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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Living with stigma as attitudes change

A RECENT British Social Attitudes survey found that 37 per cent of people think most people on the dole are fiddling.

In previous recessions support for benefits went up, but this has since decreased. In the early 1990s, three out of ten believed those who were unemployed could get a job; now it is six of out 10.

Meanwhile, 70 years on from publication of the Beveridge Report, which formed the basis of the Welfare State, 15 per cent of people think its creation is one of Britain’s proudest achievements, according to the survey.

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have a look at the comment a young lady was told by a member of the benefit staff in whitehaven :have another babby: that just about sums this rotten corrupt country is.

Posted by cynical west cumbrian on 13 December 2012 at 15:48

That can only be because main-stream press take great delight in `stigmatizing` ALL benefit claimants whether it be the disabled, the unemployed or those who are ill. I for one am sick of seeing how news sources such as the Mail Online STIRS UP HATRED & DIVISION.

If these same tactics were used towards other groups (such as faith, race or gender groups) I feel certain there would be uproar & the press would be accused of all manner of things INCLUDING HATE SPEECH.

Its to be hoped that the current `haters` never have to experience what its like to be sick or disabled, or to lose their job (`there for the grace of God go I` ect)

The other issue that bugs me is when commentators on articles ignorantly claim that benefit claimants shouldnt be allowed to smoke or have a drink. Do the critics not realise that TAX is being paid back into the system if a claimant smokes or buys a drink? Without their input of Tax probably everyone else would have to pay more!!!

end of rant.

Posted by Tired of critics on 7 December 2012 at 10:14

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