The 'something for nothing' culture has always been placed on those who receive state benefits. Many of those who are against the welfare state, largely parties and individuals who are ideologically on the right, label everyone on benefits as 'scroungers', even though this is not factually correct and that most people on benefit, need it. The problem is that this culture resides not in the poorest but the wealthiest in society.

Over 100 peers in the House Of Lords have claimed approximately £1.3 million despite not speaking for at least nine months.

This is according to the pressure group, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS), after they had analysed parliamentary records.

Money well spent?

There are currently 800 members of the House of Lords and it is approximately 115 or 15% of them did not contribute to a debate between June 2016 and April 2017 but still claimed an average of £11,091 each. A spokesperson for the House has said that the conclusions do not consider other work on committees, amending legislation and putting down questions. But they also show that the busiest 300 peers claimed just half the expenses. This shows that many peers want something for nothing and that the members could be reduced significantly and it won't affect its ability to operate.

The 'something for nothing' culture is an issue but the problem isn't the poorest, it is the wealthiest who occupy most of the country's wealth. They ask the poorest to work the hardest for little in return and hoard a large proportion away. Not everyone who is wealthy don't work hard but the individuals who benefit from centuries old family estates and noble lineage, often hold most of the nation's wealth and don't have the same concerns as ordinary citizens. Furthermore, those who are in the Lords tend to be wealthy individuals already yet still claim money from taxpayers for doing very little in return.