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By David Vance On March 10th, 2011 at 9:20 am

Did you read about a  jobless former alcoholic was told to stop ‘sponging off others’ by an incredulous judge who heard he had been ruled too sick to complete his community service.

Stanley Clifton, who has never done a day’s paid work in his life, was branded ‘the embodiment of the welfare dependency culture’ by Judge John Walford. The 31-year-old of Darlington had been given a community order for assault, but the judge was astonished to learn that he couldn’t be ordered to fulfil it because he is on incapacity benefit for his alcoholism – despite claiming not to have had a drink for a year.

Is it our job as a society to provide benefit to those like Clifton? Or is it our job to ensure that Welfare goes to the genuinely needy – not those who prefer drink to work?