Mother-of-two Sinead Clarkson who has never worked encouraged her daughter to get pregnant so she could get a council house and have an 'easy life on benefits'
15 April 2014
- Sinead Clarkson, 36, fell pregnant when she was 15 and has never worked
- She lives in a three-bed council house and gets £1,200 a month in benefits
- Ms Clarkson claims the benefits system makes it pointless for her to work
- She admits she has encouraged her daughters to also 'work the system'
- Ms Clarkson's eldest daughter Melissa, 19, is now six months pregnant
An unemployed mother who has never had a job has now encouraged her daughter to get pregnant - so she can also enjoy 'an easy life' on benefits. Mother-of-two Sinead Clarkson, 36, has been claiming benefits for the last 20 years and currently receives £1,200 a month in state handouts.
Ms Clarkson, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has now admitted she encouraged her 19-year-old daughter Melissa to have a baby so she can do the same. She claimed: 'I am better off on benefits. I refuse to work for a pittance and struggle.'
Ms Clarkson said she was delighted when her oldest daughter Melissa fell pregnant six months ago as she will get an extra £400 a month when her baby is born in July. Melissa will also receive keys to a two-bedroom council house. Ms Clarkson's younger daughter Amie, 12, is also showing signs of wanting to follow in her sister's footsteps and have a child. Ms Clarkson said: 'I don't have any qualifications so it is easier to claim money than persuade an employer to give me a job. 'I told Melissa to work the system and have a baby so she could claim more benefits, get a house of her own and have a better life. I don't want her to work for peanuts in a low-pay job.' Ms Clarkson claims living on benefits brings a stress-free life. She said: 'Being on benefits suits me. I don't have the stress of working like some of my friends. I spend a lot of time cooking and cleaning, or I will watch TV or have friends round.' While Ms Clarkson acknowledges taxpayers may be angered by her comments, she insists it is the benefit system at fault for making it more financially worthwhile not to work. She adds: 'I know people will be angry with my choices, but they should not judge. It is the system's fault that I can choose not to work. What is the point of having a job if I can't earn much more than I get now?
'People decide to have babies so they can get benefits because this country allows it. It is not OUR fault.'
Ms Clarkson says that if her 12-year-old daughter Amie also decides to take the same approach to life she would support her. 'She talks about having a baby, too, but she is still in school and hopefully will get some qualifications,' she said. 'If she did decide to go down the same route as Melissa, I would support her.'
Ms Clarkson dropped out of school after becoming pregnant at 15 and has been claiming benefits since she was 16. She started claiming £260 a month in income support during her pregnancy. Nine months after having Melissa in July 1994, Ms Clarkson was given her own two-bed council house and £68 a month in child benefit payments. Ms Clarkson, who split from Melissa's father months after she was born, told Closer magazine: 'I was thrilled to get my own place. It was a nice house with lots of space.' Ms Clarkson, who was claiming £328 a month while Melissa was a baby, felt lonely when her first daughter started school. She then gave birth to Amie in 2001 after a brief relationship. To her delight, her handouts increased to £1,020 a month, including her rent, child tax credits and benefits. She also got a three-bedroom house. 'Amie was not planned, but I was excited about being a mum again,' she said. 'Plus I knew my benefits would increase and the extra money would come in handy.'