By Frank Hovis
Here is the graph of UK central government spending from wiki:
Just look at that top line. Most people would guess the NHS and education as big spenders but they are dwarfed by that "Social Protection" line which is off the scale.
It includes pensions but at £7k a year for those over c. 70 I think we can assume that they aren't a big part of it.
This money is funding a vast number of people not to work or to work the 16 hrs that gives them tax credits and this is why immigrants from t ethird world pour through Europe to get to Britain and that "social protection" honeypot.
And how is it being funded? Well from the budget report 2016/17 (big pdf - don't open it on your phone) pages 5 & 6 it is:
Cost of Social Protection: £240bn
Tax sources in descending order:
Income tax £182bn
The next biggest single category is Excise duties at £48bn.
So every penny of income tax and nearly half of VAT is going on this "Social Protection" which serves neither to defend this country nor heal or educate its citizens.
This is ridiculous and the only way that it will change is if the tax income is reduced by everybody minimising the amount of tax they pay.
We have had threads on this before but the simple answers are work less and buy less; buying second hand where possible.
It's the only way to stop this ridiculous level of spending on benefits by government after government; Conservative and Labour.
By Frank Hovis
There has long been an exemption from paying NI for people still working past state retirement age (soon to be 67).
This to most people seems perfectly reasonable as they are only likely to still be working at that age because they are skint and also they are unlikely to be earning much if anything above minimum wage.
Now the usual suspects are trying to pull this exemption "to avert social care disaster"; like anyone believes that it will be ring fenced for social care in the first place.
More than a million older workers may have to start paying National Insurance Those still working beyond the state pension age are exempt from paying levy Sir Andrew Dilnot told MPs older workers could pay more to plug financial hole Former Tory chancellor Kenneth Clarke, twat, also called last month for pensioners to start paying national insurance, saying: ‘You get your state pension on top of your pay, so the least you can do is pay the same tax on your salary as your colleagues do.’
Mr Clarke, twat, suggested better off pensioners should also lose perks like the winter fuel allowance and free bus passes.
In a separate intervention, Kent County Council urged ministers to consider a £30-a-month tax on all workers to help repair a care funding system it described as ‘broken’.
Maybe, just maybe, if there wasn't the enormous and obscene wastes of taxpayers' money rubbed in our faces on a daily basis we would have sympathy for done tax rises. But even then: not this one.
By One percent
The death of Charles’s beloved grandmother in 2002 left tax officials with a headache.
Ordinarily, they would have asked for millions in inheritance tax on her jewels, antiques and art collection — including a Monet worth £50 million.
But they were told that the Queen Mother had given the lot to her daughter and grandchildren in 1993. And, by law, gifts made seven years before death are not liable to inheritance taxes.
Suspicions were raised, however, when her entire collection of jewels was found still in her own cupboards.
In the end, the Inland Revenue decided not to challenge this. The settlement, however, worried some MPs.
Come on you serfs. Keep working and paying your taxes. We have more jewels to buy and flowers to talk to.
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