"Better Off On Benefits"

Tyler Durden's picture

There is "no point" earning less in a minimum wage job is how Leanna Broderick - 20-year-old mother of two - justifies the benefits she claims adding that "she is better off on benefits" and would not get a job unless she could continue her luxury lifestyle, which includes designer outfits, holidays abroad, clubbing, lunches out and expensive gifts for her daughters Zelekah, two, and Zakirah, one. The UK's Daily Mail reports that Leanna saved GBP2,500 (~USD4,000) last year while living on GBP15,480 (~USD25,000) which she intends to spend on iPads and gold earrings for her kids - adding that "This way, taxpayers know I'm raising two well-brought-up kids." However, all is not rosy in Leanna's house as she fears next year may not be so lavish because of Government benefits cuts. "I'm not against the cuts, but only if the Government helps me find a job," she said, "In the meantime, I’ll stay on benefits and get as much as I can out of it."


Via The Daily Mail:

While many families are worrying about how to afford Christmas this year, one jobless single mother has revealed she receives so much in benefits she has £2,000 to spend on designer gifts, clothes and partying.


Mother-of-two Leanna Broderick plans to buy 20 presents for each of her children, including Burberry and Ralph Lauren outfits, iPads and gold jewellery.


The 20-year-old, who has never worked, claims nearly £15,500 a year in state handouts.




She claims she is better off on benefits and would not get a job unless she could continue her luxury lifestyle, which includes designer outfits, holidays abroad, clubbing, lunches out and expensive gifts for her daughters Zelekah, two, and Zakirah, one.


‘Last year, I saved £2,500 and my kids had 50 presents each, including Burberry and Ralph Lauren clothes and dolls, DVDs and CDs.


This year, I’ve saved £2,000 and they’ll get 20 presents each, including iPads and a new Disney-themed bedroom to share, with designer wall art and bed linen,’ she said.


She is also buying gold earrings for Zelekah, who has pierced ears, and keeping £300 for the sales and £150 for a New Year’s Eve outing.


Miss Broderick, who left school at 16 with no GCSEs, said: ‘I don’t care if people get annoyed. I don’t take advantage, I just choose to save – it’s smart.’


She said there was ‘no point’ earning less in a minimum wage job and having to pay for childcare on top.


After becoming pregnant at 17 with her on-off 23-year-old boyfriend, Miss Broderick was allocated a temporary three-bed council house.


When Zelekah was eight months old she considered working in care, but then became pregnant again by the same man.


Now split from the girls’ father, she has a new two-bedroom council flat in Croydon, South London, with a garden, which is paid for by her £111 weekly housing benefit – part of £1,290 a month total claim.


She said: ‘I didn’t want to miss out on my kids’ childhoods or have someone else raise them. I’m not one of those girls who gets pregnant for the benefits.’


The money for Christmas comes from the £250 she saves each month, which she said shows she is ‘really responsible’.


She adds: ‘Anyone who thinks people on benefits don’t deserve nice things is talking rubbish. I work 24/7 as a mother.


This way, taxpayers know I’m raising two well-brought-up kids.’


But she admits Christmas might not be so lavish next year because of the Government’s benefit cuts.


‘I’m not against the cuts, but only if the Government helps me find a job,’ she said.


In the meantime, I’ll stay on benefits and get as much as I can out of it.’

The full feature appears in Closer Christmas issue, on sale now or go to www.closeronline.co.uk

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akak's picture


why do you think the father moved to Canada?

Because he couldnt' figure out the difference between "dollar" and "dawler", and had a penchant for saying "abewt" instead of "about"?

vast-dom's picture

it really is all about proper pronunciation and enunciation...

WAMO556's picture

Because he was a fucking Muslim, and is making more tiny Muslims in DEARBORN. There are BLACK RACISTS YOU KNOW. Just saying.

BlackMagician's picture

Couples that work full time jobs are SUCKERS!!! Pay taxes for wars (undeclared)...unwed parents with multiple offspring...foreign aid...and BAnk BAIlouts...oh...we need to cut ENTITLEMENTS...entitlements like social security and medicare...if you are not near retirement...you still have to pay for the rest of your life...but YOU will not receive when you retire...LOL...cutting entitlements DON"T mean cutting welfare...GET IT...DON'T GET MAD GET GOLD SILVER...KILL THE BEAST.

Freedomtosayno's picture

Of course the biggest welfare queens are the banksters...

alien-IQ's picture

(shhh...they don't talk about that here anymore. now it's the 20k per year welfare mom that's to blame for all the worlds economic ills)

razorthin's picture

"In the meantime, I’ll stay on benefits and get as much as I can out of it."

Completely rational. As rational as rational as a corporation taking its welfare in the form of subsidies, bailouts and tax loopholes.  Only no lobbying on her behalf.

ronaldawg's picture

Most corporations pay taxes and salaries to the employees who pay taxes.  Ms. Blacky does not pay a thing, nor does she contribute to society (other than those lovely children she crows about).

max2205's picture

She's smarter than you all give her credit for. Blame the fag lefty govt fucktards who don't want those people doing a drive by at their ill begotten house.

Time will come though soon enough

reload's picture

Yes: dont hate the player, hate the game.

The sad truth is that a lot of people here in the UK worked out long ago that a life on `bennefits` was more attractive than working a low paid job with limited prospects. It is now a multi generational lifestyle choice. The country has imported a lot of workers from eastern europe to do the jobs indiginous people do not need to do - because of `bennefits`. New immigrants tend to be hard working, but by the second generation they have learned that it is pointless - and a `may as well go on bennefits` attitude takes hold.

So many kids in the UK leave education unequipped for anything other than the most menial of minimum wage jobs that entering the workplace at all appears futile - there is no ladder for them to climb, they are without prospects. This is not just a problem for cities and large conurbations - it is endemic to every town and villiage in the country. It is changing the fabric and feel of the whole country. What looks like a charming rural market town at 10am has morphed into an arcade for waddling, tattooed buggy pushers by 1pm. By 6pm the hooded youth of the bennefit class is roaming and looking for petty, vindictive crimes of jealousy, vandalism and violence to commit.

I take increasing comfort from what `LawOfPhysics` says repeatedly.

That which can not be sustained, won`t be.     

Seasmoke's picture

She should get a job as a professor of how to play the game. They will be throwing money at her to get into her class.

surf0766's picture

Let her testify in congress about how designer jeans are a civil right like cell phones for the homeless in california


Pants McPants's picture

I mean, I know people like this exist, but I wonder why the bulk of the focus falls upon Leanna.

Divide and conquer?  Most likely.

nmewn's picture

Worthless bitch.

SAT 800's picture

legally enforced spaying. and/or deportation.

nmewn's picture

Take her children away and let her go "annoy" people in the red light district...it seems to be the only thing she's really good at...fucking people (literally & figuratively) and annoying everyone else while she's doing it.

LongSoupLine's picture

Ladies and Gentlemen,



I give you...the poster child of the voting public.


this is why we're fucked.

Kastorsky's picture

good for her.

she is enjoying life, not pushing paper, building mcmansions or making crappy cars lake all those hard working idiots making ever more useless shit.

And they are proud to be corporate slaves, loosers.


fuck the system. if you can that is

Oquities's picture

she is drinking your milkshake, you stupid fuck!

Kastorsky's picture

self employed? or proud member of local 666?

Oquities's picture

unemployed?  or still living at home and so identify with the life of a leech?

Kastorsky's picture



happily retired.

hard working patriotic american - is most stupid, useless, worthless, greedy, envious animal planet has ever seen.

eager to "consume" anything it can reach (or can't).

it is the reason and source of all the shit happening in the world now. 



Oquities's picture

now we're talking.  but those who consume what they earn are of a higher moral fiber, and therefore more laudable, than those who leech off the effort of others.

Kastorsky's picture


but you don't earn anything. 

you're just waste of space and resources.

America would be better off now if all those realestate agents, morgage brokers and other paper pushers where on welfare for the last 10 yaers. Include construction too.


But it's not even the point. 

The point is this.


She is not drinking your milkshake - you are.

3% of gov spending for education, training and social services.  (all together)

over 50% for what "hard working american" believe they are entitled to - SS, medicare, unemp. benefits etc. 


In fact she does more good for a society than you.

W/o "employment" she can't get a credit, so she does not contribute to ponzi of all the shit of derivatives, interest, fees and fuck.



WAMO556's picture

Does that include you too, you fucking hypocrit???

ronaldawg's picture

Lemmie guess - you "retired" after a lengthy worker's compensation claim and then lawsuit.  You are probably collecting Social Security Disability too....

Wait for it....


SAT 800's picture

The English government is destroying England. This is not desirable.

dognamedabu's picture

What bugs me is she is spending all her savings. Dumb woman. If gov handed me cash I'd be converting it to gold and silver not iPads.

Cathartes Aura's picture

she's buying gold jewelry for her daughters. . .

nmewn's picture

With money she was allowed to keep by virtue of not having to spend it on food, shelter, clothes, electric, heat, water, sewer and of course BIRTH CONTROL PILLS.

Cathartes Aura's picture

you've quite possibly arrived at your self-declared favourite posting state - drunken - by now, so I'll allow for this in reply, but I'm hoping you read some of the other posts here who added some more stats from the original article - left out here purpose-fully, I've no doubt - which show much of what the woman in question receives is ledger credits for her existence.  kind of like EBT cardage in amrka.

your red flag of "birth control pills" is worth a *snigger* though.

zygote personhood back at ya.


nmewn's picture

That's what I said Cat...

"With money she was >>>allowed to keep<<< by virtue of not having to spend it..."

Its a direct quote.

The the object of having tax credits in the tax code is to initiate a vote buying scheme, nothing more, nothing less. It flows from the statist concept that your labor and therefore your earnings (your money) belong to it...first.

Then it decides what you are allowed to keep.

I have zero doubt she recieves a tax refund far in excess to what she pays in PLUS frrreeeeee living expenses as I described.

Now, you can defend the progressive tax code adhered to around the globe all you want but it's fiscally, morally and ethically bankrupt.

Cathartes Aura's picture

unless things have changed since I paid taxes in britain,

I have zero doubt she recieves a tax refund far in excess to what she pays in PLUS frrreeeeee living expenses as I described.

there are no "refunds" because there are no "filings" on PAYE - gov takes, and absorbs the pixels into the gaping maw of hierarchy.  no fiat cheque bonus delayed gratification "savings" in the mail - they just wave buh-bye to an increasing percentage of wages taxed monthly.

blahblahblah, are you calling me "progressive" again now?  where am I defending tax codes?


nmewn's picture

Ok, I'll yield to your intimate knowledge of Britains tax code & re-phrase:

"I have zero doubt she recieves far in excess to what she pays in PLUS frrreeeeee living expenses as I described."

Better? Same thing ain't it, she's a parasite.

"...are you calling me "progressive" again now?"

No, just conveniently forgetful when it only suits your purpose/agenda...they don't have "the pill" in the nationalized British healthcare system?

Would you like to defend her bringing children into the world that she cannot afford to care for and openly mocks a system that treats her as an "unfortunate"...basically calling them suckers?


I guess not, on both counts...out of convenience perhaps ;-)

Cathartes Aura's picture

nmewn, I'm not her advocate - all I posted on this thread just points to how "she" is being used by the media here and there, to stir up hate, which is obviously working as intended.

I have no idea what will happen in the future of this very young mother of 2 daughters - she's made some choices with the options she felt she had available, and all of those choices have consequences, as do all of our choices in llife, no one's exempt.

and I'm sure they have the pill, and condoms and vasectomies, all available on the NHS.  no one in this scenario appeared to have availed themselves of this fabulous gov largesse, not her nor her partner.  that she decided to have the baybeez should be a delight for all here concerned with zygote rights - that she didn't wait until she had a career, income & mortgage before letting her baybeez live?  ah well, can't have all yer wishes nmewn. . .

the rest of your "points" are emotional rhetoric, and we'll leave them as that.

wisehiney's picture

Grandaddy was a good breeder. If he coulda caught that six legged turkey, we would all be rich. His grandaddy was a good a good breeder too, but they released all of his stock.

GMadScientist's picture

Sure she's "not working".


Appleseed's picture

The women are always the most entitled by nature. Also this generation has the worst parents in history, its kinda odd she states 'mother' as her job...

hooligan2009's picture

that would make her on again off again boyfriend a ?

darteaus's picture

She certainly has the right mentality for the welfare world, and banking.

The problem she will face will occur when the welfare state goes broke.

WAMO556's picture

Who else she expecting to support her sorry ass, not the father of her children. Better yet, let's get those stupid sorry middle earners to support her. The POOR can't do it and the RICH won't do it.

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

Obstacles make you clever, take away the obstacles and yo' be dum' like sheeet....  You may think you're on top of the world, but unless you are developing useful skills, you are living on hope and a prayer...


Racer's picture

The system has changed in the UK and if you don't watch out you could lose ALL benefits for 3 years by simply being late for 3 appointments


And if you get the middle class to focus on the ones on benefits as to blame you take away the focus on the 0.1% who really ARE to blame


Look up people, not down...............

harry555's picture

Racer. The 0.1% have caused a lot of problems but they are a tiny minority (0.1%?).  Whilst the quantum of their crime on an individual basis is huge (and remember that some earned their loot honestly), on aggregate it is dwarfed buy the MILLIONS of welfare parasites like this fine specimen who are each doing their bit to destroy us one bite at a time.


One doesn't excuse the other.

Bansters-in-my- feces's picture

On again,off again boyfriend....

Ha ha...arent they all,just some stick around to flip the bill and be called papa.