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    (Original post by Jackieox)
    Car payments, food, fuel, etc...
    They're only meant to be financially responsible for me until I turn 18...
    I work 3 jobs and I still struggle but it's not down to them to be funding me. There has to come a point where you stop relying on your parents and work to yourself.


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    The taxpayer isn't financially responsible for you either.
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    (Original post by Jackieox)
    Car payments, food, fuel, etc...
    Very few uni students can afford to buy or run a car and the vast majority don't. I couldn't afford to own a car until I was in my late twenties. It isn't an essential, I'm afraid.

    They're only meant to be financially responsible for me until I turn 18...
    Can you give a source for this? There is no statutory limit at which parents are legally or morally bound to cease supporting their children financially. There may once have been this kind of expectation, but with the lack of employment opportunities for school leavers now, it's sadly unrealistic.

    I work 3 jobs and I still struggle but it's not down to them to be funding me. There has to come a point where you stop relying on your parents and work to yourself.
    Unfortunately, expecting the government/taxpayer to replace your parents' financial support, does not constitute supporting yourself.

    I sympathise with your situation - I currently have one permanent part-time job and three "zero hours contract without the contract" casual jobs). But I have to cut my cloth accordingly. I'm unlikely to switch my heating on unless it snows and that will be to prevent the water pipes freezing. I have hot water two or three times a week. My car will be on Gumtree if I hit a crisis like the fridge breaking down. I know my monthly budget to the penny. But I still don't think the taxpayer should pick up any financial responsibility for me.
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    (Original post by Jackieox)
    Car payments, food, fuel, etc...
    They're only meant to be financially responsible for me until I turn 18...
    I work 3 jobs and I still struggle but it's not down to them to be funding me. There has to come a point where you stop relying on your parents and work to yourself.
    Perhaps, legally, but in reality that's not how it works. You may well be struggling, but that doesn't mean the taxpayer is obliged to help you out. A lot of them are struggling as well.
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    (Original post by Klix88)
    Very few uni students can afford to buy or run a car and the vast majority don't. I couldn't afford to own a car until I was in my late twenties. It isn't an essential, I'm afraid.


    Can you give a source for this? There is no statutory limit at which parents are legally or morally bound to cease supporting their children financially. There may once have been this kind of expectation, but with the lack of employment opportunities for school leavers now, it's sadly unrealistic.


    Unfortunately, expecting the government/taxpayer to replace your parents' financial support, does not constitute supporting yourself.

    I sympathise with your situation - I currently have one permanent part-time job and three "zero hours contract without the contract" casual jobs). But I have to cut my cloth accordingly. I'm unlikely to switch my heating on unless it snows and that will be to prevent the water pipes freezing. I have hot water two or three times a week. My car will be on Gumtree if I hit a crisis like the fridge breaking down. I know my monthly budget to the penny. But I still don't think the taxpayer should pick up any financial responsibility for me.
    It was an essential for my parents not for me.

    And the reason my parents can't afford to support me? Because they're paying 900 a month to support everyone else.


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