I was a home carer for 12 years and have some elderly people having to decide wether to have a meal or put the heating on. Most elderly people do not know what benefits they are entitled to. It would not be the first time I went to the DSS office to get forms for them to claim benefits they were entitled to. Yes some people do get away with fraud but when this government starts cutting benefits for those who are poor,elderly or sick it makes my blood boil. The fat cats eg bankers and those in the financial industries are the ones this government should be looking at. Stop all those massive bonuses to them for a start. That is why people feel this government is not paying attention to them. It is time for them to stop all the unfairness in this society.
The issue with some elderly people is pride as well as a lack of information about what they are entitled to claim. The benefits system, by it's very nature, is intrusive and difficult, and a lot of elderly people don't want their private business, such as their finances, being looked in to by complete strangers, so they miss out.
I'm on benefits because of being unable to work. I look all right apart my obvious disability, but due to my care needs there is no way I could hold down a full time job, not without being carried and treated differently by an employer, which I wouldn't want. Part time work simply wouldn't pay me enough to manage on, so really I'm in a benefits trap, which I don't like, because anyone on benefits does tend to be seen as a scrounger, even if that isn't the case.
I know I can hold my hands up and say that I'm not claiming a penny that I'm not entitled to. I merely live within my means by not drinking too much, not smoking and not going out every night, but also by putting a little by each month when I can manage it so that I can afford things I need, and a few things I want. I'm lucky in the respect that I'm on my own though, I'm not trying to feed children etc, on my income.
The thing with the benefits system really is that the goverment has lost all moral authority. How can they deal with benefit fraud (which makes it so much harder for genuine claimants) when it is a well known fact that MP's fiddled their expenses for so long, and could very well still be doing it in some cases? The words 'pot' and 'kettle' spring to mind.