Scrounging Statistics and Soundbites No. 2 #WRB #Benefits #ukpoli


“We are ALL taxpayers & majority of #benefits goes right back into govt coffers & economy including landlords & retail sharks like Brighthouse. The housing & amenities of poorer locales tell a story and it’s not a nice one.” ~ Me on Twitter via (@CreativeCrip)




Comment by moretorybullshit on:

The welfare reform bill will incentivise people: to turn on David Cameron


2 Feb 2012: 

Probably the most stomach churning thing about this coalition is the systematic targeting of the sick, the poor and the disabled and the deliberate spreading of lies to facilitate this. Equally disgusting is the amount of people who come on here and regurgitate this crap.

So, using the Governments own figures, let’s lay to rest this bullshit:


The lies they tell

The welfare state has led to a ‘something for nothing’ culture?
There are over 8 million people receiving benefits in this country. There are more people IN WORK who get benefits than not working. 90% of all housing benefit claimants are IN WORK. The Welfare state is actually a massive state subsidy to business which enables it to pay poverty wages and charge exorbitant rents.


You’re all sick of paying a huge swathe of chavs to lay about watching Jeremy Kyle all day? 
Less than 5,000 people, out of a population of 60 million, have been on Job Seekers Allowance for more than 5 years. Historically, whenever jobs get created, they always get filled. The idea that there is a vast horde of the work-shy is a myth.


Living on benefits is a lifestyle choice? 
More than 80% of benefit claimants are aged over 35. The vast majority of unemployed claimants have worked, and paid taxes, for years and are now on benefits due to redundancy, sickness, disability or having to care for someone. Millions more are receiving benefits due to poverty wages.


People won’t work because benefits are too high? 
Average benefits amount to £3,400 a year. These people are living in poverty. Since 1997, due to various Government actions, the value of benefits have fallen sharply year on year in real terms. People on benefits are far worse off now than in the last 30 years.


People should get off their arses and look for work? 
When Iain Duncan Smith suggested the jobless in Merthyr Tydfil should “get on a bus” to Cardiff to find work, Merthyr had 43 people for every job vacancy. Problem was, Cardiff already had nine unemployed people for every job vacancy.
The jobs just don’t exist. In 2010, there was 1 million more unemployed than there were job vacancies


Benefit cheats are bankrupting the country? 
Benefit fraud does amount to about £1.5 billion a year. However, £16 billion goes UNCLAIMED every year. Meanwhile, the amount of tax lost through avoidance and evasion is a whopping £120 billion a year. ( and don’t give me the crap about avoidance being legal, the truth is, it shouldn’t be)


Not one of the major parties will openly state the real truth. The biggest causes of poverty in this country are lack of jobs, poverty wages and part time work. All the parties have social policies that they KNOW are based upon outright lies, lies that are allowing a whole section of society to be vilified as heartless people cast around to find a victim upon which to blame all this countries woes.

They should all hang their heads in shame.




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2 thoughts on “Scrounging Statistics and Soundbites No. 2 #WRB #Benefits #ukpoli

  1. I was so naive. For the longest time I thought things were better there, more humane. To the contrary, it sounds like the u.s. government and the u.k. government are working from the exact same script.

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