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    It's not just the Daily Mail comments section where this has been proposed. Politicians have seriously proposed it as policy.

    Let's see. People aged between 18 and 25 would not be able to get benefits if this became policy.

    These people:
    Are old enough to have sex
    Are old enough to drive
    Are old enough to vote
    Are old enough to get married
    Are certainly old enough to get a job
    Are old enough to lose that job
    Are old enough to go to university
    Are old enough to join the armed forces
    Are old enough to make their own decisions
    Are old enough to drink alcohol
    Are old enough to move into their own home (if they can afford it)
    Are old enough to pay tax

    But some think that isn't old enough to be entitled to benefits which they may need?

    An age limit of 25 is stupid and entirely arbitrary.
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    (Original post by donutaud15)
    Somehow it's supposed to teach under 25s not to have kids.

    I don't think it's fair as there are under 25s who have kids and have been working for years but lost jobs. Somehow because they're young they shouldn't be able to claim.

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    Just because someone is under 25 doesn't mean they are unfit to be a parent - obviously it's more likely they don't have the financial and emotional maturity to care for a child and that they might not get qualifications and therefore have a minimum wage job or be dependent on the state their entire lives but not all young parents are bad parents and we shouldn't punish both the young parents and their children.
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    (Original post by RFowler)
    It's not just the Daily Mail comments section where this has been proposed. Politicians have seriously proposed it as policy.

    Let's see. People aged between 18 and 25 would not be able to get benefits if this became policy.

    These people:
    Are old enough to have sex
    Are old enough to drive
    Are old enough to vote
    Are old enough to get married
    Are certainly old enough to get a job
    Are old enough to lose that job
    Are old enough to go to university
    Are old enough to join the armed forces
    Are old enough to make their own decisions
    Are old enough to drink alcohol
    Are old enough to move into their own home (if they can afford it)
    Are old enough to pay tax

    But some think that isn't old enough to be entitled to benefits which they may need?

    An age limit of 25 is stupid and entirely arbitrary.
    It's just a way to win votes with older people who have forgotten what it's like to be young and poor. The sad thing is I can see this happening because under 25s have a low voter turnout so politicians don't give a **** about them.
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    Just because someone is under 25 doesn't mean they are unfit to be a parent - obviously it's more likely they don't have the financial and emotional maturity to care for a child and that they might not get qualifications and therefore have a minimum wage job or be dependent on the state their entire lives but not all young parents are bad parents and we shouldn't punish both the young parents and their children.
    Average age of someone getting a degree is about 21 so under 25s could still have the qualifications and some financial maturity.

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    (Original post by donutaud15)
    Average age of someone getting a degree is about 21 so under 25s could still have the qualifications and some financial maturity.

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    Exactly - but even if you don't have qualifications when you have your first child, it doesn't mean you can't get any. There are plenty of students with kids and often they seem to come out with better degrees because they've got a different motivation to the average student.
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    (Original post by SmallTownGirl)
    Exactly - but even if you don't have qualifications when you have your first child, it doesn't mean you can't get any. There are plenty of students with kids and often they seem to come out with better degrees because they've got a different motivation to the average student.
    True. But somehow apparently age means immaturity.

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    Doesn't occur to all the sheltered middle class children that some people don't have rich parents. Or parents at all lmao.
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    I think they should only be available for under 25s. Screw you pensioners!!!
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    No, that's retarded. Under 25s work and pay taxes like anyone else. They run into trouble like anyone else. They're not children.

    I'd quite like to see people who openly brag about how they abuse the system stripped of their benefits, though. It should be made clear in advance that this will happen.
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    Also, it's not like we're living in a time of full employment. Many young people are unemployed and many more are underemployed. Why punish these people who genuinely want a job?
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    Its neither here nor there really. Whether they are there or not I'm still gonna go out and steal **** regardless.
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    It is good policy, social insurance are a safety net not a lifestyle choice. I personally believe no one who had worked less than 3 years full time be eligible for any kind of social welfare benefits as it is rather unlikely you would have contributed enough in taxes than you would be taking out.

    Thankfully at least 1 political party has some common sense to reform the benefits and welfare system before the country becomes the next Greece.
 
 
 
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