The beginning of the end for scroungers claiming Incapacity Benefit?

Posted on: 26 May 2010 by Gareth Hargreaves

New government measures designed to get Britain back working are targeting people falsely claiming incapacity benefits. This is one common sense initiative that should have been introduced years ago.

How many adults in this country do you think are on Incapacity Benefits? There are about 60 million people in the UK, of these about 12 million are retired and another 15 million are in education, while a further three million are unemployed.

Add this together with the five million plus marital and common law partners who don’t work and you have, as near as damn it, 35million souls. That leaves 25 million who work or could be available for work. Of this total a staggering 2.5 million are paid Incapacity Benefit. Yes, that's 10% of the work pool of adults!

This equation is downright lunacy; one person in ten has been registered as long term ill or disabled for such an extended period that they are now deemed unemployable. I think not. This figure truly brings home what a nation of scroungers the UK has become over the past 50 years.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t know one person who claims Incapacity Benefit. So where are they? Hiding in the housing estates along with the 800,000 illegal immigrants I suspect. The sooner they are both sorted the better.

Well the end is nigh – David and ‘our lad’ Nick are going to tackle it head on and ensure that full medical examinations take place to assess fitness to work. Those who can work - and refuse to - will have their benefits stopped!

Damn good show. Let’s get shot of all the scroungers and make them work and properly fund people who really are ill or disabled. That’s what I will call a fairer society!

The day of the strike is upon us!

Nobody could have missed the fact that BA management has been facing strikes for the past couple of months. Now British Telecom is warning that we are likely to see strikes there as well. Now we have a fledgling coalition government, we are likely to see more. The unions do not pour money into the coffers of either coalition partner, are flexing their muscles now that they have lost the lobbying power they leverasged last Labour government. So there’s trouble ahead.

Should David Cameron and Nick Clegg kowtow to strikes? No bloody way. It’s time for everybody in this country to realise that we are circling the economic plug hole. We are all going to face hardship, pensioners in particular. The greedy unions should back off and take the pain like the rest of us.

The economic/work model that has been allowed to permeate all work environments just doesn’t work and is dragging us down. Workers need to realise and accept that things have got to change. If they don’t embrace change we are likely to slip into the situation the Japanese have lived in for the past 20 years – Stagflation. It must not be allowed to happen here. Change is needed and quickly. Unions? Get back in you boxes, we don’t need you here, there’s work to be done!

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