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08/09/2008 at 21:55
Not being funny girls, but the way the system works in this country is disgusting.
You'll only have a good lifestyle in this country if you are either 1). Rich or 2). an Asylum seeker.
I'm looking at moving to Australia, at least out there you can quite comfortably live on £25K a year, and have a big house with a pool, and no-one looks down their nose at you if you leave work 'on time' to spend time with your family (why stay on if you're not getting paid for it? That's my attitude now!)
I'm going back to work for two days a week, my little one, Lara, is going to nursery for two mornings (she still hasn;'t settled in and it's so upsetting for both of us), and my mum and mum-in-law are going to have her in the afternoons.
I worked out I would actually be worse off if I went back full-time, as I would have to put Lara in nursery full-time, which would cost around £900 a month. As it is, after paying nursery fees I'm not going to have much left at all, so I'm hoping the tax credits will help, but after reading your replies, I'm not banking on it!
It seems we are damned if we do, and damned if we don't (go out to work). Either way we're all skint, it sucks.
08/09/2008 at 22:10
Just to add a little extra here my mum is now sole carer for chan(or tilly as now called)and she still wont get her benefit paid as social services cant find the details to release it to my mum,also my mum is about to loose the benefit entitlement for my younger brother and sister,somthing to do with the new school leaving age but they both only have a few yrs left anyway.
The real big laugh of it is that my mum had to attend a back to wrk interview with the job centre who told her that by the time chan is 7yrs old they expect her to be back at work(she's in security)and by then she will be 55yrs old and no way not a hope in hell of going back on the night club doors. They said if she dont sh wont get any more help with benefits,i mean how silly is that.
After i left my job i decided that it was not worth me going back to wrk till riley was in full-time school as there is such little out here for a good paid job for such little hrs that i could poss work.
09/09/2008 at 13:51
i get so cross just thinking about the tax credits/benefits system.. i work full time to provide for our family and at the moment we can't afford for shawn to start working as any job he can get wouldn't cover childcare. my mum still works full time, so we can't use her at all for childcare..
when i see people on all these benefits that my taxes pay for, who get their new cars every 3 years and kitchens refitted (that's for incapacity benefit), i just get really angry.. we can't afford to replace our very old car or even think about a mortgage at the moment. and shawn's not entitled to any benefits as he's south african! grr. sorry ranting over!
sometimes i think we'd be better off on benefits with a council house, but i just wouldn't be able to do that and hold my head up.
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