2 bits of anecdotal evidence:
1) I'm ashamed to say that in my own family there is 1 particular lot who have always lived in council houses.
My grandmother had no choice, her husband died and she had to bring up the kids herself, she worked multiple jobs and just couldn't afford everthing.
This is I think what benefits are for.
One of her sons got a council house as soon as he could, and although he and his wife both worked they remained in council housing all of their
2 of their 3 children now live in council houses and have never worked, they live entriely off benefits, the girl has 6 kids to 5 different men but
has never been married, she's 44 now and her kids are also now living in council houses.
It breeds a kind of culture that this is your life choice and they expect to get it and live for free or rather off the back of the hard work of
Makes my blood boil.
2) Where I'm living now I know a lad who's 19. He lives at home with his parents and is going to college about 10 miles away.
Because of how much his parents earn (and they're not rich or anything) he gets no help at all with the costs.
He has to pay for the course and he has to pay for the transport, etc.
On his course is a girl who also lives in our village. She is 18 and a single mother. She lives in a brand new very nice flat paid for by the
She also gets benefits and child benefits worth around £1300 per month - that's AFTER her rents been paid for her.
She also gets the college course for free, and all of her transport etc paid too.
I do not think this is what benefits are for.
Successive governments have made it too easy to decide not to work, and those that aren't working get far too much money.
They should not be able to afford cars, holidays, etc, etc, etc.
State help should be to make sure you have a roof over your head and food on the table - not to live as well as, or even better than, those who
dilligently go to work.
It's not Camerons fault, it's mainly been Labour who've led us to this in their attempt to buy votes.
PS - he's saying housing benefits cost £2 billion per year - the blinking Olympics are set to cost us £24 billion - the first thing they should have
done was to scrap that scam.
edit on 25-6-2012 by Power_Semi because: (no reason given)