I am of the opinion that if you work hard for a living then you should reap the rewards, or at least experience a positive differential from those who do not. (you should have more money). However I must say that it is sad to see the targeting of people on benefits en masse, but then it dosent surprise me as most people seem to lack the imagination or the will to see beyond any kind of official propaganda. Some people deserve to be on benefits...because they are ill or can't cope or whatever, it is because we have this system that we can hold our heads up and say we look after our sick and vulnerable. I work long hours in my taxi and yes...I pay my income tax and national insurance...plus the tax the government makes from the £200 per week I pay in fuel.
I pick up many people, and yes there have been people I have judged to be scroungers who have irritated me after getting up at 5.00am, to take them here and there in what I judged to be their pathetic lives. One such person I am no longer required to pick up. I learned that he had committed suicide after years of depression brought on by the loss of his young family in a tragic accident. I choose not to label people scroungers even in my mind now even though I know they must be out there somewhere. If you can guarantee a hundred percent accuracy in enforcement then fine, but I wouldn't want one innocent person to suffer for the sake of saving money. Thats the philosophy of criminals my friends.
Article in yesterday's paper - Somali refugees installed in a £2million home at a cost to the taxpayer of £8,00 per month. In addition to this all of the other benefits they will be "entitled" to. No change there then. So much for George Osborne's pledge to restrict housing benefit. This is the same government who are taking away child benefit from hard pressed middle income families. They have no idea how difficult it is for a lot of young couples providing for a family and keep a roof over their heads. Like all governments they go for the easy targets. I voted for David Cameron but what a disappointment he has turned out to be. When are we going to get a government who truly stands up for the hard working people in this country?
I am total agreement with others here. As a disabled person unable to work through a degenerative spinal condition but who has worked all my adult life until now I was appalled when I oould not work any more and had to claim benefits. As someone who held good. well paid, jobs and paid into the system I had to fight for every penny yet I see every day those in my town who neither work or want. These people have numerous children, usually by various partners, can go out partying every weekend, 3 or 4 foreign holidays each year and even get money from the Social Fund for Christmas presents for the kids!!!!!! Theyappear fit and well and probably are working on the side. How do they do this I asked the lady at the benefits office? They know the system and can work it yet people like me, honest people who can prove their disability, are subjected to the humiliation of having to jump through hoops to get anything at all. The system should be geared for those who have contributed to society not for those who give nothing and take all. Even these people with multiple kids should be made to do community service with creches provided. It may make them think twice that they are not going to get everything handed on a plate.
My personal take of the question of benefits is similar to your own in that I am always careful about judging people who receive benefits of one kind or another. Unless you a privy to the individual circumstances people should not be judgemental. However, I am not naive enough to believe that there are not a lot of people out there who could work but choose not to. I agree that the powers that be have to create the situation where it is more profitable in both terms of finance and personal worthiness for people to work. It therefore makes more sense to me for the money to be spent on smaller and medium sized companies to be given the help and encouragement create jobs and pay a "living" minimum wage to make working worthwhile rather than pay the money out in benefits to individuals. The current minimum rate is due to increase to £6.08 (I think the pence are correct) in October which equates to approx £240.00 gross per week less than £13,000 per year. even if you live in one of the least expensive areas in the country, a single person would struggle to survive let alone an average family of four to live on this kind of money. We are all only on this planet for a finate amount of time, so as far as |I'm concerned my time is worth the same as the next person, and therefore a basic rate of pay should enable everybody to "live" as opposed to just existing.
Obviously some jobs are worth more than others due to extra skills, qualifications etc. and that is where the differential kicks in. A living wage would benefit everybody in that people would feel more valued and have more self worth and the government would receive money back through taxes, national insurance, etc. Retailers would benefit from people having money to spend. I do not claim that this will resolve the problem entirely but I feel it would go a long way to improving the current situation.
Finally, I would add that it is wrong for people not working to be better off than those who
who are working, unless of course they a genuinely unable to work through ill health.
In reply to this post by Dai Power (Ammanford Wales)
are you a cheat, do you fiddle expenses, benefits ,extra time at lunch, early dart,all fraud scamming the company, people pay tax, nat insurance, so they are entitled when unemployed, maybe we should take your house for lazing around the office, you seem to have alot of time to be writing crap,are you a retard
how dare you would you imploy some one that has bi polar depression ..meaning you have days where nothing can get you then others when you cant get out of bed ...i will tell you no you wouldnt
yes its me and every day is a struggle im not no scrounger im just trying to survive !
I have been unemployed since finishing my degree in June. I do not qualify for Jobseekers allowance and receive no benefits except my NI contributions. This is given so long as I can show I am looking for work and as the weeks go on there are less jobs to apply for. I would love to have paid employment but beginning to despair as I approach 100 applications and no interviews.
I could fill my week with voluntary work but if I volunteer I am not available for work. I have to sign on every two weeks making a 10 mile round trip to do so.
not all who are unemployed wish to stay that way.
I have to agree with Oracle we all should not assume and judge people who may or may not be disabled.
I agree there are people who play the system and should be tracked down and punished for fraudulently claiming a benefit they are not entitled to...... perhaps Mr Cameron can create some employment on this one.
I myself have worked all may days, paid my taxes etc etc, I to have become ill with......
1. Stiff Person Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder with no cure!
2. Phrenic Nerve Palsy, one lung doesn't work!
3. Arthritis in my Spine and Hips!
I have good days but by fare most in severe pain and unable to walk. I was given the Disabled blue badge but I do not get DLA benefit, I do not get help with equipment I need to get around or my daily household difficulty because I have the means to support myself yet other can get help, DLA........
I was always fit, healthy and active, I started to get ill ten years ago and has steadily got worse.
I am still fairly young at 54 and to look at me I do not look disabled but when I use my disabled blue badge people look at me as if I am abusing a disabled space and some comments are very hurtful and mean.
The people who I find most judgmental are elderly disabled people who obviously thing disability can only occur when you turn a certain age!
This is why we should be very careful about "Judging" people without knowing their conditions!
Small minded idiots like you wind me up,I am one of the so called benefit scroungers you are getting on your high horse about,I come from a small village and have been unemployed for some time now,before this I had worked hard most of my life,I apply for jobs I dont even want that is when there is any advertised which in my area is few and far between.I would do anything for a job but there are just none in my area,I have to travel to the nearest towns and hand out cv's and approach employers asking for work which i dont mind but there are no jobs and people like you putting down and generlising unemployed people is an absolute disgrace,yes there are scroungers but just like most things in life there a re bad apples,as we have seen lately there are bad politicians,bad police,etc....
And maybe you should look closer at what the goverment is doing to create jobs because i know from my area sod all is being done,in fact I hope one day you do find out what the system is like once something goes wrong in your life,because I shall tell you this it is an absolute farce what has been happening in the jobcentres the last few years.
I agree whole heartedly. Apply for every job and rarely get even an acknowledgement. As to being helped to find work by Jobcentre you must joking. I can look through the online list myself to find what is there. Making me special appointments and handing me a printout is not helpful. I have to be there 10 minutes before the appointed time and usually have to wait 5 or 10 minutes past the time before being called. Does wonders for you self esteem I don't think
They should be helped with the first two children and after that,fend for themselves.Hard working tax payers have to limit their families,they can't afford children as they are forced to work to pay for other people to breed.
I agree with the last post. There are lots of able bodied people on the dole who don't want to work and will always find some way around for looking for a job. There are lots of organisations that rely on volunteers and people should be made to volunteer for community projects before receiving any benefits. I believe in David's comments that this Society is sick and its because a lots of people have no pride in themselves or their community these days. All those graduates who can't get a job, make them drive a meals on wheels van....or keep the parks tidy...you don't need a degree to pick up a trowel!
I want to firstly agree there are people who can work put chose not to work.
However I disagree with your point in forcing "Slave Labour" onto anyone, are you aware that the benefits payments are............
Single person £68 per week........ this would be the equivalent to £1.83 per hour for a 37 hour week.
The minimum wage is set at £5.93 per hour.
Your views are fundamental flawed because to receive benefit payments you must be actively seeking work, report any paid or unpaid work and you must be looking for work........
Therefore anyone doing voluntary work do not meet the criteria for JSA benefits.
If the unemployed are to work in the voluntary sector the rules would have to be changed and anyone working must be on minimum wage (£5.93) per hour, this would also mean a JSA would have to be paid at £219.41 per week for 37 hours work.
Your closing comment from your post above........ I will copy and paste below.
"Simple way to make people get off their backsides and if that does not work give them food vouchers."
Perhaps it might be an idea from Cameron to get off his posh, lazy, pampered "Backside" and start to provide people that are unemployed with "Jobs" to get them back into work instead off his present-day policies that are forcing people out off work.
For all these so called well educated sons and daughters in his government who mostly if not all come from "Privileged" backgrounds can do is to come up with is to Cut Cut Cut any uneducated buffoon can do that, the real challenge is while cutting budgets at a reasonable pace but at the same time produce growth and jobs, which Cameron has clearly shown he is incapable of doing.......
18 months in government and all we have heard from this Tory government.......
It's all labours fault!......... what utter bull shit it was the collapse of the lehman brothers that as cause every country and governments to bail out banks and these incompetent greedy, self serving bankers.
This Tory lead government has even blamed the snow last winter for poor growth figures....... Desperation or what!!
This Tory lead government must be wishing, hoping and praying for the Unions to come out on strike this winter, so they have another thing to blame for poor growth figures like they tried to blame last winters growth on the "Snow".
Mind you if the unions don't strike they can use the EU and the Euro or Greece defaulting on its debt......
One thing for sure they will be working hard on their excuses for failure, when they should be working flat out on creating Jobs!
You certainly are not wrong un Cameron creating jobs in the building sector for immigrants but not only is he building houses for immigrants he will import the immigrants from Poland to build the houses, your born and breed British citizen will still not get the jobs.......
Cameron/Clegg, Blair or Ed Miliband, and no matter if your Tory, Labour or Lib Dem voter they Do Not represent the British electorate they are Traitors to their country and citizens.