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Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63810 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Onalee's Mummy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" What on earth is a fortnight, lol?"</blockquote> Oh sorry, a fortnight is two weeks. I think you say bi monthly?"


Oh, okay. So, if I moved to Australia, I could stay home and still bring home the same amount of money? Not fair. After taxes and insurance, I only bring only $2000/month.

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26; 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
14th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" Yeah, that's all I had with my daughter. My current employer originally told me I could have 4 weeks off, but I'm taking 8 off."</blockquote>



Do you get paid for the 8 weeks ?



I have 5 weeks annual leave saved, plus 12 weeks maternity leave on full pay and then we get 18 weeks minimum wage for 18 weeks from the government (about 600 a week)

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63810 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Onalee's Mummy:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" Yeah, that's all I had with my ... [snip!] ... 12 weeks maternity leave on full pay and then we get 18 weeks minimum wage for 18 weeks from the government (about 600 a week)"


I don't get paid for the full 8 weeks. I get 66% of my pay for 6 weeks, I believe. Better than nothing!

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, New York 55059 posts
status 14th Jun '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:" If you start working, will you lose your disability or are you allowed to work a limited amount of hours ... [snip!] ... maintain disability? I know that my dad is on disability, but he's still able to earn a certain amount of money per month."


There is a "back to work" type program where I can work on a trial basis and it won;t affect my income or my benefits. And if it turns out that i can't work, no harm no foul. Everything just stays the same

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63810 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" There is a "back to work" type program where I can work on a trial basis and it won;t affect my income ... [snip!] ... won;t affect my income or my benefits. And if it turns out that i can't work, no harm no foul. Everything just stays the same"


That's good. Good luck with everything!

Amy mommy of 4 Due June 27; 51 kids; Arlington, Washington 361 posts
14th Jun '13

Im a sahm and on soc sec and my rent is supplimented but no way could I do it single. I need an elbow replacement before I continue on eith nursing which I hope happens sooner then later. I miss working and supporting my family. But the single stay at home moms I know are on section 8 and live off of child support and the state and are perfectly ok with it. Must be nice to not work at all and keep having babies and live in a nice 5 bedrom house and pay 30 bucks a month. Im very blessed to be in a program that suppliments alot of my rent but I have to particiapate in alot of things and work on goals and self sufficientcy. But no way can I live off of it forever!

Dr. Elliot Reid 1 child; New Zealand 8776 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:" Oh, okay. So, if I moved to Australia, I could stay home and still bring home the same amount of money? Not fair. After taxes and insurance, I only bring only $2000/month."

It really pisses me off when these girls are still living with their SO or whatever, getting supported by them, and still claiming the solo mums benefit. And it is sooo freakin common too.

user banned 2 kids; Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic 17415 posts
14th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" Oh, okay. So, if I moved to Australia, I could stay home and still bring home the same amount of money? Not fair. After taxes and insurance, I only bring only $2000/month."</blockquote>




If you're a single parent yes. Until your youngest starts school.
That's how it is.
Australians call our country 'the lucky country', we know how lucky we are.
If you work on the single parents pension once you make over a certain amount you are deducted 40 cents for ever dollar of the pension.
It's good... But remember how expensive life is here.
A nurse I believe, like mid range would make $50k per annum

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26; 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
14th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" Oh, okay. So, if I moved to Australia, I could stay home and still bring home the same amount of money? Not fair. After taxes and insurance, I only bring only $2000/month."</blockquote>




Hahaha. Pretty much. I had more money in my pocket as a single parent then a partnered. I'd make 1k a week, then get government money of 250 a week on top and daycare cost nothing. Once I became partnered then you pay the full costs for daycare and there's no more assistance.



We get paid a lot more on average here, but cost of living is higher. I look after nurses workers comp, and a RN who works shifts (so sometimes nights or more than 8 hours in a day) make easy $1700 a week.

Squeaky McGee 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 63810 posts
14th Jun '13
Quoting Elliot Reid:" It really pisses me off when these girls are still living with their SO or whatever, getting supported by them, and still claiming the solo mums benefit. And it is sooo freakin common too."


Yeah, people work the system here, too. You'll have that anywhere, I guess.

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26; 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
14th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Elliot Reid:</b>" It really pisses me off when these girls are still living with their SO or whatever, getting supported by them, and still claiming the solo mums benefit. And it is sooo freakin common too."</blockquote>



It is so frustrating! So many do it! I know people do get caught, but it seems like every second person is doing it.

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26; 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
14th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Squeaky McGee [33 wks]:</b>" I don't get paid for the full 8 weeks. I get 66% of my pay for 6 weeks, I believe. Better than nothing!"</blockquote>




That's good. We only did our eba in January this year, I'm actually the first in my office to get these maternity benefits. I'm very lucky.

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
14th Jun '13

i really dont know how people would stay home. im a single mom (RN) and i net about 3g after taxes/insurances. thats including my sons social security. their father isnt paying child support atm, i filed about 4 months ago tho, but im sure when i start getting that (if i start getting that) they will cut my sons SS benefits so it will be remotely the same.

Clairebear & Abbey G :) 1 child; Ireland 2149 posts
14th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Elliot Reid:</b>" It really pisses me off when these girls are still living with their SO or whatever, getting supported by them, and still claiming the solo mums benefit. And it is sooo freakin common too."</blockquote>



It's the exact same here! I know lots of girls who are doing that right now. Single SAHMs get one parent family benefit, family income support and either a low income council house or subsidised rent allowance if renting privately. I know plenty who are getting all the benefits and either working on the side or getting full child maintenance which they don't declare. I know a couple who got caught and were charged for benefit fraud. They owe over

XavierRose Due August 25; 2 kids; Gilbert, Arizona 1716 posts
14th Jun '13

We live on DH's student loans. Since he is in medical school, they don't expect him to work and we get housing money as well as money to help pay our bills. We also get food stamps to help with the food and state insurance. It sucks, but it's what we need to do for a few years. If I went back to work, we would lose our insurance and food, as well as have to pay for a daycare/nanny for the kids, and it just doesn't work out. So we pinch pennies, and do the best we can.