January 23rd, 2012

Letter to the Bish

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

Dear Bishop of Ripon,

My dad earns around £26,000 a year. He has worked all his life since the age of 18 and has never claimed any benefits. He has paid tax every month since August 1978, he has paid National Insurance for the same amount of time. Our Mum gave up work when we were born so our Mum and Dad could give us the best start in life, nurture us and bring us up to be loving and giving. We, too, intend to get jobs and spend our lives paying taxes and National Insurance.

As a result of our parents’ decisions, they spent 2o years in debt. We never had a foreign holiday, our cars were always between 8 and 15 years old. We did not qualify for the free money that the government gave for staying at school to our friends whose parent’s were claiming benefits even though they had cars which were only 2 or 3 years old and went abroad 3 times a year.

Out of our Dad’s £26,000, or whatever is left after all his taxes are paid, he has to pay for our house because our parents thought buying a house was the best thing for the future, even though they were ripped off by greedy men who told them to pay something called an endowment which would pay off their mortgage after 30 years and leave them with a nest egg. They won’t have a nest egg and will have to find many thousands of pounds because their endowments were worthless despite what the greedy men told them. They were told this was what was called ‘tough shit’ and they couldn’t do anything about it.

What is left from this £26,000, minus the taxes, and the mortgage is what we have to live on. Our parents are paying towards our university education because they want us to have a good job to be able to pay our taxes and they don’t want us to have as much debt as the government wants us to have. They said this was the responsible thing to do, though we have been told that if we do not want to do this and want to get pregnant and not work we can have even more than £26,000 if you have your way.

We heard on the radio that if the government stop all the families who claim all this free money which is the equivalent of £35,000 for anyone who pays taxes, then this will mean children will starve because it penalises children. We were sad about this but wondered whether not working penalised children even more. We know some friends at school who earn more than our dad but lots of them earn less and we have never seen any of the children at school whose families earn as much as £26,000 begging for food. We aren’t the best mathematicians but we do find it strange that most people who work get about £25,000 a year but families who don’t work can get £35,000 or more if they ‘bang a few sprogs out’, as dad likes to say.

It is really good that you want to give more free money away because you feel that families cannot survive on such meagre rations, so if that is the case can you please see your way clear to stop the government making my Dad’s £26,000 – minus taxes – stretch even less with inflation, wage cuts and pay freezes, and once you have done that, can he have some free money to put his income on a par with families who don’t work. Because it seems a bit unfair to say that familes who don’t work have starving children on £26,000 but families who do work’s children aren’t starving.

Thank you.

With love,

The Weeklings

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  1. Oi says:

    Nice one. The last sentence has me a bit confused though…..

    January 24th, 2012 at 03:40

  2. Brother Random says:

    I particularly love the way that the Lords want child benefit excluded from the cap. In effect endorsing pregnancy specifically for the purposes from claiming more benefit cash. It could only be more firmly approved if the queen herself put the Royal Stamp of Approval on it personally.

    I guess it comes down to votes, if you cap child benefit payouts then the lazy scumbag class might actually vote against you in it’s hordes.

    January 24th, 2012 at 07:52

  3. joe says:

    Like it, really good statement of what’s wrong with liberal thinking in this country.

    January 24th, 2012 at 08:39

  4. Ben says:

    Also, if that’s the minimum income needed for a decent life, why are we having to pay tax on it?

    “Oh you poor peasants, only getting £x income – you need £26,000 after tax to live”.

    Well how about you increase the tax free allowance to £26,000 then?

    January 24th, 2012 at 09:18

  5. Surreywebmaster says:

    I like it – However, I would have also liked to know what Grandma Weekling and Grandad Weekling had to say on the matter? I bet they would love to see £26,00pa dropping in their bank account don’t you?

    January 24th, 2012 at 09:22

  6. 200 says:


    the last sentence was basically saying that if unemployed families’ children will suffer if the income is capped at £26,000, how come nobody is interested in increasing employed families’ children because most only get this or less, and surely, by the same token, they will also be suffering.

    January 24th, 2012 at 10:55

  7. Gary says:

    i agree. My father and mother brought up 5 of us living in a tied cottage on a farmworkers wage. (Take it from me that is about as low paid as you can get) They are both now in their 80′s and living in a council bungalow on a state pension. Nothing else. They still manage as they always have. They only received child allowance when they were bringing us up. We only had one holiday, a week, in 1966 in a caravan in South Devon that I will never forget. We only had an old car and TV when I was in my teens. We all knew that money was very tight and never asked for anything. I vividly remember being the only boy in my class that didn’t go on a school trip because I knew that to go required money my parents could not afford and playing football in ‘Daps’ as I had no football boots.
    Gone are the days when the child allowance was designed to ensure that mothers had some money for the children because fathers were paid on a Friday and spent the money in the pub on the way home. The whole concept needs to be looked at in light of today nat 1950.
    I admit I have Liberal views but this has made me very angry after all the Lords are akin to benefit scroungers themselves. I pay my taxes to help the elderly and those that really need help but only for a short term fix. Beveridge never intended that the welfare state was to be someones way of life and he was a Liberal too

    January 24th, 2012 at 11:28

  8. Fee says:

    Yup, my kids would also like to know why they’re denied the “stay at school” money, because I have a job (part time, but reasonable wage) when their friends whose parents don’t work scoop £30 a week. They’d qualify if I chucked hubby out, but that seems a bit extreme.

    The welfare state was supposed to be a safety net, not a way of life.

    January 24th, 2012 at 14:09

  9. Tony F says:

    They get more than I do! In fact, if the boss didn’t work, we would be struggling.

    January 24th, 2012 at 16:25

  10. Tony Durham says:

    There was a story in the North East late last year about a couple on Tyneside with 3 kids and another one on the way who were complaining they could not live on the £500 per month benefits they received !

    January 24th, 2012 at 16:35

  11. SamYeager says:

    I’ve just realised that £26000 a year is equivalent to £2166 a month which is near enough my monthly pay (after tax). It took me 28 years to reach this level. I am currently in the middle of a two year pay freeze which will be followed by a further two years with no more than an average 1% pay rise.

    Since these claimants will have their benefits uprated each year they will be receiving a 5% increase this year. :(

    January 24th, 2012 at 20:37

  12. Whinger says:

    I fear it is way too late to turn things around.

    I know someone who doesn’t work and she has 2 sons.

    Currently lives in a 4 bed detached house and the £700 a month gets paid along with her benefits?

    It is an obscenity!

    January 26th, 2012 at 08:20

  13. Politics4fools says:

    To right, even the kids can see it is wrong.

    However it is votes that count

    January 28th, 2012 at 13:31

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