GOVERNMENT BENEFIT FRAUD
you are disabled the government hates you'.
But it is nothing unusual for the disabled to go without the basic necessities,
like food and heating in order to buy such items as tablets or a dictionary.
It is now considered to be common knowledge that the level of care and
services from the NHS, for any one person, depends on how rich their
local health authority happens to be. This is still obviously wrong,
but at least offers some sense of logic, which is a small comfort, for
those of us who are well. What I can not make sense of is the governments
clear discrimination towards the disabled.
OK! So we are not as economically viable as criminals, that is obvious
due to the amount of benefits and amenities that your average criminal
is entitled to. But the disabled pay taxes, have qualifications and
yes some of us cripps even work! Why then, are we treated as the great
underclass with little understanding of physical limitations and no
respect, which reflects a poor social status? I think that the government
is far to easy affected by the glamorisation of crime. Perhaps all new
films directed by Guy Richie should display an exemption certificate
for MPs. At least they would be guided and helped like children to offer
respect where it is due, and most importantly where it is not.
The definition for the word fraud, according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary
is 'criminal deception; the use of false representation to gain an unjust
advantage; a dishonest artifice or trick.
The trick I have discovered is to give extra cash in one hand and then
to retrieve more cash from the other. Quite clever, or would be if,
we the great underclass had not noticed. Unfortunately any person living
on the bread-line happens to notice every penny, whether it is income
or expenditure. For example, if successfully claiming incapacity benefit,
whilst still alive or breathing, the claimant is entitled to £10
extra income a week. This amounts to £80 per week in comparison
to £70 if claiming income support. However, unlike income support,
once in receipt of incapacity benefit the claimant is then liable to
pay one third of their council tax bill. Which varies throughout the
country from £90 - £260. Plus housing benefit entitlement
decreases to approximately £7 less per week for any property.
This in effect means that whatever the rent, the claimant is responsible
for paying this deficit of £7 out of his or her own income. This
amounts to the grand annual sum of £364. All because of this extra
income of £10 per week, or should we just call it a round £3
now. Also relevant is the fact that (unlike income support) prescription
charges and dental treatment are no longer free once claiming incapacity
benefit. This is not a financial problem, if the claimant no longer
requires medication and has perfect teeth. Also if you are well and
in receipt of income support and therefore do not need any specialised
equipment for the home, a handrail to help you in and out of your bath
for example. You will be pleased to know that you can claim for these
items to be supplied and fitted. Only claimants of incapacity benefit
have to pay for these extravagances.
If the reader has a calculator at hand I think you may find a rather
large loss for the claimant and a tidy profit in the governments purse.
If this is not obtaining money under false pretences then I dont
know what is. Perhaps the government has re-defined the meaning of the
word fraud. This is why we all talk and write the Modern English
language in schools and colleges today. I think I will buy a new
dictionary, just in case. Of course I will have a problem financially,
trying to find the cash. But it is nothing unusual for the disabled
to go without the basic necessities, like food and heating in order
to buy such items as tablets or a dictionary.
Just one final note about the governments audacious attempt to clamp
down on fraudulent claims. Means testing sounds good and
would be if the adjudication officers that deal with the claims were
allowed to have any medical knowledge. So if you are fit and well and
were thinking of becoming disabled just to claim the extra benefits,
go right ahead, its easy. All that is required of you is correct form
filling ability. Just lie. No real medical evidence is required and
any that is will not be understood. Im suspicious! Perhaps the
government has statistically researched into the amount of genuine disabled
against fraudulent claimants. I suspect the genuine outweigh the fraudulent,
in this light the benefit system is starting to make sense! The moral
of this article concludes; If you are disabled the government hate you.
Try crime for a living, you will have more rights.
© Helen JWeston 2002
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