a reply to: Freeborn
Always respect your opinion mate but i disagree with you on this in that i fully support austerity. I may be aliberal conservative but i am still a
conservative at heart - i do not believe in "big government" and like to keep government involvement out of as many aspects of life as possible. As
such, i firmly believe in personal responsibility.
Families struggling? Work more. Or give up the unnecessary Sky tv package - you get the idea.
Welfare should be solely for those that genuinely need it - the homeless, those genuinely too ill to work, etc.
I don't disagree that corporate tax evasion, etc, is abhorrent but you can't deny that the Tory government have put measures in place to scale this
type of tax evasion back. It obviously will never stop it as the huge companies involved always have the brightest and best accountancy and legal
professionals working for them (as you would expect). They can always work out loopholes.
It is not an exaggeration though to say that the system is milked left, right and centre. Whether it is fraudulent claims on only one parent residing
at an address, to sub letting rooms in council properties through to wholesale benefit fraud. When such abuses are in place, it is always going to
eventually come down heavy on the system itself, meaning innocent victims are caught up in it.
Why then is that the governments fault? Why do those that create these situations get a free pass? I am not saying where in the UK, but one of my
sisters is a senior housing manager at a local authority and she deals with rent arrears (in the thousands) and it is no joke to say she deals with
hundreds every year in one local authority. That is people thousands of pounds behind on subsidised housing that claim "difficulties" whilst having
several 50 inch flatscreens, several cars on the drive and at least one foreign holiday a year. Role that out around the country and it adds up to
tens if not hundreds of millions of pounds.
Why should the likes of you or I be paying for that? When they are prosecuted, you then ad in legal costs, Police call out costs, etc, etc - again
adding many many millions on to this bill.
People can argue until they are blue in the face about for this but i know for certain it is fact as i have to hear about it every week from my sister
and other senior council memebrs (directors, assistant directors, head of housing, etc).
If we sort this out, the type of (poor) person that Andy was banging on about yesterday actually get the help they need.
It shouldn't be a case of "whataboutism", it should be a case of each and every abuse is prosecuted so that we can actually get a system in place that
works as it is supposed to. The only way to do that is to get draconian in punishment, at least in the short term - say if you are caught abusing the
system, you don't get any benefits of that system for the next decade.