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WTH is wrong with the welfare system that it allows something like this? I thought Australia was "generous" but this is ridiculous! :eek:

UK family gets $59,000 a year in benefits

A MOTHER and father with an incredible 14 kids who prove Britain's benefits system has gone bonkers, showering them with a whopping tax-free £36,847 (US$58,815) a year in handouts.

Pregnant Dawn and Sean Cain's huge family, aged 21 years to 19 months, have just enjoyed a very merry Christmas, with every mouthful of their turkey dinner, and every present stuffed under their tree, paid for by taxpayers.

To match their breathtaking haul from the public purse Sean would have to clinch a job paying a gross salary of £51,500 ($82,200). Britain's average salary is just £21,320 ($34,000).

And although he is able, he's definitely not willing.

He and wife Dawn admit their New Year's resolution is never to find work, because no job they'd get in Britain's recession-hit economy will come close to paying the same.

Sean hasn't lifted a finger since 2003 when he took time off to help Dawn handle a problem with the kids. He soon realised he was better off on benefits and has stayed home ever since.

"With the social giving us £700 (US$1,100) a week why should I work for anything less? There's no point me even trying to look for a job. I've got a family of 15 to support," he said.

"People could call us scroungers, but what would they do in the same situation?"

And unlike most of Britain's workforce they're in for a payrise, as Dawn expects child number 15 in April.

The 20-a-day smoker, who has never worked since she became a mother at the age of 18, said, "People expect us to be scruffy and dirty because we're such a big family, but we're not.

"I look after my kids well and make sure we get by. And every Christmas I make sure they get everything they want."

This year, those taxpayer-funded gifts totalled £2,000 ($3,200) and included mobile phones, bikes, scooters, a camcorder, hair straighteners and a Wii games console.


Read more on Sean and Dawn Cain at the News of the World.


http://www.news.com.au/breaking-new...year-in-benefits/story-e6frfku0-1225814032602
 

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Our country has indeed gone bonkers, we welcome anyone and everyone and give them welfare in abundance, and for every genuine case there are 50 spongers who are simply here to take advantage of our "generosity"

These people certainly know how to play the system, then there are people like my family who have worked and paid taxes since we left school at 16 who don't.

Mark my husband got made redundant in April this year and instead of sponging off the state, he went to college to retrain as a gas engineer, using the money he had received as redundancy to pay for the course. He is now on an unpaid job placement where he has to shadow a qualified gas engineer to gain on the job experience so technically he is not available for work so cannot claim job seekers allowance.

So despite working and paying tax for 25 years, and despite getting off his arse and using his own money and initiative to retrain and despite the fact than in another couple of months when his training and exams are complete he will be paying tax again he is entitled to and receives nothing in the way of state benefits.

You can understand why the story that you have highlighted Garth makes me more than a little sick to my stomach!!
 

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Yep you get a hell of alot! I wont tell you what they chuck at me because Logan is ill but the extras I get is in the region of £180 a week to take care of my own baby albeit sick baby! No wonder the country is skint..mind you Im not saying NO either ;)
 
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