I'm from the north east. A place where to be perfectly honest; the amount of people on state benefits is higher compared to the rest of the country.
There will always be three major problems as far as I'm concerned:
- Where do you draw the line? As in which level of benefits is acceptable for certain people. So for example disabled people who cannot work. These people need benefits no doubt about it, but how much? £20000 a year is too much in my opinion. I know that these people are disabled but without being harsh and I mean nothing by this, they contribute very little to the state. They need help but not as much as perhaps is given. Also how about for those that don't work. I'll cover that point a bit later on but what I'll say is that it shouldn't be anymore than minimum wage, no matter the circumstance.
- Who is eligible? As in where does it become acceptable for what they take. There are a lot of people who have never worked in the north east. This needs to stop. I use this as an example all of the time but it stands. There's a family in county durham who have never worked an hour in their lives, yet get about £25000 a year in benefits because they have kids. This takes the absolute piss. I work hard all week and they earn more than me. That annoys me beyond belief and it's all too common around here.
- Motivation. A lot of people don't have the motivation to simply look for a job. These people need to be tackled and if they can't be motivated to look their benefits should be cut. Simple as that. However this is checked at the moment; it's not ****ing working.
The last point I'll make is that Labour created this but the Conservatives also helped... The north is neglected by the Conservatives so much that even if voters could get over the fact that the mines were shut up here by them, they still wouldn't vote conservative because there's no point. I agree with what the conservatives are trying to do with social welfare (E.G Cutting benefits for fat people who don't want to exercise). But they don't help themselves up here. Nevertheless I'll never vote Labour due to what they've done to the North. It's a social welfare nightmare.
I just want the occasional leeches weeded out of the system. You know what I mean. Those benefit stereotypes that have a widescreen television etc. There's this girl I know who is literally the most irritating person ever. She would sit in class, not doing work and copying my answers when she could be arsed to come and sat and *****ed about how difficult it was for her whole family to live on benefits and it was totally unfair because all the polish people took away HER free kitchen that she needed etc. She updates her facebook status frequently showing off her iPad, converse, smartphone, iPod touch, laptop, expensive jewellery etc. It does make me angry. If she hadn't gone on and on about how difficult her life was and she wasn't racist, I wouldn't give a ****.
People like her and her family should be weeded out. Everybody else needs the help they get and I think we should support them as much as possible so we can help them stand up. Welfare isn't an umbilical cord, it's a pile of wood and tools designed to help people build their own career ladders.
It seems to me like 'Cut welfare benefits!' is just a popular bandwagon to jump on and all to often people say without actually knowing a lot about the welfare system. As with all things, there are people who cheat the system but on the other hand there are lots of people who genuinely need the financial support!
I think support should be there for those who really need it but more should be done to get people into employment and make them less dependent on the tax-payer, especially when people are claiming as an easy get out from the commitment of a job.