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To think people who talk about benefit claimaints negatively, but claim Working Tax credits (as do 9 out of ten families with children) are hypocrites

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harrietanderson Tue 30-Sep-08 13:36:26

People who talk about benefit claimants and scroungers negatively, but chances are they are claiming Working tax credits themselves are hypocrites.
9 out of 10 families with children qualify for this state benefit but still don't consider themselves to be state/taxpayer supported when in fact they are!

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 13:38:06

the difference is that they are working, harriet.

MadameCastafiore Tue 30-Sep-08 13:38:19

Ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh are you a journalist?

MrsMattie Tue 30-Sep-08 13:38:24

I see where you're coming from (I hate all this benefit bashing that goes on) but you must see that there is a big difference between getting some small financial help when you work and pay for childcare... and getting income support/housing benefit...?

FAQ Tue 30-Sep-08 13:38:44

very true expat.

edam Tue 30-Sep-08 13:40:28

9/10? Wow.

Agree with you that it is hypocritical. Yes, they may well be working but that doesn't give anyone the right to look down on anyone else.

Whether you work/don't work/have a trust fund, no-one should use money as a reason to despise others.

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 13:40:51

aside from the fact that it's an interesting troll first post, FAQ wink hmm.

Charlee Tue 30-Sep-08 13:40:54

Its ok IMO if they are working and its being topped up as they are still doing thier part to support themselves/family, but i get pissed of with families where no one workes and all thier imcome is benifits, unless of course there is a good reason i.e disabillity why they can't get a job.

policywonk Tue 30-Sep-08 13:41:21

So it's a deserving poor/undeserving poor split is it? How very nineteenth century hmm

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 30-Sep-08 13:41:24

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expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 13:41:58

yeah, 9 out of 10 families with children are making the £15000 or under threshhold for WTC, edam. hmm

i was suprised at that stat, too.

fanjolina Tue 30-Sep-08 13:42:02

errmmm...there are lots of things that are state benefits - NHS, schools etc. Everyone benefits from the state.

However some people contribute back to the state and others don't - and that is the root of negative views

FAQ Tue 30-Sep-08 13:42:31

aha - thanks for pointing that out Expat - I'm supposed to be heading upstairs to make it accessible for the estate agent when they come to do the valuation on Friday - and I would probably have been dragged into a debate if you hadn't pointed it out [grin[

AMumInScotland Tue 30-Sep-08 13:42:32

I'd agree with the others on here - there's a difference between "living on benefits" and getting a topup to enable you to work. Not that I think people whose circumstances mean they have to live on benefits are automatically scroungers either, there are many reasons why people are in that situation.

electra Tue 30-Sep-08 13:42:59

Harriet, I agree. But anyone who looks down on those who claim benefits have an unhealthy attitude, anyway imo.

harrietanderson Tue 30-Sep-08 13:43:22

They may be working, but they are not entirely self supporting/providing.
It was the benefit bashing on another thread which made me think of this - a real pet peeve of mine.
I do see the difference but they are still benefit claimants in my opinion as they are getting something.
I know one particular woman (she and her husband both work)and she is always slating benefit claimants, but she and her husband receive money because they have three children, childcare costs etc.

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 13:43:23

Welcome to MN, harriet.

I see you just joined us and this is your very first post.


expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 13:43:23

Welcome to MN, harriet.

I see you just joined us and this is your very first post.


TheCrackFox Tue 30-Sep-08 13:43:39

I don't think the OP is a troll but a journo with a tight deadline.

I am too busy getting on with my life to ave these kind of judgements about other parents anyway. 9/10 parents feel the same way, apparently.

daftpunk Tue 30-Sep-08 13:44:53

i think the clue is in the title... "working" tax credit.

Tortington Tue 30-Sep-08 13:45:03

its when there is no effort to work or be educated or seek further opportunities.

its when it is a lifestyle to be on benefits.

if someone works and gets working tax credit - good for them

i am glad my tax pays for that huzzah for the welfare system

electra Tue 30-Sep-08 13:45:34

It's not fair to assume someone is a troll just because their first post is on a controversial topic.

georgimama Tue 30-Sep-08 13:45:59

As I understand it, working tax credits etc are in effect the replacement for the married couples' tax allowance and transferable tax allowances, so they aren't really benefits at all, they are rebates of tax that the recipient (or their partner) has already paid. That is a bit different from receiving benefits without ever actually contributing in the first place (and no, I don't think that is an accurate description of all benefits recipients, but definitely of some).

expatinscotland Tue 30-Sep-08 13:46:24

and the other key is '9 out of 10 families with children' qualify for it.

wow. that's a whole hell of a lot of low income families out there.

most of the UK, in fact.

earning £15,000/pa or less.


policywonk Tue 30-Sep-08 13:46:45

'there's a difference between "living on benefits" and getting a topup to enable you to work.'

Assuming that the person who is 'living on benefits' is unable to work/unable to get a job, what is the difference, exactly?

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