Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The BBC - making the case for benefits reform (without meaning to)!


The words are the regular BBC, soft soap, tear-jerking, sob story:

The family receive a total of £30,284.80 a year in benefits - well over the £26,000 cap proposed by the government. But, says Raymond, "If these proposals go through we will take a massive hit to our finances - and it's not as if we could move into a smaller or cheaper premises.

"I see eight people here having to choose between eating or heating."

Oh dear, this is terrible - how can the wicked coalition government inflict such suffering on this poor family!

Look again - the BBC provide a handy guide to the families expenditure - which includes:

Sky TV subscription - £15 per week
Mobile phones (plural) - £32 per week

...and a weekly shopping bill including 24 cans of lager, 200 cigarettes and a large pouch of tobacco. That's nearly £100 a week on booze and fags alone! And I'm guessing these aren't essentials to life?

After the cap is introduced this family will lose £82.40 per week. Seems to me that just cutting down on booze and fags plus moving to freeview telly would go most of the way to closing that gap - no need to turn the heating off or starve the kids, is there!

Bring on the welfare reform - if this is typical (and the BBC suggests that it is) there's plenty of room for savings without kids going without food or grandma dying of cold.


1 comment:

Frances Coppola said...

Not only does their expenditure include such luxuries, but they had their last child while jobless and the other children have absent parents that aren't contributing to their upkeep. I suspect the BBC chose to report on this family in particular precisely because they knew it would cause a storm. BBC journalists are no different from any other journalists, after all - nothing like a bit of sensation to up the readership.