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Monday, May 20, 2013

Britain's Welfare Revolution

I can remember years ago when people said that Britain had created a monster with their generous welfare benefits scheme and now it's official.  The latest results of a think tank report say there is only one country in the whole of Europe with a worse record for government handouts than Britain, and that's the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Welfare ghettos have sprung up around the country and the British people must be wondering how it came to this.  The highest amount of welfare spending per head is in the Sefton area of Merseyside in Liverpool.  In parts of Wales, 67 per cent of people aged between 16 and 64, are on unemployment benefit.

The study is called Signed Off, Written Off and stated the bleeding obvious - that parts of England have become a national disgrace and reform is urgently needed.

People in these neighbourhoods have been consistently written off as incapable and their poverty plight inevitable.  Their lives have been limited by a fatalistic assumption that they have little prospect of anything better, the report reads.

Iain Duncan Smith

Charities struggling to meet the demand for food and clothing said that some children do not understand what work is, as their parents and grandparents have never had a job.

Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, founded the think tank that wrote the report and is working on the second phase of the "Welfare Revolution."  He's got the job from hell and it's fraught with danger.  If he cuts benefits, the poor will simply rob the rich.  And what can he do about the young man who has made sure he'll never get a job by displaying prominent neck tattoos and has metal piercings hanging off his face and lips - he knows very well he won't get the job and of course, he doesn't.

The people who have a job say there is plenty of work out there for those who want it and there is no excuse for not working;  those without a job, earnestly looking for work, say there are actually very few jobs out there; and the truth lies somewhere in between.  

It's Mr Smith's job to find out what it is.