidies, unemployment benefits, child benefits and the list goes on.
There can be no arguing that there are many people in Britain that desperately need our help, such as the severely disabled – although amazingly enough and despite them not having to work, often they do hold down jobs and pay their taxes.
Looking at the current welfare system I would challenge anyone who thinks that it is a fair system that is free from abuse. The welfare system is in fact drowning under the weight of all the freeloaders and benefits cheats; simply because the system is so easy to abuse and they feel ‘entitled’.
Welfare was never meant to be a ‘lifestyle’ choice nor an ‘entitlement’ but rather a pathway to recovery and yet our liberalized society demands that we do not condemn those living a life at the taxpayers’ expense or even abusing the system.
In all fairness I should point out that the sum of £1.4 trillion does include pensions of which those receiving them are fully entitled to – that statement is of course reserved for those who worked their entire lives and paid into the system.
The current Government is insisting that it is implementing wide ranging and even radical changes to the welfare system in order to cure Britain of its ‘entitlement’ culture, reduce abuse and get people back to work.
The trouble here is that the current Government consists of an unholy alliance between the Tories and Liberal Democrats. Whoever conceived such an alliance would benefit Britain was obviously heavily medicated at the time for their views of Government are completely detached from one another and therefore little, if anything, can ever be agreed.
Whilst David Cameron struggles to bring in greater welfare reforms Nick Clegg opposes them – it’s become a game of one-up-man’s-ship with Nick Clegg’s delusional concept that he is just the same as any other working man; yes clear traits of Stalinism.
Whenever a government attempts to introduce any form of welfare reform the first shot fired across the bow is that of ‘human rights’. There are those who will defend, to their last breath, that it is a person’s right to have access to free money – yes the rationalists call this ‘entitlement’.
The second shot of course is the one that sinks the ship of welfare reform; that being hardship – again there are those who will tell you that we cannot deprive someone of free money for this would bring about hardship and what type of society would we be if we deprived people of their basic needs?
They do have a point and again there are genuine cases where people not only need assistance but rightfully deserve it. The trouble is that there are many who now take advantage of this position and openly abuse the system.
It is time that we took a measured step back and realized that being politically blackmailed will never solve the welfare issue but will indeed add to the problems.
The welfare system must continue to help the infirm, vulnerable and those unable but we should no longer feel it is politically correct to support a family that consists of dozens of children where both parents are unemployed – as an example.
The public are often outraged when we see cases of the likes of Heather Frost and Michael Philpott but their situations were created by the welfare system – it is just easier to freeload and breed in order to freeload some more, however, society should not be responsible for another person’s lifestyle choice.
Recently I published an article on Child Benefits asking the question why I, as a taxpayer, should be forced to pay benefits for another person’s child – it is after all a lifestyle choice and one that I or any other taxpayer shouldn’t be held accountable for.
I could argue that taking a luxury holiday in the Caribbean is a lifestyle choice and I wonder how many taxpayers’ would support such a holiday if I made such a request. Yes the truth is you’d have more than a few choice words for me and that’s the whole point – why are we paying for another person’s lifestyle choice.
You may not agree with anything that I’ve written here but when the Government opens the floodgates to immigration in 2014 watch how the hordes of migrants will flood Britain and as a result increase the strain on our welfare system.
If you honestly think austerity measures are bad now then you are in for a shock for it’s likely our welfare system, if not severely reformed, will be the catalyst for an economic crisis like nothing you have ever seen and as the freeloading population grows Britain, and the taxpayer, will simply be unable to cope.