Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

I want to work full-time but it just doesn't pay

Child benefit for my two children at home will soon be stopping. I'm okay with that, but with another in his first year of university, and one due to start in 2012 it seems like a good time to return to full-time work. But I'll only take home an extra £100-a-month for an extra 28 hours work.

And the anomaly will be more striking from April, because I fall on the cusp of the higher-rate tax bracket. I'm a highly-qualified, professional person. I'm keen to work more hours and my employer wants me to - but I'd be a mug to do it. Our spineless government does nothing to narrow the gap of inequality. What will I do? Become bitter? It's tempting.

SUSAN HAMILTON

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