A Middle Class Confession. I am a rich benefit claimant.

Benefits are only claimed by the poor…this is nonsense.

If you work hard you do not need to claim benefits…this is nonsense.

I work for a local authority earning £22,500 per year. This is just shy of the “magic number” set by Ian Duncan Smith of £25,000.00. So by logical reasoning you would  expect that I as a hardworking man do not receive any benefits. This is not true. I receive a lot and as I work I am not effected by the benefit cap.

My Wages

I take home £1350.00 per month

My Local Housing allowance

I receive £400.00 per month

My child benefit 

I receive £240.00 per month

My child tax credits

I receive £780 every 4 weeks (£845 per month)

Rent from rental property minus costs

£227.00 per month 

So in total my income is £1350 from my wages,  £2724.00 from the property but supplemented by £1485.00 in benefits. This gives me a total of £36744.00 per year. This is over £11000.00 higher then the benefit cap.

My situation is not unusual as a working man with a large family. However as I am more likely to vote, post on mumsnet and other sites the government takes notice of I am not deemed as a sponger.

The middle classes and the over 60’s take more from the government than the unemployed. I am not afraid to admit this but it is vital that is shared. If you are affected by the benefit cap share my story to show these cuts for the tax on the poor to supliment the rich and middle classes that they are.

 

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