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Using benefits to go private

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Madhouse05 Sun 26-Jun-16 21:46:15

Ok, I know this Mum who is receiving 'in work tax credits' and other benefits. She is now using the 'extra' money to send her kid to private school (like 12k a year one). Her lifestyle is not luxurious but she's def not going without (drives a 'desirable' car blah blah).....AIBU to think that if you can use the 'extra cash' for something like this you are not in need of propping up by the state and that this is wasting other tax payers money that could pay for things like the NHS....

sue51 Sun 26-Jun-16 21:47:52

Don't be ridiculous

WibbleWobbleJellyHead Sun 26-Jun-16 21:49:03


DubiousCredentials Sun 26-Jun-16 21:49:11


ilovesooty Sun 26-Jun-16 21:50:02

Oh do go away.

tilder Sun 26-Jun-16 21:51:04


Am sure some will come along in a minute and tell you it's the fault of the Remain camp. Or the Brexit camp.

Froginapan Sun 26-Jun-16 21:51:21

Have a biscuit

HighwayDragon1 Sun 26-Jun-16 21:51:40

It is possible that because she is in benefits her child is entitled to a bursary or hardship fund if the child is academically gifted. Most private schools offer this service now.

sandrabedminster Sun 26-Jun-16 21:52:08

Humm 2/10. And I love a tax credits bitch.

RJnomore1 Sun 26-Jun-16 21:52:12

Is she an immigrant nail bar worker as well?

ilovesooty Sun 26-Jun-16 21:52:45

I'm always surprised at how much people know about mere acquaintances and their benefits.

ghostyslovesheep Sun 26-Jun-16 21:52:46

maybe she's using her PAY to fund the education and the CHILD tax credits to feed her child hmm

or maybe it's all a load of bowellox

Just5minswithDacre Sun 26-Jun-16 21:52:46

Of course she is, love.

And financing a luxury yacht with her child benefit hmm

sooperdooper Sun 26-Jun-16 21:52:48

I blame Trump confused

Try harder OP 1/10 no bites

GreatFuckability Sun 26-Jun-16 21:52:56

she is not getting £12k a year in tax credit that is extra to send her kids to private school. nope. sorry. thats not happening. unless she has 45 children and only one in the private school.

MachiKoro Sun 26-Jun-16 21:53:43

If she's on such a low income, the independent school probably offer a very reduced rate of fees. If her income is so low as to receive tax credits, then she's probably not paying any fees. If her child is very able, why shouldn't they benefit from a top-notch education, that they will then likely use to be a high-earner "prop up the state" and fund the nhs. hmm

AnecdotalEvidence Sun 26-Jun-16 21:54:04

Nope, not buying any of that!

AdrenalineFudge Sun 26-Jun-16 21:54:19

oh really.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 26-Jun-16 21:54:31

She can spend her extra money. How she likes. To be getting"in work" tax credits. She's obviously erm "working".
Keep your snout out and worry about yourself

Just5minswithDacre Sun 26-Jun-16 21:54:50

unless she has 45 children and only one in the private school

Well you would, wouldn't you?

One to keep you in your old age and 44 to clean and skivvy. Makes sense wink

AntiHop Sun 26-Jun-16 21:55:04

biscuit odfod

ThoraGruntwhistle Sun 26-Jun-16 21:55:18

Do you actually know how much people get from tax credits? It isn't enough to fund a luxury lifestyle or private school. Really.

hownottofuckup Sun 26-Jun-16 21:55:22

Possible she gets very generous child maintenance. But then that's the father of the child providing for HIS child in a way he deems appropriate.
So you'd still be talking bollocks either way.

hotdiggedy Sun 26-Jun-16 21:56:07

I bet she goes skiing in the school holidays as well.

Madhouse05 Sun 26-Jun-16 21:57:26

That is genuinely what she says! Thank you for clarifying it's not possible - obv I'm intrigued as to where the hell she is finding it (her work salary def doesn't cover it) but I know that it's not my business so will take a deep breath, smile sweetly and say 'how wonderful'.

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