A new fund allowing the Government to pay people who notify authorities about benefit cheats would be created under proposals being examined by Labour\’s manifesto team.
I see the point: there might be nothing better than to use the petty jealousies and gee them up with a bit of cash to get people informing about who is cheating the system.
However, it\’s all a bit East German isn\’t it? Inform on those who steal from the State and claim your reward in bananas and a holiday in a State sanatorium?
What might surprise some is that I do indeed worry about social cohesion: and I have a feeling that schemes like this might be the best argument in favour of a universal benefit like a citizen\’s basic income. Better to have a higher bill on a system that doesn\’t provide room for cheats than the snarling mass of lumpen proletariat sneaking on each other?