Let’s not get carried away by these revelations.
They invite adverse comparison between Housing Benefit and Pensions, but this is not comparing like-for-like. Pensions are paid to everybody over a certain age who has made enough National Insurance payments during their working lifetime, with each person getting around £150 a week, while Housing Benefit is provided only to people whose earnings are below a certain level, who need help with the costs of their accommodation. For that reason, HB payments are significantly less than pensions.
Note also that the information has been provided by the Press Association, rather than any campaigning organisation.
It seems likely that another ‘divide and rule’ strategy is at work here. Housing Benefit has already been hit by spending cuts – most notably with the Bedroom Tax, and now with age-related restrictions on younger people who might otherwise claim.
Now, by advertising the difference between HB and pensions, it seems someone wants us to think that senior citizens are somehow getting more than they deserve, when most of them are only getting enough to manage.
How silly. The elderly aren’t getting too much from the government – the rest of us simply aren’t getting enough!
It’s the politics of division.
Let’s not fall for it.
The Government spends four times as much on pensions as it does on housing benefit , it has been revealed.
£1 in every £7 the Government spends goes on pensions, up from £1 in £8 in 2010/11.
And more is spent on pensions than all education services – currently £1 in every £9.
In the last tax year, £107.97 billion was spent on pensions and £26.57 billion on housing benefits.
It means that 41.9% of Britain’s total social security budget is allocated to pensions, compared with 10.3% on housing benefits, according to analysis by the Press Association.
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