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Flying through the letter box

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:41 pm
by Stevenloan
A: The government will pay 80% of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak says. He says the economic intervention he is announcing is unprecedented but necessary to save lives during the Coronavirus pandemic.

B: What about people who haven’t worked in years and don’t intend to any time soon, normally the payments are flying through the letter box.

- Hi guys! I really don't get the part "payments are flying through the letter box.". What does it mean in this situation?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan

Re: Flying through the letter box

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:27 pm
by Erik_Kowal
I have no idea what Person B is referring to. Maybe they meant to say "the bills are flying through the letter box", but it would still be a complete non sequitur lacking any connection with what Person A said.

Re: Flying through the letter box

Posted: Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:59 pm
by Phil White
I understand it as a rather unpleasant comment about the long-term unemployed. The writer is suggesting that they do nothing and have no intention of doing anything and yet the government is still paying them large amounts of various benefit payments very often (the payments are "flying" through the letter box).

The reality is rather different. An acquaintance of mine has severe lung disease and has been told by a doctor that he must not work. The agency that assesses benefit claims on the other hand has stated that he is fit to work and he receives £72 per week in Job Seeker's Allowance. Nothing else at all. From that, he has to pay all his bills and still have money left over to buy food.

Re: Flying through the letter box

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:49 pm
by Stevenloan
Erik and Phil White : Thank you both so much for your help.

StevenLoan