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    freemantlegirl2 wrote:
    Whilst there ARE some large families, who have generational worklessness etc, there are also just as many in fact double the number of genuine claimants, who have not 'sat on their ars*' not working! their family has broken up, they are paying a huge amount in rent because landlords knew previously that they could command high rentals. When they say benefits these could include Taxable benefits like Carer's Allowance and Disablity Living Allowance. If a parent had a disabled child with complex health needs (in addition to other family) members it could then mean that they suddenly find themselves in a position and unable to work. Or someone with children who suddenly has to care for a partner with a terminal or long term illnnes or a parent with dementia as well as their own family, meaning again that they may not be able to work or have to work less hours.

    This is what our welfare system is for, not for those people who appear in the Daily Mail on a weekly basis. Yes things need to be done to tackle the problem of generational worklessness but I do wish people would STOP tarring all people on benefits with the same brush. Or heaven forbid suddenly find themselves redundant, lose their home, have to rent etc. Sometimes life comes along and deals some terrible blows that is noone's fault and I'm proud to live in a country that supports that.

    Spend more on weeding out fraudsters and proper fraud teams who are cost effective rather than dissing a whole sector of people who are genuine, which makes up 90% of benefit claimants, and stop paying out to European transient workers for Housing Benefit, unless they fall into the above categories.
    You have to credit the Daily Mail with the reports of court cases where the defendants claim for disability allowance(s) doesn't tie up with their ability to run marathons or play golf. The disability allowance(s) does seem to be fairly widely claimed fraudulently as more ailments allow the claimant to qualify."
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300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

First published in Southampton

THREE-hundred households in Southampton are claiming benefits of more than £26,000 a year, the Daily Echo can reveal.

The annual income is the equivalent of a gross salary of £35,000 – more than £10,000 higher than the average city wage.

It is the first time the local impact of the Government’s controversial benefits cap, which was finally agreed in the House of Lords last week, has been known.

Ministers believe a limit is needed to ensure nobody is better off claiming welfare when they could be in work.

But critics have branded the onesize- fits-all £26,000 cap “arbitrary”, warning it could make people homeless in high-rent areas.

The figures, rounded to the nearest 100, are contained in a parliamentary answer due to be released later this week.

Among the 300 claimants in Southampton, around 100 will be the biggest losers from the cap because they earn at least £100 a week over the proposed limit – giving them an annual income of at least £31,000.

In the Hampshire County Council area and Isle of Wight, the number affected was less than 100. There are 200 claimants above £26,000 a year in Portsmouth.

Officials estimate 67,000 households will be affected across the country, losing on average £83 a week.

Some benefits are not included in the total, including disability living allowance and war widow payments.

Most of those affected are in London, because high rental costs drive up housing benefit. Many areas of the north have been barely affected due to lower living costs.

The benefit cap was initially thrown out by the House of Lords after opposition from bishops, Lib Dem rebels and Labour peers.

But after Government concessions, including new measures to support people who have just lost their jobs, peers approved the move.

John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, backed the principle of a cap, but said it should vary across the country – meaning people could claim more in the south-east than the north.

He said: “We are very concerned about the way this is being implemented.”

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