People have different views about welfare reform, benefits and how people live on benefits. I cite the following case below and ask what typical level of benefit (exclusive of housing costs) SHOULD exist for …. gas (heating/hot water) electricity (lighting/cooking) food water costs TV licence other expenses (transport, insurance, communications, etc.) a) someone (say, of my age -- that’s 61 in July), single and who is disabled b) someone single not disabled c) per child of a single parent family d) per child of a 2 parent family. REAL LIFE CASE …. Working age disabled person allocated £40-53 to live on for a week including costs of : gas (heating/hot water) electricity (lighting/cooking) food transport to and from doctors (twice) Transport to and from hospital (twice), water costs TV licence NOT EXACTLY A KING’S RANSOM or even generous is it? THE GAS EXPENDITURE WAS REDUCED TO ZERO, A GENUINE CASE OF HEAT OR EAT! And it’s sub-zero temperatures here in leafy Cheshire. Yet the local MP got the lion’s share of £200,000 for HIS expenses last year.