Covid ‘convinced Brits they can have something for nothing’, Tories claim

Tories voiced alarm that Covid created a ‘something for nothing’ culture in Britain today as it emerged over half received more from the State than they put in for the first time.

Some 36million people live in households that get more from the Government than they pay in tax, according to a study by Civitas. 

The findings are based on the most recent official data from 2020-21, and reflect the huge support put in place by ministers to keep the country going during lockdown.

The estimates include the amount individuals receive from ‘benefits in kind’, such as use of the NHS and state education, as well as pensions for people who had contributed through their working lives. 

It does not take account of the massive furlough scheme – but the level will also have been affected by the dramatic fall in earnings for millions reducing tax bills. 

The spike to 54 per cent of households being net beneficiaries compares to the two-fifths – 24 million people – recorded when Tony Blair was in…

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