The figure is £14,281 per annum. However, she can also work up to 16 hours a week without losing any benefits so, assuming a wage of £5 per hour, the final figure is actually rather higher.
Yep. Who would have thought: £18,441 per annum. To earn that much as an income tax (and National Insurance) payer you’d need to be earning £25,000...
I want to elaborate on the Citizen's Basic Income, following a conversation a wee while ago with the P-G, but I believe that the CBI would be a good counter to this kind of bollocks.
Since people under 16 would not receive any benefits at all, this would discourage under-age pregnancies. As would the fact that they would receive no more than the CBI in benefits.
This would shunt more reponsibility on the families of the girl (and the father, obviously) since they would have to pay for any unplanned grandchildren, thus forcing parents to take more responsibility for the actions of their children. Remember, economic incentives matter.
And to all those people who are about to argue that we actually need more children, the answer is, yeah, sure we do. But we do not need more children brought up by children.