LETTER : Unreal image

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The Independent Online
Sir: Janet Falush maintains that we should be grateful for those who live on benefit, since the economic system we have does not share out work equitably (Letters, 12 April).

Most of the people I know who claim benefit as unemployed are also busily working in the black economy, and the remainder are engaged in criminal activities.

While this may be a reflection on the type of people I know, I suggest that the image of claimants happily doing nothing with their time is unreal, and a low-wage earner like myself is bound to resent the fact that many claimants have a total income greater than mine, by one means and another.

John Heaton