A YOUNG Chafford Hundred councillor has slammed the benefit scroungers in the borough.
Conservative councillor for South Chafford, Charlie Key spoke at the full council meeting on Wednesday.
He made the controversial remarks during a debate on universal credit.
Cllr Key said:” We have a benefit system that is littered with a multitude of benefits.
“I have knocked on doors of Thurrock of residents who have to get up at 6am to leave for work. They go to bed at the same time as their children, only to be woken up at 1am by the loud music of their neighbour who has no incentive to work.
Cllr Key continued: “Universal credit will bring an end to this benefit culture. Is there any surprise that this is a system littered with fraud and error with an estimated £5.2 billion paid out in error.”
Cllr Key welcomed the new system as a way of lifting a lot of people in Thurrock out of poverty.
He said: “The workers of Thurrock should be able to rely on a system that works and tackles worklessness (sic) by giving work a real value.”