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Back in 2004, when I was applying for jobs, I was very careful with my spending. We were a group of 5 friends. I paid £40 per week on accommodation, & food was £6.50 per week (when the cost was split between the 5 of us). All shopping was exclusively Lidl & a local butcher. Never needed any welfare money, nor from our parents. Never ate out. Being a non-smoker & teetotaler definitely helped. This was for a couple of months, until I secured my first job.
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Only you, Margaret, only you.
Formerly known as al7478...
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Yes only me.
Oh, and nearly everyone else on this thread.
Oh, and the vast majority of hard working tax payers.
But apart from that........
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To be honest, I would really struggle with that sum of money. My cloth is cut for a larger amount shall we say, but If I had to do what a lot of folk on here do on that amount I would have to scrap a lot of my spending habits and buying of technical gadgets etc.
I absolutely respect anyone who goes out and works hard, but recieves a lower income and makes all the life/family stuff happen. It is the long term personal choice/lifestyle unemployed that get my goat, regardless of what benefits they get, From a lifelong taxpayer and ex serviceman, I have quite strong views on what these people should be made to do for society as pay back, I wont repeat them here.
For all the umemployed who want work, best of luck, I wish you every success.
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. It is the long term personal choice/lifestyle unemployed that get my goat, regardless of what benefits they get, From a lifelong taxpayer and ex serviceman, I have quite strong views on what these people should be made to do for society as pay back, I wont repeat them here.
Oh go on, you know you want to
If capitalism doesn't provide a safety net, its protectors fear a breakdown of the social order on which capitalism depends. As for cost, pensions account for £79 billion (47%) of welfare. I'm a pensioner and feel rather embarassed that in their zeal to demonise people they deem to be undeserving the government gives pensioners a free ride. JSA is actually one of the smaller benefits at aroung £5 billion (Housing benefit is £17 billion but this is a function of the market rather than fecklessnes) which combined with DLA of £13 billion is less than your tax avoidance estimate.
OPUS< OPUS are you out there?
You have neglected to tell us about who pays for your accomodation and how much. Given how much verbage you have managed to spew out and that you appear to be able to read and write; why is that??? Oh, also how much you ponce off your mates?
Are you also saying that you have only ever worked for SIX MONTHS and yet still proclaim what a dreadful life you have. Perhaps if you put as much effort into getting a job as you have bandying about your dissatisfaction with the system, you might actually end up contributing to society.
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It is none of your business, you nasty, narrow minded Tory EDITED
It is none of your business,
Whilst that's true it is relevant to the question at hand, if Opus had his accomodation paid for then he's getting more than just his £71 a week (or whatever it was). The question itself was fair, the manner of the question perhaps less so.
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Why do you use the term Tory as being derogatory ?
Someone has to sort out the abysmal mess which the Labour party created. Labour rewarded failure and increased the amount of layabouts to boost their votes. Unfortunately it was unsustainable and people are getting sick of paying a huge amount of tax to keep a bunch of scum bags who refuse to work. It's unfortunate in my eyes that they have ring fenced the overseas aid budget too, that should be cut as China, Pakistan etc can support themselves.
The Government's own figures for people recieving Disability Benefits(before they tore the heart out of the system) stated that they amount of money lost through fruad and administrative error by the DWP was 0.5% of the total bill. one half of one percent. In contrast the amount unclaimed or underclaimed came to 0.8%, or over 50% more than that lost.
The more worrying thing is that 25% of "Taxpayers" and by this I assume they mean Income Tax payers (because those of us on benefits pay tax as well, or have you never heard of VAT, Fuel Duty, the tax of Gas, Heating Oil and Electricty etc.) believe that over 50% of claimants are fradulent.Churchill must be spinning in his grave
If one followed your example here Alec, then Forums would be a wholly useless medium given that in the final analysis everything could qualify for your, "None of your business". But then, as ever Alec, you could start an argument in an empty room. Do you you only ever snipe away at things or do you make a positive contribution on the odd occasion?
Of all the many things that can be said of me, and nasty [vicious is probably more accurate] is certainly true, then "narrow minded" is farcical. I have had far too many life experiences, from top to bottom, to be in the least bit narrow minded. I have seen the very worst in people as well as good but the worst has always exceeded the contribution of the good.
As to the question re Opus, he is arguing against a system and pleading a dreadful life yet doesn't reveal all the facts. If his situation is true then he gets considerably more money from the REST OF US than he has owned up to. Never forget that this is OUR money, not government money, and if Opus had been candid then he may have got a different response.
Oh and you got my politics wrong as well Alec.
Alec could have expressed himself more appropriately but yours was a particularly nasty post, on a thread which leaves me embarrassed to be associated with many of the posters.
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The worst figures in this area is the proportion of incorrect decisions made by DLA which are then appealed successfully and the 'proper' increased amount of benefit is ordered. The waste in the DLA making incorrect decisions must be huge although these figures are not available as far as I know.
I know of no-one who would argue against proper provision for the disabled. Unfortunately, the bad apples do a disproportionate amount of harm. I know of a man that was on full DLA, care and mobility, so in the most serious category. He was far from disabled but he became so when he climbed to the top of a pile of wrecks in a junk yard and they collapsed under and on him. He stole from us all, but I guess karma caught up.
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