Public opinion holds that 24% of benefits are fraudulently claimed. According to official government estimates the actual figure, is 0.7%, 34 times less than you are encouraged to believe. The amount lost to deliberate fraud by benefit claimants is £1.2bn approximately 1.9% of the annual spend. Let’s put this figure into perspective.
Figures from the National Audit Office cite the amount lost in overpayments by the DWP due to clerical errors and the hopeless non-functioning $15.8billion white elephant debacle of a computer system amount to £3.3bn.
Loss through fraud amounts to a third of that lost through negligence and incompetence. On another equally disturbing note, claimants were underpaid by £1.6bn, potentially leaving many vulnerable families struggling for money.
The £1.3bn defrauded pales into insignificance when compared to what big business manages to milk through ‘legal’ tax evasion. Conservative estimates put the sum lost to the UK economy through unethical and immoral tax evasion at £122bn p/a.
Currently, in excess of 1million workers, 4% of the workforces are pressed into service on Zero-Hour contracts, up from 100,000, in 2005. Under UK law a distinction is drawn between a “worker” and an “employee,” an employee has more legal rights. The employer is not obliged to provide even a minimum of working hours or income. They offer no job security, no guarantee of how much they will have to live on from one week to another; contractees are frequently subject to exploitation and can be denied work for any reason. Many contain ‘exclusivity clauses’ that, despite earning insufficient to survive, preventing you working elsewhere
These deceitfully worded ‘license to mug’ zero-hour contracts offer the employer great financial advantages and provide the perfect opportunity to control employees’ lives. The worker is self-employed, an independent contractor, no holiday pay, maternity leave, pension contributions or union rights, liable for your own taxes and NI. You lose your right to complain, they don’t have to fire you, if you try to stand up for yourself they just cut you off but keep your contract live. There is no incentive for the employer to put you onto a full-time contract with all its associated costs and liabilities. Zero-hour workers typically receive minimum wage or less. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
Many of the main users of these contracts are international tax dodging corporations. They expect to benefit from a safe and secure society with a functioning infrastructure [healthcare, doctors, hospitals, sanitation, police, firefighters, schools, teachers], transport networks, and an educated labour force. These corporations are enabled to avoid tax by political parties and politicians who they fund who in return fail to make new laws addressing tax structure loopholes that minimise tax liability permitting profit moving to offshore shelters. Their profits are for executive bonuses and shareholder dividends enriching further the 1%.
Currently, 7.1million people [1 in 4 workers, 25% of the UK workforce], are in precarious employment with no job security. Of this 7.1million, 2million earn below £8p/h, and more than half are on low pay, earning less than two-thirds of the median wage. With a median income of £209pw, self-employed families are more likely to live below the poverty line, they earn about 50% of the wage of a permanent employee [median £384pw], zero-hours contractees about 40% and temp workers around 60%.
The UK tax payers top up the sub-survival wages by £11bn currently through benefit payments such as Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit, ten times the amount lost to Benefit fraud.
The workforce is predominantly divided into two groups, low-paid, low-skilled and higher-paid, higher-skilled workers with an ever-widening gorge of a pay gap. Concern is growing about the social impact and their potential to limit social mobility and their contribution to the collapse of social cohesion as these divisions and imparities intensify, and our tiered society becomes further polarised.
Spin-doctors misrepresent statistics, skillfully manipulating public opinion, and deflecting scrutiny onto a convenient victim, the poor. Employees and workers earning sub-poverty wages receive benefits to the tune of £11bn. Meanwhile, these subsidised corporations avoid £122bn in tax each year. They don’t have to pay their staff, you do, think about that…Ever get the feeling you’re being cheated?
We react with horror and hatred at those branded as “Benefit Scroungers”. It is a criminal act if the menial poor avoid a few quid in tax or benefits to survive but big business has the privilege to fiddle billions. corporate tax evasion annually costs $600bn. $12tn worldwide is put into offshore bank accounts every year.
We must accept that the economy is far more affected by the scale of aggressive tax avoidance and fraudulent evasion than fraudulent benefit claims and redirect our focus onto Big Business system cheats with their negotiable tax reductions that are unavailable to the public, deliberate loopholes and aggressive avoidance costing the UK economy £122bn annually, the amount defrauded by benefit abusers is a piss in the ocean by comparison.
Yet despite public knowledge of the colossal sums defrauded annually nothing is done to close these loopholes year in year out, why…? Because of the political class benefit massively too, Hameron stashes his loot offshore, Osborne’s family business hasn’t paid a penny in Corporation Tax in 7 years despite earning in excess of £200m and so it continues, they aren’t going to shoot themselves in the feet until a gun is put to their head. The public pays 40% death duties on anything over £325,000 meanwhile an entitled twat inherits £9bn and doesn’t pay a single penny. That is immoral, that should be fucking illegal. I am sick of people taking absolute fucking liberties and getting away with it while telling the poor to suffer in silence and accept their rotten lot.
It’s clear how things are prioritised. HMRC employs nearly ten times more investigators dealing the poorest in society allegedly abusing benefits to the tune of £1.2bn than those investigating the evasion of £122bn? There are 4000 investigators investigating benefit fraud and in excess of £310m spent on building cases against those suspected of benefit cheats. HMRC employs 300 staff to investigate the tax matters of the wealthiest 500,000 UK citizens.
Get angry about people playing the system by all means, but start at the top and work your way down if you expect to be taken seriously. I am not condoning those that commit fraud, but it is disproportionately presented as being the scourge of our times and the root of all evil in society. Benefit shaming is a convenient control tool, pitting the disadvantaged against the disadvantaged, keeping the collective eye off the ball and providing an excellent scapegoat – Divide and Conquer!!. It’s the wretched poor that are blamed and shamed whilst the real villains laugh away from inside their ivory towers.
Something is seriously wrong when a society persecutes the dehumanised peasant who steals bread to feed his starving children whilst it sanctions some odious waste of air rich cunt in a fucking castle to rape us up the arse and then wipe their cock on the fucking curtains. Next time some poor fucking cunt gets sent down for nicking Mars Bars at Tesco because they haven’t eaten in days and can’t afford food, remember Philip ‘ TopCunt’ Greed sneaking off with half a billion from his employee’s pension fund
Great Britain, the seventh richest country in the world, in London it’s Glorious showpiece capital where we can afford to spend £300m tarting up the richest woman in the world’s Palace and a further £6bn tarting up the Houses of Parliament while rough sleeping has increased by 60% since 2011. Social Housing has been sold off to corporate landlords and is virtually non-existent. What was once social housing is now rented back to the Councils at extortionate rates in excess of 3 times the real price and tramp spikes are the only things implemented to prevent homelessness. I don’t think food banks even existed in my youth, now we have more Michelin Starred restaurants than anywhere else while a million people are forced to us food banks to survive as the nation can boast a million plus people relying on food banks.
Inequality is tearing the UK to shreds, the wealthy can buy lifeboats or cling onto their income to float but the poor are locked into the hold, it’s the Titanic all over again. How do they get away with it? How stupid are we? How much are we going to take? Not only are we expected to accept this, but we are also expected to fight and die defending their privilege and we fucking do!!!! How do we justify paying for the munitions to bomb helpless souls on the other side of the earth while at home the besieged NHS is sold off in chunks? Poverty in the UK continues to spiral out of control, sucking more families into desolation and despair daily.
I have had a fucking nuff, what about you?
Torpedo the fucking Yachts.