Single mother-of-two Leanna Broderick, 20, of Croydon, south London, receives so much money in benefits that she is hoping to buy her two little girls 20 Christmas presents each after saving £2,000.
Majority of people who do work can only dream of having that much money to spend at Christmas.
And after reading the Daily Mail this morning and seeing this headline story I felt outraged for everyone who works for their money and pays taxes for people who are clearly better off.
It’s simply just not fair!
But after reading Leanna’s story I have to admit that I would rather give my taxes to someone who clearly cares about her children than to someone who wastes it on alcohol and drugs.
Leanna left school at 16 with no GCSE’s and has never worked a day in her life. She had her first child Zelekah at 17 and was therefore was given a temporary three bed council house.
When baby Zelekah was 8 months Leanna did consider to work as a carer, but then fell pregnant again with her youngest daughter Zakirah.
After splitting with the girls father, Leanna was transferred to a two bed flat in Croydon with the added bonus of a garden. To pay for this she uses her £111 weekly housing benefit that is included in the total £1290 monthly claim.
OK so far she sounds genuine, using her benefits to pay for her home and care for a her kids, but what I think majority of people feel upset about is that fact that she is hoping to buy her children Burberry and Ralph Lauren clothing, iPads and gold jewellery for Christmas!
The truth of the matter is Leanna is better off on benefits than earning the basic wage (ages 18-20: £4.98 an hour) which would leave her with about £1200 BEFORE tax.
It is ridiculous!
I have to give it to this woman as she is able to save £250 a month so she can then give her children the best quality of life, something I do not disagree with, it’s just taking the piss a bit that she doesn’t work.
But when asked what she will do when the benefits decrease because of the Government cuts, she told Closer magazine:
I’m not against the cuts, but only if the Government helps me find a job. In the meantime, I’ll stay on benefits and get as much as I can out of it
Some people would call her a scrounger and a low-life. Others may call her clever and responsible.
I still haven’t decided.