Single Mums – sponging from the state? Or doing the best they can for their chidren given their circumstances?
Where the government is prepared to give financial help to anyone, there will always be people who take advantage. However, I don’t know how anyone thinks they can take advantage by choosing to live off £60 a week when working would get tham a whole lot more, give them something to do and lead to better, more well paid jobs in the future. I myself would choose the latter and so I have never been able to understand the stereotype of drug addicts on the dole to pay for their habit – how much money do they actually have to live on? They must have the most miserable lives.
I have a child. I am a smart person. I did not have my child in order to receive any moneys available, I had my child despite knowing I would probably struggle at times. Currently, I am training to be an accountant and I am receiving help to make that happen, so that I can get a job which is going to be permanent. I myself detest living off benefits. I detest even more the vicious cycle of poverty which it creates. In order to receive any help you are not allowed to have a certian amount of savings, this in itself creates no way out. Another option, particularly for much less skilled people, is to accept a low wage, temporary or part-time position. Thankfully, people like myself can receive help with training so that we can find a way out of this cycle into reasonable jobs and give money back by way of income tax rather than spending our lives having the government pay our way.
Since my son was born, I’ve always received at least a little financial help, which has always been different depending on the circumstances I find myself in. I could live by my own means, it would be very difficult but doable, but when there is help offered to me in order to give my son a better upbringing, I am more than grateful. So grateful in fact that I whole heartedly plan to give back everything I have received as soon as I find myself in a position to do so. But not to the government. I would like to put the money back into projects designed to help single mums and the hardships they face in their everyday lives. I suppose this is indirectly giving it back to the government, but at least this way I will know that the money is definately doing a whole lot of good.
So, young single mum knocked up at the age of 17, sponging from the state? Or a mother finding herself in difficult circumstances, accepting the little help available in order to build a better future? Discuss. I welcome your comments, be they criticism or praise.