|LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 17: Demonstrators hold signs as British Prime Minister David Cameron makes a speech on welfare at on February 17, 2011 at Toynbee Hall in London. The Welfare Reform Bill is set to replace the current benefits system with a single Universal Credit,and to help people in long-term unemployment into jobs. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Anytime welfare cuts are being discussed recently, it always seems to be the pensioners and the disabled who are the main targets.
Bus pass withdrawals, heating allowance reduced or banished are just two of the cuts being directed at these people, most of whom have contributed during their working lives to a welfare state that promised to look after them in their old age or should they become unable to work through ill health.
Nothing is ever mentioned of the drug addicts, who also are issued with bus passes AND ARE PAID EXTRA MONEY to keep dogs, most of which are of the dangerous breed.
Millions of pounds are sent to foreign aid to help the needy in other countries, but the government seems intent on punishing the genuine needy in our own country.
Why should the people who have worked hard, paid taxes and insurance, be the main targets when drug addicts who contribute nothing to society are given handouts left right and centre with no questions asked, or ever any threat put on THEIR welfare benefits?
Should the Government not be targeting the people whose predicaments are self inflicted instead of making our poor pensioners and infirm even poorer?
Most of our pensioners paid dear during the recession of the seventies so why should they suffer now?
If the government wants to put their house in order, use a bit of common sense and leave our pensioners and disabled alone.