As a childless couple, we welcome the changes to the benefit system

By Nina Steele 

As a tax paying childless couple, we get naturally frustrated whenever we hear stories of people who refuse to work and choose instead to abuse the system. Particularly those who keep having children, in order to claim more in child benefit.

As it currently stands, anyone with children under the age of 16 can claim child benefit. Payments work out at £20.70 a week for the first child and £13.70 for all additional children. The system was of course meant to help parents toward the cost of raising their children, unfortunately many unscrupulous people have chosen to abuse it.

There have been many reported cases of people shamelessly abusing the system with one of the most high profile ones being that of Mick Philpott. He had 17 children by 5 different women and according to media reports, was receiving as much as £60,000 a year in benefit.

Thankfully, among the changes to the system, has been the introduction of a cap, where a household can only claim up to £26,0000 a year in benefit. Since those radical changes came into effect just over 2 years ago, it is estimated that it has forced over 20,000 people into work.

Liz Jones, the Daily Mail columnist, and a fellow childless person, expressed some of the sentiments that we as a couple share, in a recent article. It turns out that this is one of the reasons that made her vote conservative at this year’s general election.

In addition to the obvious abuse of the system, what does it say about the parenting skills of the people at the centre of such behaviours? If anyone can make the decision to have children just so they can use them as cash cows, what prospects have those children got? We often hear of generations of the same family who have never worked and the thought of any child being brought up in such a toxic environment is enough to make most people want change.

Yes we do not have children of our own, but we do understand that bad parenting impact society as a whole, not just the parents themselves. Children born into toxic families are more likely to end up as criminals and anyone can become their victim.

It is generally accepted that the benefit system was in desperate need of a complete overhaul in order to make it less attractive to prospective abusers. And as a couple who feel very strongly about this issue, any political party courageous enough to carry out those changes, gets our support.

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