Mail. (usual caveats)
Wouldn't it have been nice to have had a 20% increase in your income over the last five years? A 4% increase per annum? I certainly never managed anything like it, I even had a pay freeze two years in a row, though thankfully the company's financial situation has improved somewhat and we will be getting a pay rise this year. I doubt it will be 4% though.
Welfare handouts to those languishing on the dole have risen almost twice as fast as average wages over the past five years.
- Benefits rising twice as fast as salaries: Payments to unemployed jump by 20% in five years
- Jobseeker's Allowance up 20 per cent from £59.15 a week in 2007/08 to £71
- In the same five-year period wages only rose by 12 per cent
Out-of-work benefits have jumped in value by an astonishing 20 per cent since 2007 while wages have crept up by just 12 per cent, official figures released last night reveal.
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the figures proved that automatically increasing benefits by the rate of inflation, as has previously been the case, was ‘not fair’ on working people whose taxes fund the handouts.
Thing is if you check the comments not many actually 'get it' that the money paid out in benefits comes from workers and businesses. There's far too much of the 20% of nothing is nothing nonsense going on. They don't get it that taking something from someone who has to give to someone who hasn't by the state is strictly speaking theft, particularly if those who have are tightening their belts because of the economic situation.
Sure you can play about with percentages, but the facts remain, those who have are getting the shitty end of the stick by a previous Labour government who have created a welfare dependent class and a public service administration who rely on the states largesse. The same state who takes from us to give to them and doesn't give a damn about us...