I pay maybe 10k a year in tax, £30 is absolutely nothing, the govt squanders money left right and centre, I should know I work in IT and the money they waste in IT year in and year out is unbelievable, one example, my company a few years ago got a million dollar order for a govt plan that never even went ahead, we got the order and payment and in the end they scrapped the plan and didnt even use the software, this kind of shit happens all the time and not just in IT. The govt are the biggest wasters of money you will ever come across this is fact. That said you are complaining about £30, what would you do, cut all benefits? for the small minority of people that claim when they shouldnt would you take away money from low income families or single parents just to make sure your hard earned £30 isn't going to some sponger? nevermind £30 when the govt gets hold of the £1000's in tax that you will inevitably be paying it they will waste a hell of a lot more than £30, its all in context IMO And I know you like your maths, so of the average wage of maybe 15-18k perhaps 3k of that will be in tax (not to mention all the other taxes they hit you for after VAT, council, road etc etc) so that £30 equates to 1% of your taxes.