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    loosehead wrote:
    So I worked nightshift in what was suppose to be a good paying company but I would have been able to earn more by doing nothing & staying on the dole?
    After tax & N.I stamp I took home £1,700 a month with overtime I could take home £1,900-£2,000 yet these people don't have to work to earn more than that?
    Before any of the bleeding hearts brigade come on here let me say.
    It's totally wrong that people can earn this sort of wage by not working if they have a large family that was their choice if they couldn't afford it they shouldn't have done it!
    If like the single mum on the telly it's because they only want to live in the best areas maybe they should have thought of that before having children?
    we as a caring society will look after the worse off but that lady was paying ( we were) £1,600 a month in rent ? a house to live in or a flat & that should show gratitude but it does not they think they deserve it?
    Also you have to realise if this & all other aspects of the welfare state was sorted out until it was fair on the working man many would go & get a job & maybe there wouldn't be so many opportunities for our European friends
    The money saved could go along way to paying off the countries debt & the cuts wouldn't have to be so harsh
    Jesus Loosehead, I agree with you for once!"
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300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

300 city households claiming £26,000 a year in benefits

First published in News

THREE-hundred households in Southampton are claiming benefits of more than £26,000 a year, the Daily Echo can reveal.

The annual income is the equivalent of a gross salary of £35,000 – more than £10,000 higher than the average city wage.

It is the first time the local impact of the Government’s controversial benefits cap, which was finally agreed in the House of Lords last week, has been known.

Ministers believe a limit is needed to ensure nobody is better off claiming welfare when they could be in work.

But critics have branded the onesize- fits-all £26,000 cap “arbitrary”, warning it could make people homeless in high-rent areas.

The figures, rounded to the nearest 100, are contained in a parliamentary answer due to be released later this week.

Among the 300 claimants in Southampton, around 100 will be the biggest losers from the cap because they earn at least £100 a week over the proposed limit – giving them an annual income of at least £31,000.

In the Hampshire County Council area and Isle of Wight, the number affected was less than 100. There are 200 claimants above £26,000 a year in Portsmouth.

Officials estimate 67,000 households will be affected across the country, losing on average £83 a week.

Some benefits are not included in the total, including disability living allowance and war widow payments.

Most of those affected are in London, because high rental costs drive up housing benefit. Many areas of the north have been barely affected due to lower living costs.

The benefit cap was initially thrown out by the House of Lords after opposition from bishops, Lib Dem rebels and Labour peers.

But after Government concessions, including new measures to support people who have just lost their jobs, peers approved the move.

John Denham, Labour MP for Southampton Itchen, backed the principle of a cap, but said it should vary across the country – meaning people could claim more in the south-east than the north.

He said: “We are very concerned about the way this is being implemented.”

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