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    I don't know how anyone does it. You get £50 a week and you got to pay electricity, water, rent, council tax, food, car tax/mot/insurance/petrol.
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    Some people live in council houses and so they don't have to pay council tax if they don't work. The rent is usually free cos the government pays for that I think. They just pop out tons of kids and use their childrens money I guess.oh and they probably don't have a car. They use buses or taxis.

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    not all of us on benefits have to pay bills btw 0_0
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    That's the idea though in theory- benefits aren't designed to give a 5* luxury lifestyle- they're designed to provide temporary support or a lifeline to those who needed it most. I sympathise with those who do have to live on benefits because it is literally the bare minimum required to survive but the governments policy mean they want to make work a more viable option than benefits.


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    They get housing benefit. Benefits generally aren't enough to live on.
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    They don't pay council tax and they get housing benefit. People I know who are on benefits either don't have cars or have one but rarely use it as they can't afford to run it so I'm guessing that's the same for a lot of claimants.

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    (Original post by gemmam)
    They don't pay council tax and they get housing benefit. People I know who are on benefits either don't have cars or have one but rarely use it as they can't afford to run it so I'm guessing that's the same for a lot of claimants.

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    Everyone of working age now pays council tax regardless of their situation.
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    Everyone of working age now pays council tax regardless of their situation.
    Oh right, when I was on benefits a few years back you didn't pay it. Thanks for clearing that up.

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    I was raised on benefits, and I'll give a laconic response the the original question. Uncomfortably.
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    (Original post by gemmam)
    Oh right, when I was on benefits a few years back you didn't pay it. Thanks for clearing that up.

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    They've changed it now. Regardless of your situation, everyone under pension age has to pay some form of council tax. And they now wonder why so many people are struggling and are having to turn to food banks.
 
 
 
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