Card plan for claimants would prevent abuse by scroungers

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From: D Wood, Thorntree Lane, Goole.

ALEC Shelbrooke’s article (Yorkshire Post, December 20) hits the nail squarely on the head regarding benefit payments and their misuse. His Bill to stop cash payments and replace them with a card-based system is an excellent idea, and will enable benefits only to be used for what they are intended, to help people who have hit hard times, while preventing the scroungers wasting taxpayer-funded benefits on cigarettes and alcohol and possibly drugs as well.

He has also built in safeguards for the vulnerable like the disabled and the elderly who would rightly not be affected by this Bill.

The Government also needs to look again at its benefit cap of £26,000. This is based on the average wage, but as any average worker will tell you they are paid nowhere near this amount.

There are millions of workers in this country working for between £12,000 and £17,000, this group being by far the biggest sector of the workforce. So why should some feckless sponger be allowed to receive £26,000 or more depending upon how many children they have produced for the taxpayers of this country to support, and have large taxpayer funded houses provided, and in some cases even people carrier cars as well, not to mention 42-inch plasma TVs?

While on the subject of benefits, I also find it appalling that somewhere in the region of 25,000 pensioners will die this winter because they cannot afford to heat their homes and buy enough food. When are the clueless dimwits who govern us going to get their priorities right?

We currently give away £12bn in foreign aid most of which ends up in some despot’s Swiss bank account. A further £18.5bn to the foreign dictatorship that is the EU which is another total loss to the country. That makes £30.5bn totally wasted. We could pay every pensioner’s gas bill from the end of October to the end of February and not even scratch that £30bn! When are Cameron, Clegg and Milliband going to put an end to this national disgrace?

From: TW Coxon, West Auckland Road, Darlington.

I THINK your letter writer David Quarrie is deliberately being misunderstood, as are many more who share his concerns. Surely no-one can be happy that so many immigrants cannot speak English at all, regardless of the “articulate few”?

To raise these questions, as David Quarrie has, is to recognise the total failure of the UK’s immigration policy. To criticise him for doing so is, in my opinion, disingenuous and bigoted. To try and mask the problem by oblique charges of racism is rather naive and downright stupid. Reference has been made to Australia. Their immigration laws are much stricter than the UK’s and many foreigners now in this country would never be allowed there.

I think what alarms most people – and I stress “most” – is the number of concessions made to foreign nationals and the ease with which they can access benefits, housing and employment with personal advisors to steer them through the system.

From: John Fisher, Menwith Hill, Harrogate.

RECENT letters have complained of the increased immigration over the years and this cannot be levelled only at a Labour government. No government in the last 40 years has had the nerve to ask the country if they would like to have a multicultural society imposed on them. This has been achieved with the complicity of all three parties and now their main interest is to assiduously ignore the problems they created. Britain’s attempt to control its borders has been a complete disaster with thousands of foreign students arriving every year, with no way of checking if they have left the country.

The number of illegal immigrants entering the country is also unknown and all this is adding to an uncontrolled, expanding population which in turn is putting pressure on essential services.

I would suggest the following: only English language should be used for teaching and providing information in ethnic minority communities; forced marriages should be made illegal and arranged marriages should be viewed as a contravention of the human rights of the persons who are deprived of the right to choose a spouse.

If these basic actions had been taken in the 1960s, it is doubtful we would be facing the divided ethnic communities which are increasingly blighting our inner cities.