Stop wasting cash on these hangers-on

Daily Echo: Stop wasting cash on these hangers-on Stop wasting cash on these hangers-on

I AM reading in national newspapers that benefits have been slashed and capped at £500 a week, which equates to £26,000 a year!

How many full-time workers can earn that kind of salary, even should they be lucky enough to have a job of any kind?

These figures are quoted as the lower end of the benefits scale, with some families pocketing more than £60,000 per annum.

I retired just over 20 years ago on a salary of £10-11,000 per annum, with a full-time housewife and two children at school. I presume and work out that if I was still employed in the same job I would be lucky if I had doubled this amount, estimate a figure of £18-20,000 per annum.

How then, I have asked myself for the past years, is it possible for these layabouts and shirkers to claim and be paid this kind of income?

There is something drastically wrong with our welfare system, something that is in need of a complete overhaul and this is long, long overdue.

Without appearing to harp back on the bad old days I am forced to mention that I come from a family of eight children which my parents (my mother also being a full time housewife at the time) raised on less than £5 a week (if my father happened to be working), with no benefit or hand-outs from any direction, and we all survived through hard work and long hours to raise our own families in our own homes.

The type of people we now have in our midst today would never have survived during these early days, and this situation cannot be allowed to carry on.

This so-called welfare system must be reined in or harnessed in some way so that it would not be possible for an unemployed person (male or female) to claim more than the lowest possible salary any job might acquire (might I suggest a bracket of £12,000 to £15,000 pa) inclusive of any housing benefit or extra child allowance, regardless of the size of the family.

Only then will these lazy layabouts be given the incentive to get off their backsides and look for employment, plus the fact the taxpayers and the economy in general would benefit from a huge savings of cash at the moment wasted on these hangers-on.

L A O’Bee, Southampton

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5:45pm Mon 20 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

In truth there are very few claiming these sort of amounts and the government plan to cut it even further, it doesn't make it right but we live in a society that will not let 10 kids go without food or shelter no matter how feckless the parents may be and eventually the children will grow up and leave.
In truth there are very few claiming these sort of amounts and the government plan to cut it even further, it doesn't make it right but we live in a society that will not let 10 kids go without food or shelter no matter how feckless the parents may be and eventually the children will grow up and leave. bigfella777
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9:32pm Mon 20 Jan 14

loosehead says...

well I wonder if Inform Al will agree with this post? Mr O'Bee I manage on £16,000 after tax I pay a mortgage I'm buying a car I pay council tax & I buy what we need so yes I'd love this sort of money.
Now we hear the left bang on about bedroom tax? but in reality it's not it's just what a person or two people are entitled to on welfare & they have a choice go to work or get rehoused to a smaller property.
the councils could quite easily put a squeeze on housing associations to lower the rents or the council will only allow new flats properties to be built by associations who will charge less in rents a prime example could be Townhill Park
well I wonder if Inform Al will agree with this post? Mr O'Bee I manage on £16,000 after tax I pay a mortgage I'm buying a car I pay council tax & I buy what we need so yes I'd love this sort of money. Now we hear the left bang on about bedroom tax? but in reality it's not it's just what a person or two people are entitled to on welfare & they have a choice go to work or get rehoused to a smaller property. the councils could quite easily put a squeeze on housing associations to lower the rents or the council will only allow new flats properties to be built by associations who will charge less in rents a prime example could be Townhill Park loosehead
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3:57am Tue 21 Jan 14

SFC-Matt says...

State pensions are the biggest drain on our benefit system.
State pensions are the biggest drain on our benefit system. SFC-Matt
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6:45am Tue 21 Jan 14

loosehead says...

SFC-Matt wrote:
State pensions are the biggest drain on our benefit system.
really so the fact we all pay in to our pension system & those on the dole pay nothing towards that dole money & whilst living off of Welfare they contribute sweet FA towards there pension doesn't count then?
[quote][p][bold]SFC-Matt[/bold] wrote: State pensions are the biggest drain on our benefit system.[/p][/quote]really so the fact we all pay in to our pension system & those on the dole pay nothing towards that dole money & whilst living off of Welfare they contribute sweet FA towards there pension doesn't count then? loosehead
  • Score: 1

1:02pm Tue 21 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

loosehead wrote:
SFC-Matt wrote:
State pensions are the biggest drain on our benefit system.
really so the fact we all pay in to our pension system & those on the dole pay nothing towards that dole money & whilst living off of Welfare they contribute sweet FA towards there pension doesn't count then?
If someone was on benefits all their life they would still get a pension and it would be lot more than income support.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFC-Matt[/bold] wrote: State pensions are the biggest drain on our benefit system.[/p][/quote]really so the fact we all pay in to our pension system & those on the dole pay nothing towards that dole money & whilst living off of Welfare they contribute sweet FA towards there pension doesn't count then?[/p][/quote]If someone was on benefits all their life they would still get a pension and it would be lot more than income support. bigfella777
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5:25pm Tue 21 Jan 14

loosehead says...

bigfella777 wrote:
loosehead wrote:
SFC-Matt wrote:
State pensions are the biggest drain on our benefit system.
really so the fact we all pay in to our pension system & those on the dole pay nothing towards that dole money & whilst living off of Welfare they contribute sweet FA towards there pension doesn't count then?
If someone was on benefits all their life they would still get a pension and it would be lot more than income support.
bigfella should some one fit & capable to work but finds welfare to comfortable so doesn't still get the pension at the same level as someone who hasn't?
I worked for 34 years paid in another 4 & was told with Labours changes I'd paid to many years now I need to pay a couple more.
but my wife doesn't work & the latest is unless she's claimed dole or worked for quite a few years she won't get my pension if I die not even if I die before 66 & I've paid into it which I have now how's that fair?
my wife costs the state nothing as I pay taxes & dental treatment & we claim nothing off of the state?
it looks as if to lazy to work gets you a better deal than working hard doesn't it?
Look at the young lady who was claiming job seekers allowance & was told to work in a shop to get work experience but wanted paying as well as jobseekers some how she won her case?
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SFC-Matt[/bold] wrote: State pensions are the biggest drain on our benefit system.[/p][/quote]really so the fact we all pay in to our pension system & those on the dole pay nothing towards that dole money & whilst living off of Welfare they contribute sweet FA towards there pension doesn't count then?[/p][/quote]If someone was on benefits all their life they would still get a pension and it would be lot more than income support.[/p][/quote]bigfella should some one fit & capable to work but finds welfare to comfortable so doesn't still get the pension at the same level as someone who hasn't? I worked for 34 years paid in another 4 & was told with Labours changes I'd paid to many years now I need to pay a couple more. but my wife doesn't work & the latest is unless she's claimed dole or worked for quite a few years she won't get my pension if I die not even if I die before 66 & I've paid into it which I have now how's that fair? my wife costs the state nothing as I pay taxes & dental treatment & we claim nothing off of the state? it looks as if to lazy to work gets you a better deal than working hard doesn't it? Look at the young lady who was claiming job seekers allowance & was told to work in a shop to get work experience but wanted paying as well as jobseekers some how she won her case? loosehead
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5:53pm Wed 22 Jan 14

From the sidelines says...

The convicted benefits fraudster raises his head again and spews out another letter about ... benefits.

http://www.dailyecho
.co.uk/news/district
/southampton/8355203
.Council_critic_hid_
__100_000_savings_in
_tax_benefit_fraud/?
ref=arc
The convicted benefits fraudster raises his head again and spews out another letter about ... benefits. http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/news/district /southampton/8355203 .Council_critic_hid_ __100_000_savings_in _tax_benefit_fraud/? ref=arc From the sidelines
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