Monday, July 17, 2006

£38,000 a year in benefits but still can't pay the rent?

Just read a comment in the Mail about a family with nine kids in Newcastlet hat received £38,000 per year in state beneifts and yet is threatened with eviction by it;s Housing Association for failing to keep up with it's £12.50 per week rent.

Words fail me.


Anonymous said...

What?!?! I am expected to pay far greater rents on far less income. It is more commonly known as being a student. What does this family spend all their money on?? Surely if I can do it then anyone can do it (paying their rent that is).

Anonymous said...

There are people out there that have the system worked out; people who realise that you get more money on your income support for having one child, and having heaps of them is a real money spinner (and great fun, at least instigating the plan). Luckily, there are very few people who think this is a viable way of life.

I'm surprised the family in Newcastle didn't cotton on to this one. If they seperated but maintained joint custody of the kids, they could each get a council house. With the house, you get housing benefit. Maybe, if the computer system wasn't too clever, they could each claim benefits for all of the kids. And each apply to the Social Fund for additional items (fridges, TVs, beds) so that the kids can have a decent standard of living. Oh, and single parent benefit of course.

Anyone beginning to think that working for a living isn't all it's cracked up to be ?