Strivers v scroungers 'ignores the facts' - Bishop

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bishop Mark Bryant Bishop Mark Bryant

A BISHOP has criticised Government use of the term ‘benefit scroungers’, saying such labelling ignores the facts.

The Right Reverend Mark Bryant, the Bishop of Jarrow, said many benefit claimants also worked and some foodbanks were busiest when people visited on their way home from work.

In a forthright Christmas message, he said: “There have been those this year who have seemed to want us to harden our hearts with their talk of benefit scroungers – ignoring the fact that very many people on benefits are in work and some foodbanks report that sometimes their busiest time of the day is when people are going home from work.”

Bishop Bryant, who is standing in until the new Bishop of Durham arrives early next year, is following in the footsteps of the Most Reverend Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, who criticised Conservative ministers for dividing the nation into “strivers” and “scroungers”.

Bishop Bryant questioned whether 2013 would be remembered as the year the UK discovered foodbanks, but he said there was hope in the “extraordinary generosity of so many”.

He praised the Nightstop homelessness project and continued: “The Christmas story is a story about a God who does not abandon us whatever the mess and that sense that we are not alone is a reason to have hope.

“What gives people hope is knowing that they have not been abandoned and that they are not alone.”

Bishop Bryant will be tweeting his Christmas sermons, at twitter.com/BishopMark1 using the hashtag #CSWCDD.

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6:45pm Mon 16 Dec 13

gramps427 says...

It is clear that this Government will continue to attack those on benefits as they prepare to cut benefits further & further instead of getting their own house in order and jailing those responsible for the corrupt banking system.
More people in work are claiming benefits than ever before as Government after Government have destroyed our economic base to increase profits for the elite and have destroyed the work of generations to raise the standard's of living for the majority; wages are dropping in value just as the quality of jobs and working hours are hitting rock bottom.
It is clear that this Government will continue to attack those on benefits as they prepare to cut benefits further & further instead of getting their own house in order and jailing those responsible for the corrupt banking system. More people in work are claiming benefits than ever before as Government after Government have destroyed our economic base to increase profits for the elite and have destroyed the work of generations to raise the standard's of living for the majority; wages are dropping in value just as the quality of jobs and working hours are hitting rock bottom. gramps427

11:35am Tue 17 Dec 13

jane1.r says...

Overheard in Lascelles, spoken by a man in his early 20's. " I have to go for a ************ job interview at least once a ********** week or they won't pay me my ********** dole. It's *********** ridiculous." Shirker or striver?
Overheard in Lascelles, spoken by a man in his early 20's. " I have to go for a ************ job interview at least once a ********** week or they won't pay me my ********** dole. It's *********** ridiculous." Shirker or striver? jane1.r

2:29pm Tue 17 Dec 13

JJ2000 says...

Both points by Gramps and Jane carry weight.
It seems as if the Government is keen on looking tough in an effort to distract one from their reluctance to deal with the wealthy scroungers who take from society but refuse to put back in. For example, the big companies who avoid tax beyond the scope of reasonable expenses, those companies who deliberately hold on to payments due to contractors as they manipulate figures and squeeze businesses out of existence, and those in the finance industry who rig interest rates to benefit themselves at the cost of society.
Yes, there are some soulless fools who refuse employment and think they're entitled to something for nothing, but most of us would prefer to work.
Both benefit and wealthy scroungers are social vampires who assist in draining the country of needed funding and both need to be dealt with.
That's BOTH, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Osbourne. BOTH!
Both points by Gramps and Jane carry weight. It seems as if the Government is keen on looking tough in an effort to distract one from their reluctance to deal with the wealthy scroungers who take from society but refuse to put back in. For example, the big companies who avoid tax beyond the scope of reasonable expenses, those companies who deliberately hold on to payments due to contractors as they manipulate figures and squeeze businesses out of existence, and those in the finance industry who rig interest rates to benefit themselves at the cost of society. Yes, there are some soulless fools who refuse employment and think they're entitled to something for nothing, but most of us would prefer to work. Both benefit and wealthy scroungers are social vampires who assist in draining the country of needed funding and both need to be dealt with. That's BOTH, Mr. Cameron and Mr. Osbourne. BOTH! JJ2000

5:12pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Homshaw1 says...

The difficulty is there are people who are hard working and can't find work and others who will never genuinely try to find work, Finding a way of telling the two groups apart at the sort of level the government try to do it is impossible.

I feel desperately sorry for the first group. I know how hard it can be.

The second group are indeed scroungers feeding on the ordinary tax payer

Its also about time there was more incentive to work. For a standard rate tax payer an extra pound earned can see 20p go in tax, 12p in NI and 41p in working tax credits
The difficulty is there are people who are hard working and can't find work and others who will never genuinely try to find work, Finding a way of telling the two groups apart at the sort of level the government try to do it is impossible. I feel desperately sorry for the first group. I know how hard it can be. The second group are indeed scroungers feeding on the ordinary tax payer Its also about time there was more incentive to work. For a standard rate tax payer an extra pound earned can see 20p go in tax, 12p in NI and 41p in working tax credits Homshaw1

4:30pm Wed 18 Dec 13

sineater says...

How about the scroungers in the house of lords,anyone think they are setting a good example?
How about the scroungers in the house of lords,anyone think they are setting a good example? sineater

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