I know that the Express is always attempting to out black shirt the Daily Heil but this story and the replies it prompted on the Express’s inernet forum only highlights just how this relentless, drip, drip effect of ‘benefit scroungers’ begins to warp the minds of those no doubt ‘hard working families’ in working and middle class homes who tend to buy these rags to fill up on their daily hate ration.
“We’d be silly not to take advantage of the system,” they bragged in an admission that will sicken hardworking families across the country.
The Fennessy-Sharp family live in a five-bedroom suburban home and receive a list of benefits which total twice the average national salary.
They openly admit they are milking the system but refuse to give up their cushy life. Their boasts make a mockery of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith’s pledge to “make work pay” and end the benefits culture of millions of Britons.
Last night his department labelled the family’s boasts “outrageous” and promised to launch an immediate investigation after the Daily Express brought the shocking case to their attention.
Each year Stephanie and Ian Fennessy-Sharp rake in £20,400 housing benefit, £14,456 child tax credits, £8,320 incapacity benefit, £4,524 child benefit and £1,200 council tax benefit.
And now for the Express’s ‘Have Your Say’ forum where readers get to ‘have their say’ on the issues of the day. Anyone familiar with Private Eye’s ‘from the messageboard’ will be familiar with its exaggerated array of foaming at the mouth website warriors who seem to spend every waking hour venting their spleen on newspaper messageboards. I’m one of them! On The Guardian’s Comment Is Free, I waste valuable energy and reserves of anger replying to various columnists.
Does it make an iota of difference? Does it fuck! Does it make the Guardian more inclusive and respondant to their readers? Only as a PR stunt. Newspapers are dying as circulation dries up and advertising revenues decline. Free papers like Metro and the internet have replaced the old letters pages which are highly selective and edited for matters of brevity and taste. Not so on the message boards, which exist to encourage as many nutjobs to bang away at their keyboards at all hours of the day – hence the staggered release of articles on-line.
The Express’s board is even funnier than the Eye’s because this stuff is for real. As the papers stoke the flames of inter-class enmity and hatred as part of the Tories usual diversion and distraction tactics this can only be expected. The poor are fair game, they are a sitting duck with no-one to fighjt their corner.
Getting too old for this’ is spot on with this comment. No more than 2 children should be funded by the taxpayer for every family. This should also mean the cost of the pregnancy care and the birth. If people want more children then of course it is their choice but they should understand that they have to bear the full cost.
I couldn’t agree more.
• Posted by: DONNY55 • Report Comment
THIS SHOULD BE A BIT OF GOOD NEWS FOR ALL THOSE GREEKS PLANNING TO FLOOD INTO BENEFITS BONANZA BRITAIN WHEN GREECE EXITS THE EU
Talk about a welcoming banner.
• Posted by: Shenandoah • Report Comment
BENEFITS FAMILY IS ‘TOO RICH TO WORK’
The problem is that the media goes trawling around for stories like this and suddenly EVERYONE who claims benefits is on a level with these people.This is WRONG.
The elderly and disabled are always the whipping boy for this government and a headline like this usually provokes outrage and a backlash against ALL unemployed and disabled. It is also usually a smokescreen for some draconean measure the government has lined up.Or a chance to bury a headline that the government does not want us to latch onto. There are more genuine claimants than fraudulant ones and a more balanced view is needed.
• Posted by: edougy • Report Comment
WHAT A SURPRISE
This just shows what I’ve always known about the long term unemployed . Theyre more than happy to fleece the taxpayer year after year with (thanks to the last labour government) no reason to do otherwise.
There’s only one answer:
Make these vermin work or starve and go homeless. Then give hardworking topple a tax break instead watching them begging for food which I’m sure they’ll do rather than work would go someway towards the misery of constantly tying to make ends meet on meagrely wages.
• Posted by: FlashBoi • Report Comment
Given a culture needs a birthrate of 1.8 to survive, or higher, I feel that the government should fund ONLY 2 children, so if you feel like having more then YOU pay for them. A system that pays for ANY number of children will always be abused and lead to people having a family that they can’t support and almost always with the excuse “but we LOVE children”. Benefits should definitely NOT be paid for children who are NOT resident in the country or born of parents who are not paying taxes here.
The benefits gravy train needs to be SERIOUSLY derailed.
Ever considered giving people food stamps rather than money? At least it would limit the amount of cigarettes and alcohol these families buy.
• Posted by: Getting_Too_Old_For_This • Report Comment
The solution to these scroungers is simple. Use the money lost in fraudulent claims to employ more personnel and investigators to scrutinise ALL claims which would cost less than losing money to fraud.
The result (if advertised that claims will be scrutinised) is that less would claim and the fraudsters weeded out and prosecuted. Anyone found in benefits fraud should lose their property, cars house and valuebles to repay the money (without exception).
Those who are too lazey to work should be offered ANY job and if theuy refuse then IMMEDIATELY STOP THEIR BENEFITS!!!!!!!!
• Posted by: JWLS • Report Comment
ANOTHER `LET`S KNOCK THE INDIGENOUS` DAY
When there are no indigenous people left in the UK, which should come about in the next 30 years, who you going to `knock` then.
• Posted by: mary12 • Report Comment
BENEFITS FAMILLY TOO RICH TO WORK
It may be ludicrous,and hard working people have a right to be upset.More so aged pensioners that that live in poverty on 5 thousand p/a.Blame DOPEY DAVE thats done nothing to change ANYTHING.The Posh wonder boy TORY.Thats made things much worse..Cameron is handing out Billions to save the the world,third world countries have been Given millions in that last 2 years as pure gifts,Thousands of Poles liveing in Poland are still being paid benefits, by this Tory led Excuse for a government.Money this country will never ever see again maybe the economy would pick up if Brits on benifits had their benefit doubled and pensioners had their pensions double,And Dopey Dave stopped ALL FOREIGN AID to pay for it,the 7 billion given to the republic of Ireland we’ll never see again.At least this family will spend this money they recieve in Britain.Blame Dopey Dave If Dopey Tory voters haven’t noticed.HE”S THE PM NOW.HE”S even giveing billions to the Islamic Brother Hood,overseas and in the UK that are ALL linked to terror groups.TO John-Bull I’ll bet all these lot vote TORY.as soon as they come to the UK in record numbers.Dopey TORY DAVE loves helping the unfortunate.AS LONG AS THEY LIVE OVERSEAS.,He’s even going to pay EU aged immigrants the FULL pension.Thats MORE than SOME OF OUR OWN GET.
• Posted by: Zebb • Report Comment
BIG, INTRUSIVE, DISINCENTIVISING GOVERNMENT
Successive governments have slowly but surely become impossibly too BIG to realise all their promises.
There has just got to be a shift of responsibilities back to individuals for their own welfare. BIG governments’ taking away individual freedoms has created this ridiculous mismanagement of taxpayers’ wealth.
The abuses of government systems appears to the name of the game all levels where BIG government is understandably incapable of doing what should be individual responsibilities. Governments’ taking away individual freedoms as defined in the Bill of Rights leads to the tyranny of incompetent governance.
• Posted by: ekimwar • Report Comment
JOY FOR LANDLORDS AS RENTS SOAR
Each year (Stephanie and Ian Fennessy-Sharp) THE LANDLORD rake in £20,400 housing benefit
• Posted by: John666 • Report Comment
FUNNY OLD WORLD
Lazy incompetent losers always come out better that those who try to stand on their own feet.
The more billions bankers lose the bigger the bonus they get. Those who bred like rats and wouldn’t know a job if they tripped over one get 10 times the benefits than pensioners who have worked all their lives get to live on. People who have never done a days work in the UK and never paid a penny in taxes, get put in million pound houses and more free money in a week, than many people get for a month of hard work. Don’t know how the politicians who allow this nonsense can sleep at night.
• Posted by: DesJ • Report Comment
Where is the mother of his children?Has he had a medical test by doctors and consultants(not Govt system!) to diagnose and treat him?Did they force the council to give them a 5 bed home (although she says they don’t need it with 12 children!)Her carer fee if she claims it which was not stated is £55 p.w.How can she find time to work with 12 children and an unwell husband?She is not allowed to work more than so many hours per week without losing benefits.Whatever we may think of their set-up, she is right that the system does not help or encourage either of them to work when there is no bridge between benefits and a decent living wage(not a luxurious one).Get him medically assessedand maybe cured so that when this nation gets growth going perhaps he can work again which will help everyone.
• Posted by: keepcool • Report Comment
WHAT ABOUT MUSLIM IMMIGRANT SCROUNGERS?
Ucivilised uneducated muslim immigrants paid welfare benefits for multiple wives and litters of kids many of whom are disabled because of incestuous marriage and British working tax payers forced to pick up the tab for these unwanted vermin?
What about the human rights of decent hard working British tax payers?
Vote UKIP to get them back to islamic paradise and off British tax payers backs.
• Posted by: scampy123 • Report Comment
WHAT ABOUT MUSLIM IMMIGRANT SCROUNGERS?
With regards to this article…
• Posted by: scampy123 • Report Comment
IT’S A DISGRACE
Stories like this really wind me up. Firstly, I don’t see why anyone should get money for having babies, secondly, I don’t see why anyone should get money for not working! Make them do menial tasks evey day, so they don’t get out of the habit of getting out bed. Lazy gits!
• Posted by: DerbyRam • Report Comment
Here we are again blaming the people when it’s the politicians that are the biggest problem.
We’re are all the benefit investigators and fraud investigators. They’ve been sacked to save money.
Why are we paying £billions to foreigners who just walk into the country and why are we paying child benefit to children never seen in this country.
Bach to this couple, did you notice there were 12 of them. Well there’s your problem “child benefit” they can’t afford to go to work.
Stop all child benefits and make them means tested. Anybody working should be able to claim tax relief. Those on benefits don’t get it anyway.
And for those that don’t believe me about that check out “income support” because that’s the basic benefit and if you get child benefit it is counted as ince and is taken off your income support.
It’s a game of chess between conservatives and labour with people in theiddle suffering.
• Posted by: grubber • Report Comment
AND YET ……..
……………. a pensionewr who has worked all their life, probably fought for this countyry too, has paid taxes, been a model citizen, and lived a decent and productive life, is given a miserable £5,000 a year pension.
There’s something VERY wrong with our systems.
• Posted by: ____DRAGON______ • Report Comment
if we are a member of the EU why dont we adopt the same benefits system as other members ,or will keep on paying freeloaders rich benefits ,and in some cases more money than those who work .perhaps we should all give it a go .
• Posted by: crazyhorse • Report Comment
It is a dead cert this couple are Labour voters.
• Posted by: John_Bull • Report Comment
What a disgrace! This man(???) would have to work if the benefits system capped the amount of help to a reasonable level. If he’s not working, he and his “family” should be moved to a remote area where the accommodation is cheapest. Perhaps a remote part of Scotland would be appropriate, after all a job wouldn’t be necessary as he seems unable to work. Lazy blighter!
• Posted by: xsvyre • Report Comment
OH THE OUTRAGE! BENEFITS FAMILY IS ‘TOO RICH TO WORK’ ITS ALMOST AS BAD AS BEING TO POOR TO LIVE.
Jobless offered free glimpse into very slightly better future
BRITAIN’S unemployed are being offered the chance to experience what life might be like if they had an extra £7.50 a week.
Ministers insist the controversial scheme will not only give unemployed people the chance to have less free time, but also comes with all the stress of a low-paid job.
The scheme, co-ordinated by employment agency Phone-a-Slave, helps people with no jobs to go and work for a big shop that will not pay them any money.
A government spokesman said: “The initiative is aimed at showing jobseekers that if they are prepared to give up a life of benefits and meaningless boredom for a life of miminum-wage drudgery and boredom, a marginally different and only very fractionally better way of life could be theirs.”
A spokesman for Phone-a-Slave said: “The scheme is proving very popular with businesses that want slaves. It’s very easy, they just phone the 0800 number tell us how many slaves they want and then we send an invoice to Iain Duncan Smith.”
Nathan Muir, 26, an unpaid shelf at Peterborough Tesco, said: “I was unemployed for five years and had resigned myself to giving up my dreams and quietly descending into alcoholism without anyone bothering me.
“But now my dreams could dwindle and die during years of meaningless, hopeless toil, instead.
“The chief executive of Tesco sure is a good massa.”
• Posted by: __AWOL__ • Report Comment
Light headed if he works for more than a hour? Rubbish, just another excuse for not working that is almost impossible to prove.
£20,000 a year on housing allowance? That’s more than double my damn mortgage!
Roll on next April and the cap of £26000 (which is STILL too high). They are going to have to be just like the rest of us….move to a cheaper area if you can’t afford to live where you are…it’s not as if they are earning the right to live in a nice house…