"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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object_orient's picture

What's going on here? A few infamous ZH posters suddenly reappeared after long absences. Now this Daily Mail piece, clearly designed to bring out the racists, gets picked up. Is it sweeps week?

ZH editors decided to use the most inflammatory parts of an already inflammatory article. Here's what you missed if you didn't read the original:

I go to the Job Centre every six months, as it’s government policy, but there’s no point earning less than I get in benefits and forking out for childcare. I feel trapped in the system

I’ve taken the kids to Canada to see their dad’s parents three times. We’ve been to Tunisia and just got back from Tenerife. It’s important they see the world – my parents and their dad chip in, too.

I go clubbing with my friends every fortnight and love having lunch at Italian restaurant Prezzo. I dress nicely as I don’t want to be labelled a ‘benefits mum.’

I shop at Iceland and buy in bulk to get the most for my money, and my milk and veg vouchers make a big difference. I buy some of my presents in the sales – I’m always bargain hunting.


And why is there so much anger with welfare from 0-20k, and so little anger with welfare from 100k-infinity? No connection between monetary policy and the cost of living, wages, and employment?


This is so clearly divide-and-conquer bait, and yet so many here took it. Really depressing.

tip e. canoe's picture

perhaps our dear leader(s) are trying to tell us something in their own doppelgangnam style sort of way.   bait is being dropped all over suddenly...and not just here.    shi(f)t may be hitting fan soon after all.   best to keep a cool head just in case.

alien-IQ's picture

What is left out of an article is often times more revealing than what is in it.

The decision to omit that section here is very telling...and it's the second time today that I've seen such things occur here. The first one being in the California Workers 822K headline that was very very misleading.

hooligan2009's picture

two axe murders dont make a right

vast-dom's picture

object_orient you are correct. that is why this post got a nice fight club shit all over it. too many hateful inane evil shits here in ZH.

darteaus's picture

I must respectfully disagree with your comment: "Daily Mail piece, clearly designed to bring out the racists..."

It never mentioned the JOOOZZZzzzz!

Dr. Gonzo's picture

Thank God she's not worried about anything.

steve from virginia's picture



It's hard to say what the terms actually mean but in the US a tax credit is a reduction in the amount of income that is taxable. If a worker earns $20,000 per year and gains a $3,000 credit his taxable income is $17,000 per year.


Here we have:


 - GBP 444 monthly housing benefit (paid to the landlord),

 - GBP  80 monthly council tax benefit (another amount paid to the landlord which is council housing ... a housing project). This might not be an actual payment to anyone but a double-counted bookkeeping entry. Let's just say the family in question does not pay rent directly.


 - GBP 430 monthly child-tax benefit. Because the individual does not have any listed income it seems unlikely she would qualify for a tax benefit (no taxable income) so it might be that this amount is a payment to the individual. (similar to US ADFC which no longer exists).


  -- This last item would add up to GBP 5160 per year or $8,312 (welfare payment).


 --  Added are the child, single-parent and food benefits and the total for these is GBP 4032 per year or $6,497.


The GBP 288 per year food allowance ($464) for three people is a fantasy it is a little over one dollar per day. This would be starvation-level food allowance in a high-cost country such as the UK. More likely, the family food bill is GBP 2400 per year which is still very low -- a 'rice and beans' subsistance.


Total cash in hand for the individual and her 2 children is $14,809 per year.


This must pay for transportation, personal care and clothes. Also: furniture, bedding, towels and bath items, personal goods and cosmetics, hair care, books or school supplies.


Utilities are part of council housing, medical care is by NHS.


She has:

 - no car and does not buy gas,

 - walks everywhere (transit in UK is very expensive),

 - does not smoke, drink alcohol or soda, does not use drugs,

 - does not go out for entertainment such as movies or dinners at restaurants,

 - has no hobbies or other expenses.


It is hard to see a young person living like this in England, it would make sense in a country with a 'traditional' culture like Pakistan or Vietnam.


It appears unrealistic ... propaganda ... about Burberry and gold. This woman and her children ... with their tiny benefits ... are camped out at the edge of the abyss.


hooligan2009's picture

i think you need to know that she gets rent food clothing free...plus gets a personal dole benefit of 110 a week so she can breathe..oh and she may be "clean" but i bet her "on again, off again" boyfriend slips her the odd hundred (cockney rhyming slang = a couple of monkeys) whenever he needs a root. 

her kids should be taken away from her and she should be forced to clean hospitals, schools and government offices.

what a slack ass mofo stealing bitch. who's money does she think it is? it is certainly not hers.

ZeroAvatar's picture

If I could keep the money the .gov steals from me so she can 'camp out at the edge of the abyss', maybe I could go camping once in awhile.

darteaus's picture

Au contraire mon frere!

A tax credit is a one for one reduction in the amount of tax to be paid.

A deduction is a reduction in the taxable income.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

It's very difficult to decide which group disturbs me more: the banksters sucking the wealth out of nations or the welfare parasites. Both at the opposite ends of the spectrum and both feel they deserve the benefits they enjoy. Perhaps one should hate the bankster more because the magnitude of wealth they extract is greater. Well, I assume they do so .... never found any hard numbers to prove it. Here I sit in the middle with both ends coming at me. I'm just prepping to survive and if I don't, I guess they can eat each other. Well at least she'll have some gold earrings when the whole thing blows up.


Clint Liquor's picture

Well said Miffed.

But it is any easy choice for me, which group to dislike the most.

When it all comes down, the Banksters will be flying off to South Pacific Islands to live in luxury. The others will not have it so well.

nmewn's picture

The middle class has always meant...we have higher order parasites and lower order parasites sucking off of us.

All we really need to understand is, they are just parasites.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Parasites actually are quite fascinating. Some have their existence down to an art. Living just enough off their human hosts but not enough to cause serious harm. Then there are what we term the " imperfect " parasites . The ones that cause serious disease. Often they are parasites of other animals that find themselves in a human. They wander around wreaking havoc not sure what to do in this environment and because they don't know how to live in this new host they end up killing it and therefore themselves. In pretty much all cases the host reaches a tipping point where the number of parasites is unsustainable. Kinda metaphorical to the times we live in Fellow Host Nmewn


tip e. canoe's picture

another metaphoric gem courtesy of our friend aurora:

Parasites come in all shapes and forms. From skinny tapeworms that infest intestines to the microscopic infectious agent of malaria (Plasmodium), parasites are usually inconvenient and sometimes lethal. But there is one group of parasites that is particularly pernicious – they are the parasites that hijack their host’s nervous system, turning their victims into zombies.


Lord Peter Pipsqueak's picture

And to add insult to injury,the Uk government tells us the floodgates have to remain open to allow in 500,000 immigrants per year to live off the state just like the woman in the article above, telling us we need them because they provide an economic stimulus to the economy and they are going to eventually pay for our pensions in years to come.

Of course no journo or tv presenter ever asks the obvious questions as to how immigrant families with numerous kids requiring housing,health care,child benefits and education even in the unlikely event of them getting a minimum wage job, will be net contributors to the system as they will always be in receipt of some form of welfare and in the end who will pay for their pensions?

And the British -and European - people keep voting for these politicians at every general election,too stupid to even realise they are voting for their own ethnic cleansing.


W74's picture

That's because if they say anything they'll be Emma West'ed and hauled off to jail, then run through the courts and end up in a psych ward for re-education.

WillyGroper's picture

Stimulus, OK. Economic, don't think so.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Well, if you must , please use an unbreakable condom.


Flakmeister's picture

This generation's welfare queen driving a Cadillac...


FiatFapper's picture

Disgusting piece of propaganda; in the UK they are sweeping through massive benefit cuts....ANYTHING to turn eyes from banksters who caused all the shit in the first place.

Sure there are some who lavish the 'culture', but it pails into insignificance with what banks have stolen through 1) no due diligence nor risk assessment 2) giving loans to anybody, 3) selling that debt as AAA, 4) getting fucking bailed out, 5) then the cheeky cunts try to chase down the original debt(s), 6) ad infinitum, the QE boats will sail whence they then have the audacity to lend to their own g'ments @ interest, and the taxpayers foot the bill

But no, the MSM and now ZH post asinine articles about a mom of 2 living like a queen.

The propaganda is so blatant to make people believe it's the dole addicts who are to blame.

This article is bullshit.

harry555's picture

"it pails into insignificance with what banks have stolen through".


No it doesn't FF.  Add up all the welfare bills over a year and compare it to the salaries (loot) from the banking sector.  The welfare bill is easily several times larger.  Both are theft.  And remember, in large part the credit boom made the welfare state possible in the first place.

FiatFapper's picture


UK work & pensions: £150 billion

BoE has given £375 billion to their bank mates.

In the UK there are only four major banks.

ronaldawg's picture

So we GET the moral equivalence that liberals/democrats/socialists enjoy:  Because there are bankers stealing at the top, Niggers can steal anything they want.



harry555's picture

QE buys Government bonds you moron.

FiatFapper's picture

Bond issuance is g'ments borrowing money, which has to paid back with interest.

Banks get free money from central banks then loan that same money to g'ments with an expectation of principal + coupon.

Lord Peter Pipsqueak's picture

Fiatfapper why don't you check your facts before posting leftwing bias and lies?The unemployed got a 5.2% increase in their welfare payments last year as that is what the govt fiddle factor said RPI was at the time of the annual increase, that is 5.2% more than the rise most working people got last year who are the ones who actually pay for all these people week in week out,a lot of people in the UK took a pay cut just to keep their job,so please in future either get your facts right or take your lies somewhere else.

Non Passaran's picture

What a moron.
And I am sure that too should be done at the expense of taxpayers?

1. I love these stories - they are great because there isn't nearly enough outrage about this kind of stuff.
2. The solution is simple - cancel said benefits today.

Freewheelin Franklin's picture
children are innocent
a teenager's fucked up in the head
adults are even more fucked up
and elderlies are like children
will there be another race
to come along and take over for us?
maybe martians could do
better than we've done

we'll make great pets!

my friend says we're like the dinosaurs
only we are doing ourselves in
much faster than they
ever did

we'll make great pets!
we'll make great pets!
we'll make great pets!
we'll make great pets!
we'll make great pets!

PGR88's picture

Can I get this woman's telephone number?  

I want to date her.   I bet she is an AWESOME lay.

absente reo's picture

Fucking hell, in times gone by it was the necessity of self-reliance that helped to keep families (i.e. parents) together.  Parents needed to provide for themselves and their children otherwise they would live in hardship, perhaps extreme hardship.

Now that the fucking State has stepped in and decided that everyone is entitled to a comfortable standard of living regardless of ANYTHING, there is no glue helping to keep couples together through the bad times, to keep trying, to make things work.

What eventuates is a nation full of single parents, supported by huge benefits.

What a fucking mess.

devo's picture

There are just as many rich milking the system on the other end.

Godisanhftbot's picture

 different, less abhorrent teat?

devo's picture

I think it's just as bad.

Taking large bonuses and flying private jets after the 2008 collapse is worse than someone with no money taking a few grand?

It's all crap, but I hate how ZH gangs up citizens against the poor because of the few bad seeds and when the rich are gutting the country (look at the wealth gap since 1970). Anyway.

WAMO556's picture

And how many POOR ass holes are there sucking at the tit??? They are dangerous.

devo's picture

Inflation hurts the poor most.

Even Hayek was for social programs for the poor to provide a minimum standard of living. Read the Road to Serfdom. He also went on social programs late in his life (as did Ayn Rand).

We're all one bad day away from being poor. I find what the wealth extractors like Buffet/Koch, bankers, and military industrial complex do to be more offensive. At least the poor need and use the wealth they extract from society.

WAMO556's picture

Listen you toad, your not going to get a pass. What was meant was PRIVATE CHARITY. Your heros gladly took from PRIVATE CHARITY where the monies were freely given. Public charities are organized criminal enterprises designed to TAKE from the private sector by force if necessary, by petty tyrants. PAY UP OR WE WILL EQUALIZE YOU!!!

devo's picture

Yeah you sound normal.

Godisanhftbot's picture



Sheeet, this is an old, long in the tooth story. If you are actually working and paying taxes, don't you know you have millions, no 10's of millions of dependants that call you daddy?


Now move along, you racist swine and pass the ipad.

All Out Of Bubblegum's picture

In the 18th century, there were a few "breeding" plantations scattered about in the slaves states. Female slaves didn't do a lot of work, were fed and housed and were only expected to procreate so their children could be sold off or used for further breeding.


dolph9's picture

Men of the UK and America:  there's a reason why the Asian boys are kicking your ass and will continue to kick your ass.

Because you thought it was a good idea to slaughter your brethren in Germany, twice.

And now you come up with all sorts of contrived, contorted moral arguments why you should work your asses off to support these leechers, both at home and abroad.

And you risk your life and limb for your corporate masters and their Jewish overlords, and to make the world safe for 7 billion hungry mouths.

I mean, you are basically just finished.  You are a self-sacrificing evolutionary dead end.


Unless....you are willing to throw off your shackles and say to the world:  I don't give a fuck, and I'll die, but you'll die too.  And I'll see you in hell.

Taffy Lewis's picture

Well, Dolph9, there's Option C: move to Asia and be part of the ass-kickers. I'm one year and 5 months away at most.

ronaldawg's picture

He sort has a point on Germany - and they hate our guts too.

mc_LDN's picture

Someone needs to ensure poor stupid people cant reproduce. The single biggest problem worldwide is poor people having 9 children who are as uneducated as their mother burdening everyine around them. If we didnt support them they wouldnt multiply.