In among the copious amount of statistics about gangs, their welfare receipt, and contact with CYF released today, this caught my eye:
The alleged perpetrator of abuse or neglect of gang member’s children was more often recorded as the child’s mother than the gang member father.Well, well. Though the perpetrator status is 'alleged' and not 'substantiated' . Maybe she is fitted up or takes the fall. Or maybe she just is the abuser.
This data also brought a wry smile to my face:
Ninety-two per cent (3,627) of the total 3,960 known gang members received main benefits from MSD at some stage between 1 January 1993 and 31 December 2014.
The 3,627 gang members spent on average 8.9 years on a main benefit (not necessarily continuously). Over half the time was receiving job seeker-related benefits and nearly a quarter of the time was receiving health or disability-related benefits
Eighteen per cent of all gang members had received a main benefit for a total of over 15 years, whereas 13 per cent received main benefits for two years or less, and eight per cent had not received main benefits at all.Is there any other group in society that can boast this degree of welfare dependence? None I can think of. Even the blind have better rates of employment and self sufficiently (no disrespect intended).
And that's just the benefit the gang member receives directly. What about the mother of his children?
And those stupid lefties carry on with the assertion that welfare reduces crime ergo welfare reform will increase it.
Welfare is staple diet for gangs but certainly only a small part of their real incomes.
Update: Prompted by Eric Crampton's post I did some quick calculations and left the following comment:
The total cost amassed to MSD (includes CYF) was $714 million over 22 years by 3,960 gang members.
$8,195 annually. Cheaper than a superannuitant.