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Is there any evidence that our benefit system causes people to have more children, I personally know people who do and have overheard conversations on the train about people wanting to be pro single parents.

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Absolutely, it's a career choice for many.

Sister in law included, 4 kids in 3 bed council house and she'd have more if she could......

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Just now, BLOW FLY said:

Absolutely, it's a career choice for many.

Sister in included, 4 kids in 3 bed council house and she'd have more if she could......

I meant academic evidence - although it is always nice to know that my experience of people is the same as others.

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22 minutes ago, fru-gal said:

Well the total number of births dropped by quite a lot after the Tories got in and started cutting some benefits; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28330429

Will be interesting to see if there is a drop in families having 3 or more children after the tax credit/housing benefit 2 child cap comes in to force in April.

More than a quarter of live births were to mothers born outside the UK, an increase to 26.5% compared with 25.9% the previous year.

 

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41 minutes ago, fru-gal said:

Will be interesting to see if there is a drop in families having 3 or more children after the tax credit/housing benefit 2 child cap comes in to force in April.

I don't know of any academic evidence, but I'm fairly certain that this will play out as you suggest. Kids are expensive. 

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5 hours ago, LC1 said:

I don't know of any academic evidence, but I'm fairly certain that this will play out as you suggest. Kids are expensive. 

OT - What film is that in your avatar? Looks like Henry Fonda?

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1 hour ago, fru-gal said:

OT - What film is that in your avatar? Looks like Henry Fonda?

That's because it is! Good spot :)

The Grapes of Wrath. Great film and one of my favourite books.

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47 minutes ago, LC1 said:

That's because it is! Good spot :)

The Grapes of Wrath. Great film and one of my favourite books.

Grapes of Wrath was a GCSE English text last year. Was so happy to have a reason to watch it again a few times with my son. Film was good but I think the book was better. 

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Oh, aye, it's true. I swear down, I know this massive family living off state benefits.

They even want to renovate their council house and make it top spec using our taxpayers money.

I think they're called the Windsors or sumthin?

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