The Sun Lies About The Benefits A Migrant Receives: To Encourage Cuts To Social Protection For Britons
There isn’t much analysis required here: as will become clear, even for an article being abusive towards recipients of social security, this is silly. However, let’s look at the way The Sun frames matters, not least of all via its language:
Lead-in: “You’re a soft touch”
“A Migrant mum thanked the UK yesterday for letting her claim £14,500 a year in benefits”.
“Natalija Belova, 33, told The Sun how she spurns full-time work — yet can afford foreign holidays and buys designer clothes.
“She has milked soft-touch Britain for £50,000 in benefits”
“it came as a shock how much she would be entitled to from the State for doing nothing”.
So an immigrant, and an unemployed single-mother. But wait…what’s this?
“Her handouts total £279 a week — with housing benefit contributing £183, child tax credit adding £56, child benefit £20 and her council tax being paid to the tune of £20. She also rakes in £125-a-week from a job she has on the side …”
So, she works. And as the woman herself notes:
“While I was working I paid my taxes and National Insurance, so I paid someone else’s benefits then. Now it’s my turn.”
In other words, this is a totally bogus hatchet job The Sun is using to undermine opposition to the reduction of social security: a decrease which will prove highly damaging to people who, like the woman in question, work, but require financial support. It is pretending these payments are something for nothing. This is clearly untrue – but it is soon set to become nothing for something, as people work, yet find themselves denied social protection when they need it, resulting in a major increase of poverty for those who work.
To make this ulterior agenda blatant, the article concludes with the following quote:
By Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Under the last government it became acceptable to choose a life on benefits. Well, that’s simply not fair to the taxpayer — so this government is putting an end to that and returning fairness to the system. Universal Credit will reward those who work. This case shows that the system left by the last government gave people no incentive to work. Our reforms will ensure that no one who can work will be able to count on the State — and hard-working taxpayers — to fund a life on benefits. People will be expected to work in return for support.
Housing benefit, child tax credit, child benefit, and council tax benefit are all payable to people who work, and pay taxes. Needless to say, as The Sun themselves note, the woman in question works, and is a taxpayer, who has paid into the system of social security: just the same as those who will be damaged by Duncan Smith’s proposals. As the man himself notes: “Our reforms will ensure that no one who can work will be able to count on the State”.
Really, how silly.