I pretty much never reblog other people’s posts because… well… I’m not that keen when my favourite bloggers do it, if I’m honest. But this is excellent.
In my new job I work regularly with young people who are struggling financially, and am regularly struck by the fact that so very few of them are at all like the benefit-scrounging-scum we hear about on a regular basis. Many of the young mums I work with have partners who are in employment or are in employment themselves that is so badly paid they still have to go to food banks at the end of the month and often apply for special grants/help in order to replace a cooker or fridge. This post about the benefit system started ‘going viral’ (I’m so modern) on Facebook, and what I particularly like about this version of it is that he has checked all his facts and referenced things. THIS is how to make a point. UK Media, please listen to Jon Leighton.
(She said, acting as if Media moguls read her blog).
My slapdash, hastily written, gritted teeth Facebook rant the other night got over 28,000 likes. Who’d have thought a pie chart I found searching google would cause so much of a stir?
The pie chart itself is accurate for the year it represents. But If you look at the sources I’ve provided at the bottom of the page, you’ll see that the latest figures have changed in a few ways. Most notably; Pensions have seen a rise of 3.7%, Housing Benefit by 5.2% and Disability Living Allowance by 3.3%.
Here are the figures are expressed slightly differently. This pie chart from the New Economics Foundation shows the type of people who receive the benefits.
One of the most interesting trends over time is the likely increase in pensioner benefits. We are an ageing population. Over time the costs of pensions and pensioner benefits is going to rise. To illustrate, take…
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