Welfare minister: dreadful benefits system gives people a lifestyle on the state

Lord Freud said the benefits system was “dreadful” and allowed lone parents and sickness claimants to “have a lifestyle” on the state.

The Tory peer, who is helping to push through a radical overhaul of the welfare state, insisted he understood the reality of living on benefits, arguing “you don’t have to be the corpse to go to a funeral”.

In an interview with The House magazine, he said: “We’ve got the circumstances now where… people who are poorer should be prepared to take the biggest risks – they’ve got least to lose.

“We have, through our welfare system, created a system which has made them reluctant to take risks so we need to turn that on its head and make the system predictable so that people will take those risks.

“I think we have a dreadful welfare system.”

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Sticking with Gordon Brown’s flawed policy keeps people in poverty

Not that he will mind in the slightest, but Stephen Stubbs has just blown his chance of national fame. He was being followed by a television crew documenting how hard it is to find work, especially for a partially sighted 47-year-old living in Darlington. Mr Stubbs’s story was both inspiring and heartbreaking: he refused to accept a life of welfare dependency and applied for 2,000 jobs. Two months ago, he was enrolled in the Government’s controversial work programme and might have lost his benefits had the system failed him. But something went badly right: he found a job.

The television crew, who might have expected to follow a broken man through the bowels of a recession, instead ended up filming a new worker cheerily shopping for ties. The idea of a 4pm-2am shift working for the Student Loans Company might dismay many of us, but Mr Stubbs spoke as if he’d won the lottery. “If I can do it, anyone can,” he told Channel 4’s cameras. He exaggerates only slightly. Yesterday, the Government revealed the results of its massive assessment of 133,000 people on incapacity benefit: over a third of them were found to be ready for work.

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The E-rumour (Heavily Laced With Fact)

The Breadwinner

A doctor told me that a woman in her late 20’s came to the hospital today with her 8th pregnancy.

She told the doctor: “My mum told me that I am the breadwinner for the family.” He asked her to explain.

She said that she can make babies and babies get money from the State for the family. It goes like this: The grandma calls the Department for Work & Pensions, that the unemployed daughter is not capable of caring for all of her kids.

DWP agrees and tell her the children will need to go into foster care. The Grandma then volunteers to be the foster parent, and receives a cheque for £700 per child each month. Total yearly income: £58,800 soon to become £67200 when the 8th one is born, tax-free and nobody has to go to work!

In fact, they get more if there is no husband/father/man in the home! The brother does not count.

Not to mention free dental treatment, free housing, free council tax, free school dinners, free college or Uni, free eye care and glasses, free prescriptions and various other benefits…

Total value of all benefits combined probably approaching £100,000 p.a. which would require an income of around £148,000 to create. More than I get as a senior consultant with years of experience and surgical skills in a central London teaching hospital.

When this generous programme was invented in the ’60s, the Great Society architects forgot to craft an end date and now we are hopelessly overrun with people who vote only for those who will continue to keep them on the dole.

No wonder our country is broke!

Worse, our Muslim brothers have been paying attention, and by mandating that each Muslim family have 11 children, they will soon replace the voting bloc above and can be running this country. Are we alarmed yet, is anybody listening?

Sincerely,

Dr. Sebastian J. Ciancino – Urologist,

Guys Hospital

London

Don’t forget to pay your taxes!! There are a lot of “breadwinners” depending on you!

I’d rather not pay for Brenda Flanagan-Davies’s pillow-plumpers

I spent last Saturday comforting a friend, Sue, whose mother had been taken to Accident and Emergency following a fall. Sue’s mother, a 78-year-old widow, lives on her own outside Oxford. Sue and her family live in London, where she and her husband hold down full-time jobs. She immediately took a week off work, but after that, her mother would have to rely on social services: carers will visit her twice a day to help her wash and dress in the morning; practise walking with her new stick; and make sure she doesn’t slump into depression.

I was happy to know that my taxes were being used for this pensioner’s welfare. The infirmities of age come to us all, and, to use an old-fashioned term, this was a deserving case.

I feel differently about Brenda Flanagan-Davies. Britain’s fattest woman weighs 40 stone. That’s more than my refrigerator, double bed and desk combined. Brenda has reached these gargantuan proportions by chomping her way through nine chocolate bars and three fizzy drinks per day. Now immobile, she needs help to turn in bed, wash, dress and relieve herself.

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The UK Benefit Tourists

Chris Grayling has just come off the Today Programme, as the BBC follows up on our splash this morning. Damian Green and Mr Grayling, the immigration and employment ministers respectively, have an article in today’s Telegraph and they reveal that 371,000 migrants are now claiming housing benefit, unemployment benefit and incapacity benefit.

In their article, Grayling and Green write that: “Labour left our immigration system in a complete mess. Everyone could see that. Millions of people came through its open doors to the UK – sometimes in the backs of lorries, sometimes as students who never went home when their studies finished, sometimes as failed asylum seekers who were never asked to leave.”

Under Labour, the nationality of benefit claimants was never recorded – Green and Grayling have only produced these figures today by comparing records held by the Border Agency and by those held by HMRC and the DWP.

In the majority of cases, migrants have not been wrongly claiming benefits – only about 2 per cent are suspected of making fraudulent claims – but these figures do raise questions about who is eligible in the first place. As the ministers note, “if someone works and pays taxes here, it’s not unreasonable that we should help out if they fall on hard times”, but what about those who don’t work or pay taxes?

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