She has now used her position at Gingerbread to rail against the “particularly offensive” language of “skivers vs strivers”, saying “such rhetoric drains confidence and self-esteem from those who desperately want, as I did, to get back into the job market”.
Rowling, who separated from her daughter’s father 20 years ago, said her belief that she would immediately find paid work was a “much bigger delusion” than believing she could write a children’s novel.
She later “ended up working a few hours a week at a local church”, where she was deliberately paid the maximum of £15 so she did not lose benefits.
Yes, that’s true. However, there’s a bit before that which gets rather less attention. She and her husband (I think they were married, not sure) were living in Cascais. And after the split she and the child were taken in by friends: please note, not state benefits. I know people who were around there at the time.
The benefits part came when she moved back to England.
I’m afraid that it wearies me somewhat all the talk about how wonderful the state benefit system was to her, how glorious it is that we have such a system. For there is more to it than baby/split/then benefits. Private charity had a part in it as well.