I read this article with interest this week. Having been aware that in the background, fraud in the UK goes on in many different forms and costs us all quite a bit. Seeing the true extrent revealed for the first time really staggered me and I have a sneaky feeling that the total may be even higher in reality
£621 per person is the cost of this fraud in the UK. Roughly translated this is £1000 annual salary before tax and NI. Compare this with the average yearly salary of around £24000 for UK workers……!
It makes me angry but it also makes me sad that we live in a society that appears to prize personal wealth over welfare of ourselves as people. The element that really gets my goat is the benefit fraud that goes on. People seems to spend lots of energy and enterprise is trying to defraud the government (and thus us the taxpayer) of vast amounts of money rather than working hard in legitimate ways. To some degree though the system helps and indeed encourages people to do this. For example, if a couple with average earnings and say 2 children split up the government will pay around £600-800 a month in extra tax credit benefits (this is before anything else such as council tax reductions and energy bill reductions etc). For those that need it thats a great help but I know that this is being manipulated by quite a few people and I know of at least 2 couples within 1/2 mile of me that are fiddling this to their own end quite brazenly. It just makes me sick
Sorry for the rant, I work very hard and even when times have been tough have not resorted to defrauding (sorry….stealing from) anyone else inc the government. No wonder I like spending so much time in the hills……when I get the chance of course