It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air.
Happy couples can pause for a second to appreciate how lucky they are to have each other and nervous, lovesick puppies can finally summon up the courage to anonymously declare their feelings to the object of their desire.
And single people can just order in a massive kebab and enjoy that instead.
While some people accuse it of being a cynical attempt for restaurants and card makers to cash in - and they are completely right - surely we can all agree that the world is better with a little more love in it?
Well, it seems not everyone agrees.
Because our caring, friendly, thoughtful government has decided that Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to TACKLE BENEFIT FRAUD.
Just take a look at this:
What a miserable bunch.
One day off, would that have been so hard guys? One day off from trying to chase the (incredibly relatively tiny amount of) ‘scroungers’. Still, at least they’re not banging on about (virtually non-existent) ‘benefit tourism’ for once. Small mercies.
Naturally, the internet was not impressed.
Despicable effort stereotyping people claiming benefits. How about doing 1 to get millionaires to pay their taxes? Costs UK MANY times more than the 0.7% combined DWP error & fraud. DWP, turning people into folk devils. Juvenile, tacky armchair psychology with a sledge hammer— Revolution Breeze #PCPEU (@suejonessays) February 13, 2018
Seriously? Someone actually spent their working day making this. How do you feel at the end of that day? Do you think you made the world better or worse? Making a festival about love into a way to push your mean spirited agenda? Look within and consult your conscience.— Stephen Lingwood (@SJLingwood) February 13, 2018
How very feckin sad....why don't you go and chase down some of those companies dodging taxes by the million...oops sorry I forgot, they fund your party— BillyMcD1 (@BillyMcD1) February 13, 2018
So cynical. So judgemental. So threatening. Despite overwhelming evidence that the DWP is, in fact, depriving thousands of people of their rightful benefits through mendacious sanctions & bureaucratic incompetence, the dept still feels justified in this sort of shaming PR stunt.— Nicola Spurr (@NicolaRSpurr) February 13, 2018
How about making someone's Valentine's day by making sure you pay all of the unclaimed benefits to which people are entitled. It's the thought that counts.— Annette (@annettesjl) February 13, 2018
The DWP have reported that roughly £1.10 of every £100 spent on benefits is fraudulently claimed. This advert isn't about stopping fraud, its about driving a wedge between the poorest in society so that they don't blame austerity and the tories for what is happening to them.— Nick Gill (@NickGill2017) February 13, 2018
I think MPs claiming for houses in London that they're not using is more common— Crazy Dog Lady 🐶 (@longtallshazza) February 13, 2018
Whatever you say about this government, they really know how to do PR, don’t they?