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Annual Tax Statements Will Show ‘Welfare’ As One Category

November 3, 2014

They were originally planning to show pensions and disability/sickness benefits as separate categories:

However, the breakdown does not make clear that most of the welfare budget goes to pensioners, and sick and disabled people. The Treasury originally planned to show just 3% went towards unemployment benefits while much larger amounts went to children and families, elderly people and those unable to work. A Treasury spokesman said this 2012 version had just been a prototype and after research it was decided to simplify the summaries. A more detailed breakdown was available on the government’s website.

To make this even worse, the Guardian article says that for someone earning £30,000 a year:

£1,663 of their money goes towards welfare, £1,280 to health, £892 on education, and £822 to state pensions. Just £78 of their salary goes towards overseas aid and £51 to the EU budget.

According to that list, the largest amount of money goes to welfare.

If I was a non-disabled taxpayer who’d never claimed a penny in my life, looking at that list would make me hate benefit claimants. I shiver just thinking about the rise in hate crimes against benefit claimants this is going to lead to.

Readers, the ‘welfare’ category puts a whole new meaning on our Government’s favourite phrase “we’re all in this together.”

Except we’re not all in this for the same reasons.

Some of us have worked hard for 50 years to get ‘in this.’

Some of us have met with tragic accidents to get ‘in this.’ Some of us have developed illnesses we’d never heard of before to get ‘in this.’

Some of us are ‘in this’ simply because we love our severely disabled children deeply and have given up our own jobs and lives to give them the best lives possible.

Some of us are ‘in this’ because we were born simply too severely disabled to lift a finger.

Working is our impossible dream, but one we wish every day could come true.

But the Government doesn’t seem to care.

Update 4/11 3pm: Mike Sivier has started a petition against these ‘tax summaries’ calling for an apology to the public and their withdrawal. Please join me in signing it.



6 Comments leave one →
  1. philipburdekin permalink
    November 3, 2014 1:01 pm

    I wonder how many £millions have been wasted doing this?

  2. November 3, 2014 1:07 pm

    Reblogged this on chunkyfunkymunky.

  3. November 3, 2014 1:47 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  4. Barry permalink
    November 4, 2014 7:06 am

    Well it is always easier to blame the people who are unable to work for the ills of the economy rather than the ones who take huge benefits such as the already overpaid politicians.


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