Someone said :
but it doesn't mean i'm getting any free money or an easy ride. And I don't think I really should. I simply cannot see why others feel so entitled to all the benefits they get.
Ok, as a parent here who works damn hard in a full time job and has paid taxes for the last 15 odd years, and has never been on any form of social welfare (thank fuck, I'm one of the rare lucky few) but still as a single parent raising two children on my own there is a short fall in what is suppose to be in place for children (what I have paid my taxes to provide) and what is actually there.
I am one of "those" people, I get child benefit, just as every other guardian does, this is my sole "benefit" from the state, I have never in my adult life had a medical card or claimed for rent allowance. A few years ago my son needed braces and I could have waited and gotten them from the state for free, I would have had to wait until he was a lot older to get them, but could have gotten them for free, instead I paid out of pocket as I did not think it would be fair for my child to go through his formative years with a huge under-bite. This cost me â‚¬4,500 that didn't come out of the air but out of my hard earned savings.
As those of you here know, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs, I don't drive unless I have to. My children eat healthily.
But education is expensive and I set aside the child benefit to pay for the shortfall that happens every September (I am not entitled to the back to school payment). And children grow quickly (the teenager grew over half a foot in the last 6 months, that is a lot of clothes) and eat a lot (do any of you remember what you ate when going through those growth spurts..
So where am I milking the system? As I am "those" people who get child benefit for their children.
Just because some people abuse the system does not mean everyone does.
Just because some people can afford every unexpected extra that comes with children doesn't mean everyone can.
There are the vast majority in the middle ground.
I have said it before in this thread, I am all for means testing, but blanket cuts are ridiculous.
And this ends Ery's participation in this thread.