The Real Scroungers?
We are often told that those living on benefits are workshy and lapping it up at the expense of all those mugs going out to work. We are also persuaded to accept that attacking those on benefits is a necessity in order poor taxpayers and must be punished and hounded off benefits. Even if they cant be hounded back to work because there isn’t enough work to go around. The fact that big Corporations and wealthy individuals are costing the tax payer Thousands of Millions every year is by the by. Anyway the Government is too preoccupied fighting the European Courts on behalf of the Bankers and their ‘Bonuses’ to be side tracked with Multi-Billion Pound tax avoidance as well. It is not only the unemployed and the people on benefits such as the disabled that are claiming money whilst not doing any work:
Baroness Adams of Craigielea
During the period 1-31 of March 2013 the House of Lords sat 15 days
Attendance 15 days £4,500 = £300 per day
Travel Expenses £1,626 = £108 per day
If Baroness Adams was to attend the House of Lords fifteen days every month including her travel expenses that would equate to £6,000 per month and a potential £72,000 per year just for sticking her head in the door. If you then divide that total by 180 which is total amount of working days in the House of Lords per year and the daily cost to the tax payer would be £400.
Average Single Person living on Job Seekers Allowance
Income £140 per fortnight
Bedroom Tax £15 per extra room per fortnight
After Deductions £125 per fortnight
Assuming that a single claimant lives in a two bedroom property because one bedroom properties are hard to come by then the average income of a single person on Job Seekers Allowance is £125 per fortnight or £250 per month after Bedroom Tax deductions. Multiply that figure by twelve then the total income of a single person living on Job Seekers Allowance that stays in a two bedroom property is £3,000 per year. Unfortunately, we cannot divide the figure of £3,000 by 180 because unlike the House of Lords the House with two bedrooms has to function 365 days of the year. Therefore if we divide the total of £3,000 by 365 we get a daily allowance of £8.21.
Baroness Adams, Lords = £400 per day
Unemployed Claimant = £8.21 per day
Of course it would be absolutely ridiculous to argue that the two bedroom property is a ‘Democratically Elected Chamber’ and that the single person claiming Job Seekers allowance is in any way a ‘Democratically Elected Representative’. Then again, It would be just as difficult to argue that the House of Lords is in any way a ‘Democratically Elected Chamber’ and that Baroness Adams of Craigielea, or any other peer for that matter, is a ‘Democratically Elected Representative. Yet one cost the tax payer £6000 for fifteen days and the other cost the taxpayer £123.15 for fifteen days and it is probably safe to assume that neither did any work in that period.
To the people of Scotland I would say ‘just think about it’ and realise who the real scroungers are and who it is that is desperate to draw our attention away from the truth and have us persecute those who have little choice and even less ability to fight back. We are better than this and our children and grandchildren deserve far, far better. If not for yourself then for your children and their children yet to come chose a better way on the 18th of September 2014.