A Cost of Benefits Analysis

I found out tonight that the Government paid out £57 million in benefits to dead people last year. Actually that’s the good news, because it represents a miniscule percentage of the total benefit expenditure, and because dead people can’t cheat.

Digging a little deeper, I found out that overall there was £2.6 billion paid out due to a combination of fraud and error last year. But I suppose that’s still good news.

The bad news is that £2.6 billion represents only 2.2% of all benefits paid out. That means that overall the taxpayer foots an annual benefits bill of £119 billion. That’s a cost of nearly £2000 for every man, woman, and child in this country. But we know that every man, woman, and child in this country does not pay taxes. Cut out all the children, pensioners, and council estates, and the burden increases heavily on the remainder.

Welcome to the Welfare State.


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