In light of the recent budget announcements I felt like I had to say my piece. Whilst I agree with parts of the budget, I was made to feel annoyed and if I'm honest slightly angry at others.
As a family of 6 I hate what's been said re child tax credits. I didn't choose to have children in order to get benefits, I chose to have them because I love being a mum and I knew regardless of money my kids would be loved and well cared for.
However over the years I can't deny that tax credits have helped us pay the bills but my husband and I have always paid our taxes etc so really why shouldn't we be entitled to get something back?
But now the government are making those of us with larger families feel like we are scroungers, as though it as a bad thing to have more than two children. Are we forgetting that back in the day it was normal to have lots of children and back then it definitely wasn't done in order to get benefits.
I'm lucky in the sense that my husband has a job, he has always worked hard to provide for his family but circumstances change, bills rise when wages don't, is that our fault too? How is it fair that larger families are now set to be penalised and left to struggle because of our so called lifestyle choice..
I am a stay at home mum, this for now is what I do, I look after my children and get the chance to watch them grow, something I am truly grateful for. This is seen by some as lazy, an unwillingness to go out and get a job. But those thinking that are wrong. I would have quite happily gone back to work if it were financially possible. The cost of childcare against anything I could have earnt would have left us worse off.
The trouble with all things is that you can't please everyone, there is always going to be someone with their nose out of joint but it is made worse when people wrongly assume things about you.
A post written by Janette over at Life with Six Kids shared her feelings on the matter and she worded it perfectly.
The government nor anyone else knows anything about each individuals personal circumstance and has no right to judge and accuse. Yes there are people out there who try and cheat the system, who might be willingly sitting at home when they could be getting a job but it isn't right that others should suffer because of their ignorance.
At this precise moment I no longer claim tax credits, infact I am being made to pay back money because apparently earnt too much last year, showing yet again that you just can't win when it comes to money.
Lets hope for everyones sake that these changes end up being positive and not in the direction of more child poverty!!
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