"I simply take what is given to me."
It is not the single mum who is at fault, its the system which is far too PC, in nearly every budget the mantra is tax the rich and give to the poor. What is the use of having a booming economy if all you do is let in more econ- migrants, the dole queues will not be shortened. Target the bottom feeders, make them work for the money, close down internet sites promoting loopholes. Make one of the islands in Scotland a holding center for asylum seekers. Make all EU workers pay private medical insurance for the first 12 months.A Polish recruitment agent, Iwona Dilinskas, is quoted.
In Poland, she says, child benefit is £10 a month for three children. There is no working tax credit or child tax credit. If she were British, she says "I'd probably not want to work more than 16 hours a week. What for? If I work 16 hours or less, they pay 80pc of my rent [as housing benefit]. And all my council tax. I get working tax credit, child tax credit, child benefit. So, to be honest - why work?"
The quality of the British debate is so poor that we almost never look at this from the point of view of the low-waged worker. After every budget, the IFS will dutifully work out if it has been "fair" - ie, gives the most to the poorest. The LibDems will judge a budget by this metric. That's a nice, easy, simple graph.