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Emma B BS: No longer Great Britain? (220* d) RE: BS: No longer Great Britain? 16 Aug 10

For anyone who may not have a clue who 'Lizzy' is.....

Mark and Lizzy Bardsley and their eight children appeared in an episode of the first series of the Channel 4 'reality' programme 'Wife Swap', which was aired on 7 October 2003.
They caused controversy by claiming 37,500 a year in benefits while the other family in the 'swop' had 2 children and an income 10,000 less after tax

In November 2004, Lizzie Bardsley was accused of failing to inform the Department for Work and Pensions that she had earned money from TV and media appearances and was accused of being overpaid 4879.87. She denied the allegations and claimed that all the money she earned had been given to various charities and her sister.
On 27 September 2004, Bardsley was found guilty of benefit fraud and sentenced to 80 hours community service and ordered to pay 2400 costs. She was also told to pay back the money.

In addition Lizzy Bardsley has been charged with 10 counts of child cruelty for alleged offences between 1996 and 2005.

This appears to be a highly dysfunctional family, guilty of criminal actions disgracefully and, IMO, chosen for their 'entertainment' and 'shock' value by a cynical TV show.

However they are not representative of the number of families on benefits any more than the numerous people who pay taxes on their earned income are the same as those CEOs whose tax 'mitigation' ensures they pay less tax than their cleaner

Subsequently Mark Bardlsey who had been made jobless two years before, said, "I've never said I want to stay on benefits. I want to go out and work."

Reporting his remark one website stated
" If ever there was a strong case for compulsory castration this must be it."

(Now THAT does sound familiar!)

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