meet my fake family. A single parent, earning 35k a year (26k after tax) with 3 children. They live in this house in sheffield. I chose the cheapest rental 3 bedroom house on in sheffield. They pay 495 pcm. As the parent works I have estimated 100 pounds a week is spent on childcare (say 2 children need childcare, 5 pounds an hour for 10 hours a week). Council tax band A in sheffield is: £983.49 a year. They have no other income.
So, putting all this into http://www.turn2us.org.uk/benefits_search.aspx
That is a total of 7,300 pounds of benefit entitlement. Ok, so lets say this single parent looses their job? They'd get more, or the same right? Thats what the government says, the government is cracking down on benefit entitlement being too high. Wrong...
Even on 26,000 pounds a single parent would be entitled to benefits. There is a big difference in the income you receive if you are not working.