As someone who is self employed following retirement I resent your comments that all are fraudulent. My tax return is 100% legal carried out by my accountant as any comeback from HMRC regarding fraud would see me struck of the nursing register and no job. Worked only three days this tax year, luckily I have my pension income to fall back on. No help with furlough as I don't have an office, only need a laptop and mobile phone.Let me see, the biggest benefit fraudsters are the self-employed, closely followed in second place by landlords. Of late, employers have been racing up the Top Ten Fraud Charts with furlough scams. The amounts of money stolen by those three groups singlularly and combinbed dwarfs any amounts nicked by individuals.
But, why don't we see more prosecutions, you may ask. And you'd be right but to proscecute the true guilty parties would blow apart the welfare stories pedalled by politicians; plus most of the local courts have been closed and the argument is that it's not in the public interest and prosecutions cost money.... and putting in the public domain details of just how easy it is to defraud Universal Credit of a minimum of a grand without even trying through the wonderful all singing dancing UC computer system so lovingly offshored by Osborne that doesn't work and is riddled with software back doors inserted by those fantastic four chappies and chapesss of the former Jewel of the Empire for the price of one Brit coder -- much cheapness Sahib, much VFM. Fcek me, the politicans might actually have to sack the very senior CS that dreamt this up and couldn't give a sh1t about sorting it until their pensions are locked in.
When people label National Insurance benefits that they've paid for all their working lives as welfare that's pure Daily Fail and Daily Torygraph bigotry writ large. Life long Conservative voter that I am and it astonishes me how cnuts like Osborne's lies are swallowed. As I said above, the largest amounts of benefits are fraudently claim by the self-employed and landlords but you won't see that ever printed in certain newspapers ever.
You'll get no argument from me as ist verbotten to be a Tory who sticks up for what's left of the safety net for the native born working class. Bring back the Boards of Guardians and sellng children or exporting them to what's left of the colonies. That'll sort it.
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