Tuesday, 11th December 2012
SINGLE MOTHER CREAMS THE UK WELFARE SYSTEM - Here’s the story of Leanna Broderick, one of the growing number of single mothers in the UK living off benefits handed out by the government from the coffers of the hard working taxpayer.
Leanna Broderick is just 20 years of age and already has two children. Leanna left school at the age of 16 with no qualifications and fell pregnant with her first child by her boyfriend of 23 years of age.
While the couple is not together Leanna, during their relationship, fell pregnant again with their second child. Leanna is now single and living in a brand new apartment in South London and living the high life on state handouts. According to the article I read she receives:
£444.00 in housing benefits per month
£80.00 in council tax benefits per month
£430.00 in child tax credits per month
£132.00 in child benefits per month
£180.00 in single parent benefits per month
£24.00 in milk and vegetable vouchers per month
So Leanna receives a total of £1,290.00 per month in state handouts for her and her children – that’s £15,480.00 per year.
Not a bad income at all for someone with no qualifications and never having worked. What is really disturbing is that this year Leanne openly boasts to the media that each of her children will receive 20 presents each this Christmas; and not just any old presents neither, the list includes:
Ralph Lauren outfits
DVD’s and CD’s
Other Toys and Accessories
On top of that Leanne has told the media that her total spend on gifts this year’s will come out to around £2,000.00 and on top of that she intends keeping some back, around £300.00, so that she can go shopping in the January Sales.
Leanne has openly admitted that she has no intention of working as the minimum wage would not allow her, or her daughters, to continue living a luxury lifestyle.
The full article can be read in this week’s edition of Closer.
So what do you think? Is Leanne a scrounger or just a savvy mother of two who is fully aware how to play the benefits systems?
The welfare system in the UK was set up to help those in need and I personally think we have a moral obligation to do so as a society. However where do we draw the line?
There has been much debate lately over Child Benefits and there are some who are now saying that the benefits should only be awarded to the first two children. Personally I think this is wrong. I don’t see why I, or any other taxpayer, should support someone else’s children. In my view the solution is simple… If you cannot afford to take care of your children then don’t have them. Yes, there is the other side to the coin whereby a family falls upon hard times, such as unemployment, and in these cases child benefit should be awarded. However, for the likes of Leanne I fail to see why the taxpayer should be burdened with her children.
Yes, I have a child and yes I received state benefits for him but I still worked and so did my wife, and we were both contributing to the welfare system by the way of our taxes handsomely. If, at any point, the government had told us that we would no longer receive child benefit I would have been more than happy with the situation. As for the child benefit we received we gave it to a local children’s charity each year.
There are thousands of hard working taxpayers in the UK, and their children, that are not going to see a Christmas anywhere near the level of what Leanne and her children are going to experience. Again, the welfare system does have its place in a civilized society but surely we must draw the line and say this goes beyond our moral obligations. Why can the government simply not put a cap on child benefit, for say, the first child, and then remove this after 18 months if the parents refuse to find work, as is the case of Leanne?
What I find most disturbing here is the fact that Leanne is actually quite proud of how she maintains her lifestyle, and in fact has sufficient cash to spare to still go out clubbing and engage in other entertainment activities; all on the generosity of the UK Taxpayer. Again, I do feel there is a real need for the welfare system but I fail to see how the likes of Leanne and others who continuously rape the welfare system simply because they are too lazy to work like the rest of us.