Why Work When You Can Get Free £££??

There’s always a story in the press about benefit scroungers and whilst I know I shouldn’t read, I do and then I get myself irate that there are people like that out there.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing wrong with people claiming benefits, if they are in need of them.

I am a firm believer that the benefit system should be there as a last resort, and that everyone should, at some point in their adult life, they should put back in to that pot.

What I do have a problem with are people who blatantly scrounge and are proud of it! In the press this week there’s picture of a couple and their baby, sitting in their lounge, with their 47inch TV in the background and the grabbing headline of “We get £17,680 a year in benefits, buy 40 cigs a day, have a laptop and a home with 47-inch TV.. why work?”

The article goes on to state that this young couple (aged just 21 and 18), spend their days in their 2 bedroom flat in front of their swish TV smoking 40 fags a day all paid by the British Taxpayer!! Yet they think they deserve sympathy because they feel trapped…. Well maybe they should get off their arse and get a job then!

Apparently, the lazy pair cannot get jobs because they cannot live off anything less than their current £1,473 a month benefits. Its called budgeting and cutting out unnecessary expenditure. Does a 4month old reallyneed to have £40 a month spent on clothes for them? No! Ok, so they want the kid to look nice. That’s understandable, we all want our kids to look nice, but there are cheaper ways of doing it! That and the fact she’ll wear it a handful if times and it’ll be too small anyway!

Both left school without qualifications which they seem to also use as an excuse, when frankly, it’s not!

Amazingly, these people were brought up with working parents, and because of this the pair admit the don’t feel guilty for claiming their benefits because their parents have been paying taxes all their working lives. Well excuse me, but don’t you pay your taxes to ensure you get a measly pension when you retire?

There are jobs out there, it’s just people who cannot be bothered to take them as it will mean a cut to their benefits. But surely instilling a good work ethic on your own children is better than teaching them that it’s ok to live on handouts all your life?

I don’t believe that lack of education is an excuse either? If you are claiming benefits then you will also be entitled to help in furthering your education and continuing to learn.

I have worked for half of my life. From the age of 14 I started working. One of my first jobs was a Chamber Maid at a local hotel. I worked every Saturday and Sunday for 4hrs each day. I earnt £40 a week for the privilege of carrying heaving sacks of laundry around, changing beds and scrubbing toilets….but it was MY money! I earned it and it felt good.

I continued working weekends and I started full time work as soon as I left school. At 19, I continues to work full time, whilst I also went to Night School to study. Even after having my eldest 2 children I still continued to work! We took the decision for me to give up work in December 2009. At that point out childcare costs were all of my wages and we were having to find extra money to cover my outgoings and bills.

I’m lucky that I don’t have to work. That my husbands business is doing well and I get up stay home. However, I still feel that need to bring in some money, which is why I set up my own business and will continue to grow that as much as I can with the children at home.

I really do not understand why people would want to flaunt themselves in the press and be proud of the fact that they’re on benefits and are happy to tell the world that they can’t be bothered to get a job….and more importantly, the government continue to let these people get away with it!!! But that’s a whole different rant!!



  1. January 29, 2013 / 10:41 am

    Like you, I have no problem with anyone getting benefits who are in need of them. I think our country is wonderful for the way it takes care of those who genuinely can’t work but seeing people living better than I do and not having to lift a finger really gets my back up. I don’t understand how they can get away with it, especially when they flaunt it in the press like that?
    I’ve only been on benefits twice in my adult life, once for a short while in between jobs when I left school, and on income support when I became a single mum after my first child.
    I hated having to go and sign on and I vowed never to do that again in my life!

    When I lost my last job I decided against claiming benefits and went self employed. It’s been hard the last few years, we’ve been on a very tight budget for the last 4 years and we’re only just starting to feel the belt loosening a little!
    However, we have our self respect and that means more than having a huge, expensive tv!

  2. May 1, 2014 / 12:21 pm

    I really dont understand how they get so much. We sadly are relying on benefits as hubby was made redundant & he is struggling to find work (not for want of looking!). We recieve the very bare minimum, & struggle. Luckily we both have family that help us out by buying bits of shopping etc, otherwise we Would be stuck. We’ve had to give up all luxuries – even down to selling our car. The only thing we have is the Internet, which hubby uses for job search and I use for blogging. It makes me so cross that some get money chucked at them with no intention of looking for work. Grrr

    • May 1, 2014 / 9:49 pm

      I am sorry to hear that Rachel, it must be hard for you. I agree, I too don’t understand how some people get so much and think it is their right to have everything provided for them and then there are people like yourself who don’t get as much help as they should! I hope your husband has some good luck soon in the job department xx

  3. Tracy Hughes
    May 11, 2014 / 12:20 pm

    I totally agree, I was made redundant (for the second time) a few years ago and, because I am single, childless and own my house outright I was only entitled to the minimum of £60something per week and my council tax paid. I couldn’t understand how, having worked since I was 14, and full time since I was 16, I was expected to live on so much less than someone who had never worked. Luckily I eventually found work and am finally getting straight again.

    I do think there needs to be more, much more, regulation with regard to benefits.