How many households sponging their way to (mostly going in the way of the landlords via H.B.) does it take to match just one right royal arse-licking cheat such as Gary Barlow?
Then you get to the real cheats, the real experts on the subject and the one's born into it.
And peeps like you prefer to make their minds up from channel 5 programmes and other equally trashy sources, often pretending to have itk mates.
So what you are saying is that I am telling a load of lies when I say that in my work for different local authorities (BTW I have worked for Barnsley MBC, Doncaster MBC, Great Yarmouth BC and South Norfolk BC plus worked with other local authorities and RSLs (Housing Associations)) and I have met/interviewed individuals who have bragged about not working or wanting to work because of the amount they can claim? If so then maybe I am not making myself clear enough. I have every respect for those who have worked and want to work but though no fault of their own are out of work and struggling to make ends meet. If you are aged over 50 years old I know it is very hard to gain employment because of I suspect ageism, I have been through it all myself and that is why I set up my own company. What I do think is unfair is all those who have never paid in to the system (whether they be immigrants or British) and have no intention of doing so getting as much or more than those who have. Is it fair for someone, male or female, to have worked hard all their lives and get the same state pension as those who have drained the system all their lives and never had a days work and never have wanted to?
I know it can be hard to find work, but it isn't impossible it does depend how picky people are on what they do. there is someone who goes litter picking for the council around the streets where I live, he was made redundant from a decent paid job he loved but rather than be a burden on the system and sit on his backside all day he applied for the job and got it (he is 61 years old).
Regarding 'zero hour' contracts, what a waist they are. OK some may be happy to have them but for those who want to work they are not worth they paper they are written on and to remove someone from the unemployment total who is on a zero hour contract is nonsensical. I would love to know what the unemployment would be if they were calculated in the same way as they were in the 1970's, I'm sure it would show a massive increase in the total.
As for those others who try and cheat the system, whether it be so called celebrities, MPs, royals, etc then I agree with you, they should all be made to pay back what they have made/saved plus interest. And don't get me on to MP expenses, individuals know what the pay is for an MP before they stand so why should they moan or want to claim more through expenses if they are not happy, to me not enough were charged or put in prison, there are too many politicians who are dishonest and in it for their own ends within each of the parties.
However, back to my original point, does it make it right that the workshy get as much if not more than the honest working man?