This family are believed to be getting about £45,000 a year in benefits. Neither of the parents work. The council has joined two flats together to provide them with a seven bedroom home at a suggested cost of £150,000.
The average wage is about £25,000 p.a. Surely it is wrong for someone to receive more in benefits than they can be expected to earn? I thought that there was a cap on the maximum you could receive in benefits now. Is that not the case?
The welfare state was meant to be safety net for people who suffered misfortune. But if you can get £45,000 a year just by having lots of children isn’t that abusing it?
There is also the question of climate change and the worlds limited resources. The best way to reduce your CO2 emissions is don’t have children.
Now I’m not suggesting we should stop people having children. It’s a free country after all. But wouldn’t it make sense to only pay benefits for the first two children? If you choose to have more, they’re your kids so you provide for them.