DD is three weeks into her first teaching post, as a teacher of secondary English. It goes without saying that she has worked very hard to get to this point, not least because halfway through her first degree she had an unscheduled break due to the surprise arrival of DGS who is now 4. Nevertheless she went back to uni and ploughed on with great success.
I am so pleased that she has managed to get a job at the school of her choice, and that she is so far enjoying her experience. However, when I remarked that she must be looking forward to her first month's salary I was shocked to be told that she and her husband will be no better off now she is working, as they will lose tax credits.
As a lifelong socialist, who supports the concept of a fair benefits system, I am now struggling with the idea that my daughter, who appears to be working at least 50 hours a week, would be no worse off if she decided to be a stay at home mum. Of course, I absolutely think that being a stay at home mum is a very worthwhile thing, but it seems wrong that the flip side of this is that someone should be working for, in effect, no pay. My husband quite rightly points out that the only way this could not be the case is if she had been paid less in tax credits when she was a student, which doesn't seem right as they have not exactly been rolling in riches. Of course teachers (and others) should earn more but given that this is not going to happen, I can't work out in my own mind how there can be any solution that rewards effort, achievement, and success. I can't even say that she and her family will be better off as she progresses in her career, because presumably their tax credits will simply continue to be eroded until she eventually reaches a point where she earns above the threshold for tax credits. That could be a good few years down the line, when it is now that they need the income.
I have been pondering on this for days, and can't make any sense of it. I'm really hoping that some intelligent and sensible gransnetters will be able to throw some light on it for me.
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