We get £17,680 a year in benefits ... a home with 47-inch TV.. why work?


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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?


#2

From their own story, they aren’t eligible for these benefits. Quitting your job doesn’t get you unemployment benefits. Plus the math doesn’t even add up. This stinks of tabloid journalism…

Oh, it’s The Sun. That’d be why.


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The job seeker Allentown isnt like unemployment in the USA, anyone without a job can get it as long as they are looking for work. Also the math ads up fine, 340 per week x52 = 17680 just what the article says.


#4

I meant the math about what they’re spending. Rent plus television service plus telephone plus food plus water plus 40 cigarettes a day, etc, etc, and it turns out they’re spending more than they take in. The Sun isn’t reputable anyway, so it’s not that big of a leap to assume that at least some of this is made up or unresearched.


#5

they get 1473 a month

the spend 240 on food, 25 on rent, 40 on phone, 80 on tv. Thats only 385 a month. Thats 1088 left for everything else.

The couple’s monthly outgoings are £240 on food, £40 phone bill for their shared Nokia and an £80 payment towards their TV. They spend the same on tobacco as they do on their daughter’s milk and nappies.