Carer advised by council she’d be better off QUITTING her job and living on benefits

She was left speechless when she was struggling to pay bills and the council suggested she should stop working 27 hours a week

Battle: Chelsea Press and daughter Lacey

Battle: Chelsea Press and daughter Lacey Battle: Chelsea Press and daughter Lacey

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A single mum has been told by council staff that she would be “better off” resigning her job and living on benefits.

Chelsea Press, a part-time carer for the elderly, was seeking financial advice after struggling to pay bills.

But the 23-year-old was left speechless when her local Basildon district council in Essex suggested she should stop working 27 hours a week.

The consultation revealed Chelsea, who has a two-year-old daughter Lacey, would have £2,850 more each year – £54.80 a week – if she was unemployed.

But she refuses to quit, saying: “I was disgusted. The council adviser should never have said that.

“Lacey knows that I go to work and help old people. I want to set her a good example.”

Chelsea survives monthly on £650 wages, £81.24 child benefit plus £454 working tax credits and child tax credits.

Half her money goes on rent, council tax and nursery fees with the rest spent on utility bills and food.

By not working, she would get £650 income support, £81.24 child benefit and £260 in child tax payments. But she’d pay no rent or council tax.

Phil Turner, deputy leader of Basildon district council, said: “I am surprised to hear this.

“I’ll go back to officers to make it absolutely clear we have to get the message across.”

 http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/carer-chelsea-press-advised-basildon-2283874

2 Responses to Carer advised by council she’d be better off QUITTING her job and living on benefits

  1. kenneth hill fife scotland says:

    How shocking what will ian duncan smith so called mp say about this the same as my gp told me to put mum in a home and me go back to work full time he was talking to me as a tax payer not my gp have not been backed to him since just stuffing my face with al my pills.

  2. An ex carer says:

    There can never be justification for a fit young person to be better off on benefits than in work. It makes a mockery of the welfare system & is not what it was designed for. In this case the real problem is she has a small child and is only working a limited number of hours per week. To this woman’s credit she rejected this absurd suggestion from a minor Council Official. I’m pleased to read the Deputy leader of the Council is going to get back to his Officer (s) & put them straight. It is exactly this sort of thing that has turned public opinion against welfare beneficiaries. Those in genuine need are being lumped together with those that are perfectly capable of standing on their own two feet.

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