Posted: 04/01/2008 at 14:55
Everyone knows someone who seems to be taking the mickey out of the benefits system, but that doesn't mean that by and large that many people on benefits dont need the help. There are plenty of parents on benefits really struggling to survive and however it might seem, they are not given a kings ransom to live on.
A few years ago, a friend of mine as a lone parent had to give her child to her parents to look after for a few months because she simply couldn't manage. She was living on benefits because she genuinely couldn't work and to see her give up her child was heartbreaking.
Most people can argue that they could do with a bit extra - but really where is supposed to come from? Are all us working families ready to pay more tax? Or should they cut the health and education funding?
Most people that are on benefits are struggling to get buy and would probably love to be able to work to pay for nice things for their kids. Yes some people abuse the system, and we all seem to know some, but that doesn't mean they're in the majority. The scumbags that do abuse the system just make the most noise.
Sorry for having a rant, not trying to have a go at anyone.
Just for the record - me and OH are both working!