In a caring country, the act of alms for the poor, or charity is part of the social conscience, it still is in many parts of the UK, though much of it was taken over by the state in the form of benefits which were supposed to act as a safety net for the less fortunate, paid for by taxation on the better off. As with many things the state got hold of it spiralled out of control to move away from a safety net into a comfort blanket for many. After all, what else can you call a situation where it actually pays someone not to work? Or too breed like mad to give yourself a decent standard of living via the state.
THE cost of Britain’s bloated welfare state has been revealed by figures which show that 40,000 families with five children or more depend on benefits.
It includes 180 families with 10 or more dependants and 10 with 13 or more. In total they cost the taxpayer £150million a year in child benefits alone.
At least one parent in each family is also claiming one or more benefit such as jobseeker’s allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, income support, employment and support allowance or pension credit.
When added to the £150million child benefit bill, it is thought claimants cost taxpayers as much as £50million a year.
The startling figures led to calls last night to stop families claiming benefits for an unlimited number of children.