In the main, I do agree with most, who point out the waste of benefits, on those that have contributed nothing!! There is a "but". All is not equal in a democracy and consequently, one can't expect to get everything out, that they have put in. I am not a rich pensioner, but even I wouldn't suffer if I lost my fuel allowance!! So if I could cope, surely the rich and super rich could manage without the £200 per year?? Maybe the surplus could then be passed on to those that "really" need it, NOT the work shy?? This is a system that would then create " care in the community" rather than today's ugly syndrome of greed, rights and "me me me"!!
That's right, Tone. Blame the migrants because you were too thick to go to university.
I'm 62 and have been 'lucky' enough to have worked solidly since I left school at 16 and had no choice but to have paid PAYE taxes since then - now I look all around and see the bloated 'welfare' payments and benefits paid to many who have contributed bug**r all for years or in many cases never! Don't even start me on the 'economic migrants', so-called 'asylum seekers' and 'self-employed' Big Issue sellers! But the ruling elite (doesn't matter to me if they wear a Tory/Labour/LibDem badge) are now focusing in on universal benefits, many of which they will stop under the 'austerity' drive, whilst they themselves are 'minted' - but I forgot 'we're all in this together'. As my old Dad used to say - 'it's all so much mouth music'!
Punish the prudent and fund the feckless! Punishing savers is perverse - it will encourage everyone to waste their money and then expect the state to provide for them in old age.