A JOBLESS mother encouraged her daughter to get pregnant for an easy life on benefits.
Mother-of-three Sinead and, left, with her daughter Melissa who is now six months pregnant[STUART MASON]
Shameless Sinead Clarkson, 36, boasts of being on the dole since she was 16, claiming it is impossible to find work in her home town.
In a move that last night shocked MPs and others angry at Britain’s bloated benefits culture, the mother of three encouraged daughter Melissa, 19, to have a baby so she too can live off the taxpayer. Melissa is now six months pregnant.
“What planet is this woman on?” asked one outraged MP.
Sinead, who lives in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and receives handouts of £1,200 a month, said: “The best thing for her would be to have a baby, and I told her this. I’m so pleased she’s now pregnant because it means she’ll get a house and more benefits.
“If she proves to be a good mother I’m going to encourage her to have more children so she can claim more benefits and have a better life. Being on benefits suits me. I don’t have the stress of working like some of my friends. I know people will her to have more children so she can claim more benefits and have a better life. Being on benefits suits me. I don’t have the stress of working like some of my friends.
“It’s the system’s fault that I can choose not to work. People decide to have babies so they can get benefits because this country allows it. It’s not our fault.”
Sinead in her council house in Rochdale, yesterday [STUART MASON]
Her stance was slammed by MPs from all sides of the political divide, with Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who asked what planet she thought she was on, adding: “It is a terrible example to set for her daughters. She needs to take a long hard look in the mirror.
“It is totally unacceptable a mother has so little aspirations for her daughter. Having no qualifications doesn’t mean no hope. I left school at 16 with no qualifications but worked in a factory and at night went to college.
“I wouldn’t recommend leaving with no qualifications but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a good future.”
Tory MP Philip Davies said: “It’s shocking. We need people to have better aspirations than just collecting benefits. This is a prime example of how the benefit system is failing. Too often good behaviour is punished while bad behaviour is rewarded. It should be the other way round.”
Robert Oxley, campaign
director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “A system that allows people to see having a child as a pay cheque is fundamentally flawed and needs further reform.”
The council house where she lives [STUART MASON]
Sinead, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, said it was impossible for her to find work. “Nobody wants to employ somebody with no qualifications so why bother?” she added.
Melissa said: “Growing up, Mum’s always said I should have a baby. I had no qualifications and no hope of getting a job so having a baby seemed to be the best option. I love kids.”
Sinead said she has no interest in ever getting a job because she believes it’s “easier” for her to claim handouts.
She told the Daily Express: “I do think they should make it more worthwhile to work. I have a friend who had a job and got just £20 more than me. I’m better off on benefits. I refuse to work for a pittance and struggle.
“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-paid job.”
Sinead has been claiming benefits since she was 16, after dropping out of school when she fell pregnant at 15. She said: “It wasn’t planned, but I was happy to leave school because I didn’t like it – I had no career aspirations.”
Sinead started claiming £260 a month on income support during her pregnancy. She had Melissa in July 1994 and, nine months later, was given her own two-bedroom council house and £68 a month in child benefits.
As Melissa grew up, Sinead said: “I didn’t want to be working all the hours under the sun for low wages like some of my friends. Being a stay-at-home mum suited me – it was better than being stressed at work.”
Sinead claimed to have had her three children by three different fathers.
Melissa, the eldest daughter, has never worked – nor has her unborn child’s father. In 2001, Sinead gave birth to youngest child Amie, now aged 12, and saw their handouts go up to £1,020 a month – and also got a three-bedroom council house.
Currently, after deductions, the family has about £300 a month to spend, she said. She hopes Amie may break the benefits cycle, as the youngster dreams of having a job as a solicitor.
Sinead said: “Amie is very bright, a very intelligent girl. I’m hoping for better things from her.”