FOR A nation that was the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the results this week from more than one million work capability tests must rank as one of our lowest moments. It is now official.
Britain has allowed itself to become a nation of scroungers conning the system and millions of hard-working taxpayers out of enough money to help balance the national debt.
If these shifty skivers worked half as hard at getting a job instead of milking you and me they would all be running profitable companies.
Since October 2008 about 1.3 million work capability assessments have been conducted on those seeking long-term incapacity benefits. Of those, only 88,700, or just seven per cent were genuine claimants.
The others were shown to be perfectly able to work, albeit in some instances with the provision of additional support, or instead chose to abandon their application, as they possibly feared being rumbled.
Although it was the previous Labour administration that piloted the scheme, the current Government should be praised for baring its teeth and shaping up to get tough about this issue. It must now follow this through.
Allow me to spell out the cost to you and me of the largesse we display towards these wasters. Last year, £8.7billion was paid to those claiming these benefits so, if you apply the assessment tests’ findings, only £609,000,000 went to the genuinely needy.
That means £8.1billion was scrounged off the rest of us.
And that’s not all.closer scrutiny of the payouts shows that victims of “dizziness and giddiness” picked up £24.2million and haemorrhoid sufferers claimed £2million.
I’ll leave you to provide your own punch line there but if you now factor in that the abuse has been allowed to go on for at least 10 years (and that’s being extremely conservative) you’re looking at enough money that has been “stolen” from us that could have built battleships, hospitals and schools.
It’s important to state that those in genuine need should, and indeed will, be looked after following these changes. If you are genuinely too sick to hold down a job it is the role of a decent and mature society to help.
However, if you are part of a third-generation benefit family for whom work is just a foul four-letter word, something that the rest of us must do in order to pay the taxes that fund your ghastly lifestyle of cut-price lager, indolence and fast food, let’s hope this means your number will soon be up.
Each day brings another story of the exposure of someone conning the system.
There was the man on long-term benefits due to a crippling back injury who was able to run around every weekend in his role as a football referee.
There was the building worker who claimed he was so disabled he wasn’t able to dress himself. He was paid £70,000 in benefits while all the time he was humping bricks on a construction site for £22,000 a year.
Having continued down this correct path of closer inspection and tighter regulation, the government must make sure it does not now take time off from the job of getting Britain back to work.
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