Drag on welfare is not the poor but the comfortable

By Jack Waterford
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:00pm, first published June 10 2014 - 9:39pm

What stops most middle class people from committing fraud – say, by claiming false expenses, making dodgy tax claims or exaggerating their assets to a bank – is thought to be a calculus of the risk of being caught and the extent of public disgrace if one is caught. By contrast, politicians seem to assume that underclass and working class fraud, like other crimes, including violence, being committed by them is deterred only by the severity of jail sentences.

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