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?
By JANE ATKINSON
Published: 27th January 2013
A SKIVING couple told last night how they claim £17,680 a year in benefits — and don’t even bother looking for work because it would leave them worse off.
Danny Creamer, 21, and Gina Allan, 18, spend each day watching their 47in flatscreen TV and smoking 40 cigarettes between them in their comfy two-bedroom flat.
It is all funded by the taxpayer, yet the couple say they deserve sympathy because they are “trapped”.
They even claim they are entitled to their generous handouts because their hard-working parents have been paying tax for years.
The couple, who have a four-month-old daughter Tullulah-Rose, say they can’t go out to work as they could not survive on less than their £1,473-a-month benefits.
The pair left school with no qualifications, and say there is no point looking for jobs because they will never be able to earn as much as they get in handouts.
No shortage of themes here: dependence mentality; schools that don’t teach skills necessary in the real world; parents who failed to impart personal responsibility; and/or young “adults” who failed/refused to learn responsibility and necessary work ethic and skills. This story is in the UK, but is it really substantially better or different here in the US?