By Claire West

An outspoken entrepreneur has called for the scrapping of the benefits system, as a way to get Britain's 'workshy' into employment and stop them from being a 'drain' on the country's limited resources.

Entrepreneur Charlie Mullins, who left school at 15 with no qualifications to found UK plumbing company Pimlico Plumbers, believes that the systematically-abused system no longer meets its original concept of just helping those in need.

Mr Mullins said: 'Why do we still insist on calling these payments 'benefits'? The whole concept of the system has been corrupted by the workshy who see them as a god-given right'.

'At the same time, those of us who are prepared to get out of bed in the morning and go to work bemoan the benefits system. So why don't we just do away with it altogether?'

Mr Mullins argued that the word 'benefits' was misused by the Government, and that there was nothing positive about able citizens out of work continuing to receive money from the state.

He said: 'Let me be quite clear, I'm not saying we should leave those who, for no fault of their own can't take care of themselves, to rot in some kind of Victorian poor house, but what I do think is that along with making people work for their money, we should rename the 'benefit system' the 'need system'.

Mullins started his business, Pimlico Plumbers, from scratch and built it into a multi-million pound enterprise.

After completing a four-year plumbing apprenticeship, he launched the firm in 1979 with just a bag of tools and a very old van bought at auction.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that he plans to change council rules so that those living in areas with few available jobs can be re-housed in areas with employment vacancies. He said said that 'work sets you free'.


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