51% of people in the UK do not believe that UK benefits are too generous
Those figures show that the nation is pretty much split down the middle regarding the UK Benefit system. My own take on it is that the media have often presented biased information that feeds on peoples worries and fears. The media have painted a picture that there are too many false claimants, defrauding the system. This has led to a belief that there are feckless people choosing a life on benefits that is a life of luxury is funded by hard working people.
That image and belief is sure to divide people and cause unease between workers and those not working. Yet I know that it is a very small number of people who are living off benefits by choice. I believe those that are most affected by the benefit changes are those low income young families. It seems that those relying on zero hour contracts and living on the minimum wage are those most affected and coping with the poverty line.
My Voucher Codes carried out research to see how the UK felt about the level of benefits people receive. They spoke to Helen Middleton, Head of Strategic Business Development at The Furniture Re-use Network (FRN), which is an umbrella organisation for over 300 reuse charities across the United Kingdom. Helen explained the impact of the benefit cuts has had on service users and also the charities that support those in vulnerable positions. I wrote last month about when I was a carer for my child undergoing major surgeries and it was hard. I cannot imagine how financially crippling it would be for many surviving on one low wage and going through this. The groups I really worry about amid the welfare cuts are the disabled and young families. Already vulnerable further cuts will hit these the hardest and surely they already facing life’s difficulties with disabilities both hidden and seen.
Helen explains that a reduction in state support on welfare will lead to an increase in other problems such as crime, physical and mental health problems, anti-social behaviour.