Government: a rhetorical question from Birmingham University Labour Students

 

“Why try solve society’s real problems when you can lie and create scapegoats out of the most vulnerable in society?

On December 17th, listeners must have been shocked to hear – on Sunday Politics, BBC 1 – that only £5bn of the year’s £200bn welfare budget goes to unemployed.

BULSIt was good to see the subject highlighted on the Birmingham University Labour Students’ website, via The Brummie.

This referred by link to a Channel 4 News programme which looked at the findings of a Yougov poll revealing the difference between public perceptions of benefit claimants – and the reality.

It continued: “This is what was revealed in a YouGov poll where respondents gave answers similar to the ones suggested. Want to know the real answers?”
  1. Welfare budget spent on unemployed people? – 4% not 42%.
  2. Welfare budget claimed fraudulently? 0.7% not 27%
  3. Who will be hit most by the 1% limit on benefits? – Primarily the employed and those seeking work.
  4. And average weekly Job Seeker allowance? – £111.45 not £147.
Ending: “But hey, why try solve society’s real problems when you can lie and create scapegoats out of the most vulnerable in society?”

 

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Posted on January 16, 2013, in Civil servants, Democracy undermined, Government, Parliamentary failure and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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