The labour Govt. can be congratulated for it’s announcement that the elderly and infirm will be targeted to make sure that they are receiving their full benefits entitlement.
These congratulations come along with severe criticism of them and previous Governments for allowing this absolute scandal to continue for decades.
Some of these elderly people have worked all their lives and paid their way, some have fought wars, some have seen hard times and most of them would reject any thoughts of charity, just like my own parents, this pride and determination unfortunately makes them vulnerable when the state allows this to happen.
Recent reports suggest that as much as tens of billions of pounds have gone unclaimed by people who were entitled to the money, in many cases the procedures for claiming are so convoluted that old people are intimidated by them and too embarrassed to seek help, this situation is damning and should never have been allowed to develop or continue. I have written about this before and I’m glad that it is being addressed at last. It’s never too late to do the right thing.
Meanwhile another initiative is trotted out to beat the scourge of the benefit cheats or ‘dole scroungers’ as the right wing press used to call them, far more words are written about them and successive governments compete with each other to flex their muscles and act tough while ignoring the elderly in need.
What we have is the same intentions wrapped up in ever more aggressive language but there is very little that is new here, the system already allows for benefit cheats to be pursued and this is posturing, the Tories predictably support this with their faces tripping them as it shoots one of their foxes.
Is it too much to ask that our society does the decent thing and tackles the real benefits scandal, that’s the one where needy people who are entitled to help are being missed out, we know about it why can’t we stop it ? No Govt. can claim the high ground while this goes on, look out to see if the other parties sign up to this.
End the real benefits scandal now, show respect for our elderly and vulnerable citizens ASAP. Pay them their due and back date the unclaimed money, forget about whether this is a socialist or capitalist argument, this is about justice, just do it.