Friday, August 07, 2009

Benefit Busters

I was really excited to hear about a program on Channel 4 which was going to look into how "the government is attempting to revolutionise the benefits system".

Promising an "all out attack" and a "no nonsense Yorkshire lass", I was imagining how those MP's were going to squirm.

Imagine my disappointment to discover that instead of hitting some of the biggest piggies in the country, it'll instead focus on the most vulnerable members of our society ... yawn.

According to the BBC, the amount of benefit fraud in the UK was around £2.6 billion in 2007, approximately 2% of a £130 billion (or thereabouts) yearly budget.

If the investment houses aren't making a better than 2% profit on the £175 billion quantitative easing program, I'd be gobsmacked.

This is the sort of benefits we can ill afford. Get your act together C4.