Large families hit headlines for all the wrong reasons – again



Today’s Daily Mail is running a story of how more than 190 families in Britain have 10 or more children and claim at least one out of work state benefit.

Not all large families are like this or believe it is their right to be supported by the state.  Most of the large families I know work to support their families.

It’s a shame that the stereotypes are the ones that people remember.

You can read the article here.






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11 thoughts on “Large families hit headlines for all the wrong reasons – again

  1. Totally agree it’s people like this that give big families that do work to support there family a bad name can’t beleve how much my jaw dropped when i read that.

  2. Yep. I mean we have claimed unemployment, when we needed it, but ultimately my husband is always working or looking for work.

    Most of the dole bludging big families I know are between 4 and 7 kids, no higher, so I’m actually a bit suprised at that statistic.

    Did they bother to give a comparison figure based on census results of how many large families do NOT claim benefits?

    1. Actually, I’m quite amazed, properly reading the article, how your unemployment system works. That’s kind of… inviting people not to work!

      In Australia ‘low income earners’ (which is like, 60% of the population by government standards) recieve a supplement payment per child, that means if someone goes from government money to a low income job they still have support. Not ideal, but it is by no means a deterent from working, you’ll still have more money if you’re employed than not. There is a small threshold where you recieve more money by working less, but that is up around the higher values when you risk losing payments, not at the low values where you start working at all. The dole is a set amount whether you’re childless or have 12 children. No wonder people in the UK decide it’s easier not to work, they don’t have to if the dole is that much and based on your children. And if it’s taken away completely when you gain employment, why would you work except for pride. (I mean, we would, but I understand the mentality)

      I doubt a cap will fix the problem, sure it helps the minority large families to work, but what about the families with less kids in the same situation.

      As a side note, that was a rather unfair story and picture they used to illustrate it. Does the UK not have a carers payment for people who cannot work because they are full time carers for their wife or child? My husband almost qualifies for it because of my disability, but we haven’t persued it. Still, if he’s unable to work because she needs care… well whether it’s right or not it’s certainly not bludging by my standards.

  3. I think the government make it so easy for people to claim benefits that they’re only interested in those who do and obviously, according to the media, large families are only that way as to gain more handouts.

    I’d love to know the comparison between a hardworking large family and a handout large family. I’m sure the handouts get more, but surely the satisfaction should be to show your family how to provide and work for a living?

    I guess it depends how you’re brought up too. More people who are brought up on benefits are more than likely to be in the same situations as adults.

    Or maybe that’s just my perception??

    Why can’t they run a good large family story for once!

  4. Hadn’t read this article, but funnily enough,I blogged on this subject.
    I don’t have a problem with people claiming benefits if they need them. Should we return to the workhouse? Should you only be allowed toclaim benefits if you have under a certain number of children? What happens if you alrady have a large family and lose your job?
    We were a family raised on benefits when I was a kid, we are all hardworking productive adults now. What about all the other things taxes are used for-quangos,expenses, etc. At least a family is a good use of tax payers money.Be glad you don’t need them.It is not fun.

    1. I think the issue is not that families claim benefits if they need to. The benefit system was designed to be a safety net if the family provider lost their job, or had an accident and was unable to claim, for example. That is very different to willingly giving up a paid job because there is no incentive to work as claiming benefits provides you with a higher “income”.

      I think the issue is when benefit claiming becomes a long-term lifestyle choice and a right of entitlement, rather than the short-term help it was designed to be.

      Nobody has a “right” to be given a larger house or to have breakfast delivered to them as the family in this article were. To receive such things and then complain that it’s still not enough is unbelievable.

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