UK welfare system punishes the childless too: “Get pregnant to stay in school.”
Kirsty Oldfield, whose parents died eight months apart, feared she would have to drop out of school because she could no longer afford to stay on.
The 17-year-old said a benefits adviser told her that having a baby would allow her to keep her state hand-outs.
But Kirsty, who has taken part-time jobs to fund her studies, said: ‘I don’t want to do that because it is wasting my life.’
With only state benefits and her savings to live on, she moved in with her older stepsister and tried to continue her studies.
But her income support and benefits were taken away because she earned too much – £150 a week – working part-time as a chef.
Anybody know if there’s a UK version of The Orphan Foundation of America?