Why should hard working people pay for the lifestyle of those who have failed in life and can not be bothered to work?
Because it's money out of their pocket?
I really think that benefits are a means to an end for most .
I have children and I am on benefits .
I am hoping to study at uni and gain a career now they are getting older .
People don't take into account childcare costs and of you have no family support etc like me it can be hard .
There are those who abuse the system .But do not put us all in the same category .
It is because we have this notion of meritocracy, those that are on benefits are perceived as 'lazy' and not 'hard-working' enough to climb the social ladder and become successful.
I don't like it either, a lot of people that are up in arms about so called 'benefit scroungers' receive Child benefit or child tax credit and use the NHS and receive free prescriptions for contraception. A lot of people receive some form of benefits in this country but will be the first to point fingers at someone collecting housing benefit.
I have been on income support and housing benefit when I was 16 years old, I was homeless before I found a place to live and because I was in sixth form college, I had to collect income support and housing benefit to support myself as I could not work full-time. Several people were condescending towards me and made me feel 'less' because I was claiming money. Bearing in mind, a lot of the money I was getting was spent on books, stationary, food and rent.