He was receiving £20.30 a week child benefit for the eldest of the 11 children in the house and £13.40 each for the others, according to the Times, making £8,023.60 a year tax free.
According to Revenue and Customs, Mairead, with six children, would be entitled to £20,560 in tax credits and Miss Willis to up to £17,870 totalling £38,430, also tax free.
Therefore he could have been receiving £46,453 in benefits
Housing benefit also paid his £7,800 a year rent on his Derby home, which along with the money he got from both his partners cleaning jobs, could have taken his “income” to almost £68,000 – the equivalent of a £100,000 salary after tax.
This would have put Philpott in the top two per cent of earners.
It\’s a fairly convincing argument too.
Of course, there\’s always an idiot around when you need one:
Writing in the Daily Mail Professor of Criminology David Wilson said that his conviction should leave reality TV “hanging its head in shame” for presenting obscene, outlandish, and violent behaviour as entertainment.
The Birmingham City University professor wrote: “Tragically for his now broken, bereaved family, Mick Philpott was partly a creation of that sick world. It was misnamed reality television that fed his gigantic, malevolent ego, that fuelled his rampant sense of entitlement, that turned him into a twisted kind of celebrity who thought he was untouchable.”
Adding: “Bolstered by his TV appearances, he thought he had the power to control not just his media image but everyone around him, too. Idiotically, he even extended that to a belief in his ability to control fire — with all the catastrophic consequences that followed.
\”No, I’m afraid reality TV shows cannot easily absolve themselves from blame for the harm they cause.”
Yes, that\’s right, going on TV recently made him start having 11 children 25 years ago. Obviously, benefits should be cut if they enathe possession of a time machine.
A useful place to look rfor why we have a crime problem is in the beliefs of professors of criminology.