Benefits, the good, the bad and the Ugly

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This blog is, as you probably know already, on the subject of welfare benefits. I will be covering the good and bad side of welfare benefits. I will also try to understand and explain why there is such a stigma around welfare benefits and how people on benefits are portrayed in the media.

A summary of welfare benefits

According to the Cambridge English dictionary, Welfare Benefits are, “Money paid by the government to people who are ill, poor or have no job: if a parent works then the family is not eligible for welfare benefits.” The governments pays these benefits as it provides practical and financial support to those with out jobs and are looking for work. The Department for Communities, also known as the (DfC) deals with most benefits, including welfare benefits, through Jobs and Benefits Offices.

Child benefits: In the tax year of 2020/2021, it is possible to claim £21.05 peer week for you first child and £13.95 per week for any further children.

JSA: (JSA) stands for, “Job Seekers Allowance.” Per week it is possible to claim up to: £58.90 if you are 18–24. £74.35 if you are 25 or over. £116.80 if you claim income-related JSA as a couple.

Universal Credit: It is a payment to help with living costs. It’s paid monthly or twice a month for some people in Scotland. You may be able to get it if you are on a low income, or out of work or if you cannot work.

The UK benefits system

The UK benefit is a very elaborate and complicated system that confuses us all. What’s more the benefit system has been constantly changed and evolved in recent years as successive governments implement different changes. However these issues should not detract from a simple fact. It all depends on your situation and in some circumstance you can be eligible for some assistance as I have mentioned in the section under the heading of, “A summary of welfare benefits.”

Despite on the surface looking all positive welfare benefits can be hard to actually get hold of in the first place. Some of the common concerns that are raise is that people are unsure whether they are actually eligible for benefits, or they are unsure how to navigate the system and claim the benefits that they are rightfully entitled to. people are then offered help by the CABA support team as it can help and offer a clear and reasonable explanation on how to navigate the confusing system. they will also help with any other questions related to the UK’s benefit system.

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How are people on benefits portrayed in the media

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There are in all cases going to be stereotypes given to marginalized people and benefit claimants are no exception. In 2012 the Baumberg et al’s researched 2 Benefit stigma in Britain.” They analysed a database of 6,600 national press articles between 1995–2011. During this study they found that there was a disproportionate focus on benefit fraud. A total of 29% of news stories referred to benefit frauds when the governments own estimate on this matter suggests that a mere 0.7% of benefit claims are fraudulent.

The way in which a certain thing is portrayed relies heavily on the use of language to describe it. For example people who are benefits claimants often in the media are described as, fraudulent or dishonest, non-reciprocating or lacking in effort. These rather damming words and phrases taint our perspective of people who claim benefits and I personally believe that these descriptions only refer to a vey small percentage of benefits claimants.

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Finally, The study found that in the 29% of articles that were focuses on negative views towards benefits claimants there was an increase in the reference to these stigmatised themes. “Fraud” was the most common. Then the idea that people on benefits “never work.” Only “large family's are on benefits” so there fore parents with several children are more likely to be on benefits. Liking into this, there was also increasing reference to “bad parenting” as people claimed that family's on benefits were more likely to be related to antisocial behaviour. “Claimants are better of than workers” as they do not need to work and they almost get as much as a worker in the same social class. Finally, “immigrants are claiming more benefits than native people who claim benefits.”

This above information is a very quick and brief version, so I have added the link to the sight of origin for most of this knowledge. You can then read his article in more depth if you wish.

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The Hypothetical situation

Lets say, hypothetically that the British government decides to withdraw from providing benefits, would this be a good or bad choice for the greater population of Brittan? On one-hand this would prove very problematic as the existence of welfare benefits ensures a greater level of equality among British citizens. The loss of benefits would also in the long-run expose more people to disease, starvation and overall misery in life. I am, in this case, on the side of keeping the system of having Welfare Benefits at the moment as we do not have any better alternative system the could be brought into place. The welfare benefits system also supports those who are and will be facing crisis because of loss of their job or source of income. Also, this is not so obvious but some people claim that welfare benefits lead to less crime. this is because claimants are not so desperate that they have to steal because they lack in the basic necessities.

On the other-hand some are in favour of absolutely abolishing the welfare benefit system. They argue that welfare benefits drain vast amounts of money out of the governments yearly expenditure and they also raise the level of tax. Critics of the system also say encourages a high unemployment rate and there for reduces productivity in Brittan. Some also fear that welfare benefits and welfare states can lead to what's now known as “welfare dependency” or “welfare culture” where claimants see no reason to get a job as there is no incentive to get one. Another drawback is the concern about welfare fraud. This is when a person or people receive benefits that they are not entitled to. It is a well known fact that welfare fraud runs rampant if the state is too generous with its financial aid. To finish off, some people also argue that the welfare system discourages citizens in the UK from marrying , as benefits heavily support single parents.

What are you in favour of?

This above information is a very quick and brief version, so I have added the link to the sight of origin for most of this knowledge. You can then read his article in more depth if you wish.


Not so kind after all

Well we’re now at the end of Day 7, as always I say I hope you enjoyed todays blog. I would love it if you could tell me about any of your opinions on the whole argument on the subject of welfare benefits. In your eyes are they good, bad or ugly. I would really like to hear your side of the argument. Day 8 will be called, “China’s rapid growth.” Day 8 promises to be interesting and will give more of an insight to why China is growing at such an immense rate.



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