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Things have really changed from what I remembered of the benefits system. 15 years ago I was earning about £20k *after* tax at my full time job. I knew a guy, used to be a friend at that point, who was blagging the system. He'd told his doctor he took LSD one night and was hearing voices coming out of the walls ever since. There was nothing wrong with him at all. He was lazy maybe, workshy definitely, part time drug taker and a bit childish for his age. But he wasn't entitled to those sickness benefits and the voices in the walls were all made up.
What he was getting in benefits at that time really irked me. Now bear in mind this was 15 years ago and prices have shot up since then. What he was getting:
£85 sickness benefit per week.
£37 income support per week.
£255 disability living allowance per month (he could have swapped this for a car allowance instead but kept the money instead).
£85 per week housing benefit.
£10 per week council tax benefit.
Free medicinal prescriptions and dental care (something I had to pay for).
Free access to leisure centres and municipal golf courses.
So when you tot all that up, he was actually doing pretty well for himself, with a weekly take home roughly equivalent to what I was getting for working 40 hours a week. And he was lying in bed all day or playing on his playstation, getting drunk and stoned. It was probably this one guy who tainted my whole view on the sickness benefits culture in my country. There were others I knew who were also gaining the system but it was my friend who let me know about all his entitlements.
Fast forward to today. I checked the governments website and have corroborated it with my Dad who works for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Sickness benefits claimants are now only entitled to £173 per week which includes housing benefit. That's practically half of what my friend was entitled to 15 years ago. And that is *not* adjusted for inflation, so it's worth even less. And that is absolutely shocking.
I agree with some, that the fiddlers needed to be weeded out of the system, that the money should only go to genuine cases and not lost to the liars. But even for genuine claimants, people with severe disabilities whose lives are hard enough anyway, these figures are abysmal and not enough to live on. A single, fit young man would struggle to do anything but exist on that kind of money.
Then you factor in all the waiting times over decision processes where these claimants can be waiting months to get any money. It's foul.
I got torn up when I watched the film - I, Daniel Blake but it didn't hit me until today exactly how bad it is for these unfortunate people.
That's because half of the PIP assessments are based on lies.
The FIL can barely move, has all sorts of issues, sores on his legs, COPD, and more - he literally has to have a bucket by his bed because he can't make it to the loo in time, he gasps for breath from the simplest of exertions.
They said he wasn't eligible. What he said and what was recorded are two different things. The blokes bed ridden.
I know someone else with mental issues, leaves the house maybe once every 6 months to a year and only then with someone else *if* they're taken directly to a place they know by car.
He was told he was fine, no issues, no assistance.
Apparently the benefits bill is too high (even though it actually isn't that high, and nothing at all compared to pensions) but it's not as if they can find a billion under the sofa is it?
Well... unless it keeps the government in power in which case... here it is...