Don't bad mouth 19th-century liberals, Yvette, they'd do a better job of eradicating poverty

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Written by Ed West

Because as Eamonn Butler points out in The Rotten State of Britain, 39 per cent of the population receive one or more of the 40 state benefits, up from 24 per cent in 1997. Butler writes: “It’s a huge cash roundabout. Millions of us pay taxes into this system, only to get it back again (minus administrative expenses) in benefits. To manage it, the Department of Work and Pensions employs 130,000 benefits staff, while HM Revenue & Custom has another 8,000 working on tax credits alone."

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