Wednesday, December 19, 2007

BBC - Britain's Benefit Culture?

Is single mum Carol Jackson really below the official poverty line of £265 when her weekly income of £219.63 is topped up by free rent (£50), free council tax (£22.95), free school dinners, free dental costs and "several other expenses"?

Why isn't she able to work 40 hours per week like most people!?!
"At the razorblade factory, they were offering 27 hours' work a week on the minimum wage of £5.52 an hour. This meant Carol's weekly wage would be £149.04."

Would she have had fewer children if the state didn't pay her to raise them? It would be a far more effective way of reducing child poverty!

Despite the BBC profile, does Carol get a discount on her TV licence!?!


Mark Wadsworth said...

That's why we should have a non-taxble, non-means tested Citizen's Income scheme for low and non-earners instead of the shitey welfare system we have. As a quid pro quo, you'd not get a personal allowance for tax, but you would always be better off working.

Anonymous said...

Would you approve of her working with razorblades?

Snafu said...

Anonymous, it depends what she does with them!