I have written about this before…
E, what have I told you about forwarding viral emails??? The bad spelling alone made this one suspicious. This is – as most of these viral emails are – totally spurious, wrong, and pandering to prejudice without any consideration of the facts.
E, you should know better! Shame! We don’t need this xenophobic paranoia! You should not forward these without checking the facts! References!
In this case it was easy, the refutation comes from the British parliament itself!
Now you know I love you, but …by forwarding this without comment, you fall all into the same trap that an entire nation fell into in the late 1930s. Next thing will be concentration camps for refugees, gypsies, and South Africans!
According to the report to Parliament:
The figures in the final column of the table in the email bear no relation to any UK out-of-work benefit rates. The current rate of income-based Jobseekers Allowance, for example, is 65.45 a week for a single person aged 25 or over, or 102.75 for a couple. People in receipt of out-of-work benefits may also receive Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit, but the table does not mention assistance with housing costs.
Asylum seekers i.e. persons waiting for a decision on an asylum application – are not entitled to mainstream non-contributory social security benefits including income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support and Housing Benefit. Instead, they may be eligible for accommodation and/or financial support from the UK Border Agency.
Cash support for asylum seekers is less generous than social security benefits; for example, a single person aged 18 or over currently receives 35.52 a week and a couple 70.34 a week.
Further information on entitlement to benefits for people coming to the UK from abroad can be found in Library Research Paper 08/65, Impacts of Immigration.
The full Category A Retirement Pension is currently 97.65 a week. Pensioners whose total income including their Retirement Pension is less than the Pension Credit Guarantee Credit may be able to get their income topped-up to that level. The Pension Credit Guarantee Credit for a single pensioner is 132.60 a week, and 202.40 for a couple, but further additions may be payable for disability and/or carers.
At 09:30 a.m. 2/12/2010, you wrote:
Subject: sad pensions
So Patetically (sic) True
We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,?????????
Are you aware of the following?
The British Govenment provides the following financial assistance: –
BRITISH OLD AGE PENSIONER ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN
Weekly spouse allowance
Additional weekly hardship allowance
TOTAL YEARLY BENEFIT
If I was a refugee, why would I look for work?
Please read all and then forward to all your contacts so that we can lobby for a decent aged pension.
After all, the average pensioner has paid taxes and contributed to the growth of this country for the last 40 to 60 years. Sad isn’t it?
Most people won’t have the guts to forward this on.
Actually most people don’t seem to have the nous to think for themselves and check the facts.