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Why healthy, wealthy southerners get the most welfare benefits

The coalition government wants to cut £4bn in welfare benefits to the poorest and most vulnerable citizens concentrated in northern boroughs because the ‘welfare bill has risen 45% in the last ten years’. The system, it argues, rewards the social failure of the five million people on ‘out of work state benefits’. But this is a disingenuous representation of the real ‘welfare benefits situation’ in the UK.

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