Benefits Britain

7000 Brits consider themselves too fat to work and claimed a total of £29 million a year of British Tax payers money, but is that the only stupidity that claims benefits in the UK?

The benefits system is both good and bad at the same time. Whilst its great that families who need extra money to support their family actually do get help because clearly a single parent working 7 part-time jobs on minimum wage is no where near enough to support her family whilst paying tax and bills and keeping up with the ever growing needs of children living in the 21st Century. However on the other hand it is very easy to take advantage of the system. Thousands prefer to take the easy way out and live off benefits as opposed to working like the rest of the population.
Just by having a baby you’re entitled to the following benefits:
  • Child Benefit
  • Free Prescriptions and NHS Dental Treatment (for pregnant women and new mums)
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Statutory Maternity Pay
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay (2 weeks paid leave for fathers)
  • Healthy Start Food Vouchers
  • Sure Start Maternity Grant
  • Income Support (for single parents who are not working or working less than 16 hours with a child under 5 years of age)
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Help with Council Tax
  • Free Prescriptions, NHS Dental Treatment and Eye Tests, and vouchers for glasses
  • Care to Learn – Help with Childcare (for under 20s studying in England)
  • Discretionary Learner Support
  • Childcare Grant
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance – Help Towards Course Costs
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment (16 to 64 year olds who need help with daily living or mobility)
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance
  • Guardians Allowance
Fortunately you can’t claim all of these benefits by sitting at home all day, jobless, popping out babies, some benefits are dependent on whether you are working, in education, whether you or your child have a disability, if you’re a single parent etc (for more info look here). But even with that in mind that is a hell of a lot of benefits to claim just from having one child.
64% of families in the UK are claiming some form of benefits,that’s over 20 million families, with nearly 10 million families having benefits making up at least half of their income. The government cap is £26,000, however there are a handful of families that receive more than £100,000 a year!!

“For 2011-12 it is estimated that 0.8%, or £1.2bn, of total benefit expenditure was overpaid as a result of fraud.”

 

Benefits

 

(More info here)
Now let’s do some maths. The UK has a population of 64ish million. 33 million are between the ages of 25 and 64 (working age). A regular 9-5 job with an hour lunch break and 5 weeks annual leave amounts to around 1,645 hours a year of work. At the current minimum wage (£6.50) that equals just £10,692.50. The living wage is now set at £9.15 an hour in London (15,051.75 a year) and £7.85 an hour in the rest of the UK (£12,913.25 a year). If we take the total estimated spending on benefits (£700 billion when rounding up) and divide it by the annual living wage for London, we get 46,506 people that can earn a living wage which is over 2/3 of the UK population.
So instead of paying out £700 billion in benefits, that money is more than enough to pay the working UK population a living wage. If we take into account the fact that not every single person of working age is working… there is no reason for the actual working population to not be paid more.
There must be numerous reasons why people don’t work; laziness, lack of jobs, disabilities, children etc however only a few are relevant and if the government got their priorities straight and stopped making it easy to claim benefits, and instead stopped wasting that money on people who are capable of working and spent it on creating more jobs, raising the minimum wage, investing into education, funding the NHS amongst other things, the UK would be a much better place to live.  It’s a shame that the 1% that is in charge of running this country do not care enough about the other 99%.
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    "Maybe cheating in a relationship isn't the worst thing you could do, maybe it's just human nature?"

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