Sue Walsall, an able-bodied, British mother-of-six on welfare, has admitted that she has the ability to work and would be glad to do so. However, there’s a big catch. Apparently, she insists no job will pay her what she’d need to maintain the lifestyle she currently has just from receiving government benefits. According to Opposing Views, Sue receives more than $2,500 a month in taxpayer dollars. The monthly income also includes the rental cost for her three-bedroom home where she and two of her children live.
Sue, who has been married five times, recently explained the benefits of her lifestyle during a news interview with the U.K.’s Channel 5 segment On Benefits. In addition to the financial stability, Sue admitted the freedom to care for her children without having to spend time away at a job is another perk for her.
“If I could find a job that would pay the money and still live quite comfortably then I would be happy to do that,” Sue said, according to the Daily Mail. “But the thing is you still have to be there emotionally for the kids. Who is going to look after them? At the end of the day, I would have to pay for someone to be with them straight from school and pay for clubs. So when you weigh everything up you are better off being there for the children yourself.”
Single mother chooses to claim £20,000 a year in benefits to be there for her kids— Solene Deplanche (@SoleneDeplanche) May 19, 2016
According to the Daily Mail, Sue spends a substantial amount of her time reading tarot cards as she believes she can predict future occurrences. During the interview, she explained why she believes her psychic powers have aided her in securing the life she now has.
“Because I am clairvoyant and I believe in life after death and the spirit world, I put out into the universe that I wanted to move so they are putting things in action,” Sue said. “I believe in the law of attraction as all clairvoyants would.”
Although most would assume Sue is completely complacent and quite comfortable with the lifestyle she has, she actually wants more from the government. According to The Sun, her goal is to acquire a new home near her son’s father.
“The law of attraction is that what you put out, will happen. As soon as I put the ad in, in less than two weeks I got someone texting me back saying, ‘Hey, would you be interested in my three-bed flat?’ So that is how it works.”
The latest report about Sue’s lifestyle follows a string of reports about others with similar lifestyles. In the U.K., there has been an ongoing trend where citizens sensationalize the concept of receiving benefits. Many are just like Sue and simply refuse to work because it’s easier to receive more by just receiving benefits. In fact, there are some people who claim benefits simply because they are overweight and consider it a serious health problem that prohibits them from working.
As expected, Sue’s seemingly comfortable lifestyle has sparked quite a debate. Many taxpayers aren’t pleased with the cushy lifestyle Sue is afforded as a result of others’ hard work. Similar situations in the United States have contributed to the heightened restrictions that are being enforced for able-bodied food stamp recipients. Although Sue does have dependents, lawmakers are looking to crack down on individuals who seem to be taking advantage of a system that has been put in place to help those in need; not those who simply refuse to work for the sake of complacency.
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