The Monsters of Benefits Street

Channel Four have certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons with their latest “fly on the wall” documentary provocatively named “Benefits Street” designed to reflect the main income sources of those residing in James Turner Street in Birmingham. We are but one episode into the series and already 17,000 people have signed a petition to block the airing of any further episodes and over 700 have complained to Ofcom that the programme is somehow distorting the reality of the sordid lives of the residents featured.

I watched the programme with the same despair as many others: enormous wastrels demanding their entitlement to the public purse, unemployable ferals raiding each other’s property to scavenge for whatever will bring enough ready cash to buy another can of lager or spliff to smoke. Happy to confess to any number of crimes, safe in the knowledge that no real deterrents exists and no judge will convict them of the petty theft that rules their daily lives: benefits fraud, shoplifting, thievery and violence.

Now whilst the show is blatantly and deliberately provocative, it is a damning tale worthy of any Dickens novel of the 19th century. Whilst Dickens attempted to shame the entrepreneurial Victorians into implementing some form of “social justice” to care for those who could not or would not better themselves, Benefits Street is a modern day attempt to shame the politicians who have imposed their warped idea of a solution on to countless millions who live as the residents of James Turner Street do. Blissfully languishing at the bottom of the heap, wrapped cosily in the blanket of universal welfare benefits. Not one person in the wretched cast expects to find gainful employment, fulfillment, happiness or satisfaction in life. So conditioned to accept their fate by a generation of promises that rapidly changed from “we will support your attempts to get on in life” to the ubiquitous “the State will support you, no matter”.

In just one decade, the State has managed to introduce a plethora of tax payer funded (well, borrowed) schemes that see the unemployed and feckless earning roughly the same as anyone working for a living. Hyperbole? Lets see, shall we?

The unemployed can claim child tax credit, housing benefit, child benefit, free school meals etc. up to a limit of £26,000 per year. Those on minimum wage can claim working tax credit, child tax credit and child benefit adding £10,000 on top of their £13,000 salary, but they can also claim housing benefit on top. They will pay almost no tax. Add all that up and they will have a post tax income of roughly £30,000. That’s around £40,000 per year Gross– whilst being paid a minimum wage of just £6.31 an hour. Nice work if you can get it!

The more you earn, the more benefits you lose. If you manage to get a job paying £32,000 a year, you’ll actually have the same disposable income after tax as anyone on minimum wage – thanks to the massive subsidies the government throws at the poor.

Move up to the £40,000 level and it starts to get better, but still you’re working 40 hours a week at a presumably skilled or managerial post (with the inherent responsibilities) and you’ll still only be around £4000 a year wealthier than someone on full state benefits.

Only when you hit the £60,000 a year or over bracket (and your benefits disappear completely) do you stand any real chance of keeping your own money and becoming wealthy, instead of a benefits addicted drone, submissive to a politicians promises – and you’ll still be paying a marginal tax rate of around 65% to the State.
Once you go above £60,000 you not only get taxed much more you also lose your child benefit. At this point it becomes logical to work fewer hours to avoid paying excessive tax, because once you are paying income tax at 40% and losing child benefit as well the marginal rate of tax is as high as 65%. In effect, only the elite (£60K+) are allowed to keep their money – the rest must run cap in hand to the State.

In just 15 short years, our children are now working 60 hours a week in professional jobs for the same disposable income as those who are currently relaxing on their tax payer funded sofas, watching their tax payer funded wide screen TV’s, tweeting on their tax payer funded iPhones in their tax payer funded houses in Benefits Street.
That’s the real scandal here – and that’s why the left are so determined to silence the critics. They’ve created the “equality” they wanted and it stinks.

For reference, tax freedom day this year is June 1st. Every single penny you earn until then goes to funding the residents of hundreds of thousands of feckless unemployable residents of your own local James Turner Street. Happy New Year, all…..


  1. Spot on.

    Is there a single employer in the land who could use these people productively? No. They know it and employers know it.

    These people will be a burden until they die – our wonderful governments have made it so.

    Nothing short of a revolution is likely to change this.

  2. If you haven’t seen it, watch the January 9th edition of This Week. The look on Diane Don’t Call Me A Hypocrite Abbott’s face when the Sun journo tells her to shove her desperate defence of benefits scroungers is priceless.

  3. Just to point out that this is a lazy, misinformed article. Do your research before you drop most of the country’s population into a beggar’s bowl. You have done absolutely no research into the benefits system and it’s entitlement criteria. Your figures are ridiculous and untrue, too.

  4. Why not do a programme about the vulnerable people who can’t get benefits who are struggling with a terrible disease and are being pushed to suicide because of the governments reforms on benefits ..the only people who are losing out are the genuine people who have paid their taxes and dues to this country and are being penalised for being ill. Oh I forgot no one wants to hear or see the real truth!

  5. Totally agree with all of that. I’m a working-class person who has very little to feel capitalist about but I hope this austerity gets worse. I hope they freeze all these benefits. I don’t get a single penny of any benefit. I don’t want them, but how it pisses me off to see people with everything they want because they get my tax handed back to them just because they breed like farm-yard sows. The socialists invented this tax credit nonsense where everyone pays the same tax but then they dole it back out to wasters and oxygen thieves. We need to start building workhouses again and discourage this mass state-funded breeding program. All manner of slags and shit-face smack-head scum crawling over every housing estate in the land. Time to drain the swamp and restock with new fish.

      • Advice please… so how do ‘we’ go about ‘fixing’ this?
        (I couldn’t watch it in case my head exploded!)

        What can an average (angry) chap do to hold the system to account and direct his energy?

        The ‘elite’ treat us with contempt and voting (or not) achieves nothing!

        To catch their attention i’d like to think there could be some kind of passive disorder…

        The only idea i have is a campaign for everyone to cancel their ‘polltax’ payments until the bastards listen!

        They have no reserves and i would love to think they would blink first!

        Sadly i’m a misanthrope that barely tolerates his own family let alone having the gumption to resort to organising… so i lose! 🙁



  6. There has been some truly awful things written on twitter about these feckless lumps, but they are acting behaving in their own “rational self interest” as Ayn Rand would have it. It’s the morons in Westminster our anger should be aimed at.

  7. Very well put. The Loony Left are of course spitting with rage that anyone should dare show the reality of what Blair and Brown created.

  8. Go onto Google street view and type in James Turner Street Winson Green. Those SAME people are clearly on view sitting outside their houses.

  9. sorry it doesn’t just stop getting bad at £60k. Because of the withdrawal of personal allowances, someone earning over £100k pays tax at a marginal rate of 60% (62% including NI). Add in the employers’ NI contribution and you’re looking at a marginal tax wedge of 66%

  10. Superb article. It’s fascinating to see how income after tax and benefits is shaped. And furthermore, it has got to be a difficult job to defend the recipients of these benefits when Channel 4 show them to be uninterested in anything but drinking beers in the morning. No one is suggesting all people on benefits are like this, but the programme definitely doesn’t help the welfare cause.


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