If people know they can steal with zero chance of getting caught then mostly they will. We see this with video games for PCs where the theft rate, by illicit online download, can be 90% or more. Add to this the culture of entitlement built up by over 60 years of socialism and you end up with a potent combination which gives us a welfare state system that punishes the hardworking, honest members of our society whilst rewarding the indolent and feckless who abuse the system.
Invalidity Benefit (IB) was a social safety net for those who were unable to work because of their disability. And it was massively abused. All you had to do was fill in a form and you received money. Civil servants would check the forms and the occasional claimant would be called in for a medical, but mostly they weren’t. So why work, when all you have to do is fill in a form instead? And once you were on IB you automatically received other benefits.
In fact you didn’t even have to fill in the form. The staff at Citizen’s Advice Bureaus and Job Centres kept a supply of the forms and would fill them in for you with answers optimised so you would receive the benefit. So it was hardly surprising that nearly 3 million people ended up on IB. This is about one in thirteen of the workforce, which is patently ridiculous, there is absolutely no way that one in thirteen people are so disabled that they can’t work. So the majority of recipients were just stealing off the state. Which means that they were stealing off you and me.
Now obviously as a society we need a safety net for those who are genuinely unable to work through disability. But merely having a disability doesn’t make a person unable to work, as Frank Williams, Stephen Hawking and the thousands who go to work on wheelchairs or work from home with disabilities prove.
The situation with IB got so blatantly out of control that even a Labour government was forced to do something about it, so they introduced a new benefit for new claimants called Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that involved actually having a medical to see if it was merited. And obviously the level of new claimants dropped enormously as all the parasites were weeded out. This was so good that the government decided to use ESA to replace IB for existing claimants. So right now those nearly 3 million people on IB are having medicals, most of them for the first time. And the results are startling.
36% of claimants just don’t bother continuing with their claim. They know they are stealing, taking money off hard working honest people that they have no right to. So there is no point them turning up for a medical where this will be found out. Which means that about a million people knew that they were blatantly stealing.
39% went through with the medical and were found to be fit for work. Another million people who were being given taxpayer’s money when they had no right to it.
17% were found to be capable of work if given some support. As a society we should give this support.
And just 7% of claimants were found to be incapable of any work. Which sounds about right. Most taxpayers would have no problem with looking after these people.
So common sense and a measure of fairness has been brought to the system. Gradually the millions of people on IB are being given medicals as they are transferred onto ESA. The burden of millions of people receiving our money when they had no rights to it is being removed. A fantastic victory for common sense and morality.
You can tell how good it is because the do-gooder, leftie, noodle knitters are up in arms. They think that it is everyone’s right to steal off the state, the government can just borrow more and more money to pay for it. And the honest, hard working citizen can continue to be punished by the feckless and the indolent.
So sorting IB out is a start. The problem is that our whole welfare state is just the same, it is the product of socialist dogma which takes no account of how people behave in the real world. So to a very large extent it punishes the good whilst rewarding the bad. There are millions of people receiving taxpayers’ money who shouldn’t be getting it. We have an entire underclass who, generation after generation, don’t work and don’t want to work. Why should they when the state will provide everything? People to whom having another baby is seen as an income opportunity, which puts yet more children into poverty (the cash isn’t spent on them) perpetuating the cycle.
The next thing the government needs to introduce is workfare as a replacement for jobseekers allowance. With this system the unemployed turn up and do work for which they get paid. If they don’t turn up they don’t get paid. This would cut the numbers on jobseekers allowance by 50% overnight. All those people who work in the black economy can’t be in two places at once, can they?
The welfare state is a moral disgrace. It is more often abused than used as the socialist theorists intended. It makes everyone who works for a living far worse off. It acts as a brake on enterprise and advancement of the individual. It destroys the soul of the country. What we need is a minimum safety net based on real need, not the entitlement system for an entire parasitic underclass that we have now.