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Sue Townsend: how the welfare state left me and my kids scouring the streets for pennies
The writer, who died on Thursday, created her teen diarist Adrian Mole while she was a struggling single mother of three. In this Observer article from 1989, she described how the state had left her destitute
We were waiting at the bus stop. "If the conductor asks how old you are, tell him you're four," I instructed my five-year-old son. All I had in my purse was 11 pence. Enough for my fare into town but not his half fare.
Throughout the journey he asked in a voice that could cut through limestone: "Am I four or five?"
Nobody goes to a DSS office to ask for state benefits if they are well and happy and employed. Nobody needs to.
It all started with Paul Keating signing a certain document here in Australia selling us out.
reply to post by cuckooold
I dont know how many times i have got on a bus in the last few years and not had the sufficient fare for both myself and child. Truth be told i didn't start paying for her until she turned seven. The thing with state benefits is they will marginally cover your food and rent but at the expense of you being able to provide proper electricity and gas for your household. Never mind the notion of being able to also afford travel cost!
Same problem exists with minimum wage monkey jobs, there is simply not enough cash to go round and it's not like anything is becoming cheaper!
What happened to a fair days work for a fair days pay?
edit on 16-4-2014 by andy06shake because: (no reason given)