This week's poll asks:
Should the DPB be retained, or should it be replaced by a system that provides only temporary support?
*Perhaps lifting the amount of kids a woman can have while on a benefit will help. It's too easy to 'get lost' in the system, fathers can 'get away with it', then the children 'pay the price'. The gummint needs to stop worrying about 'hurting someones feelings', and grow a pair! David
*Simple. Five year maximum for the first birth only. Nothing for subsequent births. When reality of the situation sets in, perhaps young women will be less keen. Nevertheless, I think the German system is a very sensible solution. Might seem hard, but family pressure brought to bear on those responsible is right. Ron
*The following comment came via email from a doctor in UK. Can we actually learn from this?
A doctor told me that a woman in her late 20's came to the hospital today with her 8th pregnancy.
She told the first doctor she saw: "My mum told me that I am the breadwinner for the family." He asked her to explain. She said that she can make babies and babies get money from the State for the family. It goes like this:
The Grandma calls the Department for work and pensions, and states that the unemployed daughter is not capable of caring for all of her kids. DWP agrees, and tells her the children will need to go into foster care.
The Grandma then volunteers to be the foster parent and receives a cheque for £700stg per child each month.
Total yearly income: £58.800, soon to become £67,200 when the 8th one is born, tax-free and nobody has to go to work! In fact, they get more if there is no husband/father/man in the home. The brother does not count.
They also get free dental treatment, free housing, free council tax free school dinners, free tuition fees at college or Uni, free eyecare and glasses, free prescriptions and various other benefits. Total value of all benefits combined are probably approaching £100,000 per annum, which would require an income of around £148.000 before tax to create, about my salary as a senior consultant with years of experience and surgical skills, in a central London teaching hospital.
Indeed, Grandma was correct that her fertile daughter is the ‘breadwinner’ for the family
This is how the liberal politicians spend our taxes. When this generous programme was invented in the '60s, the Great Society architects forgot to craft an end date... and now we are hopelessly overrun with people who vote only for those who will continue to keep them on the dole.....
No wonder our country is broke! Worse, our Muslim brothers have been paying attention, and by mandating that each Muslim family have eleven children, they will soon replace the voting bloc above and can be running this country. Vic
*Sadly we have far too many extra children in DPB households who were only conceived to get extra welfare handouts which all too often finish up on cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. The children become an unwanted nuisance, hence so many starved, battered and even beaten to death by their parents. Many DPB mothers have live-in boyfriends who have a job, a flash car and just happen to be the father of their children. Whilst there are many deserving cases such as a mother widowed when her husband is killed in a car crash, in far too many cases DPB has become just a great big rip-off of hard-earned taxpayers' money. Ron
*Do not give people DPB. Use money to help teach people what to do, including budgeting, learning to make good simple meals, etc. Elsie
*I constantly deal with people I am having to support whether or not I like it. Enough is enough! Laura
*DPB should not become a life-style and should have limitations. George
*BEFORE there is ANY consideration to pay any sort of domestic purposes benefit to single mothers, the mother should be required to provide the personal particulars of the father of the child in each individual case.
No info re who the father is ( so he can be made to face up to his responsibilities) then NO bloody benefit!!!!.
Obviously if someone is in a critical situation (father of child died or totally incapacitated etc) then every bit of help available should be given. How women can get the DPB for several children from several different fathers is beyond my comprehension!!!!! This sort of scamming has to stop!!!! Dave