Bromley people to have benefits capped before most of the country

PEOPLE on benefits in Bromley will be among the first in the country to have them capped, it has been announced.

The borough has been selected to trial the coalition government’s reform to the benefit system from April 1 – along with Croydon, Enfield and Haringey.

From this date couples (with or without children living with them) will have their benefits capped at £500 a week.

Single parents whose children live with them will receive a maximum of £500 a week.

And single adults who do not have children, or whose children do not live with them, will get their benefits capped at £350.

The cap applies to the total amount people in a household get from the following benefits:

  • Bereavement Allowance
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance (unless you get the support component)
  • Guardian’s Allowance
  • Housing Benefit 
  • Incapacity Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Maternity Allowance
  • Severe Disablement Allowance
  • Widowed Parent’s Allowance (or Widowed Mother’s Allowance or Widows Pension you started getting before 9 April 2001)

    You will not be affected by the benefit cap if you qualify for working tax credit or if you get any of the following benefits:
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment (from April 2013)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Industrial Injuries Benefits (and equivalent payments as part of a war disablement pension or the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme)
  • Employment and Support Allowance, if you get the support component
  • War Widow’s or War Widower’s Pension

    If you could be affected by the cap you will be contacted by the Department for Work and Pensions and they will let you know what will happen to your benefits.

Will you be affected by the benefits cap? Call the News Shopper on 01689 885725.

 

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10:50am Mon 28 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

Disgraceful politically motivated Tory attack upon the poor,sick & disabled.
Most people with any common sense wiull know that most of the weekly £500 goes on the rocketting rents to private landlords(no doubt Tory voters) & not into families pockets.
For the first time since 1931 a Govt is taking food out of the mouths of children & damaging their life chances. These extreme right wing proposals that declare war on the most vulnerable will lead to evictions,ill health & damaged lives. Well Done Broken Britain,& Broken Bromley
Disgraceful politically motivated Tory attack upon the poor,sick & disabled. Most people with any common sense wiull know that most of the weekly £500 goes on the rocketting rents to private landlords(no doubt Tory voters) & not into families pockets. For the first time since 1931 a Govt is taking food out of the mouths of children & damaging their life chances. These extreme right wing proposals that declare war on the most vulnerable will lead to evictions,ill health & damaged lives. Well Done Broken Britain,& Broken Bromley RoisinR

10:53am Mon 28 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

500 quid a week in bennies ......that's whats wrong with the country !!

That's unsustainable end of story.
500 quid a week in bennies ......that's whats wrong with the country !! That's unsustainable end of story. Gypo.Joe

11:29am Mon 28 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

Over £500 a week including pension goes to each Bromley Cllr to take essential services away from the sick,elderly & disabled.

Thats whats UNSUSTAINABLE!
What happened to the Big Society & Cllrs receiving a modest attendance allowance as was the case a few years ago? The Leader of Council is on 40k a year!!!
Over £500 a week including pension goes to each Bromley Cllr to take essential services away from the sick,elderly & disabled. Thats whats UNSUSTAINABLE! What happened to the Big Society & Cllrs receiving a modest attendance allowance as was the case a few years ago? The Leader of Council is on 40k a year!!! RoisinR

11:40am Mon 28 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

RoisinR sounds like you are on some kind of bennies ?

Council tenant ?
RoisinR sounds like you are on some kind of bennies ? Council tenant ? Gypo.Joe

12:03pm Mon 28 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

Nope ! Neither GJ


Just a ordinary person struggling to keep my head above water working& paying my dues whilst the local Tories keep more & more of OUR money for themselves.
What happened to their cost cutting proposals to cut the number of Cllrs to 40 down from 60.
Kicked into the long grass as usual.
Nope ! Neither GJ Just a ordinary person struggling to keep my head above water working& paying my dues whilst the local Tories keep more & more of OUR money for themselves. What happened to their cost cutting proposals to cut the number of Cllrs to 40 down from 60. Kicked into the long grass as usual. RoisinR

12:21pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

RoisinR glad you aint a blood sucking leech.
I tend to agree about Cllrs, they too get their nose in the trough and we don't seem to be able to prise them out. Other than voting of course.
RoisinR glad you aint a blood sucking leech. I tend to agree about Cllrs, they too get their nose in the trough and we don't seem to be able to prise them out. Other than voting of course. Gypo.Joe

12:23pm Mon 28 Jan 13

annam85 says...

RoisinR wrote:
Over £500 a week including pension goes to each Bromley Cllr to take essential services away from the sick,elderly & disabled.

Thats whats UNSUSTAINABLE!
What happened to the Big Society & Cllrs receiving a modest attendance allowance as was the case a few years ago? The Leader of Council is on 40k a year!!!
That’s not actually true now is it.

The average councillor is not salaried, but receives an allowance on average of £10,000 per annum which is £192 a week.

Considering a single, unemployed person can claim up to £350.. It's really quite reasonable.
[quote][p][bold]RoisinR[/bold] wrote: Over £500 a week including pension goes to each Bromley Cllr to take essential services away from the sick,elderly & disabled. Thats whats UNSUSTAINABLE! What happened to the Big Society & Cllrs receiving a modest attendance allowance as was the case a few years ago? The Leader of Council is on 40k a year!!![/p][/quote]That’s not actually true now is it. The average councillor is not salaried, but receives an allowance on average of £10,000 per annum which is £192 a week. Considering a single, unemployed person can claim up to £350.. It's really quite reasonable. annam85

12:58pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Iwasntalwaysgreen says...

Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....
Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this..... Iwasntalwaysgreen

2:01pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Wispy Wonder says...

About time! The sooner it's rolled out across the country the better.
About time! The sooner it's rolled out across the country the better. Wispy Wonder

2:26pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Iwasntalwaysgreen wrote:
Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....
You could alwaays go out and get a job.

What a concept ha !
[quote][p][bold]Iwasntalwaysgreen[/bold] wrote: Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....[/p][/quote]You could alwaays go out and get a job. What a concept ha ! Gypo.Joe

4:50pm Mon 28 Jan 13

bizzymum says...

Iwasntalwaysgreen wrote:
Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....
Not sure you're for real and anyway it's not the DHS but the DWP - W meaning WORK!
[quote][p][bold]Iwasntalwaysgreen[/bold] wrote: Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....[/p][/quote]Not sure you're for real and anyway it's not the DHS but the DWP - W meaning WORK! bizzymum

5:14pm Mon 28 Jan 13

annam85 says...

May I suggest that any unemployed person who feels they are not given enough free money in this country, kindly relocate to a place where they give you more?

Sorry.. what was that? Oh there isn’t one?
May I suggest that any unemployed person who feels they are not given enough free money in this country, kindly relocate to a place where they give you more? Sorry.. what was that? Oh there isn’t one? annam85

5:15pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Iwasntalwaysgreen says...

LOL thanks for the sensible feedback - as it happens I did get work, but that stopped when the company closed. I tried being self-employed, retraining, and online applications, but they all came to nothing. In terms of children, I had been married but left because of domestic abuse when pregnant with my fourth... Well it happened to be the DHSS when I was dealing with it....have a nice day...
LOL thanks for the sensible feedback - as it happens I did get work, but that stopped when the company closed. I tried being self-employed, retraining, and online applications, but they all came to nothing. In terms of children, I had been married but left because of domestic abuse when pregnant with my fourth... Well it happened to be the DHSS when I was dealing with it....have a nice day... Iwasntalwaysgreen

5:45pm Mon 28 Jan 13

goldenbroomboy says...

annam85 wrote:
May I suggest that any unemployed person who feels they are not given enough free money in this country, kindly relocate to a place where they give you more? Sorry.. what was that? Oh there isn’t one?
Why not try Croydon, I understand that you will be given a free ticket to Yorkshire?
[quote][p][bold]annam85[/bold] wrote: May I suggest that any unemployed person who feels they are not given enough free money in this country, kindly relocate to a place where they give you more? Sorry.. what was that? Oh there isn’t one?[/p][/quote]Why not try Croydon, I understand that you will be given a free ticket to Yorkshire? goldenbroomboy

8:22pm Mon 28 Jan 13

j.j. says...

RoisinR wrote:
Disgraceful politically motivated Tory attack upon the poor,sick & disabled.
Most people with any common sense wiull know that most of the weekly £500 goes on the rocketting rents to private landlords(no doubt Tory voters) & not into families pockets.
For the first time since 1931 a Govt is taking food out of the mouths of children & damaging their life chances. These extreme right wing proposals that declare war on the most vulnerable will lead to evictions,ill health & damaged lives. Well Done Broken Britain,& Broken Bromley
Take a look into the shoping baskets of these people: typically they'll have cider, gin/vodka, fags, doughnuts and a few pices of deep frozen food. This shows that they should receive less, not more in cash. Instead of cash, they should get coupons or a payment card that could only be used for nutritious food.
[quote][p][bold]RoisinR[/bold] wrote: Disgraceful politically motivated Tory attack upon the poor,sick & disabled. Most people with any common sense wiull know that most of the weekly £500 goes on the rocketting rents to private landlords(no doubt Tory voters) & not into families pockets. For the first time since 1931 a Govt is taking food out of the mouths of children & damaging their life chances. These extreme right wing proposals that declare war on the most vulnerable will lead to evictions,ill health & damaged lives. Well Done Broken Britain,& Broken Bromley[/p][/quote]Take a look into the shoping baskets of these people: typically they'll have cider, gin/vodka, fags, doughnuts and a few pices of deep frozen food. This shows that they should receive less, not more in cash. Instead of cash, they should get coupons or a payment card that could only be used for nutritious food. j.j.

8:36pm Mon 28 Jan 13

screw_your_loaf says...

Makes me sick!!!!
I work full time, and take home £1800 on average a month, simple maths £450 a week.
People wingding that benefits are not cash in hand, goes on rent ect.
Guess what my hard earned wage isn't cash in hand to spend either, I still have to pay rent, council tax, insurance. Wages paid into bank and quickly taken out again!
The only unsustainable thing is the amount of Benefits being paid out, these payments should be to allow those that need it, to live a reasonable standard if living not a lavish one!
More money gets paid out on the welfare state than is taken in by income tax, I know that there are cases that some NEED the benefits, most WANT the benefits, the system is flawed just like the morales of those that take the hand out, that could quite easily work and earn there money!
Makes me sick!!!! I work full time, and take home £1800 on average a month, simple maths £450 a week. People wingding that benefits are not cash in hand, goes on rent ect. Guess what my hard earned wage isn't cash in hand to spend either, I still have to pay rent, council tax, insurance. Wages paid into bank and quickly taken out again! The only unsustainable thing is the amount of Benefits being paid out, these payments should be to allow those that need it, to live a reasonable standard if living not a lavish one! More money gets paid out on the welfare state than is taken in by income tax, I know that there are cases that some NEED the benefits, most WANT the benefits, the system is flawed just like the morales of those that take the hand out, that could quite easily work and earn there money! screw_your_loaf

11:05pm Mon 28 Jan 13

lollie,erith says...

this country could cut benefits all they like but it wont make a great deal of difference as there are people who have bled the country dry using ID theft on a massive scale.
this country could cut benefits all they like but it wont make a great deal of difference as there are people who have bled the country dry using ID theft on a massive scale. lollie,erith

11:14pm Mon 28 Jan 13

RoisinR says...

lollie,erith wrote:
this country could cut benefits all they like but it wont make a great deal of difference as there are people who have bled the country dry using ID theft on a massive scale.
I assume lollie that ur referring to Mps expenses & the bloated salaries & pension benefits of local Cllrs?
No?
Why not?
They have & are still bleeding us dry.

And If u keep cutting benefits & entitlements(having paid in National Insurance) more people will die(over 70 people a day who have been assessed fit for work by ATOS)
[quote][p][bold]lollie,erith[/bold] wrote: this country could cut benefits all they like but it wont make a great deal of difference as there are people who have bled the country dry using ID theft on a massive scale.[/p][/quote]I assume lollie that ur referring to Mps expenses & the bloated salaries & pension benefits of local Cllrs? No? Why not? They have & are still bleeding us dry. And If u keep cutting benefits & entitlements(having paid in National Insurance) more people will die(over 70 people a day who have been assessed fit for work by ATOS) RoisinR

3:02am Tue 29 Jan 13

toomush2drink says...

Dont even try to defend benefits, bring on the cuts i say because all the people that have actually contributed to it arent entitled to it anyway.

When my business failed i wasnt entitled to anything because i own a property and had equity,I was told to sell my home so i had some money !.

I work all my life,employ people (employment may be a strange word for those on benefits so i understand if you havent heard of it !) and then i get no help when i need it.
For others its a career option !

How about benefits are only payable to those that have contributed to it in the first place, Lets say 5 years ?
That would stop the immigrants and hoodrats from seeing it as a way of life for starters.

Its easy to slag off the tories but lets not forget what labour did,lets start with gold.
Yes gold is at an all time high and good old mr Brown sold all ours off cheap.
That stupid decision alone cost britain 11 BILLION, far more than the cuts will save.

It doesnt matter who you vote for the government gets in,they are all as bad as each other.

The benefits systems needs a complete overhaul so bring it on.
Dont even try to defend benefits, bring on the cuts i say because all the people that have actually contributed to it arent entitled to it anyway. When my business failed i wasnt entitled to anything because i own a property and had equity,I was told to sell my home so i had some money !. I work all my life,employ people (employment may be a strange word for those on benefits so i understand if you havent heard of it !) and then i get no help when i need it. For others its a career option ! How about benefits are only payable to those that have contributed to it in the first place, Lets say 5 years ? That would stop the immigrants and hoodrats from seeing it as a way of life for starters. Its easy to slag off the tories but lets not forget what labour did,lets start with gold. Yes gold is at an all time high and good old mr Brown sold all ours off cheap. That stupid decision alone cost britain 11 BILLION, far more than the cuts will save. It doesnt matter who you vote for the government gets in,they are all as bad as each other. The benefits systems needs a complete overhaul so bring it on. toomush2drink

8:53am Tue 29 Jan 13

PaulErith says...

RoisinR wrote:
Disgraceful politically motivated Tory attack upon the poor,sick & disabled. Most people with any common sense wiull know that most of the weekly £500 goes on the rocketting rents to private landlords(no doubt Tory voters) & not into families pockets. For the first time since 1931 a Govt is taking food out of the mouths of children & damaging their life chances. These extreme right wing proposals that declare war on the most vulnerable will lead to evictions,ill health & damaged lives. Well Done Broken Britain,& Broken Bromley
Get real! An awful lot of people who are working full time do not earn £500 a week. What's disgraceful is that people can have children that they can't afford, and the government happily gives them £500 a week. It's YOUR views that sum up broken Britain - i.e. this disgraceful benefits culture.
[quote][p][bold]RoisinR[/bold] wrote: Disgraceful politically motivated Tory attack upon the poor,sick & disabled. Most people with any common sense wiull know that most of the weekly £500 goes on the rocketting rents to private landlords(no doubt Tory voters) & not into families pockets. For the first time since 1931 a Govt is taking food out of the mouths of children & damaging their life chances. These extreme right wing proposals that declare war on the most vulnerable will lead to evictions,ill health & damaged lives. Well Done Broken Britain,& Broken Bromley[/p][/quote]Get real! An awful lot of people who are working full time do not earn £500 a week. What's disgraceful is that people can have children that they can't afford, and the government happily gives them £500 a week. It's YOUR views that sum up broken Britain - i.e. this disgraceful benefits culture. PaulErith

9:51am Tue 29 Jan 13

the wall says...

Iwasntalwaysgreen wrote:
LOL thanks for the sensible feedback - as it happens I did get work, but that stopped when the company closed. I tried being self-employed, retraining, and online applications, but they all came to nothing. In terms of children, I had been married but left because of domestic abuse when pregnant with my fourth... Well it happened to be the DHSS when I was dealing with it....have a nice day...
DHSS - 1988 the department was split into a separate Department of Health and the Department of Social Security.

So when was the last time you had a job?
[quote][p][bold]Iwasntalwaysgreen[/bold] wrote: LOL thanks for the sensible feedback - as it happens I did get work, but that stopped when the company closed. I tried being self-employed, retraining, and online applications, but they all came to nothing. In terms of children, I had been married but left because of domestic abuse when pregnant with my fourth... Well it happened to be the DHSS when I was dealing with it....have a nice day...[/p][/quote]DHSS - 1988 the department was split into a separate Department of Health and the Department of Social Security. So when was the last time you had a job? the wall

10:37am Tue 29 Jan 13

Gypo.Joe says...

I made two comments yesterday along the lines of 'if you cant afford kids don't have them' and the comments get removed.
I need a little poetic license here if you please.

:)
I made two comments yesterday along the lines of 'if you cant afford kids don't have them' and the comments get removed. I need a little poetic license here if you please. :) Gypo.Joe

1:55pm Tue 29 Jan 13

concerned.erith says...

I've worked since I was 16 and have only every been unemployed for 3 months during the past 30 years.

Why should I support you if you can't be bothered to get up off your lazy ar$e and work.

There is such a thing as voluntary or community work - after all why should we pay you to sit at home doing nothing. Get out and do something. I don't clear 500 a week - more like 400 and I have to pay all of my bills - yet the poor hard done by scroungers bleat about being capped at 500!

DISGUSTING
I've worked since I was 16 and have only every been unemployed for 3 months during the past 30 years. Why should I support you if you can't be bothered to get up off your lazy ar$e and work. There is such a thing as voluntary or community work - after all why should we pay you to sit at home doing nothing. Get out and do something. I don't clear 500 a week - more like 400 and I have to pay all of my bills - yet the poor hard done by scroungers bleat about being capped at 500! DISGUSTING concerned.erith

2:19pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Eagles_Man says...

RoisinR wrote:
Disgraceful politically motivated Tory attack upon the poor,sick & disabled.
Most people with any common sense wiull know that most of the weekly £500 goes on the rocketting rents to private landlords(no doubt Tory voters) & not into families pockets.
For the first time since 1931 a Govt is taking food out of the mouths of children & damaging their life chances. These extreme right wing proposals that declare war on the most vulnerable will lead to evictions,ill health & damaged lives. Well Done Broken Britain,& Broken Bromley
Even after the 'cuts' that's £26k per year. For doing nothing. And your problem is ...?

And just where are you living to be paying anything remotely near £500 pw rent?

Or did you mean per month - what did you get in your Maths GCSE?
[quote][p][bold]RoisinR[/bold] wrote: Disgraceful politically motivated Tory attack upon the poor,sick & disabled. Most people with any common sense wiull know that most of the weekly £500 goes on the rocketting rents to private landlords(no doubt Tory voters) & not into families pockets. For the first time since 1931 a Govt is taking food out of the mouths of children & damaging their life chances. These extreme right wing proposals that declare war on the most vulnerable will lead to evictions,ill health & damaged lives. Well Done Broken Britain,& Broken Bromley[/p][/quote]Even after the 'cuts' that's £26k per year. For doing nothing. And your problem is ...? And just where are you living to be paying anything remotely near £500 pw rent? Or did you mean per month - what did you get in your Maths GCSE? Eagles_Man

2:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Eagles_Man says...

Iwasntalwaysgreen wrote:
Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....
So you had 'a row with the woman in the DHS' ... which achieved what exactly?

Haranguing a woman who was just doing her job (which involves helping you, by the way)?

Perhaps a change of attitude would do more to improve your prospects.
[quote][p][bold]Iwasntalwaysgreen[/bold] wrote: Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....[/p][/quote]So you had 'a row with the woman in the DHS' ... which achieved what exactly? Haranguing a woman who was just doing her job (which involves helping you, by the way)? Perhaps a change of attitude would do more to improve your prospects. Eagles_Man

3:25pm Tue 29 Jan 13

PaulErith says...

Iwasntalwaysgreen wrote:
Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....
Why have three children if you can't afford to support them? There's plenty of people in good jobs that put off having children until a time when they have saved enough money or are earning enough to afford it. Nobody should have a god given right to have children and expect the state to support them!
[quote][p][bold]Iwasntalwaysgreen[/bold] wrote: Just read this......What annoys me is that the £500 they quote is NOT cash in hand, as people seem to think...you only get what's left (after they 'take off' your council tax, income tax Nationl Insurance, etc) so your cash in hand is a minimal amount of this quoted figure, which looks as if you are living the life of Riley on benefits...as I am sure you know. I remember having a row with the woman in the DHS, who told me I was getting about £600 a month- with three children at home - I told her I wasn't interested in that sum, what made the difference to me was the money i was able to use.....Terrible, the way they manipulate the public mind in this.....[/p][/quote]Why have three children if you can't afford to support them? There's plenty of people in good jobs that put off having children until a time when they have saved enough money or are earning enough to afford it. Nobody should have a god given right to have children and expect the state to support them! PaulErith

3:54pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Dartbored says...

Iwasntalwaysgreen wrote:
LOL thanks for the sensible feedback - as it happens I did get work, but that stopped when the company closed. I tried being self-employed, retraining, and online applications, but they all came to nothing. In terms of children, I had been married but left because of domestic abuse when pregnant with my fourth... Well it happened to be the DHSS when I was dealing with it....have a nice day...
I’m going to be controversial.

You say you were married, but left when you were pregnant with your fourth due to domestic abuse? From my experience of domestic abuse, rarely does it just start overnight. So did you decide to have a fourth child with someone who you knew beat you up? Or did you have a child with someone you hardly knew? Either way you made a very, very poor decision.

That sounds harsh, I realise, but as I get older I realise that there is a swathe of the population in this country who do not possess the ability to make responsible decisions for themselves. For them, everything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault. Only last week, there was a story in a local paper of a family living in a council flat who were moaning because they’d decided to have a fifth child and the council wouldn’t provide a bigger house for them.

Neither of them worked and hadn’t for some years (which of course, was everyone else’s fault as well) yet they decided to have a FIFTH child. It’s absurd, absolutely insane. These people have spent years just crashing through their lives, from problem to problem and it is us – the mugs who go out to work – that have to dig deeper and deeper in our pockets to fund these poor, poor decisions.

So personally, I think it is about time that a cap was introduced. It is about time that “not working” is not seen as an acceptable lifestyle choice. It is about time that the benefit system is there as a safety net and helps those that truly fall on hard times, not the feckless idiots who think that the government will just keep bailing them out ad infinitum.
[quote][p][bold]Iwasntalwaysgreen[/bold] wrote: LOL thanks for the sensible feedback - as it happens I did get work, but that stopped when the company closed. I tried being self-employed, retraining, and online applications, but they all came to nothing. In terms of children, I had been married but left because of domestic abuse when pregnant with my fourth... Well it happened to be the DHSS when I was dealing with it....have a nice day...[/p][/quote]I’m going to be controversial. You say you were married, but left when you were pregnant with your fourth due to domestic abuse? From my experience of domestic abuse, rarely does it just start overnight. So did you decide to have a fourth child with someone who you knew beat you up? Or did you have a child with someone you hardly knew? Either way you made a very, very poor decision. That sounds harsh, I realise, but as I get older I realise that there is a swathe of the population in this country who do not possess the ability to make responsible decisions for themselves. For them, everything that goes wrong is someone else’s fault. Only last week, there was a story in a local paper of a family living in a council flat who were moaning because they’d decided to have a fifth child and the council wouldn’t provide a bigger house for them. Neither of them worked and hadn’t for some years (which of course, was everyone else’s fault as well) yet they decided to have a FIFTH child. It’s absurd, absolutely insane. These people have spent years just crashing through their lives, from problem to problem and it is us – the mugs who go out to work – that have to dig deeper and deeper in our pockets to fund these poor, poor decisions. So personally, I think it is about time that a cap was introduced. It is about time that “not working” is not seen as an acceptable lifestyle choice. It is about time that the benefit system is there as a safety net and helps those that truly fall on hard times, not the feckless idiots who think that the government will just keep bailing them out ad infinitum. Dartbored

4:41pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Mike Honcho says...

Bring back the workhouse. You'd soon see the work shy scroungers find a job then. This country has got far too soft.
Bring back the workhouse. You'd soon see the work shy scroungers find a job then. This country has got far too soft. Mike Honcho

6:59pm Tue 29 Jan 13

lollie,erith says...

RoisinR i wasnt referring to politicians. there are people who are making millions out of ID theft and its only by error or someone grassing that the DWP find out about it. I also think a lot of genuine people in need will suffer but i dont agree with those having one child after the other and expecting to stay on social. Its not only just those with children as discussed here, but there are plenty of single people who are on sickness benefit as they are on drugs or alcoholics being given more money!!!
RoisinR i wasnt referring to politicians. there are people who are making millions out of ID theft and its only by error or someone grassing that the DWP find out about it. I also think a lot of genuine people in need will suffer but i dont agree with those having one child after the other and expecting to stay on social. Its not only just those with children as discussed here, but there are plenty of single people who are on sickness benefit as they are on drugs or alcoholics being given more money!!! lollie,erith

7:53pm Tue 29 Jan 13

bizzymum says...

lollie,erith wrote:
RoisinR i wasnt referring to politicians. there are people who are making millions out of ID theft and its only by error or someone grassing that the DWP find out about it. I also think a lot of genuine people in need will suffer but i dont agree with those having one child after the other and expecting to stay on social. Its not only just those with children as discussed here, but there are plenty of single people who are on sickness benefit as they are on drugs or alcoholics being given more money!!!
And please don't forget the really chubby people and all their associated health problems. An extra tax on pizza delivery could well mean this country avoids triple dip recession.

Drivers, boozers and smokers are all taxed to the hilt but most still go to work.
[quote][p][bold]lollie,erith[/bold] wrote: RoisinR i wasnt referring to politicians. there are people who are making millions out of ID theft and its only by error or someone grassing that the DWP find out about it. I also think a lot of genuine people in need will suffer but i dont agree with those having one child after the other and expecting to stay on social. Its not only just those with children as discussed here, but there are plenty of single people who are on sickness benefit as they are on drugs or alcoholics being given more money!!![/p][/quote]And please don't forget the really chubby people and all their associated health problems. An extra tax on pizza delivery could well mean this country avoids triple dip recession. Drivers, boozers and smokers are all taxed to the hilt but most still go to work. bizzymum

2:06pm Fri 1 Feb 13

pamela8 says...

People,please before you go for yet another ride on the Tory Propaganda Pony...Take into account the thousands that have lost their jobs recently,Hmv,Jessops
,Comet,Block busters,These people now have to go through the indignity of the mental cruelty merry go round that is the so Called Job Center to apply for benefits of which they are 100% entitled to after having paid into a corrupt system with tax and inssurance for years .now its more likened to Nazi Headquaters...I agree there are some people that have not tried to work in the past etc..There is a problem thereBut in that case the Government needs to deal with THAT problem..And I know it makes people angry, but please you don,t need to be calling people that are just out of work/looking for work etc scroungers!!getting hand outs!! how is it hand outs when they,ve paid it in and if someone has worked straight for 30/40/50 years then they,ve more than paid it..Concentrate on what is really going to happen...The suicide rate will rise sharply amongst men especially..Imagine that for a second..lost your job..no money .apply. get tre
ated like you are a nothing ..hungry[ benefits do not get processed right away..Then you get ill informed people riding the propaganda pony with stupid name calling.. wise up!!
People,please before you go for yet another ride on the Tory Propaganda Pony...Take into account the thousands that have lost their jobs recently,Hmv,Jessops ,Comet,Block busters,These people now have to go through the indignity of the mental cruelty merry go round that is the so Called Job Center to apply for benefits of which they are 100% entitled to after having paid into a corrupt system with tax and inssurance for years [ remember the days when the job center actually advertised jobs].now its more likened to Nazi Headquaters...I agree there are some people that have not tried to work in the past etc..There is a problem thereBut in that case the Government needs to deal with THAT problem..And I know it makes people angry, but please you don,t need to be calling people that are just out of work/looking for work etc scroungers!!getting hand outs!! how is it hand outs when they,ve paid it in and if someone has worked straight for 30/40/50 years then they,ve more than paid it..Concentrate on what is really going to happen...The suicide rate will rise sharply amongst men especially..Imagine that for a second..lost your job..no money .apply. get tre ated like you are a nothing ..hungry[ benefits do not get processed right away..Then you get ill informed people riding the propaganda pony with stupid name calling.. wise up!! pamela8

2:21pm Fri 1 Feb 13

pamela8 says...

And bear in mind that CAMERON is on a boot licking tour helping the world and his wife...Giving millions to other Countries.When those millions could be used to invest in jobs..so we really need to be asking what is Cameron the Destroyer up to...When the answers are right in front of his rotten face why is he choosing to help others instead of his own citizens....
And bear in mind that CAMERON is on a boot licking tour helping the world and his wife...Giving millions to other Countries.When those millions could be used to invest in jobs..so we really need to be asking what is Cameron the Destroyer up to...When the answers are right in front of his rotten face why is he choosing to help others instead of his own citizens.... pamela8

6:16pm Fri 1 Feb 13

nearly right all the time says...

How many people who gripe about people claiming, are more than happy to dodge VAT,or buy "black market booze and cigarretts; or when a local tradesman calls pays cash, and bilk the
HRMC that way?
How many people who gripe about people claiming, are more than happy to dodge VAT,or buy "black market booze and cigarretts; or when a local tradesman calls pays cash, and bilk the HRMC that way? nearly right all the time

12:35am Sun 3 Feb 13

lollie,erith says...

exactly. because people who walk round with their 'ive got a job' or 'i work' banner, it doesnt mean theyre not fiddling. and some have accountants who know how to work the system. also there are a lot of people who do work part time and claim tax credits that are a larger govt handout than if they were out of work. i do agree that the govt has been too soft and allowed many people to sit on benefits for years. lets not also forget that companies like starbucks have avoided paying millions in taxes whilst chasing ordinary working people for every penny.
exactly. because people who walk round with their 'ive got a job' or 'i work' banner, it doesnt mean theyre not fiddling. and some have accountants who know how to work the system. also there are a lot of people who do work part time and claim tax credits that are a larger govt handout than if they were out of work. i do agree that the govt has been too soft and allowed many people to sit on benefits for years. lets not also forget that companies like starbucks have avoided paying millions in taxes whilst chasing ordinary working people for every penny. lollie,erith

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