Opinion – Half a million people have benefits suspended in welfare crackdown – Telegraph – John Gelmini

Dr Alf asks if the Government, if re-elected, will introduce the Poor House and Frank Field MP wants to know what happens to sanctioned benefit recipients when commonsense should have told him the answer?

A few sanctioned benefit recipients probably go for crisis loans and attend food banks, others engage in shoplifting and drug dealing plus dealing in scrap metal to make ends meet.

The truly desperate beg or pester friends and relatives to bail them out, or if they were on Universal Credit or Housing Benefit they get behind with their rent thus forcing landlords to evict them and never want to rent to a benefit recipient again.

Perhaps, a proportion find jobs or if they were working in the black economy already, simply spend more time in it.

This allows the Government to lower the claimant count and treat these people as “employed” when in fact they are nothing of the kind.

John Gelmini