Originally Posted by Fourstaff
I like your mentality, but sadly the government doesn't. They talk about "people who cannot find jobs even if they try", hence the benefits. Bloody politicians.
Benefits are a good thing and help many people out, please don't be blinded by the media and politics who make it out as though everyone is playing the system, they do not it is a small minority of people, though of course the politicians can bring it up whenever they feel the need as it draws attention from other issues.
Some numbers, the DWP spends about 120 billion a year, 17 billion goes on JSA/income support and housing benefit, the rest is for pensions (67 billion) and other benefits which include disability etc, of the 17 billions that goes to work related benefits less than a billion of that is actually thought to be by wrongful claimants. So as much as we do pay for the people who abuse the system, that is not where the majority of our hard earned tax goes, again the media and politicians would have you believe so.
All of this is with a total spend of 650 billion.... food for thought perhaps.
Originally Posted by gumpty
South West London here. And also another 'bloody foreigner' taking British jobs. I'm what the English call Antipodean, and have been here over five years (my grandfather was born near Manchester, so I could someday get a British Passport).
I think you should change your mentality, I have no problem with foreigners who come here and work hard for a living as do 99% of people, I DO have a problem with the foreigners who come here to work the system and don't work, claim benefits for a big family and take council houses, as I have the same problem with brits doing the same.