Owen Hatherley, author of the forthcoming A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain, an urban travelogue, writes about his experiences as a benefit claimant in the Guardian:
Aside from the even more helpless asylum seeker, nobody is so consistently pilloried as the benefit claimant – invariably some tracksuited miscreant, a sofa-bound chav. This week David Cameron perpetuated the stereotype by calling in the credit agencies as bounty hunters to crack down on “welfare cheats”. Entirely dependent on the largesse of the taxpayer, subjected to every manner of means test, experimental course and vacuous reform – but without unions or other instruments of self-defence – they’re the easiest of easy targets.
Read the full article here.