Give benefits to the genuine
I T'S a fair bet that most of us know of someone who is currently in receipt of benefits. Whether they are genuinely entitled to them is often a source of some conjecture. The Government has pursued those claiming benefits relentlessly in the two years since it has been in power. It's a policy that is popular with certain sectors of society. And there is no doubt that there are some people who have, for years, milked the system for all it's worth. It's a source of frustration for many hard-working families who see, in some cases, neighbours who don't or won't work, enjoying the same luxuries as themselves. And sadly the perception remains that those people involved in the most blatant cases are almost untouchable.
I nstead, it would appear, the Government is turning the full force of its crackdown on people like Timothy and Susan Howle. The 63-year-old has worked all his life and for the 30 years before he was forced to retire after being left crippled following an operation on his spine, he was a self-employed bricklayer. Since 2010, he has been receiving £94 each week in employment support allowance. But that benefit has now been stopped because his wife brings home £227 a week as an enamel tester at Portmeirion because of Government changes. Officials claim ESA is a short-term measure with a view to getting people back to work. But that is never going to happen in Mr Howle's case because he is numb from the waist down and needs a wheelchair to get about. His is a classic case of where a blanket approach to such a complex problem won't work. It has left the Howles frustrated that, having paid into the system all their working lives, it has let them down when they need it most. One size doesn't fit all when considering benefit claims and, hopefully, that will be recognised when the couple appeal against the decision.
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