Why do people insist on ignoring the vital distinction between people keeping the money they have earned and people taking money earned by others whether legitimately and legally (through housing benefits) or illegitimately through benefit fraud?
Because the money "they have earned" is a) based on an assumption that they'll pay the fucking tax on it, and b) is enabled by certain aspects of social provision from other
people paying their fucking taxes. An individual's earning potential is dependent on their education, the health system, public infrastructure and the wider economy (of which public spending derived from taxation is a significant part). Nobody "earns" their money in a vacuum; and, the small number of headline fraudsters apart, most benefit fraudsters are the poor getting a bit more money. Tax avoidance is the rich not wanting to pay what they should.
On official figures, tax avoidance (£35bn) is over 30 times more costly to the taxpayer
than benefit fraud (£1.1bn). Even if unofficial higher figures for benefit fraud (£5.5bn) - but not avoidance - are used, it is more than 6 times as costly.
I don't ignore the distinction between benefit fraud and tax avoidance. Tax avoidance is far worse, both individually and in it's impact on the economy.