State Benefits

@nannacroc (4049)
November 16, 2006 2:41pm CST
A man in Britain is living with his wife and his girlfriend and between them they have fifteen children with two more on the way. They are all living on state benefits. If you are not in Britain, what would happen to this family in your country? If you are in Britain, how does this make you feel. It makes me angry. State benefits are supposed to be there to help people in need and I think this family is just exploiting the system.
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• United States
16 Nov 06
I hate people who live off the system. I know people that the second they loose their job they head right for the food stamps and state help. I know people who get loans for schooling and state help and they'll have a hard time paying it back once they are out of schooling. I've been out of work for almost a year now and never once did I go for food stamps ot the local food sheltor. That is for people who really need it. I'm one of the lucky ones though. I have family that would and has helped me when I need it. The family in question should be made to pay back everything the have sucked from the system and then some. In my opinion they should also be "fixed" so they can't have any more kinds and if they do they should be taken away and given to good homes.
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• United Kingdom
16 Nov 06
I agree with most of that but, although I don't think people should run for handouts at the first opportunity, there are people who really need to and that's exactly what the system is for. The whole point is so that people don't have to get into debt in order to live. Although I do agree with you entirely in this particular case. There can not be a good reason for not a single one of them to work. They should have to pay it back.
@nannacroc (4049)
16 Nov 06
I agree with you but some people have no family and so may need the benefits just to keep them going 'til they get work. Yes they should pay everything back and they should have been 'fixed after four children.
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@RieRie (821)
16 Nov 06
Flippin' 'eck, There's only me and my partner in my flat and we aren't entitled to anything because he's a year too young and works too many hours to get one type of benefit and too few hours to get another type, right I'm off to tell him we need to have 15 kids so we can get some money.
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@nannacroc (4049)
16 Nov 06
That's the problem, help is not going to the people who really need it. Some of the children are over eighteen and claiming benefits, so this family will bring up 17 children who think this lifestyle is good.
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@kcbabez14 (967)
• United States
16 Nov 06
oh don't feel bad.. this happens all the time in the USA! So many people are out there living off of the goverments money because they are too lazy to get off their a**.. and yet those who really need the help can't get it! like me.. i have a family of 3 that only makes 24,000 a year between the two adults and were $200 over the limit to get any help!
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@nannacroc (4049)
16 Nov 06
That's the sort of thing that annoys me. Decent, honest people who are trying their best to help themselves are always the ones that lose out.
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@dorypanda (1584)
17 Nov 06
Oh, right, so that's how to get money for nothing, maybe I should have fourteen more children too then. I think that's disgusting! Why don't any of them work? I can understand if they are all on some of disability living allowance because they can't physically work, that's fine, but if it's just because they can't be bothered, that's disgusting. Why should our tax money go to people like that? Basically everyone who works for a living is paying into the kitty to keep those people, that's appalling. We don't actually have too much money coming in, my other half works over 40 hours a week and we can just about pay our bills and buy food, maybe I should tell him to quit his job so as the government can pay us for doing nothing.
@nannacroc (4049)
17 Nov 06
I can see that's really annoyed you and I agree with what you're saying. They were discussing it on Loose Women yesterday so you can go to the forum there if you want to.
@pumpkinjam (5801)
• United Kingdom
16 Nov 06
That shouldn't be allowed. If he is living with a wife and a girlfriend then the girlfriend should be counted as a lodger. That makes 20 people altogether in one place ALL living on benefits. I don't have a problem with people who need to use the benefit system but that is definitely exploitation. This kind of thing makes me angry because, as you say, the state benefits are supposed to be there for those who need it. There is never money for important things and there never will be when the government just gives out money to people like that. I can't imagine how much money they would be getting and then there are people who are really trying to stretch the money they have whether it's from working or from benefits and then you get this. Are both his wife and girlfriend counted as his dependants? Are they both counted as partners?
@nannacroc (4049)
16 Nov 06
I don't know if they're both counted as partners, that's a good question. They are both classed as dependants.
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